Bill Whalen

Bill Whalen

Steve Poizner adds some spice to 2018 election

Poizner could try to win the traditional way: Collect 90 percent of the Republican vote, then amass a majority of independents to offset the Democratic advantage in voter registration. That worked for him in 2006. It won’t in 2018, which is why he’s running as a no party preference candidate.

Bill Whalen

Gov. Brown can be bold for California women

Gov. Jerry Brown should use his big State of the State speech in January to go big on the sexual harassment issue hovering over the Capitol. He should appoint a blue-ribbon panel to examine the treatment of women beyond the confines of Sacramento.

Bill Whalen

Gas tax repeal isn’t going to save California Republicans

Voters may not like paying more at the pump. And perhaps in our car culture, there’s a knee-jerk reaction to making driving more expensive. But being on the “no” side of better roads is a bad place to be when voters are sick of potholes, gridlock and seeing their estimated time-of-arrival soar like the stock market.

Modesto physician arrested for illegally prescribing opioids

Modesto physician Sawtantra Kumar Chopra, 71, faces a 22-count indictment, state and federal officials announced Thursday, April 26, 2018 in Sacramento.
Randall Benton