| Nov 18, 2013
| 11:01 PM
Meeting with half a dozen formerly homeless people at an Orange County nonprofit, Neel Kashkari told them what has been an open secret in California political circles: The former U.S. Treasury Department official and banker is weighing a run for...
| May 19, 2013
| 6:45 PM
SACRAMENTO — It seemed like a fairly good idea at the time — the idea of Abel Maldonado running for governor.
He wasn't going to win. But neither would he be a Republican embarrassment.
There was no Republican in sight with even a faint...
| Oct 3, 2013
| 3:38 PM
The theme for this weekend’s California Republican Party convention could have been the theme for every California Republican convention going back years: Rebuilding From the Ground Up.
A brief recap of the party’s woes: Its share of the...
| Oct 5, 2013
| 9:13 PM
The contours of the 2014 race for governor sharpened Saturday as two Republicans vying to unseat incumbent Jerry Brown staked out positions that exposed rifts within the party as it tries to reverse two decades of decline in California.
| Oct 6, 2013
| 10:17 AM
Their partisans in Washington have shut down the government and, as the debt ceiling deadline nears, have given much of the country a case of the shakes. But these are heady times for the tea party.
“It’s amazing how we can be completely...
| Oct 7, 2013
| 6:00 AM
Six months after national Republicans issued a brutal self-assessment intended to cut their own path out of the wilderness, the limits of their progress were sharply apparent during the weekend state Republican convention.
The report criticized...
| Aug 1, 2013
| 2:22 PM
If he has any hopes of unseating Gov. Jerry Brown in 2014, Republican Abel Maldonado has some work ahead of him.
The former lieutenant governor and state legislator raised more than $300,000 during the first half of this year as he explores a possible...
| Aug 2, 2013
| 5:58 PM
Potential gubernatorial candidate Abel Maldonado blasted Gov. Jerry Brown over the U.S. Supreme Court’s refusal Friday to block an order for the release of state prison inmates, saying that if Brown had moved to build new prisons, the point would be...
| Aug 9, 2013
| 12:14 PM
I have no idea whether Gov. Jerry Brown read the letter that was sent to him earlier this week by Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio. And if he did, I have no idea whether he answered it. But if he did, I like to think it would look something like this:...
| Sep 1, 2013
Both Gov. Jerry Brown's ill-considered plan for complying with a court-ordered prison population cap by contracting out for inmate beds, and Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg's much smarter plan to control the flow of new inmates into prison, are...
| Sep 13, 2013
| 7:00 AM
Two unrelated occurrences — one in Washington, one in California — conspired this week to reinforce the Republican Party’s struggle to gain the up-and-coming voters it needs for long-term survival. And it also underscored the value...