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February 6, 2014 | By Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO - Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi (D-Torrance) said Thursday he will run for reelection rather than join a crowded field of contenders for a state Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Ted Lieu. Lieu's decision to run for Congress has attracted candidates including Sandra Fluke, a nationally known activist for women's rights, and possibly former Assemblywoman Betsy Butler. Muratsuchi said he and his family love living in the South Bay and serving the 66 th Assembly District.
February 5, 2014 | By Chris Megerian
SACRAMENTO -- Republican candidate for governor Neel Kashkari has raised more than $900,000 in the last two weeks, according to a new report filed by his campaign on Wednesday. The candidate's former boss at the U.S. Treasury Department, Henry Paulson, and Paulson's wife each contributed $27,200, the maximum individual donation allowed in a gubernatorial primary in California. Kashkari also raised some money closer to home -- from his parents, Chaman and Sheila Kashkari, who also gave the maximum.
February 4, 2014 | By Patrick McGreevy and Melanie Mason
SACRAMENTO -- State Sen. Ted Lieu's announcement that he is running for an open congressional seat has sparked interest in his Senate seat from a crowd of possible contenders, including Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi and former Assemblywoman Betsy Butler. Lieu, a Democrat from Torrrance, said he plans to run for the congressional seat being vacated by the retirement of Rep. Henry Waxman, a contest that could be a tough one if L.A. County Supervisor Zev Yaorslavsky decides to jump in. On Tuesday, Democrat Vito Imbasciani, a state surgeon for the California Army National Guard, became the first person to announce his candidacy for Lieu's 26th Senate District seat.
February 3, 2014 | By Chris Megerian
SACRAMENTO -- When it comes to California's drought, Gov. Jerry Brown has a message for Republicans in Washington, D.C. -- thanks but no thanks. The governor, in a letter sent Monday , said a proposal from House Republicans to alleviate the situation is “an unwelcome and divisive intrusion into California's efforts to manage this severe crisis.” “It would override state laws and protections, and mandate that certain water interests come...
February 3, 2014 | By Cathleen Decker
The rush of interest by local politicos and would be politicos to succeed veteran Congressman Henry Waxman underscored an odd truth about California politics: in a state that prides itself on chasing the next snazzy new thing, most of its high-ranking elected officials are anything but. California's two U.S. senators have each served for 21 years. Its governor is seeking a record fourth term in office. The state is increasingly young and Latino, but its most prominent political officials aren't: Dianne Feinstein is 80, Jerry Brown is 75 and Barbara Boxer is 73. Their presence at the top of the ticket has effectively blocked a generation of Democrats from moving up, not that any of them is impolitic enough to say so publicly.
February 2, 2014 | By Anthony York
SACRAMENTO - Gov. Jerry Brown, once perceived as a paragon of California liberalism, finds himself accused of disregarding California's impoverished at a time when President Obama is warning of the expanding inequality between rich and poor in America. The criticism is rooted in the governor's devotion to austerity. His detractors say his tightfistedness hampers the state's ability to address basic, life-sustaining needs of the 9 million Californians living in poverty - more than in any other state, according to census figures.
February 2, 2014 | By Marc Lifsher
SACRAMENTO - Michael Picker, the newest member of the powerful Public Utilities Commission, has a long history with Gov. Jerry Brown: He worked in the governor's mail room during his first term from 1975 to 1977. "I delivered press releases," said Picker, 62, who moved to Sacramento from Echo Park a year after graduating from Immaculate Heart College in Los Angeles in 1974. Since then, Picker, has held a number of government jobs, most recently as an elected board member of the Sacramento Municipal Utility District and as senior adviser on renewable energy for Brown and his predecessor, Arnold Schwarzenegger.
February 2, 2014 | By Jean Merl
A self-described "new generation Republican" is joining the race to try to unseat Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Sherman Oaks), who won a costly battle with a fellow Democrat in 2012. Entrepreneur Pablo Kleinman, 42, is set to kick off his campaign Monday on local radio shows. Kleinman, born in Argentina, said he wants to focus on, among other things, the economy and making improvements in schools. He said he supports charter schools and vouchers as ways to foster competition.   He considers himself a social moderate, supporting individual choices on such issues as abortion and gay marriage.
January 31, 2014 | By Phil Willon
SACRAMENTO--Democratic state Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris, who thus far faces no major opposition in her 2014 reelection campaign, raised just over $2.5 million in political contributions in 2013, state election records show. Her biggest supporters included the legal community, labor unions and Hollywood benefactors, including actress Halle Berry and movie mogul Jeffrey Katzenberg, according to a campaign finance report filed Friday. As of Dec. 31, Harris' campaign had $3.1 million in her campaign account.
January 31, 2014 | By Anthony York
Gov. Jerry Brown hasn't officially declared his intention to seek a fourth term as governor this year, but he has $17 million available to spend on a campaign. Brown added $9.9 million to his reelection account during 2013, on top of the $7 million he had banked at the beginning of the year. The report also illustrates some of the unique advantages Brown enjoys in the campaign world, after a political career that has spanned six decades. His high name recognition and deep political connections have allowed him to avoid spending large sums on consultants and fundraisers.
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