As news consumers, we know that you’re ready to be challenged about what you remember from 2014. We’ll make it multiple choice, just because it’s the holidays. So test yourself on these current events questions.
1) Mayor Kevin Johnson suffered an electoral setback when:
A. Voters didn’t approve Measure L, the strong-mayor initiative.
B. Voters didn’t approve Measure L, to make Johnson coach of the Sacramento Kings.
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C. Voters elected Kevin McCarty to the California Assembly.
2) Tim Donnelly was defeated in the GOP gubernatorial primary because:
A. He forgot his gun was in his bag at Ontario airport.
B. He failed to make friends with Charles Munger Jr.
C. He discovered Jefferson wasn’t a state yet.
D. Tim Donnelly ran for governor? You’re kidding, right?
3) Neel Kashkari was defeated for governor of California after he:
A. Pretended to be homeless for a week in Fresno.
B. Pretended to rescue a drowning child who wasn’t drowning while not actually getting wet.
C. Pretended to be a Republican.
4) Rep. Ami Bera and former Rep. Doug Ose ran a congressional race that featured:
A. Record spending for a congressional campaign in the United States, $20 million.
B. The first televised congressional campaign where both candidates used machetes.
C. The first use of tactical nuclear weapons in a congressional campaign.
5) Three California state senators were accused of ethical lapses including:
B. A train robbery, a few 7-Eleven heists, grand theft-giraffe and drunken driving after drinking on the Assembly balcony, which is named for John A. Pérez.
C. Drunken driving on the Assembly balcony, which is named for John A. Pérez.
6) California voter turnout was:
A. Really easy to count, because there were only 46 votes.
B. Similar to an online poll asking for your opinion about the cutest cat video.
C. 42.2 percent.
7) Gov. Jerry Brown’s re-election strategy consisted of:
A. A canny, multipronged plan of television ad buys, direct mail and a massive get-out-the-vote effort.
B. Limiting Sutter to one news conference per week.
C. Sitting silently in the lotus position.
8) Sen. Dianne Feinstein made news by revealing that:
A. The CIA flew drones over Presidio Terrace.
B. The CIA tortured terror suspects in cruel and unusual ways.
C. Former Vice President Dick Cheney enjoyed reading the report a little too much.
9) The Sacramento Republic soccer team enjoyed a tremendous opening when:
A. People realized that soccer matches had beer for sale.
B. People realized that it’s possible to score in soccer.
C. People realized it’s not a communist sport.
D. Wait. If it isn’t a communist sport, why is the Republic logo a red star?
10) The new John Burton Democratic Headquarters Building was dedicated this year. What did John Burton say at the ceremony?
A. “From my time in the Assembly, the state Senate and Congress, I’ve always been blessed with very good staff. Without the staff, the donors and the activists, none of this would be possible.”
B. “We win because we get more votes than they do.”
C. “Nice @*&%ing digs!”
If you got less than two right, you’ll make a great California nonvoter. If you got eight right, you’re following the news. If you got more than 10 right, you cheated.