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  • The principled lobbyist: George Steffes explains why real people think the government's for rent

    The principled lobbyist: George Steffes explains why real people think the government's for rent
    George Steffes was a boy standing on Wilshire Boulevard when Dwight D. Eisenhower rolled by in a motorcade, and he was mightily impressed. But that's not what got him into politics. He went to 5 o'clock Mass one day in 1966 and ran into an acquaintance who was working on Ronald Reagan's gubernatorial campaign. Steffes volunteered. He went to Sacramento as Reagan's legislative aide and has been there ever since. He helped to found the first multi-person lobbying firm in Sacramento, Capitol Partners, where he's now “senior advisor,” no longer running the firm day to day. Almost 50 years in Sacramento have given him a long view of its roller-coaster politicking, including low points like the recent indictment of state Sen. Leland Yee. The ride has left him a bit queasy.
  • Ethics a focus for 7 remaining California secretary of state candidates

    Ethics a focus for 7 remaining California secretary of state candidates
    SACRAMENTO — The arrest of a front-runner in the race for California secretary of state on corruption charges has made ethics a key issue for the seven candidates still in the contest. State Sen. Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) quit the race after...

    Legislature's approval ratings dip after Sen. Leland Yee scandal

    Legislature's approval ratings dip after Sen. Leland Yee scandal
    SACRAMENTO -- A new poll released Thursday shows the Legislature's approval rating has taken a hit in the wake of the corruption scandal involving Sen. Leland Yee (D-San Francisco). According to the Field Poll, 46% of voters approved of the Legislature'...

    California Senate to three suspended members: You're dead to me

    California Senate to three suspended members: You're dead to me
    A week after taking the unprecedented step of suspending three colleagues, the California state Senate erased the lawmakers’ names, press releases and archives from its websites. The Senate left in place bare-bones information for the districts of...

    Window opens to curb legal corruption

    Window opens to curb legal corruption
    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...