A survey Monday commissioned by several Native American tribes with concerns about legalizing Internet poker in California found a majority of California's likely voters oppose the idea.
Before hearing any arguments for or against, the survey found that 52 percent of likely voters oppose allowing online poker games, which is proposed by a poker legalization bill by Assemblyman Adam Gray (D-Merced). It would legalize and tax online poker in California.
When those surveyed were told Internet poker is illegal in the state but thousands of people still play it without consumer protection, 41% supported legalization and 51% opposed.
On this week's California Politics Podcast, we take a closer look at the newly approved state budget and its implications for some of this year's most talked about debates when it comes to efforts aimed at the working poor.
We also discuss new tensions in gun control efforts both at the state Capitol and on this fall's ballot in the wake of the mass shooting in Orlando, Fla.
I'm joined this week by Anthony York of the Grizzly Bear Project.
The California Democratic Party on Sunday stayed true to its left-leaning political ideals, voting to support ballot initiatives to legalize pot and repeal the death penalty.
The party’s executive board voted to endorse the recently qualified November ballot measures during a weekend meeting in Long Beach. Delegates at the party’s convention in February already had voted to endorse initiatives to hike cigarette taxes, affirm a law banning plastic grocery bags and impose stricter gun control.
The only mild surprise was the party's decision to take no position on an initiative by the Los Angeles-based AIDS Healthcare Foundation to bar the state from paying more for prescription drugs than the cost negotiated by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Drug companies have mounted an aggressive opposition campaign to the measure.
California voters will be asked this fall whether to repeal the state's 38-year-old death penalty, as elections officials announced Friday that an initiative to abolish the law has earned a spot on the Nov. 8 ballot.
Backers of the initiative gathered almost 405,000 voter signatures, according to the final tally conducted by county elections officials.
The initiative, championed by former "M*A*S*H" actor Mike Farrell, would eliminate the death penalty for first-degree murder. The most serious punishment would become life in prison without the possibility of parole.
A Santa Cruz County judge ruled that a voter could change her registration status and have her ballot be counted in the Democratic presidential primary after she petitioned that she had mistakenly registered with California's American Independent Party.
"This election, to me, is so important," said Judith Webb, a Santa Cruz resident who won her case in court Wednesday.
Baldwin Park City Councilwoman Susan Rubio said in court Thursday she is fearful her husband, Assemblyman Roger Hernández, will retaliate against her because of his poor showing in the state's primary election.
Rubio is seeking a domestic violence restraining order against Hernández, a Democrat from West Covina. The assemblyman was dogged by allegations that he repeatedly beat his estranged wife as he ran for Congress.
Testifying Thursday, Rubio said she was afraid of what might happen to her in the future if Hernández is eliminated in the primary.