| Jun 28, 2014
| 7:47 PM
For Republicans used to watching their party's long slide in California, a recent luncheon at a Torrance hotel offered up a serving of hope.
The three featured speakers were Republicans who had done the unexpected: finish first in primaries in deep-blue...
| Jun 16, 2014
| 3:05 PM
Democratic state Sen. Kevin de León of Los Angeles was elected Monday by his peers to become the next president pro tem of the Senate and said his priorities as leader will include restoring public trust in the Legislature after a series of scandals.
| Jun 18, 2014
| 4:49 PM
Kevin de León thought his political career might be over.
After losing a bitter contest for the California Assembly speakership to John Pérez in 2009, De León was stripped of his coveted Appropriations Committee chairmanship and moved to one of the...
| Jun 4, 2014
| 12:35 AM
Republicans were the top vote-getters in early election returns for key legislative primary races Tuesday, indicating an uphill battle for Democrats seeking to regain their supermajority in November.
In the state Senate, Democrats hope to win back the...
| Jun 4, 2014
| 12:44 AM
Two of Southern California's hottest congressional races were too close to call late Tuesday and may not be decided for days, incomplete election night returns showed.
Gang prosecutor Elan Carr, a Republican, narrowly led the pack in the crowded field...
| Jun 9, 2014
| 2:47 PM
The state Senate took action Monday aimed at restoring public trust after a series of scandals by creating a new position of ethics ombudsman, installing protections for whistle-blowers and banning the raising of campaign funds during August, the last...
| May 28, 2014
| 4:27 PM
With Democratic senators watering down a key ethics bill, Republican lawmakers on Wednesday proposed their own package of changes in response to criminal charges filed against three California senators.
The Republican measure would double the sentence...
| May 30, 2014
| 11:40 AM
Following the lead of Los Angeles, state lawmakers have given initial approval to a requirement that candidates for state office provide copies of all campaign mailers and television and radio ads for posting on a state website within 24 hours so the...
| 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 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...