Billionaire climate activist Tom Steyer spent $65 million, give or take, on the 2014 election. His candidates lost in five of eight states. But he is undaunted. No one ever said it’d be easy to change climate politics.
Marshall Tuck is the latest embodiment of what Democratic leaders should fear, a wedge between their most influential donor, the California Teachers Association, and their most loyal voters, African-Americans, Latinos and Asians.
George Soros has spent heavily to promote Proposition 47 in California and marijuana legalization in Oregon. Maybe he should spend some of his money to clean up the mess he made with the drug decriminalization measure Proposition 36 in 2000.
Dan Morain has been a columnist at The Bee since 2010 focusing on state government and politics. He previously worked for The Los Angeles Times covering the California Supreme Court when Rose Bird was chief justice, the Legislature when Willie Brown was speaker and the governor's office during Gray Davis' tenure. Dan Morain can be reached at email@example.com or 916-321-1907. Twitter: @DanielMorain.