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San Diego County, California's second largest county, has become a microcosm of the state's political profile and its five-member Board of Supervisors has become a battleground in the struggle for…

"Trailer bills" to the state budget are meant to enact the budget's financial decisions, but they have become convenient vehicles for enacting non-budgetary laws that have nothing to do with…

Twenty-two years after the Legislature and then-Gov. Pete Wilson made a horrendous error in reconfiguring California's electric power system, lawmakers are weighing another big change, this time integrating California's grid…

The duplicitous campaigns against Democratic state Sen. Josh Newman and Republican Assemblyman Rocky Chavez are harsh reminders that California politics is not a game of tiddlywinks.

A collection of commentaries by Dan Walters over the past week.

A "trailer" bill for the 2018-2019 state budget would suspend a law requiring voters to be told about the effects of local bond issues on their property taxes. Local officials…

Gavin Newsom is almost certain to become California's next governor and is promising a vast array of new services. But with Californians' taxes already among nation's highest. how would he…

The state Senate voted unanimously to increase welfare grants to nearly a million Californians. But it also voted almost unanimously to give welfare of another kind to the movie industry.

National media were drawn to California by its top-two primary election system and its effect on congressional races. Political party leaders hate the system, but voters like it and it's…

A collection of commentaries by Dan Walters over the past week.

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