February 26, 2016

Political Stories Top stories Jerry Brown puts crime initiative in California Supreme Court’s hands — In an effort to revive his ballot initiative to make certain nonviolent felons eligible for early parole, Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday appealed to the California Supreme Court to allow the measure to go forward. Sacramento Bee article; AP article AD 31: Early internal […]


February 27, 2016

Political Stories Top stories Gov. Brown wins temporary court victory in fight over November ballot measure — The California Supreme Court on Friday evening allowed Gov. Jerry Brownand his political allies to begin gathering voter signatures for a November ballot measure to revamp prison parole policy, a temporary victory until the justices determine whether state officials properly […]


February 28, 2016

Political Stories Top stories CD 21: Parra blocks Huerta’s bid to land state Democrat Party’s endorsement in race — Fowler City Council member Daniel Parra landed the California Democratic Party’s endorsement in caucus voting in San Jose Saturday. But his win will be challenged before the entire party Sunday. Parra blocked Democratic rival Emilio Huerta’s bid […]


February 29, 2016

Political Stories Top stories CD 21: Huerta blocks Parra, Democrat endorsement – Democratic in-fighting in the 21st Congressional District has ended in a tie as the party’s state convention wrapped up Sunday. Bakersfield attorney Emilio Huerta, appealing to the entire California Democratic Party on Sunday, succeeded in reversing an endorsement for his Democratic rival Daniel Parra […]


February 23, 2016

Political Stories Top stories Republican voter registration tanks in California; more voters than ever don’t affiliate with party — Californians may be more disenchanted with political party labels than at any time in modern history, as new voter registration data show another shift away from party affiliation coming at the same time as a presidential race […]


February 22, 2016

Political Stories Top stories Dan Walters: Acts by California politicians have backfired — When Gov. Jerry Brown unveiled a criminal sentencing reform measure last month, he cited the “unintended consequences” of a law he had signed nearly 40 years earlier. Walters column in Sacramento Bee Health plans’ finances a big unknown in California tax swap package — A […]


February 21, 2016

Political Stories Top stories ‘Excessive water users’ fine would elevate drought-shaming to California policy — Last month, Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, introduced Senate Bill 814, which would require local water districts to set a definition of “excessive water use” and then fine customers by up to $500 for each hundred cubic feet, or about 748 gallons, of […]


February 20, 2016

Political Stories Top stories The 31st Assembly District is in for a strange election year — The possibilities could confuse even the most hardened political junkie. For instance, one candidate could win in April, but lose in November. He would be in the state Assembly a little more than seven months. Or a candidate could win in […]


February 19, 2015

Political Stories Top stories Will California pot legalization survive the presidential election? — Californians will vote this fall on legalizing marijuana for recreation but whether Golden State residents can break out the bongs could depend on what happens at the top of the ballot. The next president has the power to shut down marijuana sales in […]


February 18, 2016

Political Stories Top stories Valley farmers, others come out against rail-water initiative — A group of central San Joaquin Valley agriculture, government and Latino leaders is raising an alarm about a proposed ballot initiative to take money away from high-speed rail and use it instead for water-storage projects in California. Fresno Bee article Fact check: Gavin Newsom […]