DENVER (AP) — Colorado's governor signed bills Wednesday that place new restrictions on firearms, signaling a change for Democrats who have traditionally shied away from gun control in a state with a pioneer tradition of gun ownership and self-reliance. Read More
Last weekend, the California Republican Party held its convention in Sacramento. As it was nearby and featured a speech by neutered bogeyman Karl Rove, I went to the event and sought out those rarest of creatures, San Francisco Republicans.
“Are people nice to you?” I asked, figuring Bay Area delegates must get snubbed or at least tossed into the swimming pool by the confident delegates from rural areas. Read More
The race to be the next mayor of New York City could be decided by ranked-choice voting.
The Big Apple is between a rock and a hard deadline. Federal election legislation passed after the fiasco of the 2000 election outlawed that city’s old lever system of voting. Now everyone must cast paper votes, which take much longer to count. Read More
For years, even decades, business groups have complained that the California Environmental Quality Act’s complex provisions were being misused to block worthwhile projects, often for reasons that had nothing to do with the environment. Read More
The Supreme Court upheld President Barack Obama’s health care law in an election-year triumph for him and fellow Democrats who championed the most sweeping overhaul since the 1960s of the unwieldy U.S. health care system. Read More
City Attorney Dennis Herrera’s campaign unveiled a television ad using slick graphics to attack San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee and display some already-established themes in this year’s mayoral race: Lee’s connection to Chinatown powerbroker Rose Pak, Lee's support of the controversial and expensive Central Subway project, and the mayor’s recent praise of PG&E as a “company that gets it” just prior to the anniversary of the San Bruno pipeline disaster Read More
With somewhat curious timing, Arkansas Democratic Rep. Mike Ross has announced that he will not run for reelection in 2012. One year ago today, Ross was part of a congressional delegation that was 5-1 Democratic: both the state’s U.S. Read More
Rep. Anthony Weiner, D-N.Y., has sent New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announcing his resignation from the state's 9th District seat, effective Tuesday midnight. The short letter was received this afternoon by the House leadership and will be read in the chamber when the House is back in session Tuesday. Read More
Senator Herb Kohl of Wisconsin is announcing he will not run for a fifth term next year. Kohl is a Democrat who was first elected with 53% of the vote in 1988 and reelected with 58% in 1994, 62% in 2000 and 67% in 2006. Read More
There are 23 Senate Democrats facing re-election battles next year. One of them, Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, has only been in Congress for a few months, having won a special election in November to complete the late Robert Byrd’s term. (Manchin will be seeking his first full six-year term in 2012.) Read More