With the November election less than three months away, candidates and party committees are raking in the donations. They raised $1 million across California on Monday and Tuesday alone.

The Assembly was slow to take up a proposed constitutional amendment allowing lawmakers to suspend their colleagues without pay. Dan speculates there’s a secret agenda.

Even as voting by mail becomes increasingly common in California elections, more mail ballots are not being counted, according to a study of mail voting in three counties, including Sacramento.

The Assembly on Wednesday deferred for two years the public’s vote on a constitutional amendment empowering lawmakers to strip wayward colleagues of their salaries.

Neel Kashkari, the long-shot Republican candidate for governor, is looking for a few good ads.

Advancing an effort to ensure public access to a contested California beach, the Assembly on Wednesday narrowly passed and legislation compelling the state to step into a dispute over Martins Beach.

Thirty-five members of California’s congressional delegation are pressing Gov. Jerry Brown to support an expanded film tax credit significant to California’s TV and movie industry, while actors and crew members rallied in support of the measure at the Capitol on Wednesday.

Gov. Jerry Brown’s agricilture secretary trying to rewrite state milk regulation late in session.

At least one of the three people Mayor Kevin Johnson dared to take the Ice Bucket Challenge has declined. Sort of.

A new Field Poll has found strong early support for two contentious health care-related ballot measures.

Once divided between the north and south, California politics now have an east-west split, Dan says.

One year after California and Nevada resolved a long-standing feud over development around Lake Tahoe, John Laird, secretary of the California Natural Resources Agency, arrived at a summit near the water’s edge Tuesday and said “peace is at hand.”

Shoddy oversight led California to approve almost $1 million for potentially ineligible drug rehabilitation providers, including for services supposedly rendered to dead people, according to a new state audit.

The Legislature shouldn’t favor old industries over businesses such as Uber at the expense of consumers.

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE – One day after agreeing to debate Neel Kashkari once before the November election, Gov. Jerry Brown suggested Tuesday he may not be the most enthusiastic participant – or at least isn’t inclined to talk about it yet.

A coalition of unions, environmental organizations and other liberal groups are trying to enlist Attorney General Kamala Harris in their efforts to beat back an oil industry campaign to scuttle the state’s plan to expand its cap-and-trade program to vehicle fuels in January.

Amid rampant speculation about her presidential aspirations, Hillary Clinton will appear alongside House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi for an October fundraiser in San Francisco.

After what most consider a successful implementation of the law in California, support for the Affordable Care Act among Golden State voters is the highest it’s ever been, according to a new Field Poll.

The California Chamber of Commerce is remarkably successful at killing bills it views as anti-business, Dan says.

Gov. Jerry Brown will debate Republican Neel Kashkari in Sacramento early next month, the only debate the incumbent governor will participate in ahead of the November election, his campaign said Monday.

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.

California lawmakers on Monday joined a national chorus urging a name change for the Washington Redskins football team.

After the mass killing of six college students in Isla Vista in May, lawmakers called for new restrictions to prevent mentally ill people from obtaining guns.

The Legislature still has many issues involving big money, big interests and emotion to resolve in the final weeks of session, Dan says.

With the fall campaign season fast approaching, candidates and ballot measure campaigns will raise money as fast as they can spend it in the coming weeks.

Californians’ ballots this fall are all but certain to lack a proposed $4.3 billion school bond, even though the legislation cleared a key Senate committee this week.

Pornographic performers in California can remain condom-free for the foreseeable future, with legislators nixing a proposed condom mandate on Thursday.

Workers’ compensation is a perennial issue at the Capitol – a complicated web of competing interests that emerges again every few years to fix what one side or the other said was screwed up the last time.

Transparency dies in the legislative appropriations committees, as do dozens of bills, Dan says.

After months of political wrangling, Democratic Rep. Ami Bera and Republican Doug Ose will square off Oct. 8 in a debate at KVIE-TV studios, showcasing a race drawing national attention because of the suburban Sacramento County district’s close political divide.

In a clash pitting large chains against the people who manage individual stores, legislation giving franchise owners more flexibility in managing their businesses squeaked out of the California Assembly on Thursday.

Regulating California’s medical marijuana industry will likely have to wait another year.

California voters will be asked to authorize $7.5 billion to bolster the state’s water supply, infrastructure and ecosystems in November, as lawmakers and Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday struck a long-sought deal to move a new water bond to the ballot.

With a Friday deadline for fiscal committees to report bills to the floor, appropriations committees in the state Senate and Assembly will churn through lengthy suspense files today. The Senate has more than 300 items to get through, while the Assembly has almost 150 on the docket. Everything from pet lovers’ license plates to epinephrin autoinjectors are up for consideration.

Dan asks whether the state Senate will bid farewell to suspended Sens. Leland Yee and Ron Calderon.

Michelle Rhee, the prominent and controversial education figure who is the wife of Mayor Kevin Johnson, announced on Wednesday that she is stepping down from her post as chief executive of StudentsFirst, the national advocacy organization she founded in 2010.

As discussions over gambling regulations in California heat up, the card club industry hosted lawmakers and their staff Wednesday for blackjack in the shadow of the Capitol.

Gov. Jerry Brown has renegotiated a gambling compact with a major tribe in San Diego County, citing declining gambling revenue in a pact that will reduce the tribe’s required payments to the state, Brown’s office said Wednesday.

As California lawmakers sped toward a vote on a new water bond on Wednesday, Democrats and Gov. Jerry Brown extended a new $7.5 billion offer in hopes of securing necessary Republican votes.

Politics are serious business, especially when there’s money on the line. The perpetual wrangling over gambling laws in California is a testament to that.

The California Supreme Court made the right call in booting an advisory measure about campaign finance from the November ballot, Dan says.

The Sacramento Bee spoke with suspended state Sen. Rod Wright in Sacramento on Tuesday as he stood across the street from the Capitol, shaking hands and greeting friends. Wright said he was in town to raise money for his legal defense fund and attend a retirement party for a lobbyist.

An influential former leader of the California Exposition and State Fair, the late Kirk Breed will be memorialized at the site he loved best: the horse racing track.

As California nears a new legislatively imposed deadline for putting a revised water bond on the November ballot, Gov. Jerry Brown met with legislative leaders and several prominent interest groups to push for a deal.

The federal Surface Transportation Board on Tuesday made public its authorizing for construction of a 114-mile high-speed passenger rail line between Fresno and Bakersfield.

And the bag fight continues.

With California’s economy on the mend, industries looking for special tax breaks are coming out of the woodwork, Dan says.

The California Supreme Court on Monday effectively blocked a November advisory ballot measure on the merits of unlimited independent campaign spending, dashing some Democrats’ hopes that the measure would boost voter turnout in what could be an otherwise staid election.

Scrambling to place a new water bond before voters, California’s legislative leaders on Monday converged on a $7.195 billion proposal and carved out more time to finish it by delaying a looming electoral deadline.

Fallout from the FPPC’s investigation of lobbyist Kevin Sloat continued to hit Sacramento on Monday, as the political watchdog announced reaching related settlements with Assemblyman Adam Gray, Assembly administrator Debra Gravert and an Indian tribe that is a client of the Sloat Higgins Jensen & Associates lobbying firm.

The Brown administration made clear Monday it opposes a proposed multibillion-dollar school bond for the November ballot, as the chairman of a key Senate committee voiced concerns that the borrowing measure favors suburban communities.

Californians hoping to legally play poker online will have to wait at least another year.

California’s improving budget outlook has continued into the new fiscal year, with revenue last month beating estimates by about $232 million, or 4.5 percent, the state controller said Monday.

For several dry-sky, crop-withering months, we have been hearing about a water bond.

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.

Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday once again blocked the release from prison of Bruce Davis, a former Charles Manson follower, reversing a decision of the state parole board.

Campaign staff for the incoming leader of the California Senate accepted a $25,000 contribution on the first day of the Senate’s self-imposed fundraising blackout period that began Aug. 1.

Tye “Glenn” Champ, a former gubernatorial candidate best known for his status as a registered sex offender, was arrested Friday in connection with the shooting of a neighbor and a horse, The Fresno Bee reported.

Legislators may be struggling to deal with the drought, but Dan says they have no issue passing out tax breaks to some lucky industries.

Not since the personal computer, or maybe the Shakeweight, has a single piece of technology generated as much discussion as drones.

The state Department of Toxic Substances Control has racked up almost $194 million in cleanup costs since 1987 for which it has either not billed polluters or collected payment, and the department may never recover a portion of that money, the state auditor said Thursday.

Moving to quash an increasingly common source of crime, the California Assembly on Thursday approved legislation requiring new smartphones to have disabling “kill switches.”

Veterans from across the country could pay California prices for college under newly amended Assembly legislation that would conform state law to a federal change in tuition rules.

California taxpayers would pick up the tab for recounts in close statewide elections under soon-to-be-amended legislation that follows criticism of existing state rules during last month’s recount in the controller’s race.

Former assembly speaker Fabian Núñez, who travelled recently to Mexico with Gov. Jerry Brown, is leading an effort to help his Mercury Public Affairs firm open a new office in Mexico City.

We’re watching for some late plot twists in the Legislature’s effort to keep film production in California.

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.

A proposal to ban the sale of electronic cigarettes in California vending machines died in an Assembly committee Wednesday as both sides accused the other of advancing the interests of tobacco companies at the expense of public health.

Last week it was Neel Kashkari, the Republican candidate for governor, emerging from a week posing as a homeless man in Fresno to highlight shortcomings of the economy in California.

It would have made for a delicate situation: a panel on California’s alternative energy future, featuring a state Assembly member who has been vocally questioning part of the state’s landmark emissions-reducing program.

Even as California politicians boast about the state’s recovery, Dan says, new data shows how many cities continue to struggle.

Alternative energy is big business in Sacramento.

Gov. Jerry Brown, pressing his case Tuesday for a smaller water bond on the November ballot, criticized the existing, $11.1 billion bond as “pork-laden” and “with a price tag beyond what’s reasonable or affordable.”

Members of the California Legislature pulled in more than $56 million in campaign cash from January 2013 through June, state data shows.

Gripping the steering wheel a little tighter when you cross the gleaming new Bay Bridge span these days?

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.

Legislative supporters of putting a multibillion-dollar school construction bond on the fall ballot kicked off efforts Monday to pass the measure by the end of next week, with California’s largest homebuilding group warning that the state otherwise faces a “nuclear option” of more expensive homes.

The California Supreme Court on Monday took the first step toward considering whether to remove from the fall ballot a measure asking California voters if Congress should overturn the controversial Citizens United decision by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Plastic bag makers are hitting the airwaves again in their latest attempt to keep the California Legislature from passing a bill to ban free plastic grocery bags, launching new TV and radio ads scheduled to go live on Tuesday.

California’s public universities could get a $100 million infusion through legislation announced on Monday.

Let the games begin!

Water is the most important issue facing legislators heading into the final month of session, Dan says.

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.

Several Democrats running for statewide office hold commanding fundraising leads over their Republican opponents heading into the general election campaign, according to campaign finance reports due Thursday.

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.

Assemblyman John A. Pérez’s campaign for state controller unleashed an expensive blast of TV ads in the weeks before the June 3 primary election, according to the campaign’s latest filing.

What does state Sen. Ricardo Lara have his eye on as the Legislature heads into its last month of session? “Potty parity,” for one.

Former head of Caltrans Adriana Gianturco has resurfaced in the fight against the new Sacramento Kings arena, Dan says.

Suspended state Sen. Leland Yee on Thursday pleaded not guilty to racketeering charges newly added to a federal case accusing him of accepting thousands of dollars in bribes and offering to set up international arms deals.

California’s health insurance exchange officials announced Thursday that the average premium will increase an average 4.2 percent for the coming year, touting the lower-than-usual figure as evidence that the federal health care overhaul is making coverage affordable for millions of residents.

In an uphill slog to unseat Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown, Republican Neel Kashkari had $198,000 in the bank and about $164,000 in debt as of June 30, according to his latest financial report filed Thursday.

With a hidden camera in his backpack and a professional videographer waiting outside, Neel Kashkari, the Republican candidate for California governor, said he walked into stores, restaurants and car washes throughout Fresno during a recent week spent posing as a regular guy in need of a job.

Last-minute changes to eligibility requirements for athletes and part-time students have delayed the rollout of California’s new Middle Class Scholarship.

A California appeals court on Thursday tossed out a lawsuit seeking to block a ballot measure asking whether Congress should overturn the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United campaign finance decision.

GOP gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari said Thursday that the recent week he spent sleeping on the streets and looking for work in Fresno underscores the state’s continued economic struggles and the need for new leadership.

Suspended state Sen. Leland Yee has been lying low since he pleaded not guilty to corruption and conspiracy to traffic firearms in April, but the San Francisco Democrat is expected to resurface again today in court to enter a plea on his latest charge for racketeering, announced last week.

As Gov. Jerry Brown tries to craft a new political legacy, he sometimes gets tripped up by his old self, Dan says.

Republican gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari was five days into his job search and down to the last $5.75 when he turned to a homeless shelter for food.

Gov. Jerry Brown was about to leave Mexico’s capital after four days of talks pressing on the environment, and he wasn’t sure, broadly speaking, how his diplomacy might add up.

An independent write-in candidate who ran in the primary to succeed retiring Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Los Angeles, filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday challenging California’s ban on write-in contenders in the general election.

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