| Jan 9, 2013
| 5:31 PM
SACRAMENTO — You've got to appreciate a governor who stands up and says: "This is not a game. And I didn't come here — I'll be 75 in April — just to screw around.
"I'm trying to fix this state that has been screwed up for a long time....
| Feb 23, 2013
| 4:55 PM
If you're like me, your mailbox is getting stuffed with political mailers.
What to do?
The best course of action is to take a shovel and dig a hole in the backyard, toss the mailers in and set them ablaze.
At best, they're filled with useless...
| Mar 27, 2013
| 4:42 PM
SACRAMENTO — As the national firearms debate reaches a crescendo, a Northern California congressman is proving that you can be both a gun lover and a gun controller.
Rep. Mike Thompson of St. Helena, a moderate "blue dog" Democrat who represents...
| Apr 6, 2014
| 6:15 PM
SACRAMENTO — The most shameful habit of California legislators arguably is their annual summer shakedown of lobbyists. But it finally may be ending, at least in the Senate.
Senate leaders — rocked by the corruption scandals of two fellow...
| Feb 27, 2014
| 5:37 PM
The Generic Pharmaceutical Assn. says a proposed federal regulation that would allow makers of generic drugs to inform people about all known health risks would create "dangerous confusion" and have "harmful consequences for patients."
And why would...
| Feb 12, 2014
| 5:41 PM
SACRAMENTO — Gov. Jerry Brown has dodged an artillery barrage fired by a battalion of liberals: federal judges and prisoners' lawyers. It's a big victory for the centrist.
But it's a win-win for a lot of people: the unrelenting judges and lawyers,...
| Dec 26, 2013
| 3:15 PM
Federal regulators are taking a closer look at those restrictive contract provisions that force consumers to arbitrate disputes — barring them from suing a company individually or joining a class-action lawsuit.
And it doesn't look as if officials...
| Oct 13, 2013
| 6:10 PM
SACRAMENTO — Jerry Brown is now the longest-serving governor in California history. That doesn't put him up there with the greats. But it's starting to look like he could get close.
Brown also could stumble over some bullet-train tracks or be...
| Oct 29, 2013
| 5:12 PM
When the sky became the limit for most political spending after the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision, the skywatchers like Ann Ravel had to readjust their telescopes. As head of California's Fair Political Practices Commission, she policed the...
| Nov 6, 2013
| 4:29 PM
SACRAMENTO — In politics, there's sleaze that can send a slimeball to prison. There also is legal bribery. Lots of it.
"Campaign contributions provide a fig leaf for legalized bribery," says campaign finance expert Robert Stern, who helped write...
| Nov 14, 2013
| 5:18 PM
You probably aren't entitled to much flexibility from a cruise line if you cancel a trip several days before the ship sails.
Unless, that is, you or a loved one has just been diagnosed with cancer, in which case you'd think a cruise line or any business...