| Nov 5, 2014
| 12:33 AM
Democrats trying to recapture a powerful supermajority in the California Legislature after being hobbled by a series of political scandals were trailing in early returns Tuesday in races pivotal to regaining the party's grip on the Capitol.
| Oct 18, 2014
| 7:05 PM
Darrell Steinberg took the helm of the state Senate six years ago with the global economy in a meltdown that choked off tax revenue, causing the state budget deficit to balloon to $42 billion.
It took Steinberg and other state leaders four years that...
| 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...
| Sep 30, 2014
| 1:39 PM
Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday vetoed key bills proposed by legislative leaders in response to a series of scandals at the Capitol, saying the measures would further complicate gift and campaign rules without sufficient benefit to the public.
| Jul 31, 2014
| 11:06 AM
Democratic state Sen. Leland Yee of San Francisco pleaded not guilty Thursday to a racketeering charge and two counts of conspiracy "to obtain property under the color of official right."
Yee entered the plea in federal court in San Francisco,...
| Jul 15, 2014
| 9:21 AM
So, is the electoral deck stacked even more for Democrats and Republicans under California's top-two primary system? Judging by the secretary of state’s Statement of Vote released Monday for the June 3 primaries, the answer is, yes.
It turns out...
| Jul 22, 2014
| 1:08 PM
Federal prosecutors have agreed to provide the defense a delay in the corruption trial of state Sen. Ronald S. Calderon from September to May 19, 2015, long after the Democrat from Montebello will have left office.
Calderon was indicted in February on...
| Aug 29, 2014
| 12:06 PM
The state Senate on Friday acted on stricter ethics rules meant to restore public confidence in the Legislature after three senators were charged with criminal wrongdoing.
Lawmakers sent Gov. Jerry Brown a bill that would reduce the limit on gifts...
| Aug 29, 2014
| 2:36 PM
Federal agents came knocking at the state Capitol again this week.
News of the raid spread fast, and sight of the deputies sent rumors swirling around the marble hallways. But this time a sandwich shop, not an elected official, was targeted.
| Aug 30, 2014
| 3:07 AM
California lawmakers approved a measure Saturday that would require the state to develop a new Internet-based campaign filing and public display system and that candidates file electronic disclosures of their campaign finances every calendar quarter,...
| Sep 14, 2014
| 6:23 PM
In a mostly lackluster election season, at least one statewide race in California is intriguing. It's for secretary of state.
Battles for state controller and superintendent of public instruction also are engaging. But the rest, including Gov. Jerry...