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Rep. Henry Waxman, Liberal Democrat from Los Angeles, to Retire from Congress

January 30, 2014 | 9:41 am

Rep. Henry Waxman, Liberal Democrat from Los Angeles, to Retire from Congress

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Twenty-term congressman is fourth member of state’s House contingent to announce he won’t seek re-election.

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California Democrats Regain Supermajority in State Senate

March 13, 2013 | 8:57 am

California Democrats Regain Supermajority in State Senate

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Democrats appeared to have hit the sweet spot in a pair of special elections on Tuesday, likely regaining their two-thirds majority in the state Senate while retaining their narrow supermajority in the Assembly at least until mid-May. With all precincts reporting, Assemblyman Ben Hueso, a Democrat from San Diego, led the […]

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February 22, 2013 | 11:13 am

Democrats Lose Supermajority in California Senate

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A legislative supermajority is a fleeting thing, reports KQED’s Sacramento Bureau Chief Scott Detrow: Just a month-and-a-half into the new legislative session, California Democrats have lost the two-thirds majority they held in both the state Assembly and Senate. That’s due to the resignation of East Bakersfield Senator Michael Rubio, who is stepping down – effective […]

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December 3, 2012 | 8:50 am

A.M. Splash: Calif. Dems Supermajority May Not Last Long; Apple, Samsung Back to Court; Arrests Drop in Oakland; SF N. Beach Subway Proposed

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California Democrats’ supermajority powers will be short-lived (Bay Area News Group) When Democrats last month achieved broad taxing powers by capturing supermajorities in both chambers of the Legislature, Democratic leaders immediately ruled out new taxes, saying they didn’t want to be seen as overreaching just after voters approved Gov. Jerry Brown’s $6 billion annual tax […]

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December 15, 2011 | 3:27 pm

Video: Romney Ad Highlights the Newt and Nancy Show

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On the Chronicle Politics Blog: Carla Marinucci writes about Mitt Romney’s new ad painting Newt Gingrich as just to the left of Fidel Castro, all because he supported “Al Gore’s liberal global warming agenda” in the form of a public service announcement he made with Nancy Pelosi. “We do agree, our country must take action […]

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September 13, 2011 | 3:40 pm

Feinstein Among Politicians Allegedly Defrauded by Campaign Treasurer

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Senator Dianne Feinstein is the latest – and highest profile – California politician to be swept up in an embezzlement scandal hitting the state’s democratic party. Politico was the first to report Feinstein saying may have been “wiped out” by Kinde Durkee, a treasurer to hundreds of Democratic campaigns in California. Durkee was arrested by […]

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December 8, 2010 | 3:01 pm

Bay Area Delegation Not On Board With Obama’s Tax Deal; Jackie Speier Interview

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Liberal activists and voters, as noted in this blog post by Joe Garoli of the Chronicle and this blog post by Foon Rhee of The Sacramento Bee, do not like President Obama’s deal with Republicans to extend the Bush-era tax cuts. The Bay Area congressional contingent appears similarly disinclined to go along with the deal, […]

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November 4, 2010 | 10:43 am

“Letter to a Whiny Young Democrat”

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If you’re a Democrat, you have probably been engaged in, are currently engaged in, or will be engaged in some type of discussion involving just what the hell happened on Tuesday. One immediate cause of the electoral catastrophe: Youth turnout. From CBS News: The youth vote–18-to-29-year-olds–who helped catapult President Obama into office makes up an […]

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November 1, 2010 | 3:08 pm

Dem Giants, a Giant Dem, and the Bay Area Under Attack

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Born in New York City, I grew up with this Woody Allen lament, uttered at the beginning of Annie Hall: Don’t you see the rest of the country looks upon New York like we’re left-wing, communist, Jewish, homosexual pornographers? I think of us that way sometimes, and I live here. Substitute “Wiccan” for “Jewish,” maybe […]

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