Attorney General Kamala Harris is seeking a judge’s permission to block a proposed ballot measure. The proposal would legalize killing gays. But as odious as it is, censorship would set a bad precedent.
California’s gasoline prices have gone up and down like a yo-yo in recent months. Two Senate committees held a hearing on the gasoline market Tuesday. But lawmakers were more interested in scapegoating than finding facts.
California has a wide array of “sunshine laws” that are aimed at transparency in government operations. But it has exempted itself from those laws, or passed weak versions for itself, thus allowing it to operate behind closed doors.
Comparing one state budget to another has been very difficult because of shifts of funds and services between the general fund and special funds, but the Legislative Analyst’s Office has cut through the clutter and provided a clearer picture of what the state is really spending.
Steve Glazer’s political enemies are using an old trick as he seeks a state Senate seat. Unions are spending money to solicit votes for a Republican who’s withdrawn from the campaign and endorsed Glazer, hoping to keep him off the runoff ballot.
If Attorney General Kamala Harris is elected to the U.S. Senate next year, Gov. Jerry Brown will appoint someone to fill out her AG term, and his choice may have a leg up on succeeding Brown as governor in 2018.
Political jousting between a governor and his state’s huge university system is not confined to Democrat Jerry Brown and the University of California. Republican Gov. Scott Walker is involved in a similar battle with the University of Wisconsin.
The California Republican Party has been in decline, but staged a modest comeback in the 2014 elections. Its leaders say they understand the need to realign it with the state’s much-changed demographics.
Dan Walters' column appears in dozens of California newspapers. He joined the Sacramento Union’s Capitol bureau in 1975 and in 1981 began writing the state’s only daily newspaper column devoted to California political, economic and social events. He and the column moved to The Sacramento Bee in 1984. Contact him at email@example.com or 916-321-1195. Twitter: @WaltersBee