Category Archives: CA Politics

The Frenzy Over ProPublica's Redistricting Report

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It should come as little surprise that California’s political class is all abuzz over a new and lengthy report on the state’s first ever independent redistricting process, one that describes in great detail private machinations apparently employed to help influence … Continue reading »


The 2012 Battle Over High Speed Rail

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It’s hardly hyperbole to suggest that 2012 will be the make-or-break year for California’s long standing plans to construct a high speed train system. As supporters push forward on plans to break ground on construction by year’s end, critics are … Continue reading »


Reporter's Notebook: From Budget Cash to Court Clash

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Few things make eyes bleary and heads throb more than reading government ledger sheets and complex, legalese court rulings. Throw in some minutiae about best budget practices and gubernatorial style… and you’ve got a full week. Hence, the weekend cleanup … Continue reading »


Super Committee for California's Initiative Process

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Frustrated by the tendency of elected officials to kowtow to political pressure and the unchecked power of interest groups to write their own laws that never get revisited, California’s latest governance reform effort proposes a new third way: a citizens … Continue reading »


710,924 Signatures for Overturning Senate Map. And Yet...

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The sole challenge to the work of California’s citizen redistricting panel appears to have crossed a significant milestone over the weekend, but still faces some tough odds to actually blocking the use of the panel’s work in 2012. Starting last … Continue reading »


New Pension Initiatives Target Current Workers

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NOTE: An earlier version of this posting misidentified conservative pension activist Marcia Fritz as one of the members of the group behind the new initiative campaign. There’s a temptation to dust off the quote attributed to an infamous bank robber … Continue reading »


Notebook: Pension Politics, DiFi's Free Shot?

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There’s probably nothing harder than prognosticating the politics of hot button issues or high profile campaigns. There’s also nothing more fun — that is, if you’re a political junkie. Hence the inspiration for a weekend edition of the Reporter’s Notebook.


Redistricting Lawsuits Rejected

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The odds of survival for the state’s first ever independently drawn political maps grew dramatically this afternoon, as the California Supreme Court summarily rejected legal challenges to the new districts for the state Senate and Congress. The state’s high Court … Continue reading »


Campaign Treasurer Scandal: "It's Quite a Mess"

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It was hard not to notice the campaign fundraising event held this week in Sacramento for Assemblymember Jose Solorio. Granted, it was for his 2014 Senate campaign. But Solorio’s future political endeavors would no doubt be easier to pursue if … Continue reading »


Redistricting Referendum Timeline Tight... or Impossible?

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California’s top elections official belives there won’t be enough time for a court-appointed panel — if one is chosen — to redraw the state’s political maps for the 2012 elections. That’s the gist of a legal filing by Secretary of … Continue reading »