| Apr 9, 2014
| 7:31 PM
AUSTIN, Texas — President Obama has tried to model Abraham Lincoln's team of rivals and Teddy Roosevelt's power of the bully pulpit. He's lauded Ronald Reagan's communication skills and linked himself to the Kennedy clan. He's praised his onetime...
| Mar 18, 2014
| 7:09 AM
If current demographic trends hold true, the Democratic Party has a healthy future, but, in the near term -- meaning the 2014 congressional campaign -- Republicans still have the key to success: voters who actually show up on Election Day.
A week ago,...
| Mar 16, 2014
This year was always going to be a difficult one for Democrats, as they battle to keep their five-seat majority in the Senate. But in recent months, the political landscape has grown bleaker.
Let's start with the basics: Democrats have more seats at...
| Mar 30, 2014
| 4:53 PM
SACRAMENTO — When the state Senate took up the issue of affirmative action in late January, it was a relatively tepid affair.
After 20 minutes of polite debate, senators passed a measure that, if approved by voters, would overturn California's ban...
| Mar 31, 2014
| 3:00 AM
WASHINGTON — Faced with a strong prospect of losing control of the Senate in November, Democrats have begun a high-stakes effort to try to overcome one of their party's big weaknesses: voters who don't show up for midterm elections.
| Mar 12, 2014
| 9:00 PM
Twenty-one would-be successors to longtime Rep. Henry Waxman completed the paperwork to run for the seat he is giving up when his term ends, according to Los Angeles County elections officials.
The field to succeed Waxman (D-Beverly Hills) includes 11...
| Mar 27, 2014
| 8:48 PM
SACRAMENTO— Stung by scandals that threaten to put three of their own behind bars, state lawmakers were preparing Thursday to suspend Sen. Leland Yee, who was arrested a day earlier on charges of corruption and conspiracy to traffic in guns....
| Mar 26, 2014
| 6:22 PM
SAN FRANCISCO — State Sen. Leland Yee, a prominent figure in California's Democratic legislative majority, was arrested in a federal corruption investigation Wednesday along with an ostentatious gangster known as "Shrimp Boy" — who insisted...
| Mar 22, 2014
| 7:36 PM
SACRAMENTO - A cherry farmer from the San Joaquin Valley holds the key to California Republicans' hopes of loosening Democrats' grip on the state Legislature.
Andy Vidak, a Republican who owns an orchard in Kings County, stunned both parties last year...
| Mar 23, 2014
| 5:31 PM
There's bipartisan agreement in California's Capitol that hiding the identities of political fat cats is bad for democracy.
In deciding how to vote, a citizen needs to know who's bankrolling a candidate or a ballot measure.
That's what most of these...
| Mar 19, 2014
| 12:43 PM
In a column last weekend, I warned that the Democrats’ chances of keeping control of the Senate this year look increasingly bleak. That wasn’t a value judgment on my part, merely an assessment of the political landscape. Some readers were...