California lawmakers and the state's chief elections officer announced a new effort on Tuesday to move the state's 2020 primary up by three months, even giving the governor power to accelerate the timeline in hopes of closely following elections in Iowa and New Hampshire.
"A state as populous and diverse as California should not be an afterthought," Secretary of State Alex Padilla said in a statement supporting Senate Bill 568.
The bill's author, Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens), plans to bring the proposal to a state Senate committee hearing next week. It is the second bill introduced in the Legislature this year that would move California's presidential primary from June to the third Tuesday in March.
Since 2009, state lawmakers have made more than a half-dozen high-profile attempts to help build professional football and basketball stadiums. But aside from a 2013 law that helped the Sacramento Kings with their new NBA arena, legislators don't have much to show for their efforts.
Take a look at this timeline showing all the times legislators weighed in on behalf of stadium projects since 2009.
A retired Navy SEAL is running against Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Alpine), the fourth Democrat to enter next year’s race.
Josh Butner, a member of the Jamul-Dulzura Union School District Board of Education, said he believes representing the 50th Congressional District would help fulfill a commitment to public service that started in his childhood, through his career in the Navy, and now with his position at the school district.
“I still feel this intense need to serve and give back to my country,” he said. “Throughout my entire life, my country has given me so much that I cannot possibly give back enough.
A national anti-marijuana coalition is facing $6,000 in fines for campaign finance violations in its opposition to Proposition, 64, a November ballot measure that legalized recreational use of cannabis in California.
The fines have been agreed to by SAM Action Inc., the political arm of Smart Approaches to Marijuana, an anti-legalization group founded by Kevin Sabet, a former drug policy advisor to the Obama administration.
The enforcement staff of the California Fair Political Practices Commission proposed $6,000 in fines against SAM Action Inc.
California state leaders are asking U.S. Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions and Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly to identify the state's statutes or ordinances that they perceive as designed to prohibit or obstruct the enforcement of federal immigration law.
The arm of the Democratic Party in charge of winning control of Congress is moving senior staffers from Washington to Orange County in hopes of flipping Republican-held House seats out west during the 2018 midterm elections.
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is aiming to defeat seven California Republicans who represent congressional districts where Hillary Clinton beat President Trump — including a cluster of seats in Los Angeles, Orange and San Diego counties.
The committee will send staffers in charge of overseeing House races in California, Nevada, Oregon and Washington state to work out of an Irvine office in an effort to make inroads in Republican strongholds.
The legislative approval of a new California transportation plan paid for by higher fuel taxes and new vehicle fees was not only historic. It was also fraught with political peril.
On this week's California Politics Podcast, we take an in-depth look at the dealmaking that brought about the $52-billion plan's passage. And we discuss how it might affect other big negotiations this year in Sacramento.