| Nov 7, 2012
| 6:25 AM
Local Democratic incumbents for state offices and the U.S. House easily cleared challenges from their Republican opponents Tuesday.
Even in the hotly contested race for the 43rd Assembly District, incumbent Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Silver Lake) never...
| Aug 25, 2012
| 3:38 PM
It's hard to be a member of the Republican Party in Los Angeles County. However, it's not difficult to get elected — as long as that office is nonpartisan.
No Republican in California holds statewide office, and GOP'ers in Sacramento are so...
| Aug 31, 2012
| 2:36 PM
TAMPA, Fla. – As the Republican National Convention draws to a close, the Democratic National Convention ramps up in Charlotte, North Carolina, 575 miles to the north.
This has been an incredible experience for me. I’ve had an incredible time...
| Sep 2, 2012
In politics, the trajectory of an elected official can depend on not only how they interact with their constituents, but how they get along with their peers.
And perhaps nowhere is that more apparent than the paths taken by two local assemblymen —...
| Sep 6, 2012
| 11:55 AM
Former California Gov. Gray Davis is a delegate this week to the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, where Barack Obama will tonight accept his party's nomination for a second term. Davis, whose second term in office was cut short...
| Sep 8, 2012
| 3:26 PM
La Cañada Unified School District board of education members are crediting the community for helping spike a state Assembly proposal that would have eliminated student test results as a measure of teacher performance.
Backed by several large teachers...
| Sep 9, 2012
| 6:00 AM
Anewsie like me needs an angle to lure you into the spider's web of the world he sees, but I wasn't sure I had one Thursday night as I walked out of the South Lake Avenue headquarters of the Pasadena United Democrats, where I had spent the evening among...
| Sep 10, 2012
| 9:53 AM
The road this week to Charlotte, N.C., was paved with misconceptions. At the Democratic National Convention, mine included expectations for a cab on a rainy opening day, as I spent an hour outside my motel with a trio of button salesmen down from New...
| Sep 10, 2012
| 5:36 PM
At last week’s Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, delegates and office holders confronted a wide range of national and local concerns. Sitting in the hall every night was Rep. Adam Schiff, whose 29th Congressional...
| Mar 21, 2012
Billionaire political patrons filled the coffers of the presidential "super PACs" last month, spotlighting once again the enormous influence a tiny cadre of wealthy donors is having on the 2012 race.
The biggest donations came from casino magnate Sheldon...
| Oct 1, 2011
Andre Pineda, a Democratic pollster and expert on the burgeoning clout of Latino voters, died this week. He was 46.
He died Tuesday after jumping off Pasadena's Colorado Street Bridge.
Pineda, a native of South Pasadena, built an international...
| Aug 21, 2010
If dollars were votes, the local races for Congress and Assembly would be landslides.
Incumbent Reps. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank), Brad Sherman (D-Sherman Oaks) and state Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Silver Lake) all have substantial fundraising advantages over...