| May 31, 2014
| 6:00 AM
California voters gave the state Legislature its highest marks in years despite a recent spate of political scandals that could put three Democratic lawmakers behind bars, according to a new USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll.
Respondents were evenly...
| May 5, 2014
| 2:23 PM
State Sen. Roderick Wright (D-Inglewood) has won a delay in his sentencing on voter fraud and perjury convictions.
Wright was to have been sentenced on May 16 and face possible expulsion from the Legislature's upper house. His attorney was able to get...
| May 5, 2014
| 7:16 PM
Democratic state Sen. Roderick Wright, who represents an Inglewood district, has won a delay in his sentencing on voter fraud and perjury convictions.
Wright was to have been sentenced May 16 and would have faced possible expulsion from the Legislature'...
| May 16, 2014
| 5:20 PM
Rocked by scandals that have left three members on suspension, the leadership of the state Senate has drafted new “Standards of Conduct” to be considered by the Rules Committee on Wednesday.
The 12 standards are fairly common-sense, led...
| May 18, 2014
| 6:58 PM
A trio of Democratic lawmakers, suspended from their posts and facing possible jail time on criminal charges, are star attractions in legislative races across California even though they're not running for reelection.
Republicans are using the...
| Apr 24, 2014
| 7:14 PM
SACRAMENTO — State authorities Thursday imposed $40,000 in fines against Sen. Tom Berryhill (R-Modesto) and two GOP committees after finding that the lawmaker laundered that amount of political money into his brother's 2008 Assembly campaign....
| Apr 12, 2014
| 6:20 PM
SACRAMENTO — The arrest of a front-runner in the race for California secretary of state on corruption charges has made ethics a key issue for the seven candidates still in the contest.
State Sen. Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) quit the race after...
| 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...
| 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...
| May 9, 2014
| 1:50 PM
Amid concerns that proposed tougher ethics restrictions may not have enough support to become law this year, leaders of the state Senate are proposing that many of them be adopted as house rules in the interim.
Proposed state Senate resolutions would...
| 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...