| Oct 4, 2013
| 9:16 PM
WASHINGTON — For the first two years of Barack Obama's presidency, Rep. Kevin McCarthy traveled the country recruiting and coaching anti-establishment, tea party-backed candidates for the 2010 election.
Many of the candidates recruited by McCarthy...
| Sep 23, 2013
| 3:01 PM
Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday signed legislation outlawing the use of so-called ticket-buying software, or "bots," that can purchase hundreds of the best seats to concerts and sporting events within seconds of their going on sale online.
| Sep 21, 2013
| 10:27 AM
SACRAMENTO -- Californians will be able to check a box on their personal income tax filing and automatically donate to programs that protect the state’s coast under legislation signed by Gov. Jerry Brown, he announced Saturday.
The new law creates...
| Sep 20, 2013
| 7:51 AM
SACRAMENTO -- Seattle hedge fund manager Chris Hansen and a political committee have been fined $50,000 for not reporting his role in funding a petition drive to block the construction of a basketball arena in Sacramento.
Hansen earlier this year was...
| Sep 19, 2013
| 8:50 AM
California hunters did not pull enough weight to stop the state Legislature from approving a bill last week that would ban the use of lead bullets for sport shooting of animals.
So now, with AB 711 on the desk of Gov. Jerry Brown, a coalition opposed to...
| Sep 19, 2013
| 1:17 PM
SACRAMENTO — The state campaign watchdog agency acted Thursday to require political campaigns to report when they pay people to post favorable or unfavorable content on blogs, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and other social media sites.
The state Fair...
| Aug 30, 2013
| 7:17 PM
One way to judge the virtues of the city of Richmond's initiative to use eminent domain to help its strapped mortgage borrowers is by the hysterical reaction of the banks and investors holding the mortgage loans.
Wells Fargo & Co. and Bank of New York...
| Aug 20, 2013
| 2:36 PM
State Sen. Mimi Walters announced more endorsements this week in her campaign for the 45th Congressional District. The election is set for next June.
Walters, whose 37th District includes Costa Mesa, Newport Beach and portions of Huntington Beach and...
| Jul 2, 2013
| 7:08 PM
State Sen. Mimi Walters announced Tuesday that she plans to run for the 45th Congressional District seat retiring U.S. Rep. John Campbell (R-Irvine) will vacate next year.
Walters, a Republican, currently represents the 37th District in the California...
| Jun 27, 2013
| 7:25 PM
WASHINGTON -- Orange County Congressman John Campbell (R-Irvine) announced Thursday that he will retire when his term expires, continuing the large turnover in the state's House delegation.
"At the end of this term, I will have spent 14 years serving in...
| Mar 24, 2013
Think the automatic budget cuts Congress ordered at the beginning of March — the so-called sequester — haven't caused any pain yet?
Judging from the squeals we're hearing from members of Congress whose districts are threatened...
| Jan 6, 2013
Spare a little sympathy, if you can, for John A. Boehner of Ohio, speaker of the House of Representatives.
On paper, he's the most powerful Republican in the land. In practice, he's caught between a cliff and a ceiling as the uneasy chairman of an...