Politics & Government

Elections

Ann Ravel steps down from FEC in letter urging Trump to embrace campaign finance reform

Ann Ravel, formerly California’s chief elections watchdog, has resigned her seat on the Federal Election Commission. In a letter to President Donald Trump dated Sunday, Ravel called on the president to do something to increase transparency in elections and reduce the influence of “dark money.”

Dan Walters

Once again, poll finds voters are ignorant on budget

Polling by the Public Policy Institute of California consistently shows that California adults are ignorant about how the state budget allocates money among the major spending categories, wrongly believing that prisons come first in spending when, in fact, they come in last.

Capitol Alert

Vet bills adding up? California bill would let you write off thousands

Devon Mathis, R-Visalia, introduced Assembly Bill 942 on Friday, February 17 to give pet owners a break on vaccinations, check-ups, surgeries, x-rays, prescriptions and other medical-related expenses for their four-legged friends. The bill allows Californians to write off half the money they spent on veterinary costs for dogs and pets up to $2,000 per year.

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President Trump goes face to face with the news media

Agree with his positions and his approach to communications or not, President Donald Trump brings intensity and expressiveness to his interactions with the nation's media representatives. Here is a sample of his looks during the news conference on Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017, in the East Room of the White House.
Brian Blomster / News service photos The Sacramento Bee
President Trump goes face to face with the news media 1:24

President Trump goes face to face with the news media

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Gov. Jerry Brown speaks at OES about asking for federal aid on dam

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Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom says spillway failure a wake-up call

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