Category Archives: Political Parties and Independents

California's Political Purple Reign

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For years, we’ve talked about how the national color coded shorthand for California politics is overly simplistic. Yes, the state may be “blue” in total votes cast in some races — presidential, most notably — but the real color palette … Continue reading »


California Republicans Try Balancing Act. Again.

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BURLINGAME– This weekend’s gathering of the California Republican Party provided another example of how hard it must be for a political party to dig itself out of a deep popularity hole, when every option comes with a downside. Throw the … Continue reading »


Dems Day 2: Congressional "Erminators"

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SAN DIEGO — Think Hatfields and McCoys. Or Corleones and Tattaglias. Now, think worse… and you start to get a feel for the animosity on display Saturday night between Rep. Howard Berman and Rep. Brad Sherman. The two veteran Democratic … Continue reading »


Dems Day 2: Brown Passes on Tax Pitch

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SAN DIEGO — Well, so much for the notion that Governor Jerry Brown would use his big speech at the California Democratic Party convention to pitch his November tax increase initiative. In a speech running a little more than 11 … Continue reading »


Dems Day 1: Come Together, Right Now

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SAN DIEGO — At every turn in the early hours of this 2012 California Democratic Party convention, you could hear party leaders urge the donkey-loving conventioneers to unite and fight. And yet even on day one, there were clear signs … Continue reading »


Dems Pre-Endorsements Presage Tough 2012

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For casual political watchers, it may be hard to believe that small gatherings of diehard Democrats in January will decide who wins races for the Legislature or Congress come November. And yet, in some cases, that’s exactly what could happen … 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 »


Message or Messenger? California GOP Wrestles With Answer

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NOTE TO READERS: This will the last blogging until early October, as I take a break from the Capitol and political coverage. I also hope to bring back the weekly podcast at that time, which so many of you have … Continue reading »


Redistricting's Final, Controversial, Push

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As California’s bold experiment with independent redistricting enters the homestretch, it’s clear that drawing political boundaries is neither simple nor without controversy. And for the 14 men and women picked to do the work, the questions will soon be: can … Continue reading »


Round 1 of Political Mapping Complete

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California’s much anticipated transition to new and independently drawn political boundaries has cleared a big hurdle, with the citizens commission created by voters in 2008 releasing draft legislative and congressional maps. And now, some irony. Perhaps the single biggest desire … Continue reading »