| Apr 8, 2014
| 2:02 PM
SACRAMENTO — Republican candidate for governor Tim Donnelly on Tuesday brushed off concerns that his 2006 speech comparing illegal immigration to war would hurt his chances of winning over Latino voters.
"I have more support from Latinos than most...
| Apr 8, 2014
| 12:33 PM
SACRAMENTO -- A bill that would place a moratorium on the use of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in oil drilling in California was approved by a state Senate panel on Tuesday.
The measure was passed by a bare majority of five votes by the Senate...
| Mar 27, 2014
| 6:00 AM
Republican Andy Vidak won an upset victory in last year's special election for a state Senate seat in the San Joaquin Valley. He prevailed despite the Democrats' 22-point advantage in voter registration in the district.
How'd he do it? His explanation:...
| Mar 25, 2014
| 12:51 PM
SACRAMENTO – A Senate panel Tuesday advanced one of the three competing proposals for water bond measures, but lawmakers acknowledged that more negotiations will be required to reach a consensus on what to put before voters.
Lawmakers have two...
| Mar 22, 2014
| 7:36 PM
SACRAMENTO - A cherry farmer from the San Joaquin Valley holds the key to California Republicans' hopes of loosening Democrats' grip on the state Legislature.
Andy Vidak, a Republican who owns an orchard in Kings County, stunned both parties last year...
| Mar 18, 2014
| 2:30 PM
SACRAMENTO — California Republican leaders have a plan for depriving the Democrats of supermajorities in both houses of the state Legislature and rebuilding the party in this year’s elections, but it will take raising up to $13.6 million,...
| Mar 13, 2014
| 5:41 PM
SACRAMENTO — California's deficit-plagued unemployment insurance program missed out on more than half a billion dollars in federal money in recent years when state officials failed to take advantage of a new federal program.
The California state...
| Jan 31, 2014
| 7:33 PM
SACRAMENTO -- In two closely watched contests in the San Joaquin Valley, incumbent Republican Sens. Anthony Cannella and Andy Vidak hold early but significant leads in fundraising as they compete to hold onto newly drawn districts targeted by Democratic...
| Feb 1, 2014
| 8:04 PM
Highly competitive congressional races in California, attracting interest across the nation, were already drawing many millions of dollars in donations even before the election year began, according to new campaign reports.
From the Bay Area to San...
| Dec 17, 2013
| 1:01 PM
SACRAMENTO -- It is still nearly three weeks before state lawmakers return to session, but some on Tuesday previewed the bills they plan to introduce, including measures involving revenge porn, ghost guns and oil taxes.
Sen. Anthony Cannella (R-Ceres)...
| Oct 22, 2013
| 7:24 PM
Problems are growing worse for the state's Employment Development Department after a new computer system backfired, leaving some Californians without much-needed benefit checks for weeks.
The agency initially said 80,000 unemployment claims were stalled...
| Aug 26, 2013
| 11:46 AM
In that innocent age before smartphones and laptops, perhaps the nastiest public revenge that a spurned beau could take was writing “for a good time call …” with his ex’s phone number on a men’s room wall (in the interest of...