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Kamala Harris, Nancy Pelosi Could Be First and Second in Line for President. How Did Bay Area Politics Manage That?

SAN JOSE, Calif. — One is a seasoned politician, long considered one of the most powerful people in Washington. The... Read More

SAN JOSE, Calif. — One is a seasoned politician, long considered one of the most powerful people in Washington. The other is a rising star, a trailblazer accustomed to breaking barriers. Both have deep Bay Area ties. And to many... Read More

2020-07-20 19:43:19
by Jacob Pederson
Federal Court Upholds California’s Right to Work with Quebec on Climate Change

A federal court has ruled that California’s coordination with the Canadian province of Quebec to reduce greenhouse gas emission does... Read More

A federal court has ruled that California’s coordination with the Canadian province of Quebec to reduce greenhouse gas emission does not violate the U.S. Constitution, shooting down the last surviving element of a challenge by the Trump administration. In 2006,... Read More

2020-06-23 18:31:20
by Dan McCue
Judge Rules Against California's Bid to Require Cancer Label on Roundup

California can't require a cancer warning label on Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide, a federal judge ruled Monday, saying the state hadn't... Read More

California can't require a cancer warning label on Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide, a federal judge ruled Monday, saying the state hadn't met the legal standard for such a requirement. California requires warning labels on cancer-causing products under the state's Safe Drinking... Read More

Trump Targets California in Latest Attack on Mail-In Voting

WASHINGTON — Facing a potentially difficult path to reelection, President Donald Trump on Tuesday expanded his attacks on states using... Read More

WASHINGTON — Facing a potentially difficult path to reelection, President Donald Trump on Tuesday expanded his attacks on states using mail-in ballots, a scorched-earth campaign that could undermine confidence in the democratic process as the novel coronavirus threatens to make... Read More

What Tuesday’s Special Elections Taught Us, and What They Didn’t

WASHINGTON — It’s difficult to glean broader trends from a couple of special elections, but that didn’t stop both parties... Read More

WASHINGTON — It’s difficult to glean broader trends from a couple of special elections, but that didn’t stop both parties from drawing polar opposite lessons from Tuesday’s contests in California and Wisconsin. In California’s competitive 25th District, Republican Mike Garcia,... Read More

California Helped Turn Congress Blue in 2018. Can These Democrats Hold On in 2020?

WASHINGTON — California has at least half a dozen races to watch in this year’s battle for control of the... Read More

WASHINGTON — California has at least half a dozen races to watch in this year’s battle for control of the House of Representatives, and voters have a little more clarity on their choices following last week’s primary election. Democrats flipped... Read More

How Los Angeles’ Election Innovation Fell Short

LOS ANGELES — Local election officials spent one decade and $300 million to design an innovative voting system that many... Read More

LOS ANGELES — Local election officials spent one decade and $300 million to design an innovative voting system that many experts thought was the future of elections. But at vote centers throughout the sprawling city on Super Tuesday, some Angelenos... Read More

LA County Elections Chief Apologizes for Long Lines, Chaotic Balloting as Voters Vent

LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles County’s new voting system was marked by long lines, snafus and growing anger among voters,... Read More

LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles County’s new voting system was marked by long lines, snafus and growing anger among voters, with some waiting hours to cast ballots that continued well into the night. “This was a challenging day for a... Read More

2020-03-04 22:20:09
by Dan McCue
Democrat Christy Smith Advances in Race for Katie Hill’s House Seat

California Assemblywoman Christy Smith advanced Wednesday in her bid to fill the House seat left vacant by the resignation of... Read More

California Assemblywoman Christy Smith advanced Wednesday in her bid to fill the House seat left vacant by the resignation of former Rep. Katie Hill. Smith entered the race almost immediately after Hill quit following a nude photo scandal which led... Read More

California Could be ‘Lifeline’ for Women Candidates Trailing Bernie Sanders

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Tuesday wasn’t supposed to be a battle for second place. Julie Cecilio and her friends aren’t... Read More

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Tuesday wasn’t supposed to be a battle for second place. Julie Cecilio and her friends aren’t making campaign calls and knocking on doors this weekend, just days before California’s presidential primary, to help ensure a woman... Read More

Korean Liquor Store. Black Neighborhood. A Quarter of a Century After the LA Riots, Misgivings Still Run Deep

LOS ANGELES — It started with a stick — that much everybody can agree on. A Korean stock boy wielded... Read More

LOS ANGELES — It started with a stick — that much everybody can agree on. A Korean stock boy wielded the stick at a black patron inside a Leimert Park liquor store late on a Sunday afternoon. In some tellings,... Read More

Ready to Move, Californians Tour Their Top Destination: Texas

PROSPER, Texas — When half a dozen California families arrived in a limo-style bus for a daylong tour of suburban... Read More

PROSPER, Texas — When half a dozen California families arrived in a limo-style bus for a daylong tour of suburban homes for sale north of Dallas on a recent Saturday, the sun was shining but the temperature had dipped below... Read More

California Could Become America’s Sports Betting Capital as Rival Groups Eye November Ballot

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Two years after the U.S. Supreme Court removed legal barriers to sports betting, California voters could be... Read More

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Two years after the U.S. Supreme Court removed legal barriers to sports betting, California voters could be asked in November to join 14 other states in allowing legal wagers on athletic contests, creating a lucrative industry worth... Read More

Why the Front Lines of the 2020 Election Battle Are on Californians’ Facebook Feeds

SAN JOSE, Calif. — The 2020 presidential hopefuls have bashed Facebook for its record of playing loose with user data,... Read More

SAN JOSE, Calif. — The 2020 presidential hopefuls have bashed Facebook for its record of playing loose with user data, allowing political ads that spread lies and letting foreign actors mislead voters — and yet, they can’t get enough of... Read More

Hollister Ranch Sues California, Calling New Public Access Law Unconstitutional

LOS ANGELES — In a new twist to one of the most high-profile — and longest — beach access battles... Read More

LOS ANGELES — In a new twist to one of the most high-profile — and longest — beach access battles in California, Hollister Ranch sued state officials Thursday over a new law designed to open its exclusive coastline to the... Read More

California Governor Won’t Call Special Election to Fill Rep. Duncan Hunter’s Seat

SAN DIEGO — Gov. Gavin Newsom’s office said Wednesday a special election will not be called to fill the congressional... Read More

SAN DIEGO — Gov. Gavin Newsom’s office said Wednesday a special election will not be called to fill the congressional seat that will be vacated when Rep. Duncan Hunter resigns from office Monday. “The Governor’s Office received Rep. Hunter’s resignation... Read More

Trump May Withhold Tax Returns and Appear on Ballot, California Supreme Court Rules

SAN FRANCISCO — For years, Democrats have tried to force President Donald Trump to disclose his tax returns, and Trump... Read More

SAN FRANCISCO — For years, Democrats have tried to force President Donald Trump to disclose his tax returns, and Trump has resisted. The California Legislature, aiming at the president, passed a law this year to try to force Trump’s hand.... Read More

Why California Still Isn’t Safe a Year After the Camp Fire

PARADISE, Calif. — Chainsaws were humming and backhoes were beeping. Wood frames were being hammered into place. It was the... Read More

PARADISE, Calif. — Chainsaws were humming and backhoes were beeping. Wood frames were being hammered into place. It was the sound of Paradise rebuilding, one nail at a time. “I love it up here — it’s beautiful,” said Holly Austin,... Read More

George Papadopoulos Files for a House Run in Rep. Katie Hill’s District

WASHINGTON — A one-time campaign foreign policy adviser to President Donald Trump who served 12 days in jail for lying... Read More

WASHINGTON — A one-time campaign foreign policy adviser to President Donald Trump who served 12 days in jail for lying to the FBI has filed paperwork to run for the seat occupied by resigning California Democratic Rep. Katie Hill. George... Read More

California’s Tough-on-Crime Past Haunts Kamala Harris

LOS ANGELES — The Zodiac killer struck first. Then came the Manson family. Later, the Hillside Stranglers, the Night Stalker... Read More

LOS ANGELES — The Zodiac killer struck first. Then came the Manson family. Later, the Hillside Stranglers, the Night Stalker and the Golden State Killer terrorized California. Starting in the late 1960s, one lurid murder after another fed public perceptions... Read More

Katie Hill’s Exit Shakes Up Competitive Race in Southern California

WASHINGTON — Democratic Rep. Katie Hill’s decision to resign amid allegations of an improper relationship with her staffer has upended... Read More

WASHINGTON — Democratic Rep. Katie Hill’s decision to resign amid allegations of an improper relationship with her staffer has upended the battle to control a competitive district in Southern California. Republicans believe they can win the 25th District back, especially... Read More

California Independents Can Cast Ballots for Democrats — But Not Trump — In March Primary

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California voters who are unaffiliated with a political party will be able to participate in the Democratic... Read More

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California voters who are unaffiliated with a political party will be able to participate in the Democratic presidential primary next year, but they will be prohibited from casting ballots for President Donald Trump or any possible Republican... Read More

2019-09-03 15:48:43
by Dan McCue
Ginsburg Slams Partisan Gerrymandering Before Record Book Fest Audience

WASHINGTON - U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Saturday told a record crowd that had turned out to... Read More

WASHINGTON - U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Saturday told a record crowd that had turned out to see her at the National Book Festival that "something needs to be done about partisan gerrymandering." Ginsburg was responding to... Read More

2019-08-29 21:20:04
by Dan McCue
New Study Finds 8-in-10 Californians Are Registered to Vote

Voter registration is up in California, with 8-in-10 eligible adults registered. However, likely voters in the state still tend to... Read More

Voter registration is up in California, with 8-in-10 eligible adults registered. However, likely voters in the state still tend to be older, well-educated and disproportionately white, according to a study by the Public Policy Institute of California. The Institute, a... Read More

2019-08-06 20:34:14
by Dan McCue
Trump Campaign Sues California Over Tax Return Release Ballot Requirement

The Trump campaign and the Republican Party sued California on Tuesday over a new law requiring presidential candidates to release... Read More

The Trump campaign and the Republican Party sued California on Tuesday over a new law requiring presidential candidates to release their tax returns to run in the state’s primary. "Today we have taken decisive action in federal court challenging California’s... Read More

2019-07-17 17:54:33
by Dan McCue
Foreign Purchases of U.S. Homes Drop Sharply As Chinese Bolt From Market

WASHINGTON - International investment in residential real estate in the United States plunged 36% in the past year as Chinese... Read More

WASHINGTON - International investment in residential real estate in the United States plunged 36% in the past year as Chinese buyers fled the market, the National Association of Realtors said Wednesday. The sobering analysis comes via the Realtors' annual survey... Read More

2019-06-27 19:56:27
by Elin Johnson
San Francisco Becomes 1st Major US City to Ban E-Cigarettes

San Francisco became the first major U.S. city to ban the sale of electronic cigarettes Tuesday, a move some say... Read More

San Francisco became the first major U.S. city to ban the sale of electronic cigarettes Tuesday, a move some say will help curb underage use, but that others say will only make it harder for adults to purchase an alternative... Read More

2019-05-13 22:02:45
by Dan McCue
Supreme Court Overturns 40-Year Precedent in Two-State Dispute

A divided U.S. Supreme Court Monday overturned a 40-year precedent, ruling one state cannot be sued in the courts of... Read More

A divided U.S. Supreme Court Monday overturned a 40-year precedent, ruling one state cannot be sued in the courts of another without its consent. The decision ends a long-running tax dispute between California officials and a Nevada inventor named Gilbert... Read More

2019-04-24 23:32:22
by Dan McCue
San Francisco Mayor Unveils 100 Percent Renewable Power Plan for City's Downtown

San Francisco could become the first city in the United States in which large commercial property owners use only renewable... Read More

San Francisco could become the first city in the United States in which large commercial property owners use only renewable energy under a plan unveiled by Mayor London Breed earlier this week. She and city supervisors Vallie Brown and Ahsha... Read More

2019-04-02 21:08:15
by Dan McCue
NewDeal Marks 8 Years of Championing Innovative Good Governance

Eight years ago, the NewDEAL coalesced around a philosophy that forward-looking politics and economic development were not the opposing forces... Read More

Eight years ago, the NewDEAL coalesced around a philosophy that forward-looking politics and economic development were not the opposing forces many on the political fringes had long argued they were. For those who may not be familiar with the group,... Read More

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