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  • A low voter turnout isn't good for California

    Remember Willie Stark, the charming, corrupt character in "All the King's Men"? He had it right. "If ya don't vote, ya don't matter!" he shouted while barnstorming for governor. That was in the 2006 movie version of Robert Penn Warren's Pulitzer...
  • A voter guide to California's boring but important ballot propositions

    A voter guide to California's boring but important ballot propositions
    Six state propositions are on the ballot and none are sexy. All are snoozers. But each is significant. Some, in fact, are game-changers. Why else would the medical profession and insurance companies be spending well over $100 million to beat back...
  • California GOP survives, barely, to fight another day

    When political neophyte Pete Peterson was thinking about running for California secretary of state, his mentor urged him on with surfer logic: "Sometimes you need to be the guy in the water when the wave hits." The mentor was former Secretary of State...
  • Kamala Harris is front-runner for Boxer's seat — for the moment

    Kamala Harris is front-runner for Boxer's seat — for the moment
    Who will be California's next U.S. senator, replacing the retiring Democrat Barbara Boxer? It'll be another Democrat, bet on that. State Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris, 50, is the early front-runner. But we'll have to see how she performs running for a big-...
  • Gov. Brown's unnecessary fundraising is certainly legal — but a turnoff

    Gov. Brown's unnecessary fundraising is certainly legal — but a turnoff
    It's not that Gov. Jerry Brown did anything illegal. It clearly was within the law. But it had an odor. It's the kind of smell that turns off the public from politics and exacerbates the ridiculously low voter participation in elections. True, there...
  • The forecast: Blowing hot? Cold? Only Gov. Brown knows

    Jerry Brown, who has blown hot and cold over the years, seems to have settled down. But you never know .... Throughout Gov. Jerry Brown's record-length political career, we've never known quite what to expect. What's real and what's not? He has blown...
  • A bullet train from L.A. to San Francisco? Have a little faith

    A bullet train from L.A. to San Francisco? Have a little faith
    Tuesday's groundbreaking for California's bullet train was sort of like having a christening with the baby still in utero. Strike that. It was like having a christening for a baby that's still an embryo in a Petri dish. As exciting as it is to think...
  • Brown's budget is a skinny, homely thing, but it's got brains

    Gov. Jerry Brown's new budget proposal is really boring. It's bare-bones — for a Democrat — and hardly bold. But mostly it's smart. It's a brake on what otherwise could be a return to runaway spending in Sacramento. It's vintage Brown...
  • Less-funded controller's race is where the real money is

    Less-funded controller's race is where the real money is
    Who could have imagined? The California controller contest is more intriguing than the slow-motion race for governor. Gov. Jerry Brown isn't really campaigning, and he's jogging far ahead of Republican Neel Kashkari, even if the Democrat's lead has been...
  • De León throws extravagant bash as Steinberg quietly leaves

    De León throws extravagant bash as Steinberg quietly leaves
    State Sen. Darrell Steinberg officially stepped off the stage last week. And Sen. Kevin de León stepped on it. Did he ever! Drums, mariachis, a color guard, political VIPs. It was a full-throated "inauguration" at Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown...
  • Where does Jerry Brown stand on ethics reforms?

    One thumb up for Gov. Jerry Brown. And the other thumb down. The governor signed a bill inserting a smidgen of sense in California's oft-abused ballot initiative system. Excellent. But he vetoed legislation imposing sensible ethics rules on Capitol...