California’s Legislature is downsizing a plan to require ethnic studies for high school graduation—and not for the reason you might think.
The year in California politics, as told through Twitter
For better or worse—although really, who would argue better?—2017 was the year Twitter commandeered politics. A look at California in 2017, told from tweet to tweet.
Lawmakers to Californians: Do as we say, not as we do
It’s an example of how the The Legislature’s exemption from the Whistleblower Protection Act has garnered attention in recent weeks, as a groundswell of women complaining of pervasive sexual harassment in the state Capitol publicly call for such protections for legislative employees. But the whistleblower act isn’t the only area of the law in which the Legislature has demonstrated a “do as I say, not as I do” mentality.
Commentary: Legislative employees should be in civil service
Eric Bauman, the state Democratic Party’s newly elected chairman, made an appearance before the Sacramento Press Club last week and, of course, the blowup over sexual harassment in and around the Capitol was a hot topic for questioning journalists. Bauman made some news during the joint event with his Republican counterpart, Jim Brulte, by suggesting […]
Commentary: Sexual harassment cases put heat on legislative leaders
Some may have believed – or hoped – that the furor over sexual harassment in and around the state Capitol would soon fade away. Nope. The initial letter complaining about harassment, signed by 140 women, has exploded with many more names and a spate of personal accounts. The Los Angeles Times, which broke the initial […]
Hit by sexual harassment and assault reports, will Capitol make changes?
The letter has ignited an impassioned debate in Sacramento: Do Capitol employees have enough protection to believe that they can report sexual harassment or assault and maintain their careers?
The Suspense Files: California bills vanish almost without a trace
As befits a good murder plot, California lawmakers target potential victims by placing the bills on what they call the “suspense file.”
More than friends?
Compared with the partisan gridlock that gripped Sacramento just a few years ago, dynamics in the statehouse can seem almost cuddly these days. There are friendly handshakes after lawmakers cross party lines to vote for each others’ bills. Bipartisan banter is visible on social media, where legislators trade funny stories and post selfies with friends […]