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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 sights beyond Santa Maria to offer his thoughts on the state at large. This is from a recent post on the Santa Barbara Independent. …Around California… »

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


Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday yielded to President Donald Trump’s request for troops to control the Mexican border, agreeing to supply 400 members of the California National Guard for “targeting transnational criminal gangs, human traffickers and illegal firearm and drug smugglers along the border, the… »

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 that. Since then it became clear that Trump wouldn’t take command of the Guard, but instead… »

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… »

PPIC Poll: Is Feinstein in Trouble? Not Likely


Calbuzz interrupts our hiatus to file this breaking news report: We don’t doubt the polling finding from the Public Policy Institute of California, released tonight, showing that 50% of… »

Death of Truth, Part IV: We Bother Because We Care


It gives us no pleasure to interrupt our sabbatical to lament, once again, the Death of Truth. But when the president seeks to turn the Boy Scouts of America… »

Independence Day: Calbuzz Takes a Sabbatical


On Donald Trump’s Inaug- uration Day, the headline over our take was not only ominous and apocalyptic but, quite modestly, on the money and damned prophetic, too: “Jan. 20,… »

SB 10 Would Rightly End the Cash Bail System


By George Lakoff, Special to Calbuzz: Imagine losing days, weeks, or months of your life rotting in a jail cell even though, in the United States, you’re supposed to… »

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