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Cutting Through Fog of Polls: The Key Takeaways


At a time when polling in California is more muddled and uncertain than ever, there’s only one important known unknown in campaigns for statewide office following the two most recent public surveys: Who will come in second in the governor’s race in the prelim June 5 election? Under California’s top-two system, it seems certain that… »

The Only Thing That Mattered in Gov’s TV Debate


Nothing that transpired in Tuesday’s “debate” among candidates for governor of California changed the one and only political question worth discussing about the June 5 preliminary vote: Will Antonio Villaraigosa finish second and set up a serious runoff contest, or will the fall campaign be… »

Bretón: Why Prince Gavin’s Character Fails the Test


With their clever attack ad on Republican John Cox, designed to elevate Cox and thereby keep fellow Democrat Antonio Villaraigosa from coming in second in the June preliminary vote for governor, Democratic Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom’s campaign has proved its Machiavellian dexterity. But what of… »

Who’s On Second? CA Polling Is a Muddled Mess


Here’s what we know about the 2018 California races for governor and U.S. Senate: Democrats Gavin Newsom and Dianne Feinstein will come in first in the June preliminary vote…. »

Three Big Questions Shaping California Politics


Jerry Roberts spends most of his energy these days wrangling horses and politicos in Santa Barbara, where he is the RW Apple of hyper-local concerns. Occasionally he lifts his… »

Brown’s Bid to Finesse Trump’s Nat’l Guard Plan


Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednes- day yielded to President Donald Trump’s request for troops to control the Mexican border, agreeing to supply 400 members of the California National Guard… »

How Brown Would Reject Trump Nat’l Guard Plan


UPDATE: When President Trump said he was going to order the National Guard to the border, we re-posted our piece from a year ago on how California would resist… »

Prince Gavin Surges Past Tony V; DiFi Steady


Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom has reclaimed a clear lead in the California’s top-two governor’s primary, with fellow Democratic former L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa falling into a virtual tie and… »

Tony V Pulls Even with Prince Gavin for Governor


Gavin Newsom and Antonio Villarai- gosa, both Democrats, are virtually tied in the race for governor of California, but Villaraigosa has a secret weapon: a 4-1 lead among Latino… »

PPIC Survey Exposes deLeon’s Daunting Task


The finding by PPIC that Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom and former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa lead in the race for California governor is not news. But it’s an… »

De Leon’s Dilemma: He’s Got to Attack Feinstein


Kevin de Leon, the Demo- cratic state Senate leader who wants to be a United States senator has a problem: Before he can make a compelling case for himself,… »

De Leon Takes on California’s Most Durable Liberal


Ambitious but termed-out, Kevin de Leon, the 50-year-old state Senate President, on Sunday presented himself as a tougher progressive alternative as he announced a primary challenge to U.S. Senator… »

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