| 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.
| 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...
| Mar 8, 2014
| 5:41 PM
Organized chaos reigned Saturday afternoon as delegates of the California Democratic Party began casting their endorsement ballots in races featuring more than one Democrat vying for the party's backing.
Cheering sections for state Sen. Alex Padilla...
| 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...
| 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...
| Jul 2, 2011
Jean Harris, a feisty advocate for gay and lesbian rights and longtime Democratic Party activist who helped elect openly gay candidates in California, has died. She was 66.
Harris, who had a number of serious health problems, was found June 25 in her...
| 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'...