CALQuiz: Steyer flexes his vocab, California UCs rank high, and a campaign consultant gets mad
In a survey of California political insiders, what percentage of respondents thought that it was “very likely” California would have a viable third party by 2025?
In our new Insiders Track Survey, we asked paid subscribers to California Target Book—a list that includes state political operatives, lobbyists, labor and business groups and other key players—whether a third party will become a significant player in the near future. Zero said it would very likely occur, with 28 of the 45 respondents instead saying the threat from a new political faction was "very unlikely."
Which California lawmaker has proposed banning gas-powered vehicles in California?
Assemblyman Phil Ting has introduced legislation in the past that would require that California ban automobiles powered via fossil fuels by 2040. The San Francisco Democrat's bill is just one of many ideas that have been proposed or passed by Californias politicians. Environmental reporter Julie Cart takes a look at the state's history as a leader in the modern environmental movement.
UCLA earned the top spot in this year’s U.S. News and World Report ranking of the country’s best public universities. How many California schools were in the top 10?
Congrats, Californians—we're pretty darn smart. California schools made up half of this year's top 10 public universities in the U.S. News and World Report ranking.
What SAT vocabulary word did Tom Steyer use to describe his praise for state senator and U.S. Senate candidate Kevin de León?
During a bill signing for SB 100, which would require that California generate 100 percent of its electricity from clean energy sources by 2045, Tom Steyer lauded the efforts Kevin de León, who sponsored the bill. After the ceremony, our senior editor Dan Morain asked Steyer if in addition to showering de León with adulation he'd start pouring money into the Democratic state senator's campaign against Dianne Feinstein for U.S. Senate. Steyer's response: “You mean more involved than a strong encomium for him in front of maybe 30 reporters?”
Which failed candidate for statewide office had someone access his or her website and write disgruntled remarks about not receiving payments for work during the primary?
The site of Republican Cole Harris, who ran a failed primary campaign for lieutenant governor, was taken over, most likely by an irked consultant, who wrote in capital red and black letters: “Cole Harris owes his campaign vendors and employees at least $1.1 million dollars in unpaid bills.”