| Oct 29, 2013
| 5:12 PM
When the sky became the limit for most political spending after the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision, the skywatchers like Ann Ravel had to readjust their telescopes. As head of California's Fair Political Practices Commission, she policed the...
| Jul 25, 2012
Politicians haven't always been allergic to gun control, not even Republicans.
In 1968, after the assassinations of John and Robert Kennedy and the Rev.Martin Luther King Jr., Congress — on a bipartisan vote — outlawed guns sales to felons...
| Dec 12, 2011
"We are not final because we are infallible," the great Supreme Court Justice Robert Jackson wrote in 1953, "but we are infallible only because we are final." Jackson was among the most eloquent justices ever to serve on the high court, and perhaps the...
| Nov 6, 2012
| 3:53 PM
It was a California politico, Jesse Unruh, who nailed the relationship between dough and democracy: "Money is the mother's milk of politics." Where does it come from, and where does it go? Sheila Krumholz makes it her business to tell us. As executive...
| Feb 3, 2014
| 3:53 PM
The list of would-be successors to longtime Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Beverly Hills) continued to grow on Monday.
Attorney Barbara Mulvaney, a fomer senior trial attorney for the United Nations Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda and on the staff of the State...
| Feb 14, 2014
| 9:51 AM
John Rowland again.
The felonious former governor, The Courant confirmed Tuesday, has hired a high-flying Washington, D.C., law firm to represent him in the ominous federal criminal investigation of Rowland's furtive role in Simsbury Republican Lisa...
| Sep 20, 2013
| 1:21 PM
On Oct. 8, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission, a constitutional challenge to the limits on how much an individual can contribute to independent committees during a two-year election cycle....
| Sep 21, 2013
| 6:28 PM
If you don't know much about Obamacare other than most people must have health insurance or pay a penalty, you're not alone.
The president's grand undertaking is as confusing as it is controversial. And that makes it a perfect opportunity for con...
| Sep 30, 2013
| 4:30 AM
Shame on ABC for the Marian Gingrich interview. Since Mitt Romney does not have a vengeful ex-wife, it is not a level playing field.
According to the Federal Election Commission, if one candidate has an ex-spouse seething with revenge, all other...
| Oct 4, 2013
| 4:30 PM
The conservative Roberts court may soon take another step in rolling back longstanding limits on the corrupting influence of money in politics.
The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments October 8 for McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission. The case...
| Oct 27, 2013
| 7:06 PM
Willie Brown, the legendary Assembly speaker and former San Francisco mayor, says he has never voted for a ballot initiative.
"Not one," he asserts emphatically without hesitation.
"I've always, without question, been opposed to the initiative...