| Mar 8, 2014
| 8:40 PM
California Democrats gathered Saturday to celebrate their dominance in state politics, buoyant about their prospects in this year's elections.
But the party's annual convention showed potential minefields for a group that appears to be at the peak of...
| Mar 9, 2014
| 6:23 PM
Despite fervent courting of delegates at the California Democratic Party convention this weekend, no statewide candidate in a contested race received enough votes to capture the party’s endorsement, an official said Sunday.
Candidates needed 60%...
| Mar 9, 2014
| 8:45 PM
California Democrats broke with Gov. Jerry Brown by calling for the legalization of marijuana and a ban on "fracking" in the state party's official platform Sunday.
The Democrats' support for decriminalizing and taxing recreational cannabis and...
| May 20, 2014
| 3:19 PM
For nearly a decade starting in the mid-1960s, Ronald Reagan was California governor and Assemblyman John Burton was his liberal nemesis in Sacramento. The two battled over school funding, mental healthcare and other social welfare programs.
| Feb 3, 2014
| 4:00 AM
The rush of interest by local politicos and would be politicos to succeed veteran Congressman Henry Waxman underscored an odd truth about California politics: in a state that prides itself on chasing the next snazzy new thing, most of its high-ranking...
| Mar 21, 2013
| 7:54 PM
Nicholas C. Petris, who was a leading liberal voice for nearly four decades as a California state senator and assemblyman representing his hometown of Oakland and other East Bay cities, has died. He was 90.
Petris, who retired in 1996 because of term...
| Jan 5, 2014
| 9:33 PM
SACRAMENTO — It seems like a long time ago, and it was. Forty years ago today, my first story as a Times staff writer ran in the paper.
It was about Ronald Reagan entering his final year as governor. Although he was a lame duck, I wrote, his...
| Jan 17, 2014
| 9:00 AM
Annette Bening has taken on what some might consider the most challenging role of any actor's career: persuading Californians to send the tax collector more money.
The California Arts Council -- the government agency that oversees the state’s arts...
| Nov 17, 2013
| 7:54 PM
SACRAMENTO — Five bells rang, followed by the clack-clack of paper spewing from the Teletype. It was a bulletin.
"Dallas, Nov. 22 (UPI)—Three shots were fired at President Kennedy's motorcade today in downtown Dallas."
Five bells for a...
| Feb 22, 2013
L.A. mayoral candidate Jan Perry is attacking City Controller Wendy Greuel, a fellow Democrat, as a Republican who is “not on our side!” in a new flyer she is mailing to voters....
| Apr 17, 2012
A cardboard elephant in Cathie Wright's Sacramento office during her 20 years in the Assembly and state Senate from 1980 to 2000 summed up the Simi Valley Republican's sense of statecraft: "It's Better to Be a Stomper, Than a Stompee."
"I'm tenacious, I'...