A looming tax break for SpaceX reveals favoritism in corporate tax breaks.

The State Bar’s effort to expand its enforcement powers was rebuffed by Gov. Jerry Brown last year, but it’s trying again.

As a young man 40-plus years ago, Gilbert Hyatt invented – and eventually patented after a two-decade-long struggle – a microprocessor chip that earned him many, many millions of dollars in payments from companies that transformed the technology into digital devices that have become indispensable to, or at least ubiquitous in, modern life.

In seeking to create a “rain day fund” to soak up some revenues, Capitol politicians admit to failures of the past.

The 2014 legislative session began with high liberal hopes, but turned sour with scandal and conflict.

As the weather warms and legislative deadlines approach, the state Capitol comes alive with rallies and demonstrations of all ideological stripes.

New legislation gives the Fair Political Practices Commission some new powers, but Brown dallies on naming a new chairperson.

The U.S. Supreme Court, by a 5-4 vote, struck down a portion of the federal Voting Rights Act last year, saying its 1960s-era provisions were no longer applicable to 21st-century conditions.

The California High-Speed Rail Authority plans to begin construction this year on a bullet train system that is supposed to eventually stretch 500 miles from Sacramento to San Diego.

The death of disgraced savings and loan tycoon Charles Keating a reminder of how California started debacle.

Senate leader Darrell Steinberg in full crisis response, but is it real reform or just image control?

When the initial shock of last week’s corruption and gunrunning charges against state Sen. Leland Yee wore off a bit, politicians and pundits began talking and writing about the larger meaning, if any – especially since Yee is the third Democratic senator this year to face criminal charges.

San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed’s chances of enacting a comprehensive public pension reform ballot measure were scant even before Attorney General Kamala Harris gave it an unfriendly official summary.

Capitol politicians say they’ve balanced the state budget, but they ignore billions of dollars in mounting debt.

The sensational indictment of state Sen. Leland Yee and others should bury California’s pretensions about being free of organized crime.

Treatment of an Assembly water bond bill in a Senate committee indicates that writing a measure for the 2014 ballot will be a tough slog.

It’s been 39 years since Jerry Brown signed a bill setting a $250,000 cap on non-economic damages in medical malpractice cases, but the fight has resumed.

Nearly three months after it began, the election-year legislative session starts work on bills.

The state is undertaking two major overhauls of its troubled public school system, but testing results still iffy.

Gov. Jerry Brown, home care unions are sparring over whether 350,000 workers should get overtime pay.

Senate Bill 27 would have closed a campaign finance reporting loophole, but it died and who did it is a mystery.

Latinos and Asians together constitute more than half of California’s population but may be headed for conflicts.

The state Senate’s education committee held an “informational hearing” recently on the recruitment and retention of quality teachers – no small matter in a public school system with such evident achievement shortcomings.

Caliufornia’s economic recovery has been uneven, exacerbating its evolution into a two-tier society.

The Senate’s Democratic supermajority voted to partially reauthorize affirmative action, but it’s drawing sharp opposition from Asian groups.

Another issue has been raised in California’s perennial debate over water – whether pumping groundwater should be regulated

When Jerry Brown signed legislation giving California’s public employees collective bargaining rights during his first governorship, he – wittingly or otherwise – began a major political shift.

When the FBI conducted a years-long undercover investigation of influence-peddling in the state Capitol during the 1980s, agents posed as businessmen seeking special state treatment for a fictional shrimp-processing plant.

The state’s finances are improving, ramping up pressure on Gov. Jerry Brown and other Democrats to restore cuts in “safety net” services

Neel Kashkari’s campaign for governor represents a much-needed image makeover for California Republicans

Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg wants to let governor fill legislative vacancies to protect Democratic ranks.

Gov. Jerry Brown has plans for two big public works projects, twin water tunnels and a bullet train, but the prospects for financing them are uncertain.

With two of his fellow Democratic senators facing criminal charges, it’s been a stressful last year in office, at least so far, for Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg.

Former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s think tank issues positive report on legislative reform, but falls short.

As Jerry Brown declares candidacy for a record fourth term as governor, he may be poised to run up an historic landslide.

Once again, California politicians are pledging to avoid overspending windfall revenues and create a rainy-day fund.

Senate wants member charged with corruption to step down, but embraces one convicted

Nearly 30 years ago, yours truly wrote a series of articles about dramatic changes in California’s economics, demographics, culture and politics that were creating a “New California.”

California has had ample warning, from past droughts, about its uncertain water supply, but politicians have talked, not acted.

Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg wants to hike gas taxes to fight global warming and help the poor, but it could be DOA.

A governor’s veto and a federal court ruling indicate that California’s gone too far in gun control.

Two years ago, Attorney General Kamala Harris trumpeted a landmark deal with the nation’s three largest housing lenders, which agreed to give beleaguered California homeowners $12 billion in relief from their underwater mortgages.

San Francisco’s community college is under fire from an accreditation agency, and its politicians are seeking a special deal.

California is seeing a steady decline in the percentage of adults who are working or looking for work.

Democrats picked up several congressional seats in California two years ago but could lose several this year.

Democrats won supermajorities in both legislative houses in 2012, but they are in jeopardy in this year’s elections.

Federal judges have given Gov. Jerry Brown more time to reduce prison crowding, but methods still controversial.

The Senate is handling convicted Sen. Rod Wright with kid gloves, but why?

The quarter-billion dollars spent on state politics each year is just a drop int he bucket compared to the stakes in political decisions.

What happens in a hard-fought contest for the mayoralty of San Diego, the state’s second largest city, could be a harbinger for the rest of the election year.

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