Two former Twin Rivers Unified school board members ousted by voters in 2012 are seeking a rematch with the trustees who won their seats.

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.

Supporters of Anne Marie Schubert pushed back Thursday against her main rival in the Sacramento County district attorney’s race, saying Maggie Krell is wrongly asserting that Schubert accepted pay raises as a supervisor in the DA’s Office while line prosecutors were being cut.

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.

Maggy Krell directed a sharp-edged blast at Anne Marie Schubert in the final moments of Wednesday’s Sacramento County district attorney candidates forum when she criticized her opponent for accepting pay raises in recent years while the office was laying off line prosecutors and shutting down its police review unit.

Rep. Ami Bera far outpaced his Republican challengers in first-quarter fundraising, bringing in more than $489,000 and elevating his cash on hand to $1.47 million.

One month after splitting with his campaign manager in his run for governor, Republican Tim Donnelly has fired Alex Vassar, his legislative chief of staff, sources said.

Californians agree their state is parched, but they diverge by region on how supplies dried up and what should be done about the drought, according to the latest Field Poll.

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.

California voters remain intensely disapproving of the work conducted on their behalf on Capitol Hill, but they continue to offer a more upbeat assessment of the efforts of their own representatives, according to the latest Field 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.

In the state controller’s race, Republican Ashley Swearengin holds an early lead over a pair of better-known Democrats vying to advance to the general election in November, according to a new Field Poll.

Congress is headed home, done until late April. Then again, Congress looks like it’s all but done for the year doing anything big.

Pete Peterson and Alex Padilla have dashed out to an early lead in the wide-open race for secretary of state, with Padilla gaining considerable ground since fellow Democratic state Sen. Leland Yee withdrew from the contest amid a sweeping federal corruption probe, according to a new Field Poll.

Hillary Clinton is way ahead among Iowa Democratic voters as their choice for the 2016 presidential nomination, but the Republican field is scrambled, according to a new Suffolk University poll.

Gov. Jerry Brown’s public approval rating has risen to a new high, as he pummels a crop of little-known Republicans in his bid for re-election, according to a new Field Poll.

California remains a reservoir of goodwill for President Barack Obama, a president struggling to reverse sagging approval ratings nationwide more than a year into his second term, according to a new Field Poll.

Sacramento County supervisors are paid about $100,000 a year, almost twice the salary of a Sacramento City Council member, and manage a $2 billion annual budget that is more than double the city’s budget.

Vowing to revive his campaign to overhaul California’s public-pension laws, San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed predicted Thursday that the courts will eventually give him the language he wants and that a ballot measure will go to voters in two years.

New Jersey Chris Christie's stock is dropping fast

Anne Marie Schubert’s campaign for district attorney has launched an attack on opponent Maggy Krell over Krell’s handling of a pimping and pandering prosecution that resulted in a county jail placement for a defendant who qualified for a state prison sentence.

Republicans Doug Ose and Igor Birman both spent years in Washington, Ose serving in Congress and Birman as a top aide to Rep. Tom McClintock. But the growing lists of supporters lining up behind each of the congressional candidates couldn’t look more different.

Republican candidate Tim Donnelly taps the conservative issues of gun control, immigration and the government’s place in people’s lives.

For Republicans and social issues such as same-sex marriage, this is the silent spring.

A day after Sen. Leland Yee was charged with corruption and conspiracy to traffic weapons, he dropped out of the race to become California’s next secretary of state and faced mounting pressure to leave the state Senate.

Republican gubernatorial candidate Tim Donnelly, who previously denied having any criminal record before carrying a gun into an airport in 2012, was involved in a larceny case in Michigan in 1985, The Sacramento Bee has learned.

Maggy Krell on Wednesday criticized the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office she is vying to run, saying that it has been too lax in its approach to human trafficking.

In the only time they have all shared the same stage, state Sen. Leland Yee and his rivals for secretary of state this month attended a Los Angeles forum in which they were asked to invent a hypothetical film about their candidacy.

In El Dorado County, where growth wars have raged for decades, voters may face two or more dueling measures on the November ballot.

Hillary Clinton’s name won’t be on any ballot in November, but that doesn’t mean you won’t see her supporters hit the campaign trail this year.

In a historically significant decision, Assembly Democrats on Monday voted to make Assemblywoman Toni Atkins their next speaker.

The gulf between the two Republican candidates for California governor could hardly be wider, and a weekend of campaigning laid bare not only the differences between them, but persistent fissures within the GOP.

Republican gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari dismissed questions Saturday about resistance to his candidacy from the party's most conservative activists, saying scheduling conflicts kept him from addressing a group of conservatives here.

Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin may be the best hope for California Republicans to reclaim a statewide office in November.

After letting reporters listen to remarks from one Republican candidate for governor, Neel Kashkari, county chairmen at the state party's biannual convention Friday closed the room for the speech given by another candidate, Tim Donnelly.

Tim Donnelly, the Legislature’s most outspoken Second Amendment advocate, pleaded no contest to two misdemeanors after carrying a loaded gun into Ontario International Airport in 2012, and he acknowledged recently that the gun was not registered in his name. As he’s traveled the state in recent months, he has handled and fired guns at campaign events, raising questions about whether he was complying with the terms of his probation.

Tim Donnelly, who has made gun rights a centerpiece of his campaign for governor, has a complicated history with firearms.

Republican gubernatorial candidate Tim Donnelly’s campaign manager, Jennifer Kerns, quit the campaign Wednesday, just days before the California Republican Party gathers for its biannual convention.

In Sacramento County, as residents prepare to elect a new district attorney for the first time in 20 years, the issue of realignment has emerged as a key point of division among the candidates vying to replace five-term incumbent Jan Scully.

Three days after learning he would face an intraparty challenger, Republican Rep. Tom McClintock has come out swinging against what he’s calling an attempted “total liberal takeover.”

Gov. Jerry Brown, rallying Democrats ahead of this year’s elections, called on his state party Saturday to join him in a “crusade” against climate change, even as environmentalists amplified their growing frustration with the governor.

Republican Art Moore filed paperwork Friday to challenge veteran GOP Rep. Tom McClintock, casting himself as a pragmatic supporter of limited government with roots in the foothill-based 4th Congressional District.

Leveling his most partisan attack yet in California’s gubernatorial race, Republican Neel Kashkari on Thursday accused Democrats around the nation of “actively fighting against poor, black and brown kids” while in California, he said, Gov. Jerry Brown has destroyed the middle class.

At 19, Igor Birman raised his right hand and repeated the oath of allegiance through a Russian accent that had begun to fade.

Former President Bill Clinton hit the campaign trail for Democrats this week, raising the question of whether one of the country’s most popular leaders will bring his political skills to North Carolina on behalf of embattled Sen. Kay Hagan.

Forty years after he first ran for governor and with a lifetime of politics behind him, Jerry Brown, now 75, strode into a dimly lit elections office Friday and filed paperwork one more time.

It was the safest of political pronouncements – and a reprise of his campaign four years ago – when Gov. Jerry Brown announced Thursday he will run for re-election.

Ami Bera, who is 48 and holding elected office for the first time, is viewed by both parties as one of the most vulnerable Democrats in the country. Two years ago, in his second try for Congress, he knocked off nine-term Republican incumbent Dan Lungren by less than 10,000 votes.

Tim Donnelly parked his campaign RV outside a Stockton house one night last week, asked for a Monster Energy drink and walked inside to the applause of a small crowd.

As the two major parties prepare for an epic battle for control of the Senate this year, some Democrats are questioning the decision by one of their richest political action committees to hold its money for Hillary Clinton’s expected campaign for the White House in 2016.

Mark Kentley is the kind of voter who will help decide the short-term political verdict on the new health care law known as Obamacare.

Former California Republican Party Chairman Ron Nehring Tuesday announced plans to run for lieutenant governor, framing his campaign as a challenge to the status quo and encouraging his beleaguered party to become standard-bearers of bold, serious reforms aimed at tackling the state’s problems.

When Bob Filner resigned as mayor last summer amid a sexual harassment scandal, Democrats openly fretted over losing the first liberal in decades elected to run this city, long a Republican bastion on the southern edge of the state.

Neel Kashkari was wrapping up his call to a talk radio program in Los Angeles this week when, having aired his views on the state budget, drought and high-speed rail, the Republican candidate for governor was reminded of a fundamental difficulty in the race ahead.

The most recent campaign finance reports in the Sacramento County district attorney’s race show the top two candidates pulling away from the third and apparently headed for what will be a competitive run in the primary.

Republicans and Democrats on Wednesday engaged in a fierce brawl to define what the Affordable Care Act means to consumers – making it clear that Americans’ qualms about the law will remain a volatile issue throughout the election year.

Voting-rights advocates sued Secretary of State Debra Bowen for voter disenfranchisement on Tuesday, claiming she blocked from the polls tens of thousands of Californians who fall under new categories of criminal-justice supervision.

The language violates typical standards of political discourse, but gubernatorial candidate Tim Donnelly’s latest Web ad has attracted enough viewers to populate the cities of Berkeley or Vallejo.

Gov. Jerry Brown raised $7.1 million for his re-election campaign in the second half of last year, he reported Friday, increasing his total to about $17 million by the end of December.

Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan’ supporters hope to channel anger over North Carolina’s new anti-abortion restrictions into a get-out-the-vote effort in what’s expected to be a fiercely competitive re-election campaign this year.

Four years ago, Kamala Harris narrowly defeated Steve Cooley to become California attorney general, clinching a Democratic sweep in all eight statewide offices.

On Friday, the Fair Political Practices Commission announced that the Small Business Action Committee headed by Joel Fox has paid the state $300,000.

Sacramento County Supervisor Jimmie Yee has endorsed Sacramento City Unified trustee Patrick Kennedy to become his successor on the board.

Republicans on Wednesday began a crucial 10-day period of plotting the party’s future and trying to heal nasty disputes that threaten the prospects for winning big in November.

His platform could appeal to many moderate Republicans, but Neel Kashkari’s ability to raise sufficient money to broadcast it statewide is uncertain.

Neel Kashkari, the former U.S. Treasury Department official who has been preparing to run for governor for a year, formally entered the contest Tuesday, pledging to improve public education and the jobs climate in California.

Abel Maldonado, whose campaign for governor sputtered for months, inspiring neither rank-and-file Republicans nor party donors, dropped out of the race Thursday.

An El Dorado County group launched a drive Tuesday to qualify a November ballot initiative to slow county growth.

Gov. Jerry Brown, whose public approval rating is rising statewide and whose re-election is all but assumed, arrived in the San Joaquin Valley this week to promote his new spending plan in a region that has resisted him for nearly four years.

Citing the need to restore fiscal responsibility to the Democratic-controlled Legislature, Republican Doug Haaland said Friday he plans to challenge Assemblyman Ken Cooley, D-Rancho Cordova, in the 8th Assembly District.

California’s political watchdog agency is investigating whether money laundering took place during Assemblyman Roger Hernandez’s 2010 campaign and is fighting with his lawyer to get access to bank records, according to a filing this week in Los Angeles Superior Court.

That Sen. Kevin de León remains a serious contender to become the next leader of the California Senate may seem surprising given the events of the past six months.

A former adviser to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger who has pledged to help elect “a few courageous legislators” has found a candidate in the crowded race to replace a termed-out Yolo County lawmaker.

In California, where a recent Field poll showed 55 percent voter support for marijuana legalization beyond medical use, four pot legalization ballot initiatives have emerged as contenders for the November ballot.

He was an early supporter, but that hasn’t prevented Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones from finding plenty of fault with President Barack Obama’s new health care program and its rollout in California.

A major change in how Escondido residents elect their city leaders in 2014 may reverberate statewide as local governing boards increasingly face legal challenges to how their members are elected.

Dan Schnur is on the cusp of taking on two seemingly contradictory campaigns: One promotes new restrictions on political fundraising. The other involves running for office, complete with his own political fundraising apparatus.

California Reps. Ami Bera and Raul Ruiz are precisely the kind of Democrats whose government offices Republicans would like to shut down next year.

At this early stage for the 2016 presidential campaign, it’s Hillary’s world, and everyone else just lives in it.

Before his 2009 inauguration, newly elected President Barack Obama made a public pledge not to accept money for the celebration from representatives of foreign interests.

California Gov. Jerry Brown’s public approval rating has surged to a new high, and he is the overwhelming early favorite to win re-election next year, according to a new Field Poll.

Only 329 votes stood between Assembly Republicans and an upset special election victory last week in the San Fernando Valley’s 45th Assembly District.

Ohio has long been a crucial state in presidential elections, and at the moment, Hillary Clinton looks like a big winner over most Republicans if she seeks the White House in 2016, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll. But then there's Chris Christie.

Democrat Matt Dababneh has narrowly won a Los Angeles-area special election, reinstating a supermajority for Assembly Democrats.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie gets an important national political platform, as he's chosen chairman of the Republican Governors Association

If Democrat Matt Dababneh hangs on, Democrats once again will have a two-thirds supermajority in the Assembly. If Republican Susan Shelley wins, Democrats will lose a seat but could still reclaim the supermajority Dec. 3, when three Democrats are running in a special election in the the 54th Assembly District.

California motorists’ vehicle license fee would more than double under a proposed November 2014 ballot measure to raise an estimated $3 billion a year for the state’s ailing road system.

State Sen. Tom Berryhill said Republican Party committees in Stockton and Modesto decided on their own how to donate to Bill Berryhill’s Assembly campaign in 2008.

Deputy District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert leveled the charge at a candidates’ forum Tuesday night against California Deputy Attorney General Maggy Krell, who denied the allegation.

While fellow Republicans such as Ted Cruz, of Texas, and Rand Paul, of Kentucky, blaze political trails – and possible presidential runs – as uncompromising conservative firebrands, Pennsylvania Sen. Patrick Toomey is carving out a reputation as a steady-as-he-goes pragmatist who works with Democrats while maintaining his conservative credentials.

The three candidates running in the June primary to replace Jan Scully as Sacramento’s district attorney are scheduled to appear alongside each other at a forum tonight in south Sacramento.

On the third day of his campaign for governor, Tim Donnelly wheeled north through the Central Valley in a borrowed RV, alighting in Stockton, where three supporters waited outside City Hall.

A veteran prosecutor at the federal and local level announced Wednesday that he is running for Sacramento County district attorney with a promise to shake up the culture of the office he wants to head.

The fight to raise the minimum wage caught a big wave of momentum this week as President Barack Obama endorsed a pay increase after voters pledged support in two key elections.

Republican Tim Donnelly formally announced his candidacy for California governor Tuesday, criticizing incumbent Jerry Brown for his law enforcement and economic policies and promising to campaign on a platform of lowering taxes.

2012 Election Calendar

Michele Bachmann was an "accidental politician," and it all began on April Fool's Day. On April 1, 2000, the 2012 Republican White House hopeful — then a "middle American mom," as she wrote in her recent memoir — made a fateful, spur-of-the moment decision that changed her life.

For former Sen. Rick Santorum, it's always been about faith. Deep religious faith fuels Santorum's conservative politics. It's what propelled him into becoming one of Congress' leading opponents of abortion, same-sex marriage and wrongdoing by fellow lawmakers, regardless of party affiliation.

At 19, Jon Huntsman arrived in Taiwan for a two-year gig as a missionary for the Mormon church. He didn't receive a warm reception. The Taiwanese government was furious at the United States for re-establishing diplomatic ties with China, and the people whom Huntsman was there to recruit to his faith weren't much happier.

Mitt Romney: flexible pragmatist, or a politically soulless flip-flopper too eager to please? Add this shifting nuance on health to position changes or tweaks on abortion, the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy on gays, and a host of other issues, and Romney has a reputation as someone without a strong political core, an opportunistic flip-flopper who adjusts his stands as majority opinion shifts.

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