The road to elected office can be long and winding and is not always paved with the best of intentions.
Some politicians — think of the Kennedys, or the Bush family — are born to the trade. Others are borne by tragedy.
Former Santa Barbara Rep. Lois Capps succeeded her husband when he fell dead of a heart attack. Former New York Rep. Carolyn McCarthy was spurred to run when her husband was killed and her son gravely wounded in a mass shooting on the Long Island Rail Road.
The fundraising dinner for Gavin Newsom in Salinas was in most ways a typical night for a political candidate. Local business leaders paid up to $5,000 for a chance to talk with the man aiming to be California’s next governor over cauliflower bisque, strip steak and Meyer lemon pudding cake.
The hosts that March evening were in the agriculture business, in a region known for its lettuce, grapes and strawberries. But they left their signature dish off the menu: candy infused with marijuana.
California will soon have open sales of recreational marijuana, and it needs to decide how to regulate its newest cash crop. Hoping to influence those decisions, the cannabis industry is seeking access to the state’s political leaders.
Financier Bill Browder has accused Rep. Dana Rohrabacher of violating federal sanctions by using information provided by Russian officials to try to convince Congress to overturn those sanctions.
Browder filed a complaint with the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control this week saying Rohrabacher and his staff member, Paul Behrends, violated the Magnitsky Act by taking information from a sanctioned Russian official and using the information to try to change the act.
The act is named for attorney Sergei Magnitsky, who died in prison after accusing several prominent Russians of stealing $230 million in taxes. Browder, who was Magnitsky's boss, persuaded Congress to pass the Magnitsky Act in 2012. It prevents more than 40 prominent Russians involved in the affair from traveling to or banking in the U.S. The act infuriated Russian President Vladimir Putin, who retaliated by halting U.S. adoptions of Russian children.
While women have lost ground in California's legislature and its congressional delegation, the state has seen a small increase in women serving on city councils over the past two years, a new report found.
Women now account for 31% of the members on California city councils, up from 29% in 2015. Women also serve as mayor in 28% of the state’s 482 cities.
Nonpartisan analysts say the race for Dana Rohrabacher's House seat representing Orange County is now a toss-up.
Rohrabacher (R-Costa Mesa) faces more than 10 opponents in the 48th District, most of them Democrats. He is running for a 16th term in the 2018 midterm election.
Rohrabacher joins Reps. Darrell Issa of Vista, Steve Knight of Palmdale and Jeff Denham of Turlock among California Republican incumbents whose chances of reelection are rated toss-ups, according to analysts for Larry J. Sabato’s Crystal Ball at the University of Virginia Center for Politics.
It's not just the national Democrats who have a wish list of Republican incumbents they'd like to unseat in 2018.
Emily's List, the group that aims to elect women who support abortion rights, has identified 50 congressional and Senate seats nationwide as part of their "On Notice" program to flip seats in the midterm election.
The group has identified seven California Republicans, the largest number of any state. They all occupy seats the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has also prioritized. They are:
Public support for the state’s battle against global warming remains strong and growing, according to a new poll from the nonpartisan Public Policy Institute of California.
Seventy-two percent of California adults back last year’s law requiring the state to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 40% below 1990 levels by 2030. Fifty percent said climate policies would create more jobs, the highest level since the question was first asked seven years ago.
A majority of Californians said they didn’t know anything about the state’s cap-and-trade program, which lawmakers recently voted to extend until 2030. But once they were read a description of cap and trade, 56% said they supported the program, another record high for the poll.
For the second time in less than a month, California's chief elections officer has refused to hand over data to President Trump's voter fraud commission, arguing on Wednesday that the inquiry is still part of an "illegitimate" exercise.
"I still have the same concerns," Secretary of State Alex Padilla said. "I can't in good conscience risk the privacy of voters in California with this commission."