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Maldonado won't run for Calif. governor in 2014

12:39 PM, Jan 16, 2014

Abel Maldonado does an about-face and decides not to run for governor in 2014.

Transgender referendum alive, but barely, for Calif. ballot

1:52 PM, Jan 8, 2014

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.

6 questions about new plan to split California into 6 states

11:05 AM, Dec 23, 2013

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.

Possible 2014 ballot fight over firing teachers, looser tenure rules

10:09 PM, Dec 17, 2013

Voters in 2014 could be asked to consider new rules for firing teachers and to loosen California's tenure law.

Poll: GOP label is a turn-off for Californians

10:08 PM, Dec 4, 2013

Most voters in a new statewide poll have deep unhappiness about the Republican party.  But it's also frustration with party politics in general.

Governor remains mum on 2014, but raking in cash

4:38 PM, Nov 26, 2013

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.

Local tax hikes win in California ... sort of

10:58 AM, Nov 6, 2013

Tax increases generally won in local elections on Tuesday... but perhaps only because of the way they were legally crafted.

Casino referendum likely but panned by Brown

9:23 PM, Sep 27, 2013

As backers of an effort to nix a hotly debated Indian casino project prepare to turn in signatures for a spot on the November 2014 ballot, Gov. Jerry Brown says 

Lower vote for parcel taxes may not matter, says report

9:00 PM, Sep 16, 2013

A Democratic legislative priority -- lowering the threshold to impose local parcel taxes for schools -- may not do much to affect either the number of those ballot measures or their outcome on Election Day.

$28.5 million and counting anted up for malpractice ballot fight

10:24 AM, Aug 22, 2013

Doctors and insurance companies quickly stockpile cash for a possible 2014 war over one kind of damages awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits.

Brown scores well in new poll, sits on sizable campaign war chest

9:05 PM, Jul 31, 2013

Gov. Jerry Brown's poll numbers and campaign bank account balance offer a glimpse into the comfortable perch he has in California politics these days.

Some say scrap costly, low turnout special elections

4:33 PM, Jul 26, 2013

California is on track for more special elections to fill legislative vacancies than any year since 1993, costing millions of dollars and with low voter turnout.  Is there a better way?

Justices limit law that shaped California's political map

12:52 PM, Jun 25, 2013

California's political maps would be very different had an independent commission not had to use the federal rules stricken down Tuesday by the U.S. Supreme Court.

State treasurer to retire in 2014 after 40 years in politics

11:37 AM, Jun 3, 2013

Bill Lockyer announces he'll retire at the end of his term as state treasurer in 2014, the end to a 45 year career in elective office.

Poll: Uphill battle for rail, Republicans, and more

9:00 PM, Mar 20, 2013

A new poll finds Californians leery of high speed rail and a 2014 water bond, and are divided on issues related to gun control and the environment.

Reality Check: Gun poll in California districts uses shaky assumptions

8:55 PM, Mar 5, 2013

A poll sent to reporters on gun control support in one Central Valley congressional district appears to have flawed assumptions about the area's voter allegiances.

Feinstein asks court for campaign treasurer's records

6:24 PM, Feb 26, 2013

Attorneys for Dianne Feinstein want a federal judge to allow them access to the computer files of convicted campaign treasurer Kinde Durkee.

Uncounted fall ballots found in Sacramento County

1:41 PM, Feb 14, 2013

Sacramento County officials discover 407 unopened, and uncounted, ballots from the fall election.  And they're going to stay that way.

State needs election disaster plan, says legislator

12:15 PM, Feb 11, 2013

A bill in the Assembly asks state elections officials to come up with plans for holding an election in the wake of a natural disaster like an earthquake or flood.

Tobacco tax hike eyed for 2014 state ballot

6:28 PM, Jan 21, 2013

Efforts are now underway to ask California voters in 2014 to, once again, consider a tobacco tax increase -- this time, to pay for college scholarships and financial aid.

Fall ballot shuffle by Legislature illegal, says court

4:48 PM, Jan 18, 2013

A state appeals court says the Legislature and Gov. Jerry Brown illegally shuffled the order of November ballot measures.  That election may be over, but the ruling could block future actions.

Top 10 California political stories of 2012

3:50 PM, Dec 29, 2012

When it comes to making a list of big political stories, 2012 offered an embarrassment of riches in the Golden State.

Diverse voters may push big California changes

10:36 PM, Dec 5, 2012

A new statewide poll provides fodder for a hot political debate: the stark contrast between traditional voters and new voters, the latter being younger, more ethnically diverse, and undoubtedly the future of California elections.

California Democratic operative gets prison for embezzlement

3:26 PM, Nov 28, 2012

A former Democratic campaign treasurer gets 8 years in federal prison for stealing some $10 million in political cash, a case prosecutors say is the biggest of its kind in U.S. history.

Calif. political reforms create more competition

4:12 PM, Nov 9, 2012

California's changes to its political systems, through independent redistricting and a new primary system, created more competition and may have helped fuel the strong gains by Democrats on Election Day... so says an early report from researchers.

Analysis: Brown, Democrats win big in California

2:45 AM, Nov 7, 2012

Not only does Gov. Jerry Brown's tax increase, Proposition 30, appear to be on the winning side of Election Day, but Democrats are in the position to capture a super-majority of both the state Senate and Assembly... the first time any party has done that in California since 1933.

Mystery political donors revealed as... mystery political donors

1:00 AM, Nov 6, 2012

Exactly three weeks to the day that it put $11 million into a conservative California political action committee, an Arizona nonprofit admitted Monday that the money wasn't really theirs... but rather, was part of an elaborate effort that California officials say is a clear case of political money laundering.

Poll shows Brown's Prop 30 down, not out

6:55 AM, Nov 1, 2012

Another new poll confirms the recent downward slide for Gov. Jerry Brown's tax increase initiative, but also suggests there's a very real chance that Brown and his allies will eke out a victory on Election Day.

Brown's Prop 30 slips under majority support

9:10 PM, Oct 24, 2012

With less than two weeks before Election Day, Gov. Jerry Brown finds his high profile tax increase initiative going the wrong way - down in the polls and, for the first time in any publicly released poll, below majority support.

Large donation fuels fight for Prop 32, against Prop 30

11:44 PM, Oct 16, 2012

A big campaign contribution reported on Tuesday night raises some interesting questions about the forces aligned to simultaneously kill Gov. Jerry Brown's tax initiative and pass an initiative to curtail the political power of organized labor.

Reality Check: Prop 30 ads offer healthy dose of political spin

5:07 PM, Oct 8, 2012

There are two almost universally popular things in California politics: schools, and proposals to keep a leash on Sacramento lawmakers. That probably explains the approach by supporters of Proposition 30.

Reality Check: National political ads jab ethics, health care

11:56 PM, Sep 24, 2012

Four closely watched congressional races are in the Sacramento region this fall, and all have attracted a national blitz of TV ads funded by outside political action committees - ads where a dash of truth is often stretched and twisted into a political weapon.

More voters in California, but fewer Republicans

2:51 PM, Sep 21, 2012

A new report about the 17.2 million Californians registered to vote finds some recent trends show no signs of slowing down -- especially the inclination of voters to detach from political parties, and the declining party power of Republicans.

Reality Check: Denham alleges Medicare cuts

9:46 PM, Sep 13, 2012

It's the most heated fight of the 2012 campaign season: are senior citizens in danger of losing Medicare benefits? That's the accusation from Rep. Jeff Denham (R) in his Modesto congressional campaign against Jose Hernandez (D).

News10 Reality Check: Bogus claim in Garamendi ad

11:31 AM, Sep 11, 2012

Rep. John Garamendi pulls a campaign ad after News10 questions the accuracy of the ad's most explosive claim.

VIDEO: Dem. strategist breaks down Obama's DNC speech

10:14 PM, Sep 6, 2012

SACRAMENTO - News10 political editor John Myers breaks down Obama's DNC speech with state democratic strategist Robin Swanson.