The Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum reopened Saturday, after a 10-month renovation that sought to reframe the narrative of the 37th president's life and legacy.
The $15-million remake brings to a close a more than decade-long effort to bring greater legitimacy to a library that historian and Nixon scholar Stanley Kutler once called just "another Southern California theme park" whose reality level was "slightly better than Disneyland."
A super PAC backing Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-Orange) for U.S. Senate launched a radio ad targeting Republican voters and attacking her rival, California Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris, as “another Barbara Boxer — a Bay Area liberal backed by the Democratic Party establishment.”
The Orange County-based PAC, called California’s New Frontier, will air the ad on radio stations in Southern California and the Central Valley, according to Stu Mollich, the PAC’s political consultant.
The ad features a Republican couple discussing how to vote in the Senate election in November, a historic statewide contest between two Democrats trying to succeed Boxer, who is retiring after four terms in the U.S. Senate.
The idea came from my wife, who decided that my job as a political reporter covering ballot measures made me the right person to cut through some of the campaign rhetoric for friends and neighbors in our Sacramento neighborhood.
With three weeks left until election day, California Democrats have their eye on a rare political prize: Winning a supermajority of seats in both houses of the Legislature.
But is it a prize that's more symbolic than substantive? On this week's California Politics Podcast, we examine the chances Democrats have in a handful of key races where Republicans were victorious in 2014. And a key factor in some of these races could be local voters' opinion on the race for president.
We also take another look at the race for the U.S. Senate, in which the broad narratives of both candidates — Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris and Orange County Rep. Loretta Sanchez — seem to be solidifying.
U.S. Senate candidate Kamala Harris’ role in the $25-billion national mortgage settlement in 2012 has become one of her signature accomplishments as California attorney general and, in her Senate campaign against Orange County Rep. Loretta Sanchez, has anchored her message of being a self-described “fearless” leader.
Harris' tough negotiating helped bring $20 billion in financial relief to homeowners in her home state and also successfully pushed for new state laws protecting homeowners from illicit foreclosures. But some of the mortgage relief for Californians fell short of initial promises, including efforts to keep people in their homes.
President Obama is headed to Beverly Hills for a high-dollar fundraiser on Oct. 24. He’ll appear at the home of Marilyn and Jeff Katzenberg for a “discussion” to raise money for the Hillary Victory Fund. That means some of the money raised will go to the Democratic National Committee and state Democratic parties.
According to an invitation obtained by The Times, the contribution level is $100,000 per person.
The president also will appear the next day at a Beverly Hills "roundtable discussion" to benefit the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee as his party attempts to reclaim control of the Senate on Nov. 8. The event is $33,400 per person and is at the home of Ryan Murphy and David Miller, co-hosted by Jennifer Perry and Andy Spahn.