Recent Articles


CALQuiz: Rent control, cancerous substances and hijacked dreams

By John Osborn D’Agostino

Californians: Test your knowledge about the new of the week in your state.

Exploring the promise — and unintended consequences — of rent control

By Chris Nichols, Capital Public Radio

As California rents have increased, so have calls to strengthen rent control laws across the state. Voters this fall will have the chance to weigh in on a potential first step.

What the new plan to deter Capitol sexual harassment really addresses—and avoids

By Laurel Rosenhall

California’s legislature is on the cusp of approving a new plan for responding to—and trying to prevent—sexual harassment in its own ranks. But

Out with soda, juice and chocolate milk—California could become first state to restrict kids’ meals

By Elizabeth Castillo

A bill advancing in the Capitol would require restaurants to offer only water or milk with meals marketed for children.

WHATmatters


Truce in privacy war. Will it hold?

By Dan Morain

Net neutrality bill is hijacked, gutted

By Dan Morain

Net neutrality showdown; What Nancy Pelosi says

By Dan Morain

Ballmer takes his shot; Why attorneys general matter

By Dan Morain

Gas price politics; Initiative wars ahead

By Dan Morain

Commentary


Democrats try to flip California’s second largest county

By Dan Walters

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 partisan control.

Budget trailer bills have become Christmas trees

By Dan Walters

“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 the budget.

The Capitol weighs another big, dicey power play

By Dan Walters

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 with those of other Western states. Politicians should be very cautious of the new scheme.

Two victims of a blood sport: politics

By Dan Walters

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.

Resistance State


The battle over California’s ‘sanctuary’ laws

By David Gorn

On the same day President Trump ordered an end to the practice of separating migrant families at the U.S. border, court action commenced in the federal lawsuit over California’s “sanctuary” policy.