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this is the group of california voters everyone will be watching in 2018


politics is full of references likening one group or another to a “sleeping giant,” a powerful voting bloc that could change the outcome in any given election.in california, it’s almost always used to describe latino voters. while now the state’s single largest ethnicity, latinos often are underrepresented on election day with lackluster turnout that continues to be one of the state’s most perplexing political dynamics.“for too long and too many cycles, latinos have not participated at the levels that they should,” said michael bustamante, a public affairs executive and one-time advisor to former gov. gray davis, a democrat.bustamante is one of the architects of civica latino, a nonprofit organization with ambitious goals to boost latino turnout by as many as 700,000 voters in the june 5 s






voters could see a $4-billion bond measure on the 2018 ballot for water and park


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half of california's likely voters think sen. dianne feinstein should retire, po


as democratic sen. dianne feinstein contemplates a 2018 bid for reelection, a new poll has found that 50% of california’s likely voters think she shouldn’t run again.just 43% of likely voters support feinstein running for a sixth term, according to a public policy institute of california poll released wednesday. the results are similar among all california adults, not just likely voters, with 46% saying she should not run for another term and 41% saying she should run.feinstein, 84, has come under increased pressure from members of california’s left, many of whom were infuriated when earlier this month she called for “patience” with president trump and refused to back demands for his impeachment.still, the poll found that feinstein remains popular. more than half of likely voters — 54% — a






get ready to see a plan for billions in parks and water improvements on californ


voters will decide in june 2018 whether to borrow $4 billion to fund improvements to the california's parks and water systems after gov. jerry brown signed senate bill 5 on sunday.the bond measure, which must be paid back over time with interest, will finance boosts to water recycling, stormwater capture and conservation infrastructure as well as expansion and repairs to state, regional and local parks.supporters of the measure, including its author senate president pro tem kevin de león (d-los angeles), have said the state's parks needs haven't outgrown available resources. the last statewide parks bond was approved by voters in 2002.california voters approved a $7.5-billion water bond in 2014, but advocates of the current bond contend that most of that money is now allocated to specific






get ready to see a plan for billions of dollars in parks and water improvements


voters will decide in june 2018 whether to borrow $4 billion to fund improvements to the california's parks and water systems after gov. jerry brown signed senate bill 5 on sunday.the bond measure, which must be paid back over time with interest, will finance boosts to water recycling, stormwater capture and conservation infrastructure as well as expansion and repairs to state, regional and local parks.supporters of the measure, including its author, senate president pro tem kevin de león (d-los angeles), have said the state's parks needs have outgrown available resources. the last statewide parks bond was approved by voters in 2002.california voters approved a $7.5-billion water bond in 2014, but advocates of the current bond contend that most of that money is now allocated to specific pr






update on 'california politics updates: voters choosing new member of congress i


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david hadley, former republican assemblyman from manhattan beach, files to run f


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colorado gop votes down move to cancel 2018 primary


denver (ap) — colorado’s republican party has voted down an attempt by some of its members to close the 2018 primary to unaffiliated voters.saturday’s vote comes after colorado voters last year approved changes that allowed the state’s 1.4 million unaffiliated voters to cast ballots in either the democratic or republican primary.republican spokesman daniel cole said 67 percent of the party’s central committee voted to stick with the primary system.some republicans activists wanted only party members to be able to participate in candidate selections.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.but most party leaders said barring unaffiliated voters would hurt their chances in the general election because those voters would gravitate toward democrats.unaffiliated voters make up






polls are about to close in the 34th district race: here's some of what voters t


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34th district voters are showing up to polls this morning and finding them mostl


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san francisco mayor ed lee picks his candidate in the 2018 governor's race


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voters in l.a.'s congressional election talk about their picks: 'we need more wo


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at town hall, gop rep. steve knight is questioned by a democrat running against


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this new super pac says it's going after all 14 california republicans in congre


as the 2018 midterms approach, most democrats in california are focused on the seven republican-held congressional districts where hillary clinton won last year.but flip the 14, a new super pac, says that's not enough.in a video announcing its launch wednesday, the new group says it's going to organize field operations in all 14 california districts represented by republicans.in an interview, campaign manager doug linney said the group's goal is to "organize and empower the resistance" all over california."we're setting ourselves up for what we think can be a blue wave this time," said linney, who heads a bay area political consulting firm. "the circumstances are ripe to do better than ... what's usually been done."also heading the flip the 14 effort are campaign consultants maureen erwin






at simi valley town hall, gop rep. steve knight is questioned by a democrat runn


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california politics podcast: what happens now that the sweeping 'sanctuary' immi


we also discuss the desire by many republicans, and the possible pitfalls, for asking voters in 2018 to repeal the state's new gas tax increase. and we assess the suggestion made by one california democrat last week that it may be time for house minority leader nancy pelosi and other party leaders to step aside.i'm joined by times staff writer melanie mason and marisa lagos of kqed.






billionaire tom steyer is trying to reach a half a million california voters in


after years of spending money to influence political races around the country, billionaire democratic philanthropist tom steyer is turning his attention to his home state in hopes that investing early in vulnerable republican districts could help democrats take back the house.steyer’s nonprofit nextgen america, the california labor federation and six voter outreach groups on tuesday will announce a partnership called “uniting california” aimed at mobilizing voters to unseat seven california republicans whose districts backed hillary clinton for president in 2016. the partnership will have several million dollars to work with, nextgen staff said, but a firm amount hasn't been announced.mass voter outreach typically doesn’t begin until a few weeks before an election. but starting more than a






california's senators react to trump's budget


this is essential politics, our daily look at california political and government news. here's what we're watching right now:gov jerry brown's budget director said on thursday that the president's federal spending plan "is a complete withdrawal" of working with states.the state's congressional republicans in vulnerable 2018 races are being lobbied hard on the gop healthcare plan.california's continued use of cap-and-trade to combat climate change will mean higher gas prices, warned the legislature's independent analysts.be sure to follow us on twitter for more, or subscribe to our free daily newsletter and the california politics podcast.






doctor running against rep. ed royce wins endorsement of group trying to elect s


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can the california republican party bounce back in 2018? here's the chairman's g


jim brulte hopes to keep a job few would envy: as chairman of the california republican party, he’s tasked with trying to steer his party out of the wilderness in one of the bluest states in the nation.as the party looks ahead to a high-stakes governor’s race and midterm elections in 2018, it faces a grim reality: a republican hasn’t been elected to statewide office here in more than a decade, and the democrats hold a powerful supermajority in the state legislature. the gop’s share of registered voters in california is just 27.3%, its lowest since 1980, and it has yet to field a prominent candidate in the 2018 governor’s race.brulte vows that the party’s fortunes will improve in the 2018 election, including one or two top-shelf candidates running for governor. he’ll make his case in sacram






trump's california supporters celebrate victory and turn to 2018


hundreds of california supporters who worked to get donald trump elected president gathered saturday afternoon to celebrate their victory — and to try to turn their energies toward improving the gop’s relevance in their home state. “our job is to build a structure that wins elections and wins elections right here,” said tim clark, trump’s california campaign manager who is now serving as a liaison between the white house and the department of health and human services. “we've done our job nationally. now we have to focus on our state in 2018.” no republican has won statewide office in california since 2006, and the party’s voter registration is at a historic low. but trump had more than 300,000 volunteers and donors in the state. tens of thousands of them called voters in battleground stat






jerry brown’s legacy a major question for hopefuls looking to replace him


after running for elected office 12 times since 1970, gov. jerry brown is about to exit the center stage of california politics, no longer the brash upstart but now a senior statesman who could be a model for the next person who will lead the state.every successor promises to be better, and different, than the person they replace. in 2018, one of the most wide-open races for governor in some two decades, the “jerry question” looms large for both candidates and voters.a new usc dornsife/los angeles times poll found a tepid reaction to brown the man. his job approval rating among all californians was just 44%, and almost one-third of those surveyed said they didn’t have any real impression of him. one possible reason is that he often flies under the radar for weeks at a time. though he’s mad






gavin newsom leads governor race in santa clara county


lt. gov. gavin newsom is the frontrunner in the 2018 governor’s race among santa clara county voters, according to a new poll released friday.newsom leads the pack with 39 percent of registered voters, followed by republican businessman john cox at 16 percent, according to the poll, which was sponsored by the silicon valley leadership group.other candidates and possible candidates trailed far behind. billionaire environmental activist tom steyer (who is considering joining the race) was at 6 percent, former los angeles mayor antonio villaraigosa at 5 percent, former state schools superintendent delaine eastin at 4 percent, state treasurer john chiang at 3 percent and los angeles mayor eric garcetti (who has not said whether he’ll run) at 2 percent.the poll didn’t include state assemblyman 






is u.s. sen. dianne feinstein too old to run again? it's up to voters to decide


u.s. sen. dianne feinstein ended months of speculation monday when she said she was running for reelection in 2018. “i’m all in!” she tweeted and wrote in a facebook post.the announcement follows months of chatter — some of it mean-spirited, some of it less so — about whether, at age 84, feinstein is too old to run again. (if she won, her term would extend past her 91st birthday.) she’s been called an old-school centrist who is out of touch with california progressives and out of sync with the state’s anti-donald trump front. she’s been urged by political commentators and some voters to retire to make way for a younger candidate. on the times’ op-ed page, for example, political commentator harold meyerson said feinstein was doing herself “no favors” by running for a fifth six-year term. “b






new west virginia poll shows joe manchin is vulnerable on tax reform


a new poll from west virginia shows that voter dissatisfaction with the current federal tax code could cost joe manchin his senate seat.a new poll commissioned by a group run by several former advisers to president donald trump shows that tax reform could be a pivotal issue in west virginia’s 2018 senate race. according to the poll from america first policies, a majority of likely voters in west virginia are dissatisfied with the current federal tax code, with more than a third saying they would be less likely to vote for sen. joe manchin (d-w.v.) if he opposed congressional efforts to reform the tax code.independent voters were the most likely to respond that they would be less likely to support manchin, with 68 percent of them stating they would be less likely to vote for manchin if he v






assembly democrats aim to put $3-billion bond for parks on 2018 ballot


california voters could decide in 2018 whether to approve a $3-billion bond to finance a boost to parks and open space across the state.the state assembly approved the measure monday afternoon, which would provide money to state and local park improvements with an emphasis on funneling dollars to disadvantaged communities.“it’s hard for people in my communities to have access to healthy environments,” assemblyman joaquin arambula (d-fresno) said when arguing in favor of the bill.the measure required a two-thirds supermajority for passage and did so entirely with democratic votes.republican assemblymembers argued that the state should spend the money it has now on parks rather than ask voters to borrow money. they noted the $3-billion bond will require the state to repay $6 billion over thr






california voters could decide on $1.5 billion in children's hospital improvemen


californians could vote on a $1.5-billion bond measure to expand and renovate children's hospitals across the state under a proposed 2018 ballot measure submitted thursday.the measure, authored by the california children's hospital assn., would create a fund for children's hospitals in the university of california system or nonprofit hospitals that specialize in children's services to receive grants.if proponents collect enough signatures to get the measure on the ballot, it would join a number of other bonds to be decided next year. voters in june will decide on a $4-billion bond for water and parks improvements, and in november on a $4-billion bond to fund low-income housing construction. other groups may consider sponsoring additional bond measures for improvements to water infrastructu






feinstein suggests she's running in 2018: 'i'm ready for a good fight'


california sen. dianne feinstein is staying coy about whether she'll run for election for the sixth time in 2018, although she continues to drop strong hints she plans to do so."you are going to find out about that very shortly," she told nbc's chuck todd in an interview on "meet the press," which aired sunday, adding that she still has "things to fight for."a recent poll found half of california's likely voters don't think the 84-year-old senator should run again. feinstein has also been under pressure from liberal activists, and speculation continues that she may face a democratic challenger in 2018. among the potential challengers is state senate leader kevin de león of los angeles, who lashed out at feinstein after she said in early september that people should have "patience" with pre






can the calif. republican party bounce back in 2018? here's the chairman's game


jim brulte hopes to keep a job few would envy: as chairman of the california republican party, he’s tasked with trying to steer his party out of the wilderness in one of the bluest states in the nation.as the party looks ahead to a high-stakes governor’s race and midterm elections in 2018, it faces a grim reality: a republican hasn’t been elected to statewide office here in more than a decade, and the democrats hold a powerful supermajority in the state legislature. the gop’s share of registered voters in california is just 27.3%, its lowest since 1980, and it has yet to field a prominent candidate in the 2018 governor’s race.brulte vows that the party’s fortunes will improve in the 2018 election, including one or two top-shelf candidates running for governor. he’ll make his case in sacram






in the 2018 governor's race, gavin newsom leads the pack in fundraising


this is essential politics, our daily look at california political and government news. here's what we're watching right now: california senators a nced three immigration-related bills tuesday, including a proposal to fund legal aid for immigrants in the state who face deportation . what has each member of california's congressional delegation said about president trump's executive order on immigration? find out your representative's position here . california's congressional democrats e out forcefully against trump's immigration directives over the weekend, while republican members of congress held their fire . you can find our december news feed archive here . be sure to follow us on twitter for more, or subscribe to our free daily newsletter and the california politics podcast






in the 2018 governor's race, gavin newsom leads the pack in fundraising


this is essential politics, our daily look at california political and government news. here's what we're watching right now: california senators a nced three immigration-related bills tuesday, including a proposal to fund legal aid for immigrants in the state who face deportation . what has each member of california's congressional delegation said about president trump's executive order on immigration? find out your representative's position here . california's congressional democrats e out forcefully against trump's immigration directives over the weekend, while republican members of congress held their fire . you can find our january news feed archive here . be sure to follow us on twitter for more, or subscribe to our free daily newsletter and the california politics podcast






this assemblyman wants california voters to have a shot at repealing new gas tax


assemblyman travis allen (r-huntington beach) is seeking an initiative to repeal gas tax and vehicle fee increases signed into law by gov. jerry brown that will raise $5.2 billion annually for road repairs and mass transit.allen filed papers with the state attorney general thursday to prepare a ballot title and summary so he can work to collect 365,000 signatures from registered voters in 150 days to put the measure on the ballot.he noted that the bill signed by gov. jerry brown will raise taxes on a gallon of gas by 12 cents on nov. 1, while adding 20 cents per gallon to the tax on diesel. it also will create new vehicle fees.“jerry brown’s decision to push through the largest gas tax increase in california’s history without the approval of voters demonstrated a complete disregard for ord






california politics updates: state braces for trump's daca decision


california voters could decide whether the state should decriminalize the use of hallucinogenic mushrooms by adults in 2018. a ballot measure was filed friday with the state attorney general's office.the measure would exempt adults 21 and older from penalties of possessing, selling, transporting, or cultivating psilocybins. at least 365,880 valid signatures are needed to place the measure on the 2018 statewide ballot. kevin saunders, a mayoral candidate in the town of marina, near monterey, is behind the push.saunders said using mushrooms helped him stop using heroin 15 years ago. “i think we’re seeing something that could literally heal our brothers and sisters," he said. "we’re talking about real cutting-edge stuff." saunders said he hopes voters will be mature and have a serious, robust






celebrities launch pot brands as california legalizes drug


san francisco — country singer willie nelson, the children of the late reggae icon bob marley and comedian whoopi goldberg are just a few of the growing number of celebrities publicly jumping into the marijuana industry and eyeing the california pot market.the market is expected to explode after voters in the state legalized the recreational use of weed.regulators are still scrambling to get california's recreational marijuana market launched and are racing to issue licenses to growers and sellers by early 2018.still to be decided is who will receive the first licenses to grow, distribute and sell recreational pot. growers already cleared to sell medical marijuana in california could be the first in line.






californians could begin voting at age 17 under a new proposal in the legislatur


california would become the first state in the nation to fully allow 17-year-olds to vote in elections under a proposal introduced on tuesday in the legislature. "we want to expand the opportunity," said assemblyman evan low (d-campbell), author of the constitutional amendment that would have to be approved by a statewide vote in 2018. although other states allow 17-year-old citizens to vote in a primary as long as they will be 18 by the time of the general election, the proposal introduced by low and a bipartisan group of young legislators would empower younger voters to cast ballots. low said 18-year-olds are often in a transition phase between high school and living on their own, and that voting habits begin early. "i think that first election influences whether they continue to vote in






dianne feinstein age raises concerns for re-election


she’s the oldest u.s. senator, and she’s staggeringly popular with her constituents — at least until you remind them that she’s the oldest u.s. senator.then voter enthusiasm dips for 83-year-old dianne feinstein, according to a new poll, and the dip may be enough to raise some questions about a feinstein run for a sixth term in 2018.the poll, conducted by the uc berkeley institute of governmental studies, asked 1,000 registered california voters if they thought feinstein running for re-election would be “a good thing for california.” about half of respondents — 48 percent — said feinstein on the ballot in 2018 would be good for the state.but among voters who were reminded that feinstein will turn 84 next year, that dropped to 38 percent, with 62 percent saying another feinstein campaign wo






watching the scratching bear is good for you


research from bbc earth and the university of california has found that watching nature programmes is good for you.the study, part of the real happiness project, discovered watching planet earth ii, increased people's feelings of awe, contentedness, and joy.enjoy.






landscape shooter lisa bettany shares her story of healing through p og hy: digi


 lisa bettany is a renowned landscape p og her whose career began as she was recovering from a traumatic injury. born in canada, she was a competitive figure skater until the age of 21 when she suffered a back injury while skating. years into her recovery it was still extremely difficult to walk and sit up, but when she acquired a era things started to change for the better. one day at a time she ventured farther and farther from home, increasing each trip minute by minute, growing stronger and learning the art of p og hy. for her, learning p og hy was very much a journey from darkness into light, and nothing has slowed her down since then.you can read the inspiring account of how her career started and the success she's achieved as a pro p og her over on resource travel. you can also take