The race to succeed Sen. Barbara Boxer

Sen. Barbara Boxer's announcement that she will not seek reelection put an end to years of frustration on the part of a younger generation of California politicians who can now start elbowing their way upward in the state's first wide-open U.S. Senate race since 1992.

California's strongly Democratic tilt makes it likely that the party will hold the seat, but not without a fierce contest among those whose Senate ambitions have long been thwarted by Boxer and fellow Democratic incumbent Dianne Feinstein.

Loretta Sanchez takes jab at Democratic rival in U.S. Senate race

Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez, during a busy Veterans¿ Day campaign swing through Fresno County, accused her top Democratic rival in the U.S. Senate race of ignoring the Central Valley and rarely visiting this heart of California¿s agricultural country.

How race helped shape the politics of Senate candidate Kamala Harris

State Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris has never liked it when people try to wedge her into "this box or that box" of racial and ethnic groups.

Tom Steyer gets little payoff for millions spent on green issues

Tom Steyer spent $74 million this election cycle to promote climate change awareness, with little payoff. But he has no regrets.

Tom Steyer's climate change crusade focuses on midterm races, for now

Billionaire Tom Steyer works to promote global warming and Democratic candidates, with an eye to the long political term.

Tom Steyer may be liberals' answer to the Koch brothers

California billionaire Tom Steyer is building a vast liberal network with a focus on fossil fuels and global warming.

Interview: Antonio Villaraigosa reflects on past as he charts future

A transcript of now former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's interview with two Los Angeles Times political reporters.