Brown's sky high numbers
April 9th, 2014
11:28 AM ET
1 week ago

Brown's sky high numbers

(CNN) - Call it a belated birthday gift for Jerry Brown.

A new poll in California indicates that the Golden State governor's approval rating is soaring and that he's far ahead of his Republican challengers as he runs this year for an unprecedented fourth term in office. The Wednesday release of the Field Poll comes two days after Brown turned 76.

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Filed under: 2014 • California • Jerry Brown • Polls
Why is this man running for governor of California?
Neel Kashkari has wiped social issues from the agenda, a political necessity on the culturally liberal Pacific Coast.
April 3rd, 2014
10:18 AM ET
2 weeks ago

Why is this man running for governor of California?

(CNN) – In late 2012, when Neel Kashkari first pondered the idea of running for governor of California, one of the first people he sought out for advice was another Republican who once faced long odds in a big state gubernatorial bid: George W. Bush.

Bush was an underdog when he tried to unseat Texas Gov. Ann Richards in 1994, and he ended up winning in that year's GOP landslide.

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Filed under: California
Libertarian-leaning Paul addresses liberal-leaning campus
March 19th, 2014
10:27 AM ET
4 weeks ago

Libertarian-leaning Paul addresses liberal-leaning campus

Updated 9:30 p.m. ET, 3/19/2014

(CNN) - Sen. Rand Paul, who's become known for venturing into unfamiliar territory for Republicans, spoke Wednesday at the liberal hotbed of the University of California at Berkeley.

The Kentucky Republican castigated President Barack Obama for his continued support of the National Security Agency's phone metadata collection, saying the President should know better in part because of his race.
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Filed under: 2016 • California • Rand Paul
Condoleezza Rice kicks off California Republican convention, calls for strong U.S. leadership in Ukraine
March 15th, 2014
08:20 PM ET
1 month ago

Condoleezza Rice kicks off California Republican convention, calls for strong U.S. leadership in Ukraine

(CNN) – Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice spoke at the annual California Republicans convention Saturday as the party faces an uphill battle in a state that has turned more and more blue.

Some speculated Rice would run in the Republican presidential primaries in 2008, but she wasn't interested. She left George W. Bush's White House in 2009 and returned to Stanford University in Palo Alto, California, as a political science professor.

As a featured speaker at the California Republican Party luncheon in Burlingame, Rice touched on many issues central to the Republican’s party’s future – from economic inequality and education, to foreign policy and military strength.
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Filed under: California • Condoleezza Rice • GOP • Republican
Can Silicon Valley disrupt the Democratic Party?
Ro Khanna is an evangelist for the thriving tech economy based in Silicon Valley and the favorite son of its wealthiest visionaries.
March 13th, 2014
10:15 AM ET
1 month ago

Can Silicon Valley disrupt the Democratic Party?

Cupertino, California (CNN) – Ro Khanna wants a show of hands.

"How many of you have heard of LinkedIn?"

The 37-year-old Indian-American Democrat, the darling of Silicon Valley's tech elite and a vehicle for their budding engagement with Washington, is addressing a cafeteria full of advanced placement government students at Cupertino High School. Most of them are Indian or Asian-American, the sons and daughters of the programmers and tech company employees who populate this neatly manicured California town where Apple is based.

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Filed under: California • Democrats
Democratic congresswoman to retire after one term
February 18th, 2014
02:33 PM ET
2 months ago

Democratic congresswoman to retire after one term

Washington (CNN) – Two years is enough for Democratic Rep. Gloria Negrete McLeod, who announced Tuesday that she will retire from her California congressional seat at the end of her first term in office.

McLeod – who was sworn in just over a year ago in January 2013 – said she will instead run for San Bernardino County supervisor.

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Filed under: California • House Democrats
Obama to deliver much needed aid to drought-stricken California
February 14th, 2014
06:00 AM ET
2 months ago

Obama to deliver much needed aid to drought-stricken California

Palm Springs, California (CNN) - President Barack Obama will travel Friday to California and announce a new federal initiative aimed at helping farms and communities there in the grips of a devastating drought.

The President will be joined by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, who told reporters Thursday that the program will include $100 million in livestock disaster assistance for California farmers and producers, along with funding for water conservation projects, and aid for states across the country affected by the drought.

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Filed under: California • Jerry Brown • President Obama • Tom Vilsack
California GOP Rep. Gary Miller to retire
February 12th, 2014
04:16 PM ET
2 months ago

California GOP Rep. Gary Miller to retire

Washington (CNN) - California Republican Rep. Gary Miller announced Wednesday he would not run for re-election in November, giving Democrats a good chance to pick up his seat in the midterm election.

"It has been a great honor to spend so many years in public service, striving to make a difference for Southern California families. While there is still a lot of work to be done, it is now time for me to pass the baton.  I will not seek re-election to Congress at the end of this term," Miller said in a statement.

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Filed under: 2014 • California
San Diego to elect mayor following Filner scandal
February 11th, 2014
06:00 AM ET
2 months ago

San Diego to elect mayor following Filner scandal

(CNN) - David Alvarez is hoping to make history.

If the 33-year-old first-term Democratic San Diego city councilman wins Tuesday's special election, he'll become San Diego's first Hispanic mayor.

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Filed under: Bob Filner • California
Sandra Fluke to pass on Congress but run for state Senate seat
February 5th, 2014
09:41 AM ET
2 months ago

Sandra Fluke to pass on Congress but run for state Senate seat

Washington (CNN) - After considering a run for a Congressional seat in California, women's rights activist Sandra Fluke announced Wednesday she'll run for a state Senate seat instead.

"I feel there is better way for me to advance the causes that are important to our community," Fluke said in a statement. "After careful consideration, I am proud to announce my candidacy for the 26th District of the California State Senate."
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Filed under: California • Congress • Sandra Fluke
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