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California Got Even Bluer in the Midterms Republicans were already a decided minority in the Golden State. But this year they lost in some of their ancient strongholds.
Maybe It’s Time for America to Split Up The country is hopelessly split. So why not make it official and break up?
California’s Big Election Money Spent on Ballot Initiatives, Not Candidates While key congressional fights rage across the state, what many voters are seeing are ads about dialysis, ambulance services, and rent control.
Gavin Newsom Has More Important Things to Do Than Run for President The next governor of California is preparing to fight Trump and show off his state as a laboratory for progressive policies — including single-payer.
California Democrats Did Well, But Not Perfectly, in Primary It looks like Dems avoided the worst-case scenario of getting locked out of a few key U.S. House races. But they still have some problems.
There Is a Lot at Stake in California’s Primaries Today Including who controls the U.S. House of Representatives for the second half of Trump’s term.
How 3 Races in California Could Cost Democrats Control of the House In key districts, Democratic disarray is threatening to put winnable seats out of reach.
The GOP Could Get Shut Out of California’s Gubernatorial Election It could matter a lot nationally if Republicans are shut out of the general election in both of California’s top-of-the-ballot races.
Charter School Billionaires Boosting Former L.A. Mayor’s Gubernatorial Campaign A network of wealthy charter school backers is financing ads for Antonio Villaraigosa into a general election with fellow Democrat Gavin Newsom.
Trump Leaps Into California Governor’s Race, Endorsing John Cox It’s a bitter pill to swallow for that other Republican candidate in the race, big-time Trump supporter Travis Allen.
California GOP Can’t Unite Behind a Gubernatorial Candidate Neither John Cox nor Travis Allen could snag the party’s endorsement, which boosts the chances of two Democrats facing off for governor in November.
Politicians Are Gaming California’s Primary System The original idea of top two was to help moderates win elections. But now the system is being used to reduce competition in general elections.
A CA Bill to Encourage High-Density Development Near Transit Dies. For Now. An ambitious bill to force local governments to allow high-density housing near transit stops aroused a huge debate — and too much opposition.
Unlike New York’s Unions, California’s Are Backing an Insurgent Candidate Dianne Feinstein inspires no fear among progressive union activists. Andrew Cuomo does.
GOP Competition to Show Who Loves Trump Most Could Backfire in November Extremist candidates have hurt the GOP in the recent past. Association with an unpopular extremist president could do the same this year.
Jerry Brown and Jeff Sessions Exchange Fiery Words Over Immigration Sessions made a point of attacking California leaders in California, and Brown made a point of saying the administration is “full of liars.”
New California Poll Shows Feinstein Doing Well, Republicans Doing Poorly California’s new voting system will be perilous for the GOP, which may have no general-election candidates for governor or senator.
2018 Democratic Wave Likely to Be a True Tsunami in California The Golden State has been trending Democratic of late. Everything that’s happened in 2018 could accelerate that trend.
Feinstein Is Vulnerable Next Year, But California Republicans Are in Danger California’s “Top Two” election is just months away, and while Republicans are struggling to survive, Tom Steyer could be formidable if he runs.
California Democrats Aren’t As Crazy As They Sound After a confab marked by a disputed chair election, protests, and obscene chants, it’s easy to overestimate the party’s problems.
Nancy and Gavin Exchanged Hellos at Kokkari Saturday, In Wake of Arizona Hours after the tragedy in Arizona, Pelosi was seen in the back of Kokkari having a “meeting of the minds.”
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Political Fast Food Fights Sweep California; Gordon Ramsay Sued By Father-In-Law Gavin Newsom might repeal a happy meal ban in NorCal, while lobbyists fight a fast food moratorium in SoCal.
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A Mouse Gives Gordon Ramsay Kitchen Nightmares; Food Stamps Rebranded The loudmouth chef needs pest control, while the newly named CalFresh program has the approval of focus groups.
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An Urban Farm Is Coming to the Fell & Laguna Off-Ramp A patch of farm land is about to spring up in the middle of the city.
SEIU Mayoral Protest at Plumpjack by Coincidence Union says it picked the Noe Valley corner purely for the foot traffic.
Mayoral Milkshake gets Low Marks The chocolate and green tea concoction was too fatty to be worth its middling taste.
What You Missed at Chefs.Food.Wine The mayor presided over last night’s food-star-studded bash.
Daly Crowned in City Hall Bake-Off City hall tensions eased over dessert competition.
Brad and Angelina to Become Even More Smug They’re getting MARRIED. Ugh. That and more gossip in our daily roundup.
Gavin Newsom, Taking Over Where Spitzer Left Off When Eliot Spitzer announced this morning that he was dropping his driver’s-licenses-for-illegal-immigrants proposal, you would think that Hillary Clinton heaved a sigh of relief. After all, now no one would have an excuse to try and pin down her stance on the issue, like they did so excruciatingly in the October 3 Democratic debate. See, Hillary supported Spitzer, and his “efforts,” she has tried to clarify, but if she were president, she’d make it so that all of that was unnecessary. Of course she caught tremendous flack for being too political and not giving a precise answer about the topic, which amounted to her first serious stumble of the campaign. (Clinton wouldn’t sell out her friend and ally Spitzer by undermining his plan but also couldn’t come out strongly in favor of it, knowing full well it was a giant target for Republican terror rhetoric.) But now it’s over, right? Wrong. Just yesterday, as Spitzer began spreading the news that he was dropping his case, over in San Francisco, Mayor Gavin Newsom was helping to pass very similar legislation. The West Coast city will begin issuing I.D.’s to everyone, including those in the U.S. illegally, so that people can better open bank accounts, get insurance, and access law enforcement. Gavin Newsom, of course, is a pal and California co-chair of Hillary’s campaign. So if Republican critics (and Democrat opponents) want to keep tearing at her for her flimsy position on the issue, well, they have another excuse. Man, Hillary’s the last person in this campaign who we thought would get in trouble because of all her friends.
S.F. supervisors approve ID cards for residents [San Francisco Chronicle]