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California Will Vote On Marijuana Legalization In November

Marijuana Plant

Californians are set to vote on marijuana legalization in November and, this time, it looks like it will pass.

Clinton Grabs Big Endorsement A Week Ahead Of The Battle For California

Sanders Clinton

Hillary Clinton is hoping to avoid an embarrassing loss in California to Bernie Sanders, and she just got some help from an unlikely source.

California’s Governor Signs Right To Die Bill

Right To Die

California Governor Jerry Brown has signed a bill legalizing physician-assisted suicide, making California the fifth state to legalize the practice and possibly giving real political momentum to the Right To Die movement.

Initiative To Break California Into Six States Fails To Make Ballot

Six Californias

A ballot initiative that would have put the question of splitting California up into six separate states has failed to qualify for the ballot: A proposed ballot measure to carve California into six states failed to qualify for the November 2016 ballot Friday after election officials determined that backers did not collect enough valid signatures. […]

Six Californias? It May Be On The Ballot In 2016, But It Probably Won’t Happen

Six Californias

A Silicon Valley businessman says he has enough signatures to get it on the ballot, but the plan to break California up into six states is most assuredly going nowhere.

California Judge Rules Teacher Tenure Unconstitutional

Students in Classroom

A landmark ruling out of California that could help propel a real debate on education reform.

California GOP Turns Against The Tea Party

Neel Kashkari

Another victory for the GOP establishment in its battle against the Tea Party.

New San Diego Mayor Is A Republican, But Not Exactly A Ted Cruz Republican


Kevin Faulconer proves that Republicans can win in California, but not if they follow the path laid out by the party’s far right wing.

Child Of Illegal Immigrants Allowed To Become A Lawyer, May Not Be Allowed To Work

Border of US And Mexico

An excellent argument for immigration reform can be found in the case of one Californian named Sergio Garcia.

Jerry Brown For President?

Jerry Brown

Fourth time’s the charm? Probably not.

The GOP Is Nearly Dead In California


Republicans used to dominate California. Now, they’re barely a factor in the state’s politics.

Jerry Brown’s Game


NYT Magazine has an interesting profile of a man who was governor of California when I was in middle school–and again now that I’m in middle age. Adam Nagourney (“Jerry Brown’s Last Stand“) The 39th, and 34th, governor of California was making his first trip to Los Angeles since being sworn in, for an evening […]

California Decriminalizes Marijuana


Governor Schwarzenegger has signed a bill making pot possession (at certain levels) the equivalent of a traffic ticket.

San Francisco Chronicle Slams Barbara Boxer


Normally, you’d expect a newspaper like the San Francisco Chronicle to wholeheartedly endorse a candidate like Barbara Boxer, but not this year: Californians are left with a deeply unsatisfying choice for the U.S. Senate this year. The incumbent, Democrat Barbara Boxer, has failed to distinguish herself during her 18 years in office. There is no […]

Advice For Hecklers: Don’t Mess With Chris Christie


Chris Christie was in California last night at a forum with Republican Gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman, and so was a heckler who got much more than he probably expected: LOS ANGELES — True to his tough-guy persona, Gov. Chris Christie mixed it up today with a political naysayer, who heckled California Republican gubernatorial candidate Meg […]

Marijuana Legalization Initiative Leading In California Polls


This November, California could become the first state in the nation to completely legalize the possession and sale of marijuana. And the battle over the ballot initiative is having an impact on other statewide races.

Fiorina Leads Boxer by 5 in Latest Poll


Intriguing:  CBS 5 Poll: Fiorina Widens Lead Over Boxer The CBS 5 poll, conducted by the research firm SurveyUSA, showed Fiorina edging Boxer 47 percent to 42 percent, compared to a CBS 5 poll one month ago showing Fiorina over Boxer 47 to 45 percent. The poll has the governor’s race as a one-point race […]

On Legalizing Marijuana in California


California has an initiative on the ballot this coming November to legalize marijuana. However, it’s not that easy.

San Fran Pet Ban?


San Francisco is considering banning the sale of pets in the city limits.

Quote of the Day – California Politics Edition

California’s idea to have flashing ads on license plates may have some down side.

GOP Disappointed In Schwarzenegger


The Governator will not be missed, apparently.

Gambling with Welfare Cash


Via the LAT:  California welfare cards can be used in many casino ATMs The cards, provided by the Department of Social Services to help recipients feed and clothe their families, work in automated teller machines at 32 of 58 tribal casinos and 47 of 90 state-licensed poker rooms, the review found. The state is moving […]

Where Americans Are Moving


Regular commenter and erstwhile blogger at Sideways Mencken Michael Reynolds passes along a Forbes interactive map titled “Where Americans Are Moving.”   It tracks IRS data for county-to-county moves for 2008. Below is the graphic for Los Angeles County: Two things strike me as interesting here.  First, the outward migration appears to be vastly outweighing the […]

Electoral Reform in California


One of the items that has not been discussed all that much this week (what with all the rage to discuss) is the passage of Proposition 14 in California that makes an important change to California’s election process. First, despite what practically everyone is saying, this is not the creation of a new primary system.  […]

Whitman, Fiorina Win In California But November Prospects Look Bleak


It was a big night for Republican women in California last night, but the celebration may be short-lived: California Republicans reached for history in Tuesday’s primary elections, as Meg Whitman claimed the party’s nomination for governor and Carly Fiorina won the GOP race for the U.S. Senate, results that gave women the Republican nominations for […]

California’s $ 100 Million Primary


Considering that California is essentially broke, Meg Whitman and Steve Poizner sure do want to spend a lot of money for the privilege of leading it: The Republican gubernatorial primary in California could cost more than $100 million as the two wealthy front-runners continue to spend their own fortunes attacking each other. Insurance Commissioner Steve […]

Low Census Response Could Cost States Seats


Some states with large Hispanic populations may be getting undercounted by the Census because of unexpectedly poor returns. New York, California, Texas, Arizona and Florida — are perilously close to losing out on congressional seats because of lackluster participation in the U.S. census. The five were average or below average in mailing back 10-question census […]

Pennsylvania Loses Seats 9th Census Running


Pennsylvania is Reapportionment’s version of the Biggest Loser. If projections hold, Pennsylvania will lose Congressional seats for the ninth straight Census. Smart Politics: Several projections have been conducted by experts during the last few years – with Texas and Arizona universally considered to be the big winners of multiple seats, with the remaining gains coming […]

Radical Center: Friedman’s Fantasy


For a really bright fellow who spends a lot of time talking to cabbies and world leaders, Tom Friedman has a remarkably naive view of how the world works.   His latest brainstorm is a “Tea Party of the radical center.” My definition of broken is simple. It is a system in which Republicans will be […]

ACORN Shuts Down


The controversial grassroots organization that launched Barack Obama’s political career is going out of business. The community organizing group Acorn announced Monday that it would close all its remaining state affiliates and field offices by April 1. The organization is “developing a plan to resolve all outstanding debts, obligations and other issues,” said a statement […]

The Power of Education in California

Pulp Fiction UC Santa Cruz

John Ellis, president of the California Association of Scholars and a former professor at University of California, Santa Cruz, argues that the state university system in which he taught for nearly four decades helped ruin the state’s economy. [W]hy is the California legislature so irresponsible, not to say goofy? Well, California is extremely rich in […]

California vs. New York


UCLA professor Mark Kleiman asks, “What’s the difference between California and New York?” He answers, “Both states have governments that are hideously dysfunctional. But in New York, there’s still enough of an Establishment to try to do something about it. Not so in California.” The linked article informs us that former NYC mayor Ed Koch, […]

John Patrick Bedell, Pentagon Shooter: Terrorist or Nut?

Pentagon Metro Shooting FBI Command Vehicle

It seems that John Patrick Bedell, who died from wounds received while shooting two policemen at the Pentagon Metro stop last evening, is, in the words of Patrick Frey,  “a 9/11 Truther and an anti-Bush nut case.” Matt Apuzzo and Devlin Barrett for AP: A California man killed in a shootout with Pentagon police drove […]

Senator Mickey Kaus?

Mickey Kaus Senate Candidate

Mickey Kaus, who was blogging before there was a blogosphere, has taken steps to run against California Democrat Barbra Boxer for the U.S. Senate. Pioneering political blogger Mickey Kaus took out papers filed to run for U.S. Senate in California, he told LA Weekly. The Venice resident said he’ll run this year against Barbara Boxer […]

Obama: Socialize Health Insurance


President Obama seems to have backed off of his plans for a government insurance program to compete with the private sector.  Instead, he’s doubling down and proposing something much more radical:  having the federal government set the rates of private insurance companies! President Obama will propose on Monday giving the federal government new power to […]

College Rankings


Washington Monthly has put out its annual answer to the US News college rankings, even going so far as to launch a new blog devoted to the subject. Steve Benen highlights some of the findings: * Only one of the U.S. News top ten universities — Stanford — makes the Washington Monthly‘s top ten, while […]

Federalism and Democracy


Continuing a long-running theme at his blog, Matt Yglesias laments that Senators from small states wield so much power.  The latest fuel is a NYT feature on six moderates who are supposedly the linchpins to putting together a bipartisan health care deal and who routinely hash out the details of same over snacks. [V]ast power […]

California’s IOU’s (Updated)


As has been widely publicized cash-strapped California has decided to temporize on its budget impasse by issuing IOU’s to creditors. This brings up an interesting question. Article I Section 10 of the U. S. Constitution states: No state shall enter into any treaty, alliance, or confederation; grant letters of marque and reprisal; coin money; emit […]

Irvine’s Little Police State


Kevin Drum links an LAT piece on the “charm” of Irvine, California, a “little planned community” that both conforms perfectly to Malvina Reynolds’ “Little Boxes” stereotype – with houses made out of ticky tacky that all look the same — and seems to make everyone who lives there feel safe and happy.   And, mostly, it […]

Great Compromise Not So Great?


Matt Yglesias has discovered the facts that 1) each state gets two Senators and 2) some states are bigger than others, a condition that has obtained since the inception of our current system in 1789.  There was, as some may recall having read, this thing called the Great Compromise whereby delegates representing sovereign states under […]

Republican Party of Whites?


A Gallup poll released yesterday finds that, “More than 6 in 10 Republicans today are white conservatives, while most of the rest are whites with other ideological leanings; only 11% of Republicans are Hispanics, or are blacks or members of other races. By contrast, only 12% of Democrats are white conservatives, while about half are […]

California Supremes Uphold Prop 8 AND Gay Marriage

Gay Marriage Decision

In a 6-1 decision, the California Supreme Court “upheld a voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage” but it “also decided that the estimated 18,000 gay couples who tied the knot before the law took effect will stay wed,” Lisa Leff reports for AP. The 6-1 decision written by Chief Justice Ron George rejected an argument by […]

Just Prisoners There, Of Their Own Device


Jon Henke Twitters: “The California referendum proves that what voters want to spend is not well-connected with what voters are willing to pay.” Quite right.  Californian Kevin Drum takes as a given that his state is “broken” but sees no solution in sight.  While he’s in favor of Governor Schwarzenegger’s idea of a constitutional convention […]

Mitt Romney Moving to New Hampshire

Mitt Romney Photo

Mitt Romney is busy selling off a few of many his mansions and plans to move to his family vacation home in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, Hotline reports.  He has also registered his PAC there.  This has some people guessing that Romney is contemplating another run for the presidency. “No doubt in my mind that they […]

State of the Republican Party


Some loosely related threads seen on memeorandum this morning: California’s Republican Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger allows as to how he could conceivably endorse a Democrat as his successor — while insisting that he will himself remain a Republican Texas Republican Congressman Joe Barton likened the Bowl Championship Series, which determines college football’s top division’s national championship, […]

Berkeley Energy Police Coming


A reader sends along a recent Survey USA poll question: The city of Berkeley is considering a law that would require all homes to be audited to be sure they meet strict energy standards in the city’s plan to fight global warming. This would mean new double-paned windows, attic insulation, a new white roof that […]

Jerry Brown Next California Governor?


Taegan Goddard passes along a Tulchin Research poll showing that Jerry Brown is the overwhelming favorite to get the Democratic nomination for California governor. Granted, the primary is more than a year away.  Still, this is rather amusing.  The first time Brown got elected governor, I was in grade school and he was a 37-year-old […]

When Unreasonable Searches Become Reasonable


Tim Sandefur passes along this from Shaun Martin: You’re sitting in your car, minding your own business, in the parking lot of a motel. A cop sees you and starts questioning you, and you even consent to a patdown search and a search of your car, which finds nothing. What’s the reasonable suspicion? Nothing. But […]

Alcopop Taxes Fizzle As Manufacturers Outsmart Lawmakers


The attempt by California to tax sweet malt liquors as spirits in order to extract higher tax revenues under the guise of protecting minors from themselves isn’t working out so well. Substance-abuse foes cheered last year when state officials cracked down on sweet, sometimes fizzy, intoxicating drinks such as Mike’s Hard Lemonade that — save […]

Housing Foreclosure Map


A recent study seems to confirm a point that Dave Schuler has been making repeatedly for months:  the housing bubble is a narrowly targeted geographic phenomenon: Via  Andrew Sullivan [Yes, him again. -ed.], who summarizes, “66 percent of potential housing value losses in 2008 and subsequent years may be in California, with another 21 percent […]

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