| Mar 4, 2013
SACRAMENTO — "Too white, too right and too uptight," says a veteran political consultant. "That's why the Republican Party can't come back in California."
Strategist David Townsend is a Democrat, so that's the sort of comment you would expect from...
| May 30, 2012
FRESNO — It was around 2 o'clock, temperatures rising under an arcing sun, when I met two workers on a peach farm near here recently.
One had first entered the country illegally nearly 40 years ago but later became a U.S. citizen at a time when the...
| Mar 11, 2013
| 1:15 AM
SACRAMENTO — State Sen. Jerry Hill grew up in San Francisco and vividly remembers the rare suffocating days of late summer when the fog fled and people sweltered.
The city's natural air conditioner clicked off, temperatures soared into the 90s and...
| Mar 12, 2014
The young are different from you and me — unless, of course, you happen to be one of them.
If you're older than 34, I'm sorry to break it to you, but you're no longer the wave of the future. That distinction belongs to those born between 1980...
| Feb 19, 2009
Individual career aspirations account for much of California's destructive budget deadlock, but there is a darker dynamic at play. As the state's political composition evolves, some lawmakers appear to be falling into end-times thinking. The notion that...
| Oct 30, 2011
John Pérez and I have been talking about the government and politics of California for 13 years. Some aspects of that conversation have changed: In our early conversations, he was the executive director of the United Food and Commercial Workers States'...
| Aug 19, 2007
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger vigorously opposed a 2004 ballot measure that would have lowered the supermajority needed forthe Legislature to pass a budget to 55% from the current two-thirds. Now, it seems, he's not so sure. With his budget held up seven...
| Mar 11, 2014
It's on! Ostensible allies for the last couple years, Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.) have commenced the battle for the unofficial title of conservative front-runner. That's no surprise, but what is remarkable is their choice of weapons:...
| Mar 9, 2014
| 5:00 AM
Robert Proctor doesn't think ignorance is bliss. He thinks that what you don't know can hurt you. And that there's more ignorance around than there used to be, and that its purveyors have gotten much better at filling our heads with nonsense.
| Mar 2, 2014
Nearly a generation ago, MSNBC's Chris Matthews coined a description of our two political parties that may turn out to be his most enduring contribution to American punditry. Republicans, Matthews wrote, were the "Daddy Party," all about military security...
| Mar 2, 2014
| 6:35 PM
Gov. Jerry Brown enjoys a unique position that no California governor has been in for 68 years. He is a virtual shoo-in for reelection.
That gives him an extremely rare opportunity to rise above conventional political rhetoric and open a substantive...