Gov. Jerry Brown's State of the State speech lasted a little less than 17 minutes. Here's our take on the moments and messages that mattered the most.
A GOP newcomer launches his campaign for governor, one of two Republicans now hoping to replace Gov. Jerry Brown in 2015.
Abel Maldonado does an about-face and decides not to run for governor in 2014.
The leadership of both houses of the California Legislature looks to be in the hands of southern Californians by the end of 2014 -- a breaking of an unwritten Capitol rule some say should be preserved.
Legislation to ban public transit workers in California from going on strike has been officially rejected by a state Senate committee.
The governor's budget is all out in the open. But key parts of it face some tough political hurdles in the weeks and months to come.
Gov. Jerry Brown's budget gets leaked early, a spending plan that attempts to delicately balance saving cash and spending it.
The proposed referendum to kill California's new law on transgender students cleared an important hurdle on Wednesday, but there are serious questions as to whether it will actually qualify for the Nov. 4 ballot.
Democrats in the Legislature are poised to fight for using a portion of the state budget surplus on fully funding a pre-kindergarten program for four year olds.
Out with the old, in with the new: some of the best from the year departing, and a few to watch in the year to come.
Some big decisions are expected to be made at the beginning of 2014 regarding California's prison system.
More than $1 billion worth of carbon pollution credits traded hands in 2013 as part of California's ambitious climate change efforts. But most of the money didn't go to the state, a mistake in the eyes of some environmental groups.
An ex-employee of a large Sacramento lobbying firm alleges years of unreported gifts and campaign work in a lawsuit filed earlier this week.
A Silicon Valley businessman has filed an initiative to divide California into six new U.S. states. Here are questions posed to him on Friday.
A new report claims the governor has asserted a stealth power to kill workplace discrimination cases brought by state and local government employees.
Voters in 2014 could be asked to consider new rules for firing teachers and to loosen California's tenure law.
Assembly Democrats lay out a plan to spend most of the short-term state budget surplus on programs cut during the state's lean years, the opening salvo in the 2014 debate over those extra dollars.
State officials submit their full proposal for a system that seeks compromise on what may be California's most long-running and heated battle: moving water through the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and onward to Southern California.
High speed rail officials admit 2013 was a rocky year for the project, but say the setbacks were smaller than the successes.
Most voters in a new statewide poll have deep unhappiness about the Republican party. But it's also frustration with party politics in general.
The new state health insurance exchange could face a lawsuit from voting advocates who say it's required by federal law to do more to help register new voters.
Gov. Jerry Brown collects some big cash in a recent Hollywood fundraiser for a re-election campaign he won't yet say he's running.
President Barack Obama's visit to San Francisco focused on immigration and campaign fundraising, and finds him debating an undocumented student who wants help now.
California officials refuse to grant extra time for health insurance plans due to be phased out as part of the Obamacare law.
It's a headline no one's seen in California in a long time: more tax dollars than projected spending for year, after year, after year.
Gov. Jerry Brown says the state will respond to calls for a delay in cancelling individual health plans, but stops short of embracing President Obama's plan.
Sen. Ron Calderon alleges federal officials leaked the sealed affidavit in their corruption investigation, and says in a new filing that he was asked to secretly record conversations that could implicate other Senate leaders.
Sen. Ron Calderon was removed from all of his committee assignments by Senate leaders, while the embattled lawmaker lashed out at the action as unfair while an FBI investigation still remains open.
State campaign watchdog officials say a loophole in IRS regulations allow social welfare organizations to exclude ballot measure contributions from limits on their political spending.
Opponents of California's high speed rail, months after winning an argument that the train plan doesn't comply with the law, want a judge to stop the project in its tracks.
California's teacher retirement system is on track to be flat broke by the time this year's new crop of teachers is ready to call it a career. When will lawmakers take action?
Tax increases generally won in local elections on Tuesday... but perhaps only because of the way they were legally crafted.
A small group of Californians who buy individual health plans will get to extend those plans into 2014; the state's insurance commissioner says more people should get the same deal.
An explosive FBI affidavit lays out a detailed look at allegations that state Sen. Ron Calderon, D-Montebello took a bribe in exchange for help on pending legislation.
State campaign finance officials impose a record setting fine in what they say was "dark money" spent to influence two California initiative efforts.
Backers of a new tribal casino north of Fresno get their final approval from the federal government... but can critics still stop the project if they qualify a 2014 ballot referendum?