The current setup is confusing and favors candidates who can raise more cash.

San Francisco’s vote should inspire other counties to support intensive care for mentally ill people.

House Republican Speaker John Boehner says he’s so upset about President Barack Obama’s use of signing statements to challenge laws he and his GOP majority pass that he’s planning to sue the president for overstepping his bounds.

California is the only state in the western United States that does not regulate groundwater at the state level. Worse, the state also is unique in the West with a wrongheaded, outdated 1951 law that makes well logs and drillers reports confidential information and not available to the public. That makes real groundwater management impossible.

Manipulation of loopholes allows public equity firms to unfairly avoid paying taxes and to nickel-and-dime their investors, which increasingly include public pension funds like CalPERS.

Ever so slowly, Sacramento County officials are preparing to enter the Internet age, to the benefit of the electorate. It can’t come soon enough.

Key decisions coming this year for trolley line linking Sacramento and West Sacramento.

There is only one correct way to view the estimated 52,000 unaccompanied minors who have streamed through the United States-Mexico border over the past year and who are now crowding federal detention facilities: children fleeing desperate, dangerous places who need our help.

In and around Sacramento’s K Street, the prospect of a new downtown arena has captured the bulk of attention. But much more is happening – and should be happening.

Since county officials can’t get along, grand jury goes to extremes to recommend getting rid of a bunch of elected positions.

The date is etched in our collective consciousness, and 238 years have passed since that day in Philadelphia’s Independence Hall.

The Brandathon’s “In Season” concept misses the mark in capturing the identity of the six-county Sacramento region.

California Senate’s hiring practices are a little too clubby.

What if John Boehner, Nancy Pelosi and Barack Obama were negotiating the Declaration of Independence?

Fifty years ago, President Lyndon Johnson signed the Civil Right Act of 1964, the most sweeping legislation of its kind since Reconstruction a century earlier. It banned racial discrimination in hotels, theaters, restaurants and other public accommodations, as well as many workplaces, and gave the federal government new powers to enforce the law.

Hot, dry days are never good for firefighters or for people who live in the foothills and mountains, or suburbia, for that matter. Mix in illegal fireworks, and fire could quickly spread out of control; it happens every year, especially around July Fourth. This year’s drought will only make matters worse.

Corporate executive Robert McDonald, who was nominated Monday to be the new secretary of Veterans Affairs, faces a gargantuan task to get the agency back on track. It’s not just fixing the unacceptably long waiting times for patients at VA hospitals, or stubborn delays in disability benefits. It’s also cracking down on for-profit colleges that are raking in millions from the post-9/11 GI Bill, while veterans – and taxpayers – are not getting anywhere close to their money’s worth.

It wasn’t surprising that a majority of the U.S. Supreme Court voted to support private companies that refuse to provide certain forms of contraceptives. If corporate “persons” have the right to free speech, as the high court ruled in the Citizens United case, then surely they have the right to hold religious views.

The Assembly Education Committee made the right decision on a bill that allows schools to stock epinephrine auto-injectors, and another that would gently apply the brakes on a badly done Proposition 227 repeal.

Finding balance in a new water bond will be difficult. No discussion involving water in California ever is easy.

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