Senate leader Darrell Steinberg’s effort to ask voters whether the Legislature should be able to yank the pay of lawmakers who are suspended for allegations of dishonorable behavior will not make it onto the November ballot, marking a setback for the Sacramento Democrat who proposed the constitutional amendment in response to criminal allegations this year against a trio of senators.
With an election looming just beyond the end of the legislative session, Dan says lawmakers will be splitting their time between passing bills and raising money.
Legislators may be struggling to deal with the drought, but Dan says they have no issue passing out tax breaks to some lucky industries.
While much of the focus has been on passing a new California water bond, Dan points out schools are also looking for a fresh pot of money.
Even as California politicians boast about the states recovery, Dan says, new data shows how many cities continue to struggle.
One candidate for California governor is running as a fiscal conservative; the other posed as a homeless man to highlight poverty. Which one is a Democrat and which one a Republican? The answer, Dan says, shows what a strange race this is.
Business was good for California lobbying firms during the first half of this year. They brought in $92.6 million between January and June, disclosure reports released Friday show, an uptick of nearly 7 percent over the same period last year.
State Sen. Alex Padilla, D-Los Angeles, had a 17-to-1 cash-on-hand advantage at the end of June over educator and institute director Pete Peterson, Padilla’s Republican opponent in the race to succeed termed-out Secretary of State Debra Bowen.