| May 8, 2012
| 9:40 PM
Sen. Sam Blakeslee, one of the only Republican senators willing to try negotiating a budget deal with Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown last year, plans to start a new think tank after leaving the Legislature next year....
| May 8, 2012
| 4:38 PM
If there was ever much doubt that Assemblywoman Julia Brownley is the choice of national Democratic leaders for an open Ventura County congressional seat, recent campaign developments should have pretty much erased it....
| Oct 5, 2012
Redistricting of the state's congressional seats led to retirement announcements by two Southern California GOP stalwarts. Republicans will miss them. There's a good chance Democrats will as well, because even though they may not yet appreciate the fact,...
| Oct 24, 2012
| 12:20 PM
President Bill Clinton endorsed a slate of Democratic congressional candidates in a rally Tuesday night at UC Irvine.
More than 4,000 attended the "California's Voice" event at the Bren Events Center, where the two-term president campaigned for 26th...
| Oct 22, 2012
| 4:17 PM
Former President Clinton continues to be a hot commodity in contested congressional races.
At 5 p.m. Tuesday, Clinton will participate in a rally at UC Irvine to endorse several Democrats in Southern California races targeted by both major parties as...
| May 10, 2012
California's redistricting reforms of 2008 and 2010 took crucial boundary drawing power away from political parties and gave it to an independent commission. The "top two" initiative of 2010 snatched the primaries away from the parties by awarding the...
| Nov 4, 2012
President: Barack Obama. The president's accomplishments during his first four years — steadying the economy, rescuing the automobile industry and winning passage of measures to stimulate the economy, crack down on financial industry abuses and...
| Nov 8, 2012
| 9:40 AM
SACRAMENTO -- Gov. Jerry Brown and his fellow Democrats are on the cusp of a coveted supermajority in both the Assembly and Senate, giving them the rare power to raise taxes without any Republican support.
No single party has held such a supermajority in...
| Aug 29, 2012
| 12:24 PM
The massive inflatable turtle shifted in the breeze that whipped across the Huntington Beach Pier on Monday afternoon, looking large and restless enough to crawl across the walkway for a hearty meal at Ruby's Diner.
The environmental activists who set up...
| Jun 22, 2012
| 12:58 AM
SACRAMENTO -- Asking voters to slap a $1-per-pack tax on cigarettes to fund cancer research seemed like a cinch in health-crazy California, where lighting up already is banned in bars, public buildings and on many of its golden beaches.
But the tobacco...
| Jun 7, 2012
Ah, the smart money. It said Los Angeles City Atty. Carmen Trutanich might walk away with a win in the district attorney's race Tuesday, even without a November runoff. Turns out the smart money was just big money and not all that smart after all....