| Dec 9, 2013
| 1:01 PM
SACRAMENTO -- Employees of public transit systems in California would be barred from going on strike under legislation proposed Monday by Senate Republican Leader Bob Huff (R-Diamond Bar).
Huff made the proposal in response to a potential third strike...
| Jun 26, 2013
| 4:54 PM
SACRAMENTO — The way I read it, the Supreme Court concluded what increasing numbers of Californians have been saying: that opponents of same-sex marriage can't show any personal harm from two gay people exchanging vows.
The justices wrote in...
| Jun 14, 2013
| 6:35 PM
SACRAMENTO — As the Democrats who control the Capitol congratulated themselves over this week's state budget deal, another dynamic emerged: support from across the political divide for Gov. Jerry Brown's thrifty ways.
Republicans who a few years...
| Jul 11, 2013
| 4:33 PM
Lawmakers are calling for an investigation into allegations that prison doctors pressured female inmates into being sterilized.
The inmates were sterilized without approval from top officials in Sacramento, reported the Center for Investigative...
| Aug 27, 2013
| 1:39 PM
SACRAMENTO -- Gov. Jerry Brown and lawmakers are set to announce Tuesday afternoon new legislation to help California meet a court order to reduce prison crowding.
The plan involves dipping into the state's reserve fund to pay for new places to house...
| Aug 27, 2013
| 2:58 PM
SACRAMENTO — California will not release a single inmate early to meet a court order to reduce prison crowding, Gov. Jerry Brown and top lawmakers pledged Tuesday.
Instead, the state plans to lease extra beds for inmates in private prisons and...
| Sep 10, 2013
| 8:32 PM
California lawmakers pushed ahead Tuesday with a new state testing plan despite a threat by the Obama administration to withhold federal education funds unless substantial changes were made.
The state Senate approved the overhaul on a 25-7 vote, with...
| May 13, 2013
| 2:33 PM
One day before Gov. Jerry Brown is scheduled to release his updated spending plan, Democrats in the Legislature began lining up empty bills to streamline the budget process.
The annual ritual is a reliable source of controversy in the Capitol, with...
| Dec 2, 2012
| 10:20 PM
Paul Priolo remembers the last time Democrats enjoyed a supermajority in the state Assembly. He was the Republican leader. And his strategy was simple.
"I socialized with Democrats," he says. "That was my key to getting along and overcoming the handicap...
| Jan 28, 2013
SACRAMENTO — Gov. Jerry Brown spoke only two sentences about streamlining environmental regulations in his State of the State address. But they inspired reformers to cheer.
Could have fooled me. I was ready to pounce on him last week for scanty...
| Feb 18, 2013
SACRAMENTO — "There's no place to go but up," asserted Jim Brulte, whose mission is to save the California Republican Party. "We're on the way back."
Brulte told me that in 2000 at the Republican National Convention in Philadelphia. He was the...
| Mar 4, 2013
SACRAMENTO — "Too white, too right and too uptight," says a veteran political consultant. "That's why the Republican Party can't come back in California."
Strategist David Townsend is a Democrat, so that's the sort of comment you would expect from...