| Nov 3, 2014
| 5:00 AM
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...
| Oct 30, 2014
| 5:00 AM
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...
| Nov 5, 2014
| 8:39 PM
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...
| Jan 14, 2015
| 7:31 PM
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-...
| Nov 19, 2014
| 8:11 PM
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.
| Jan 7, 2015
| 8:09 PM
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...
| Jan 8, 2015
| 6:48 PM
Tuesday's groundbreaking for California's bullet train was sort of like having a christening with the baby still in utero.
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...
| Jan 11, 2015
| 6:52 PM
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...
| Oct 23, 2014
| 5:00 AM
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...
| Oct 19, 2014
| 6:54 PM
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...
| Oct 5, 2014
| 6:36 PM
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...