California Elections

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Kevin Faulconer says he isn’t running for California governor. Republicans hope he will anyway.

Republican San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer has said he doesn’t plan to run for California governor in 2018. Republicans, however, see him as their best shot at winning in a deep-blue state given his avowed aversion to partisanship and moderate stances on social issues.

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Becerra launches 2018 campaign for attorney general

Xavier Becerra, appointed by Gov. Jerry Brown to serve as California attorney general, formally launched his 2018 campaign this week. The former Democratic Congressman from Los Angeles says he’s preparing for a legal fight with the Trump administration. State Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones, a Democrat, and San Bernardino County District Attorney Mike Ramos, a Republican, also have said they would run.

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Spending in California’s 2016 election hit $680 million

California legislative candidates, ballot measure and outside spending campaigns reported at least $680 million in itemized expenditures during the 2015-2016 cycle, according to campaign finance disclosures last week. All 80 Assembly districts and 20 state Senate districts were up for election in November, and there were several legislative special elections during the cycles.

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California bill would make it easier for candidates to live outside district

A new bill by state Sen. Steven Bradford, Senate Bill 163, would expand California rules on where people can register to vote, and allow candidates to live outside the district they seek to represent. The bill deals with an issue that ended the political career of former state Sen. Rod Wright, who resigned from the Senate in 2014 after his conviction on voter fraud and other charges.

Videos

Kevin Faulconer says San Diego is a model city

Kevin Faulconer, whom California Republican leaders would love to see run for governor, talks about his approach to running the city of San Diego.
Christopher Cadelago The Sacramento Bee
Kevin Faulconer says San Diego is a model city 0:47

Kevin Faulconer says San Diego is a model city

California electors want investigation into Russian hacking 1:45

California electors want investigation into Russian hacking

Alex Padilla: Trump's election allegations 'absolutely false, without basis, without evidence' 1:11

Alex Padilla: Trump's election allegations 'absolutely false, without basis, without evidence'

Mark DiCamillo on how presidential polls got it wrong 1:12

Mark DiCamillo on how presidential polls got it wrong