May 23, 2017

Political Stories Top stories   The price on universal health care is in, and it’s bigger than California’s budget — It would cost $400 billion per year to remake California’s health insurance marketplace and create a publicly funded universal heath care system, according to a state financial analysis released Monday. Sacramento Bee article; Sacramento Bee editorial; LA […]


May 22, 2017

Political Stories Top stories   Dan Walters: Borrowing scheme for CalPERS deserves more scrutiny — When local pension bonds have fallen short, Crane points out, borrowers then face double debts, one for the bond and the other for pensions. As Taylor advises, this may work out, but before the state takes a major plunge into […]


May 18, 2017

Political Stories – Top stories   Trump’s man in Congress: Fewer on Capitol Hill are closer to President Trump than Bakersfield’s Kevin McCarthy — On paper, McCarthy is the second-most powerful member in the House after Speaker Paul Ryan, but in reality, no politician has more clout with the Trump White House than he does.  CALmatters […]


May 16, 2017

Political Stories Top stories   Dan Walters: AG Becerra muffs chance to crack down on local government corruption — California’s new attorney general, Xavier Becerra, was given a golden opportunity Monday to change his department’s passive attitude toward governmental corruption. He muffed it.  Walters column in Sacramento Bee   Judge compares Trump travel ban to […]


May 15, 2017

Political Stories Top stories   High court could soon signal view on Trump immigration plans – Supreme Court decisions in a half-dozen cases dealing with immigration over the next two months could reveal how the justices might evaluate Trump administration actions on immigration, especially stepped up deportations. Some of those cases could be decided as […]


May 12, 2017

Political Stories Top stories ‘Cuts are coming,’ Gov. Jerry Brown says as he releases revised budget plan – California Gov. Jerry Brown released a revised, $180 billion budget proposal Thursday that closely mirrors his January plan, maintaining a cautious approach amid uncertainty about the direction of the economy and possible federal actions that could hurt the […]


May 11, 2017

Political Stories Top stories California governor to release revised spending plan — California Gov. Jerry Brown is scheduled Thursday to release his revised state budget amid lower-than-expected revenue and uncertainty about future federal spending on health care. The release of Brown’s spending plan for the next fiscal year kicks off a month of negotiations with […]


10 May, 2017

Political Stories Top stories Kern County supervisors vote to oppose California sanctuary bill — Four of five Kern County supervisors voted Tuesday to oppose the proposed state “sanctuary” law that triggered a battle with Sheriff Donny Youngblood last week. And they plan to push for changes in the bill over the next week. Bakersfield Californian […]


May 9, 2017

Political Stories – Top stories Dan Walters: California Democrats wanted more tax dollars to spend, but it’s not working out — Democratic legislators have counted on a revenue surge to persuade Gov. Jerry Brown to loosen up on spending – but just the opposite is occurring. Walters column in Sacramento Bee After a bumpy tax report […]


May 8, 2017

Political Stories Top stories Dan Walters: ‘I just refuse to die,’ says one Democrat fighting uphill battle to reform schools — Shirley Weber is a frontline soldier in California’s war over public education – and often surrounded by those on the other side. Walters column in Sacramento Bee California Democrats take aim at Republicans over […]