Portantino’s Staff Turning Lemons into Lemonade

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Faced with the unprecedented closure of the 44th State Assembly offices, Assemblymember Anthony Portantino’s staff has decided to turn a bad situation into a great opportunity.

The Rise and Fall of Leland Yee

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Randy Shaw: Leland Yee thought he had it all worked out. He moved to the left politically on labor and good government issues in preparation for the 2011 mayor’s race, and was positioned to embody the hopes of those seeking San Francisco’s first Asian-American mayor.

Redistricting and California’s African Americans

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Jasmyne Cannick: The bottom line is that they can draw all the Black voter-friendly districts they want but if Blacks continue on this mass exodus to the South, there won’t be enough Blacks left to vote anyone into office and the ones that are left won’t have the same adoration for the political process as their ancestors.

Portantino’s Staff Faces “Leave Without Pay”

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Eliot Sekuler: The ultimate victim of Perez’ punishment will be the people who live and work in Assembly District 44. And the wall of secrecy surrounding the State Assembly’s operating budget certainly has no place in state government.

GOP Turns Deaf Ears to Calls for Saving California Schools

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Cynthia Liu: Last week more than 58,000 Californians and 49 state grassroots groups (representing 5 million members statewide) sent letters letting their legislators know that they are ready to vote to save our kids and save our schools.

California: Where Elections Don’t Matter

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Joseph Palermo: We elected a Democratic governor and Democratic majorities in the State Assembly and the Senate. Yet five members of the Republican minority once again are in the driver’s seat and they’re determined to run the state right over the cliff.

Crime in the California State Assembly

Diane Lefer: We are all shamed, but it’s time to call out the people who belong on the roll call of shame, the Assembly members who so fear being called soft on crime that they couldn’t bring themselves to do the right and rational thing.

Do You Vote the Party Line?

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Sharon Kyle: My father looks to me for endorsements. In a sense, we all need endorsements to help us select who we’ll vote for. Our knowledge of the issues and the candidates runs the gamut. Some of us are plugged in 24/7 others rely on television ads, still others wait for the slates to arrive in the mail and then there’s always the endorsement of the party.

Date Set for Tauscher Special Election; Unfair Law Rigs Process

Clockwise from top: Mark DeSaulnier, John Garamendi, Joan Buchanan and Anthony Woods.

But due to an unfair loophole in state law, only one of the viable candidates will be in that run-off – because all four are Democrats.

The Magical Mystery Majority Budget

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On Thursday, December 18, frustrated with their inability to attract any Republican votes through long negotiations, both the State Assembly and the State Senate decided on an entirely different tack. They would pass a series of majority-vote bills to cut and change the current, 2008-09 budget. Though such a move would not get the state [...]

California: Fade the Red and Cue the Blue—Newly Registered Democratic Voters and Enthusiastic Turnout for Obama May Turn Heads–Downticket Races Ready to Flip

It is happening across the country, and California is no exception. Democratic voter registration is up, a record turnout of voters is expected, and polls show independent voters trending Democratic and districts once thought safely in the hands of Republicans from the State Assembly to the Congress are up for grabs. This last happened in [...]

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