California voters remain intensely disapproving of the work conducted on their behalf on Capitol Hill, but they continue to offer a more upbeat assessment of the efforts of their own representatives, according to the latest Field Poll.

Abandoning a controversial effort to add a gasoline tax to California’s fledgling program to reduce greenhouse gases, Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento, on Monday shifted his focus to how to spend billions of dollars on affordable housing, mass transit and high-speed rail.

Previewing their defense of Raymond “Shrimp Boy” Chow, attorneys for the accused on Thursday portrayed their client as an innocent man whom undercover law enforcement officers tried and failed to lure into illegal acts.

Following weeks of graphic court testimony and chilling videos of inmates writhing in pain as they were blasted with pepper spray, a federal judge has found that the use of force against mentally ill inmates in California prisons is unconstitutionally harsh.

A state senator’s arrest in a sweeping criminal investigation reversed what had been increasing public confidence in the California Legislature, according to a new Field Poll.

Seeking to close a gap undocumented students face in funding their education, state Sen. Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens, has proposed a new loan program for California’s public universities.

Suspended State Sen. Leland Yee and several of his alleged co-conspirators on Tuesday pleaded not guilty to federal corruption and illegal firearms charges.

In the months since its release, the documentary “Blackfish” has provoked unsettling questions about SeaWorld’s popular live orca shows. On Tuesday, California lawmakers punted an opportunity to answer, ensuring a bill to ban the performances won’t surface this session.

Weeks after some Asian American lawmakers killed a measure to restore affirmative action in California’s public colleges by withdrawing their support, backlash from Democrats who supported the effort is surfacing in the Capitol and on the campaign trail.

California remains a reservoir of goodwill for President Barack Obama, a president struggling to reverse sagging approval ratings nationwide more than a year into his second term, according to a new Field Poll.

The legal troubles in California’s Capitol have left millions of constituents without the elected representatives they sent to Sacramento to vote for their interests.

Keith Jackson, a 49-year-old consultant with a long history as a small player in San Francisco politics, is a central figure in the plot the government lays out to accuse Sen. Leland Yee of bribery and connect him with an infamous Chinatown felon now accused of laundering money and transporting stolen property.

Marking the next step in a sweeping FBI operation that has implicated state Sen. Leland Yee, a federal grand jury indicted Yee and 28 others Friday.

State Sen. Leland Yee spent campaign donations in recent years to travel to the Philippines, the country from which federal authorities accuse him of arranging to smuggle hundreds of thousands of dollars in military-style weapons.

The words were familiar enough to City Councilwoman Bonnie Pannell. After all, she was swearing in for the fifth time as the representative of Sacramento’s District 8, which takes in the largely working-class communities of Meadowview, Parkway and North Laguna.

Former Congressman Doug Ose is running again on a platform of reigniting the economy and getting people working again.

Extinguish your filtered cigarettes, ditch the plastic bags to carry your groceries, toss your micro-beaded facial scrub and cancel those plans to catch an orca show at SeaWorld.

Republicans Doug Ose and Igor Birman both spent years in Washington, Ose serving in Congress and Birman as a top aide to Rep. Tom McClintock. But the growing lists of supporters lining up behind each of the congressional candidates couldn’t look more different.

Republican candidate Tim Donnelly taps the conservative issues of gun control, immigration and the government’s place in people’s lives.

In more than a decade of campaigns for the California Legislature, San Francisco mayor and secretary of state, state Sen. Leland Yee raised in excess of $5 million. Yet it was a campaign debt only a fraction of that amount that federal officials allege pulled the veteran politician into a sprawling sting operation.

California lawmakers took the unprecedented step Friday of suspending three state senators who have been accused of crimes including corruption, perjury and conspiracy to traffic weapons – a move that takes away their power but maintains their pay.

If the charges are true, those who know the Democratic senator from San Francisco say it represents a shocking instance of political hypocrisy: Yee has been a staunch advocate for tighter California gun laws.

State Sen. Leland Yee was arraigned on seven charges of corruption and firearms trafficking Wednesday, swept up in a broad FBI sting involving more than two dozen people across the Bay Area suspected of selling drugs, smuggling guns and arranging murder for hire.

Republican gubernatorial candidate Tim Donnelly, who previously denied having any criminal record before carrying a gun into an airport in 2012, was involved in a larceny case in Michigan in 1985, The Sacramento Bee has learned.

Republican gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari will propose a jobs plan Tuesday that includes tax breaks for companies that move to California or open new manufacturing facilities in the state.

Even in heavily Democratic California, President Barack Obama's job approval rating has plummeted among voters, largely on his handling of the economy, according to a new Field Poll.

California lawmakers finally voted on a state budget Sunday – but it died a partisan death.

Beaches at Lake Natoma and Folsom Lake will go without lifeguards. Drivers could wait longer for licenses at the Department of Motor Vehicles.
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The day after unveiling $8.2 billion in proposed tax increases mostly on high-income earners and corporations, legislative Democrats on Wednesday said they have done all they can to trim the state budget without harming education and health care.


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