Category Archives: Elections

Tax Initiative Deal Struck, Gathering Signatures Will Be Pricey

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2:00 p.m. UPDATE: Governor Brown confirmed to reporters in southern California this afternoon that a deal has, in fact, been reached on a November tax initiative. As such, this posting includes updated information and has a slightly tweaked headline from … Continue reading »


Some Initiatives Flush With Cash, Others Bare

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It’s by no means a perfect way to measure the eventual outcome at the polls, but money often talks loudest in campaigns for or against ballot measures in California. And at this juncture, the money recorded in publicly filed fundraising … Continue reading »


"Whatever It Takes," Says Munger on Campaign

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Attorney and education activist Molly Munger says she will spend as much of her personal fortune as needed to run a statewide campaign for her tax initiative to help K-12 schools. “We are totally committed to spending whatever it takes … Continue reading »


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 »


Getting On Ballot Only Half the Battle

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As every smart politico knows, there are two distinct stages of direct democracy in California: getting your proposition on the ballot and then getting voters to actually ratify your proposition. And so in a few cases this season, the real … 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 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 »


Supremes Won't Block Redistricting Maps

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If the state Senate districts drawn by California’s new citizens redistricting panel are going to be erased and redrawn this decade, it will only happen if a referendum qualifies for the November ballot and voters agree. That’s because the final … Continue reading »


Reformers Team Up for November Ballot

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Advocates for major government reform have long lamented that if only they could find the financial backing for a political campaign, the voters would ratify changes to help end California’s dysfunction. Now, it looks as though the white knight has … Continue reading »