A Democratic Party resolution calling on Mayor Ed Lee to appoint a mother to the Board of Supervisors may have driven the slow-moving mayor to fill the seat of departing Supervisor Carmen Chu quickly, perhaps as soon as today, City Hall sources are saying. Read More
Requiring two-thirds of California legislators to agree on something before they could pass a state budget led to many late budgets and gave the Republican minority undue leverage in budget negotiations. So it’s no surprise that voters changed the law in 2010 to require only a majority vote, while leaving intact the supermajority required for tax increases. Read More
California’s new online voter registration process added more than 614,000 registered voters to today’s state electorate — almost half of them registered as Democrats. But beyond the presidential race, experts say, party officials shouldn’t count on support from such first-time voters.
Younger people and first-time voters tend to vote more independently and less along party lines than other voters, noted Corey Cook, an associate professor of politics at the University of San Francisco. New voters also tend to vote for the president and then leave many other items blank on their ballots.
After Bill Clinton’s speech Wednesday night at the Democratic National Convention, the delegates cast their votes on behalf of each state. The woman who took the microphone to cast Arizona’s vote said that her state had produced some fabulous politicians from both parties. Read More
Governor Jerry Brown heard a clarion call for his party to take on employee pensions in the overwhelming passage last week of retirement reforms by the second and third biggest cities in the state, San Diego and San Jose.
Yet the message did not resonate as strongly in the statehouse where fellow Democrats rule. Read More
A ballot measure aimed at bringing more funding to Coit Tower and limiting private parties at the landmark is getting support from the local Democratic Party.Listed as Proposition B on the June 5 ballot, the measure gained the endorsement over the insistence by The City’s Recreation and Park Department and the Arts Commission that the proposal is too vague and potentially restrictive. Read More
The battle has begun to determine the political leanings of the local Democratic Party, which could play an important role in the outcomes of Board of Supervisors races this fall. Read More
State Sen. Leland Yee’s campaign for mayor is furious that the local Democratic Party balked on endorsing an Asian-American candidate at its Wednesday night meeting. Members were set to consider a third candidate in a second round of voting after the group chose to endorse Supervisor John Avalos and City Attorney Dennis Herrera last month. Read More
Gov. Jerry Brown’s recent talk to the California State Association of Counties was more meandering and disjointed than usual, but the governor stuck to his talking points: Unless California voters approve tax extensions, they must get used to greatly diminished public services. Without at least the tax extensions, he said, “we will get a radical restructuring of what we are.” Read More
Everyone has priorities. During the past week Barack Obama has found no time to condemn the attacks that Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi has launched on the Libyan people. Read More