| May 4, 2012
| 4:38 PM
Hedge fund manager and Democratic philanthropist Tom Steyer's tax measure appears headed to the November ballot over the objections of Gov. Jerry Brown....
| Dec 17, 2012
| 7:06 PM
Nearly everyone in Newport Beach thinks they need a new City Hall. Getting them to agree on where to put it is another story.
On Tuesday, voters will decide whether to locate a new civic center on a 12-acre site in Newport Center that was slated to...
| Oct 22, 2012
SACRAMENTO — One guy stole a loaf of bread. Another was caught with a speck of meth. Somebody grabbed $1 in change from a parked car.
These men all had one thing in common besides being losers. They were sentenced to 25 years to life in prison...
| Nov 1, 2012
Proposition 35, the human trafficking measure on the Nov. 6 ballot, is a near-perfect example of how far the initiative process has strayed from its original role as the people's essential check on the Legislature and how it is now helping to run the...
| Jun 5, 2012
| 7:04 PM
Wisconsin’s embattled Republican governor, Scott Walker, has defeated an effort by labor unions and Democratic activists to end his tenure early, according to early results and exit polls.
The state has been a center of political controversy for...
| Jun 7, 2012
| 5:05 AM
Surrounded by dozens of supporters at an evening campaign rally in Madison on May 30, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, the Democratic candidate for governor in Wisconsin’s tumultuous recall election, had something encouraging to tell the crowd: The fact...
| Jul 17, 2012
| 8:00 AM
SACRAMENTO -- Opponents of an auto insurance initiative on the November ballot are accusing supporters of violating state cyber-fraud laws by buying up all the addresses for potential yes and no Internet sites.
But the campaign for Proposition 33, waxing...
| Nov 15, 2012
| 1:07 AM
Hiram Johnson, the revered reformer and father of the California "citizens" initiative, must be either crying or laughing.
It was 101 years ago that Gov. Johnson, a former San Francisco graft prosecutor, teamed with other do-gooder...
| Nov 25, 2011
| 9:35 PM
A state ballot initiative proposed for next fall would force California’s two nuclear power plants to immediately shut down, causing rolling blackouts, spikes in electricity rates and billions of dollars in economic losses each year, the state's...
| Dec 15, 2011
| 4:38 PM
This post has been corrected. See below for details Political professionals agree that the biggest threat to Gov. Jerry Brown's proposed $7-billion tax hike initiative for next November is that so many other people want to crowd the ballot with......
| Dec 20, 2011
| 4:35 PM
The Los Angeles city clerk is counting and verifying signatures in a petition filed by AIDS Healthcare Foundation to require the city to put an initiative on the June 5 ballot. The subject? Whether to adopt a new law to......