Voters casting a ballot for Proposition 53 on election day are, in effect, choosing more voting on more propositions in future elections.
The ballot measure, bankrolled by a wealthy Stockton agribusiness owner, seeks to force voter approval of a particular type of borrowing for large public works projects. Its most likely impact, in the near future, would be ballot measures on a landmark water project and on California's high-speed rail effort.
The proposition's backer, Dean Cortopassi, argues it's all about more transparency when it comes to government debt.
U.S. Senate candidate and California Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris launched a 10-day campaign bus tour in Santa Clarita on Sunday, holding a rally with down-ballot Democrats who hope she’ll bring out the party faithful in the November election.
The rally, which was jam-packed inside the tiny, local Democrat Party headquarters, will be the first of many Harris will hold this week in congressional districts where Democrats threaten to nab seats from Republican incumbents.
Harris’ rival in the race, Democratic Rep. Loretta Sanchez of Orange, was campaigning in the Inland Empire over the weekend, touting her record on water issues and taking a few swipes at Harris. Sanchez said she’s the only candidate in the race talking about the issues and that all she’s seen from Harris are "commercials on TV."
Rep. Jeff Denham represents the Modesto area in Congress and is up against Democratic beekeeper Michael Eggman, the same man he beat just two years ago by 12 points. Denham first won his seat in 2012 even as a majority of his constituents voted for President Obama.
When Denham (R-Turlock) started this latest campaign, most observers thought he would probably win.
But some now wonder if Denham's 10th District race will be an example of what Republicans fear across the country. Will conservatives expected to win actually lose because voters aren't excited about Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump?
With less than two weeks to go before election day, U.S. Senate candidate Loretta Sanchez bounced from the Inland Empire to Monterey Park on Saturday as she tries to drum up support for her uphill Senate bid.
Sanchez, the U.S. representative from Orange, started her day with a gaggle of other Inland Empire politicians at the grand opening of a $23-million water treatment system in Rialto, using the occasion to lay out her record on water issues during her 20 years in Congress.
Sanchez told the crowd of about 60 that shortly after she was elected to Congress, two members of a local water board approached her about a way to deal with California's serious drought.
The campaign supporting Proposition 61, a measure seeking to lower the prices that state agencies pay for prescription drugs, plans to air an unusual 30-minute documentary-style ad Saturday morning on TV stations around California.
The video, titled "Your Money or Your Life," features interviews with a war veteran diagnosed with hepatitis C, a nurse, a doctor and politicians who continue the campaign's strategy of seizing on public anger against drug companies.
In between interviews with patients worried about the cost of prescription drugs is footage of Martin Shkreli, former chief executive of Turing Pharmaceuticals, smirking as a congressman calls him "the poster boy for greedy drug company executives."
California Secretary of State Alex Padilla released the names of the five officially qualified write-in candidates for the presidential race in California, along with their vice presidential running mates.
Contrary to popular belief, votes for write-in candidates only count when the candidate is officially certified. (That means votes for Mickey Mouse, Giant Meteor, or Chuck Norris will not be counted.)
The officially qualified write-in candidates are:
Laurence Kotlikoff for president and Edward Leamer for vice president
Mike Maturen for president and Juan Muñoz for vice president
Evan McMullin for president and Nathan Johnson for vice president
Bernard "Bernie" Sanders for president and Tulsi Gabbard for vice president
Jerry White for president and Niles Niemuth for vice president
With a poll indicating Latino voters lag in their support for a ballot proposition that would legalize recreation marijuana in California, the campaigns for and against the measure are launching dueling ads aimed at that large demographic.
A poll Wednesday by the Public Policy Institute of California found that Proposition 64 is favored by a majority of likely voters in California, including a majority of all ethnic groups, except Latinos. Latinos support is just under half at 47%.
The campaign against the ballot measure will launch its second ad on Spanish language television, titled “Asusta” or “Scary” on Halloween. The ad warns if approved, Proposition 64 could eventually lead to radio and television ads for “marijuana candy.”
Actress Eva Longoria this week voiced support for a proposition that would repeal English-only instruction in California by tweeting a new "Yes on Prop 58" online campaign ad that has reached nearly 450,000 views on social media.
Like in radio ads released this month, the commercial features children touting the importance of speaking more than one language.
Proposition 58 helps students learn another language while ensuring they still acquire English in a global economy, the young supporters tell viewers. "To get the best jobs, we need the best education," one girl says.