Category Archives: Elections

Campaign Cash Do-Over OK In Some Cases

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A legal analysis by the state’s campaign finance watchdog agency says that donations never deposited into candidate accounts by accused treasurer Kinde Durkee can be solicited a second time. But now, the multi-million dollar question in the allegations of embezzlement … 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 »


Presidential Campaigns, California Style

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As Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney has ramped up his rhetoric on the topic of illegal immigration in the 2012 race for the White House, you can forgive California political watchers if they feel a sense of déjà vu. Not … Continue reading »


Brown Paddles Left, Right on Bills

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It is easily the most familiar (and perhaps overused) shorthand for Governor Jerry Brown’s philosophy of governance and politics. And yet Brown’s self-described “canoe theory” seems to have stood the test of time, with his paddling skills put to the … Continue reading »


Reporter's Notebook: Bill-o-Rama!

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California’s state legislators have gone home, leaving in their wake hundreds of bills either ratified or rejected. They have also, for the time being, shut down their interparty warfare operations… which gives us a moment to open up a raft … Continue reading »


Good Government or Political Power Play?

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After a debate on everything from fixing direct democracy to allegations of welshing on a deal, the Legislature approved legislation on its final day that strips June statewide ballots of initiative measures and — in an unrelated move — delays … Continue reading »


A Hefty Redistricting Referendum

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When the petition to overturn the new state Senate maps hits the streets this weekend, it’s going to be not a page, but a packet. Signature gatherers are being required to tote along not just a page for voter signatures, … Continue reading »