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.
Having passed an on-time budget and concluded their committee hearings, California lawmakers have escaped Sacramento for a few weeks and retired to their districts for a July recess. When they return, much of the remaining legislative session will be devoted to trying to get a new water bond on the November ballot.
Sen. Kay Hagan on Tuesday again became a co-sponsor of a bill that would require corporations and advocacy groups to disclose their donors for political ads. An earlier version of the bill was introduced in the Senate in 2012, but it had no Republican co-sponsors, and it went nowhere.
Shiva Frentzen, a Cameron Park Community Services District director, has announced her candidacy for El Dorado County’s District 2 supervisor seat to be filled in a September special election.
The Lassen Board of Supervisors voted 3-2 Tuesday to adopt a resolution that places a proposed three-term limit before voters in November. Supervisors Jim Chapman and Aaron Albaugh voted against the resolution.
Nonprofit executive director Rick Jennings is on the verge of winning a closely-watched Sacramento City Council race in the district representing the Pocket, Greenhaven and Valley Hi neighborhoods.
Sacramento City Council candidate Ellen Cochrane congratulated her competitors in a blog post over the weekend. She thanked her supporters. And she said she was thinking about which candidate to support in the November run-off election.
Ellen Cochrane apparently thinks 77 votes is an insurmountable gap. Cochrane, a teacher and one of seven candidates for the City Council race in east Sacramento and South Natomas, posted a concession message on her website over the weekend. She currently stands in third place in a race in which the top two finishers will move on to the November runoff election.
Republican Art Moore has advanced to a same-party showdown with Rep. Tom McClintock in the Roseville-based 4th Congressional District.
Nonprofit executive director Rick Jennings was still hovering above 50 percent of the vote in the City Council race in the Pocket, Greenhaven and Valley Hi neighborhoods in updated results Friday. However, with potentially hundreds more ballots left to count, it was still too early to determine whether he would maintain a majority and avoid a run-off in November with former city fire chief Julius Cherry.
Sacramento County elections officials report that 77,700 ballots remain to be counted following Tuesday’s primary election.
Davis voters on Tuesday repealed a complex series of water rate increases designed to pay for a major project tapping into the Sacramento River.
The November lineup in the race to be Californias next controller remained unknown Wednesday as four candidates finished within three percentage points of each other, while fall contests for secretary of state, attorney general and other statewide contests fell into place with little drama.
The two candidates who will face off in November in El Dorado County’s closely watched District 4 supervisorial race both promise to preserve the county’s rustic flavor. Otherwise, the two survivors of Tuesday’s primary election offer stark contrasts for voters in a district whose politics simmer over growth and development issues.
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Before polling closed on Tuesday, June 3, tweets from candidates, voters and journalists discussed the primary elections. Most expected a low turnout without hot button issues to drive voters to the polls.
Sacramento Bee columnist Marcos Breton hosted a live online chat to discuss the election. Replay it here.
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In a bizarre scene, three men said they were paid Friday to stand on a busy downtown Sacramento street corner to hold signs and hand out fliers calling Councilman Jay Schenirer a racist.
Democrats Thursday said they’re planning a nearly $44 million ad campaign this fall in 36 battleground House districts, an unusually large commitment from a political party.
Deputy District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert built on her financial lead in the Sacramento County district attorney’s race by more than doubling her money in the most recent fundraising reporting period.
A new Davis City Council will immediately be faced with numerous issues such as budget deficits, major water projects, infrastructure backlogs and efforts to grow revenue.
Sacramento and El Dorado county election officials need poll workers for the June 3 election.
Assemblyman Richard Pan is highlighting his career as a doctor in his race against fellow Democratic Assemblyman Roger Dickinson to represent the Sacramento region in the state Senate. A similar message is emerging in the independent advertising campaigns outside interest groups are mounting to benefit Pan. They have already spent more than $507,000 to support Pan and slam Dickinson.
Neel Kashkari has cut into Tim Donnellys lead among Republican candidates for governor, aided by an infusion of his own money in an increasingly divisive, inter-party race, according to a new poll.
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Republican Neel Kashkari tore into rival Tim Donnelly on Thursday, accusing him of offending minorities and alienating prominent Republicans while mentioning his criminal record in the only scheduled debate between the two candidates for governor.
Nonprofit organizations that make political contributions in California will have to disclose more information about the source of their money under a law Gov. Jerry Brown signed Wednesday.
Precinct officers are needed to work polling places on Election Day in Sacramento County.
The Bee’s editorial board met recently with the top two Republican challengers to Gov. Jerry Brown’s re-election campaign, Assemblyman Tim Donnelly of Twin Peaks and Neel Kashkari of Orange County. Discussion ranged from Donnelly’s unusual flag pin to Kashkari’s choice for president while running the Troubled Asset Relief Program in 2008. Below are excerpts from the conversations.
El Dorado County’s anti-growth politics were on display last week as eight contenders for the 4th District supervisorial seat appeared at a forum near a gleaming aquatics complex and well-manicured suburban homes in Cameron Park.
The White House isn’t yet saying whether it will cooperate with a new House investigation into the September 2012 attack in Libya -- but it stressed Wednesday that Republicans are raising money to support the endeavor.
Averting a costly ballot fight, a prominent health care labor union has agreed to pull a pair of measures that would limit how California hospitals price medical care and compensate their executives.
A federal appellate court on Tuesday affirmed a Sacramento judge’s rejection of a 27-year-old woman’s claim that she had a constitutional right to appear on California’s 2012 presidential primary ballot.
The Bee’s editorial board met with the three Republican candidates challenging Democratic incumbent Ami Bera for California’s 7th Congressional District seat. They talked about how John Boehner has done as speaker of the House, about immigration reform and whether California should have to recognize gun laws from other states.
Gov. Jerry Brown has refused to answer multiple-choice questions for The Bees voter guide.
Young people may not be flocking to the polls this year.
Voter ID laws in North Carolina, Texas and other states appear more vulnerable to legal challenges after a federal judge struck down a Wisconsin law that required voters show a state issued photo ID at the polls.
A federal judge has struck down Michigans ban on gay marriage the latest in a series of decisions overturning similar laws across the country.
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While the possession, cultivation and distribution of marijuana is a federal offense, the shift in public opinion has prompted many states to enact laws that would legalize marijuana for medicinal or recreational use.
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The White House wants the National Security Agency to quit sweeping up and storing vast amounts of data on Americans phone calls, preferring to get them from phone companies through a court order.
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Democratic campaign strategists knew they had to win the support of three key groups: minorities (especially Hispanic voters), women and young voters in order to secure Barack Obama's re-election. Historically, key demographics have often played pivotal roles in presidential elections.
A flurry of missteps and scandals have beset the administration of President Barack Obama, imperiling prospects for his second term and driving down his approval ratings.
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The eight candidates for El Dorado County’s District 4 supervisor seat will be featured in a forum April 30 at the Gold Trail Grange in Coloma.
The Bee’s editorial board met with the four leading candidates seeking to replace termed-out Secretary of State Debra Bowen. The secretary of state is California’s chief elections officer. We asked the candidates about whether the job ought to be nonpartisan, voter fraud and Cal-Access, the state’s campaign finance database.
Hillary Clinton is way ahead of other Democrats in the New Hampshire race for the 2016 presidential nomination and Republicans are scrambled--but most voters are far from deciding.
When the Legislature returns next week from spring break, it will pick up with the drudgery of its shortcomings right where it left off, with ethics training in the upper house.
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee is the top choice at the moment for potential Iowa Republican caucus voters, according to a new Loras College poll.
The Bee’s editorial board met with the three leading candidates seeking to replace termed-out Controller John Chiang. State controllers sit on the boards of the California State Teachers’ Retirement System and California Public Employees’ Retirement System, and have the authority to audit state and local spending.