| Jun 23, 2013
| 7:20 PM
SACRAMENTO —You don't normally see politicians who are firmly planted in their positions suddenly do acrobatic 180-degree turns.
But last week was very abnormal in California's Capitol. Odds are what happened won't be repeated for a long while....
| Jan 23, 2013
| 9:20 PM
SACRAMENTO — Imagine a lawmaker being allowed to read a proposed law before voting on it.
For that matter — and this seems like a stretch — try to envision the public being offered an opportunity to express its view on a bill before...
| Jan 9, 2013
We're watching the BCS championship game together Monday night in Lane Kiffin's USC office — you know, the game the Trojans were going to be playing in Miami.
It sounds silly, if not ridiculous, after the kind of season the Trojans have just...
| Dec 19, 2012
| 4:24 PM
SACRAMENTO — The year shouldn't slip by without giving Gov. Jerry Brown his annual report card.
And that's tough. Not the grading: He obviously deserves high marks if the yardstick is effectiveness. And that's my yardstick.
The only decision...
| May 15, 2013
| 4:49 PM
SACRAMENTO — Dynamics have shifted dramatically in California's Capitol since Gov. Jerry Brown returned two years ago—both fiscal and political dynamics.
The two are intertwined. And Brown is the beneficiary.
In short, because the state'...
| Dec 5, 2012
| 5:48 PM
Notre Dame senior linebacker Manti Te'o is not going to win the Heisman Trophy on Saturday night. Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel is poised to become the first freshman to win in the award's 78-year history.
Te'o will finish second ahead of...
| Dec 6, 2012
SACRAMENTO — With their new supermajority power, Democratic legislative leaders promise they won't overreach. But bet on this: They'll reach just as far as they believe is safe.
"Yeah, you're darn right," Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg...
| 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...
| Mar 26, 2013
| 3:19 PM
While most of us face uncertainty with the rollout of healthcare reform, some insurance companies in California have been feeling their oats lately. Here's how they're responding to Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones' warnings that their latest rate...
| Nov 17, 2012
Unbuckling the mailbag:
Question: If UCLA beats USC, will The Times let them be in the Sunday sports page headline?
Answer: That's a tough call but we can probably make a one-time exception to get UCLA out on the cover, especially if the...
| Mar 9, 2013
| 4:50 PM
When I scolded deadbeat Angelenos for blowing off Tuesday's election, some of them had just enough energy to return fire.
"I chose not to spit into the wind anymore," wrote Lou.
"It is not an embarrassment to shun an embarrassment like L.A....