California has the nation’s highest rate of poverty, but its rate of using the federal government’s food assistance program, once known as food stamps, is among the nation’s lowest – particularly among the state’s working poor.
Supreme Court justices raised tough questions Monday about Arizona’s use of an independent commission to draw legislative maps, in a case crucial for political operators and reformers in California and beyond.
Having dispensed with their regional caucuses, morning workshops and Chris Christie’s luncheon speech, all that remained for California Republicans at their biannual convention Saturday night was the matter of how to get down. Karaoke, it would seem, with judges including Senate Republican Leader Bob Huff and Assembly Republican Leader Kristin Olsen.
In a wide-ranging interview with The Sacramento Bee’s Capitol Bureau, California Senate leader Kevin de León emphasized government oversight and weighed in on some controversial policy debates in the Legislature.
Population trends have been working against the Republican Party for so long in California that a workshop on “changing demographics” came with an air of exasperation at the state party’s biannual convention Saturday.