California Politics

California Known For Sunshine, But Not In LegislatureCalifornia law appears clear: Access to information on how the Legislature conducts its business is a "necessary right of every person in this state." But decades after those words were written at the height of the Watergate era, the Assembly and Senate remain, in many ways, dark corners within government.
Gov. Brown Calls $113B Budget Precariously BalancedCalifornia Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday released a record $113 billion state spending plan that asks the University of California to do more with less so the nation's largest public university system can avert tuition hikes.
Official: Gov. Brown Plans Record $113B BudgetCalifornia Gov. Jerry Brown plans to unveil a record $113 billion state spending plan on Friday that gives schools a boost and pays debt but sets up a higher-education showdown by rejecting the University of California's demand for more money to avert tuition hikes, a government official said.
Brown Maintains Strong Lead In Governor's Race The first public opinion poll released since California's June 3 primary shows Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown maintaining a 20-point lead over his general election challenger, Republican Neel Kashkari.
Panel Considers Raising California Officials' Pay The commission that decides the pay and benefits of lawmakers and statewide officials, including the governor and attorney general, is meeting to decide whether to grant a second consecutive pay raise.
Poll: Voters Favor Brown As His Popularity Climbs A new Field Poll finds Gov. Jerry Brown with a big lead as he seeks re-election to an unprecedented fourth term.
Lawmakers Propose Reforms To Regain Public Trust A series of scandals that has tarnished the integrity of the state Legislature has prompted a wave of proposals aimed at strengthening political ethics and reforming laws governing campaign contributions.
Committees Approve $687 Million In Drought Relief A $687 million drought-relief plan is headed for floor votes in the Legislature after winning quick approval in legislative committees.
Convicted State Lawmaker Takes Indefinite Leave A state senator convicted of perjury and voter fraud is taking an indefinite leave of absence as he awaits sentencing this spring.
UPDATE: Calderon Pleads Not Guilty, Steinberg Calls On Senator To Step Down
Gov. Brown Unveils "Painful" Budget PlanGov. Jerry Brown proposed a budget Monday that would slash funding to most areas of state government and maintain a series of tax increases for five years to close California's huge budget deficit.
CA Republicans To Wield Power In New CongressMove over Nancy Pelosi, Henry Waxman and George Miller. Make way for Kevin McCarthy, Darrell Issa and Buck McKeon. The three Republicans are among the California lawmakers expected to ascend to leadership positions when the GOP takes control of the House in January.