Category Archives: Political Parties and Independents

Redistricting Win, Lose, or Draw

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More competition. More moderate politicians. Less sleazy deal making. More good stuff. Less bad stuff. Like so many electoral efforts, the two campaigns waged in favor of independent redistricting promised a lot of fixes to California voters tired of dysfunctional … Continue reading »


Labor Leader Says Skip the Election, Dems Still Back Brown

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It would be wrong to say that Democrats who flocked to Sacramento for the party’s weekend convention are unhappy with the course of action laid out by their standard bearer on solving the state budget mess. But they do seem … Continue reading »


Republicans Rumble, Reconcile at Confab

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Republicans are fond of invoking just about everything Ronald Reagan, but their biannual state convention routinely sees shattered into tiny pieces what Reagan liked to call the party’s 11th Commandment: thou shalt not speak ill of any fellow Republican. This … Continue reading »


Voters More Diverse... and Confused... Than Ever

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In politics, there’s often a danger in relying too much on conventional wisdom. And a just released statewide poll on the November election confirms that danger, as it seems California’s electorate is starting to look and act differently than expected. … Continue reading »


Redistricting Panel: Glamorous, It Ain't

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When an attorney suggested this morning that the men and women who will draw California’s political maps could benefit from snuggling up some weekend with a copy of the state’s open meetings law, you could feel the reality set in. … Continue reading »


GOP's Cooley Beats... GOP's Whitman

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It may not be much of a consolation prize if the current trend in the vote count continues, but the most popular California Republican on Election Day was Steve Cooley. The party’s standard bearer, Meg Whitman, looks as though she’ll … Continue reading »


36 Potential Redistricting Commissioners

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The four legislative leaders have made their alloted strikes to the pool of men and women who are still eligible for seat on California’s first independent redistricting panel, leaving now the final applicants — eight of which will actually be … Continue reading »


Red Team's Election Blues

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Like the fans of a baseball team whose only hope of avoiding a shutout is the final batter, California Republicans are nervously watching the fate of Steve Cooley as they ponder what went so terribly wrong for the GOP brand … Continue reading »


Prop 14: The Agent Of Change?

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It seems hard to argue with the conclusion that the passage of Proposition 14, whether you love it or hate it, would change — and likely diminish — the role of party politics in California. In its place, it would … Continue reading »


The Worldly Observations of Jerry Brown

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In this morning’s story on The California Report recapping the California Democratic Party’s convention, I attempted to convey the top election year priority of many delegates — jobs and the economy — and how that concern might play out in … Continue reading »