As the oil industry worked to influence a landmark environmental policy in California this year, it had hired Democratic former legislators to lobby on its behalf.
Voters passed a law last year barring lawmakers from acting on bills until they’ve been available to the public for 72 hours. It was a game-changer this year.
The 2017 legislative session now wrapping up began with a rhetorical punch in the face to Donald Trump, but California Democrats have a mixed record when it comes to turning their anti-Trump talk into action.
As befits a good murder plot, California lawmakers target potential victims by placing the bills on what they call the “suspense file.”
Days after losing his position as leader of Assembly Republicans, Chad Mayes was entertaining lobbyists and lawmakers at a bar near the state Capitol, raising money for his re-election with a live...
After an artistic career that propelled him from the south side of Chicago to poetry nights in the Obama White House, the 45-year-old rapper Common is now working to influence state policy. A resident of Los Angeles, Common is trying to change the criminal justice system in California.