| Sep 12, 2014
| 12:04 PM
The sentencing of Democratic state Sen. Roderick D. Wright to 90 days in jail and a lifetime ban from public office on voting fraud charges Friday could end up requiring a special election but is unlikely to have a significant impact on the ability of...
| Sep 12, 2014
| 2:23 PM
The leader of the California Senate on Friday called for the resignation of Democratic Sen. Roderick Wright after he was sentenced to 90 days in jail for lying about living in his district.
State Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg (D-...
| Sep 12, 2014
| 7:55 PM
Democratic state Sen. Roderick D. Wright, convicted earlier this year on felony perjury and voting fraud charges, was sentenced Friday to 90 days in county jail and barred for life from holding public office.
After turning down Wright's request for a...
| Jun 16, 2014
| 9:52 PM
Democratic state Sen. Kevin de León of Los Angeles was elected by his peers Monday to become the next president pro tem of the Senate. He said his priorities as leader will include restoring public trust in the Legislature after a series of scandals.
| 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...
| May 4, 2014
The race for the office of secretary of state is one of those down-ticket contests that usually don't garner much attention. This year, however, the race is among the most closely watched by political observers, for a number of reasons. First, the current...
| Apr 15, 2014
| 5:41 PM
George Steffes was a boy standing on Wilshire Boulevard when Dwight D. Eisenhower rolled by in a motorcade, and he was mightily impressed. But that's not what got him into politics. He went to 5 o'clock Mass one day in 1966 and ran into an acquaintance...
| Apr 16, 2014
| 12:12 PM
SACRAMENTO -- By calling a special session of the Legislature for later this month, Gov. Jerry Brown is hoping to focus attention on a key part of his budget proposal, the creation of a new reserve fund.
In many ways, Brown's action on Wednesday is a...
| Apr 22, 2014
| 9:38 PM
SACRAMENTO — A raft of bills to set tougher ethics rules for California politicians cleared their first legislative hurdle Tuesday as the state Senate prepared for a daylong refresher course on standards of conduct.
Lawmakers say better...