A referendum to repeal a gas tax increase, and possibly another on “sanctuary state” legislation, might turn out otherwise blasé conservatives and get the attention of middle-of-the-road voters interested in taxes and public safety.
The four first-time statewide candidates strike the right chords on jobs, affordable housing, energy costs and poverty, but collectively they lack several elements necessary for a Republican to even have a shot at being viable in California these days.
The chances are slim that the Democrats will win back the Senate next year, and it might take as long as the 2022 election. Does Feinstein want to wait that long given that the forecast in Washington is years of partisanship warfare?
California’s former governor is talking about making redistricting reform a greater part of his legacy. The easiest lift is meddling in Ohio’s redistricting process because he has a kindred spirit in that state’s current governor, John Kasich. But if Schwarzenegger wants to pump some real iron in 2018, there are the 36 gubernatorial races that will be crucial to the next round of redistricting.
California has nine vacancies on the federal bench. Traditionally, unless both home-state senators support a nominee, the nomination won’t go forward. That gives Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris extraordinary sway on California judicial nominees.
William Lawton Eaves’ life expectancy is a good decade more than that of a child born in President John Kennedy’s New Frontier. However, for the first time since 1993, that expectancy is in decline. Cancer, heart disease and diabetes are getting away with murder.
Warmer waters won’t melt the iceberg that is California’s long-term pension obligation. There’s an opening for Brown to return to what got him a gubernatorial do-over: the earnest guy unafraid to ruffle feathers and take on sacred cows – not just the ones releasing methane.
The math is the stuff of income inequality – billions in political donations taken out of California, but in return maybe one or two conventions likely to pump about $200 million apiece into a local economy. To level this playing field, let’s make California the permanent home of both conventions, starting in 2020.
On the night of Aug. 19, murdered Christian Valley teen Justine Vanderschoot's family gathered at the Clipper Gap Park and Ride to honor her memory. Justine was murdered by her boyfriend and his roommate when she was 17 years old in September 2003.
Placer County Sheriff's Office
Family holds vigil for Justine Vanderschoot as one of her killers comes up for parole
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