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Luis J. Rodriguez: From Gang Member to Governor?

There is little that Luis J. Rodriguez has not done in his life.

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California Gov. Jerry Brown on Legalizing Pot: Americans ‘Need to Stay Alert’

California Governor Jerry Brown isn’t so stoked about the prospect of legalizing marijuana, and his reasons are surprisingly pragmatic.

Posted on Mar 2, 2014 READ MORE



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Chris Christie ‘Embarrassed and Humiliated’ by Staff Stunt

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie made a public apology Thursday, offering that he was “embarrassed and humiliated by the conduct of some of the people on my staff” in the aftermath of a staff scandal.

Posted on Jan 9, 2014 READ MORE



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Where Education Is ‘Sold to the Highest Bidder’

The attack on the spirit of higher education is exemplified in the installation of former Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, a neoliberal archfiend of public schooling, as president of Purdue University.

Posted on Aug 12, 2013 READ MORE



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Governor Makes Gay Marriage Legal in Maryland

Good show, governor. On Thursday, Maryland joined the growing list of states to make same-sex marriage legal, and Gov. Martin O’Malley made it a memorable occasion, complete with an after-party at his place.

Posted on Mar 2, 2012 READ MORE



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Gay Marriage Bill Awaits Governor’s Call in N.J.

The news that a bill legalizing gay marriage in New Jersey made it through the state Assembly on Thursday would be cause for immediate celebration if Gov. Chris Christie wasn’t poised to veto the measure.

Posted on Feb 16, 2012 READ MORE


Perry Makes No LGBTQ Friends With New Campaign Ad

On Tuesday, Texas Gov. Rick Perry made a bigger gaffe than his debate choke from a few weeks ago with the release of his new ad, “Strong,” in which he frames President Obama’s repeal of the ban on gays serving openly in the military as “wrong” for faith-based reasons.

Posted on Dec 7, 2011 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Perry’s Brain Freeze, Presidential Wannabes

Can Texas Gov. Rick Perry come back from the brink of PR disaster after Wednesday night’s debate gaffe? It sure helped the embattled but tenacious Herman Cain, as the “Left, Right & Center” brain trust discusses on this week’s show.

Posted on Nov 11, 2011 READ MORE



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Perry: ‘This Ain’t a Day for Quitting Nothing’

So he “stepped in it” during Wednesday night’s GOP presidential debate. Others might say he choked or even ate it. But despite Rick Perry’s Texas-sized blunder, he’s not giving up his White House dreams.  (more)

Posted on Nov 10, 2011 READ MORE



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Amazon Wins Tax Break, California Wins Jobs

Amazon.com struck a deal with California on online sales taxes Friday, agreeing to create thousands of jobs in exchange for a one-year reprieve from collecting state sales taxes. (more)

Posted on Sep 24, 2011 READ MORE



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The Late Laughing Liberal Molly Ivins on Rick Perry

Molly Ivins was a popular humorist, liberal columnist and a Texan, and she knew Texas governor and now GOP presidential candidate Rick Perry well.  (more)

Posted on Aug 17, 2011 READ MORE


Perry Still Pondering 2012 Run

We don’t have the full picture yet on the lineup of candidates revving up to race for the White House in 2012, even from the GOP camp, which has already kicked into high campaigning gear. A certain governor of a big state ... (continued)

Posted on Jul 5, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Kiichiro Sato

Blagojevich Guilty 17 Times Over

There might well have been a time when former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich imagined that he was above the law, but his conviction on 17 corruption counts made a strong statement to the contrary Monday.

Posted on Jun 27, 2011 READ MORE



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N.Y. Senate Passes Gay Marriage Bill

After weeks of heavy campaigning by supporters and opponents, and after days with the vote hanging in the balance, the New York Senate finally passed a bill making same-sex marriage legal in the Empire State.

Posted on Jun 24, 2011 READ MORE



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Palin’s Gubernatorial Emails Unleashed in Alaska

In response to Freedom of Information Act requests made by the elite liberal media, the world is now privy to reams, literally, of emails written by then-Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin during her truncated tenure in office. Let’s give them a look, shall we?

Posted on Jun 10, 2011 READ MORE



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Romney Acknowledges Climate Change

Presidential candidate Mitt Romney held his stance on climate change Friday, recognizing that humans have contributed to global warming even though GOP leaders have typically disputed this scientifically supported concept. (more)

Posted on Jun 4, 2011 READ MORE


Texas Gov. on Presidential Bid: Going to ‘Think About It’

Well, will you look at that: Another Texas governor might up and throw his Stetson into the ring and run for president. No, this is not the year 2000. This time, we’re talking about Gov. Rick Perry, Republican, who has never lost an election. And he has great hair!

Posted on May 27, 2011 READ MORE



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Schwarzenegger Admits He Had a Child on the Side

Here we have a headline that smacks of the inevitable: Arnold Schwarzenegger has conceded that he fathered a child just over 10 years ago with a longtime member of his household staff. This “event,” as the former California governor called it in a statement ... (more)

Posted on May 17, 2011 READ MORE



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Schwarzenegger to Resuscitate Tired Tagline, Movie Franchise

We’ve seen several cases by now of entertainers crossing over into the political realm, but few treat that career-swapping switch like a revolving door. First of all, it’s unwise, and second, it’s not easily done—unless, apparently, you’re Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Posted on Apr 27, 2011 READ MORE


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Wis. Top Court Race in Dead Heat

Any significant political activity that takes place within the borders of Wisconsin these days is bound to take on a certain intense charge, given Gov. Scott Walker’s recent machinations, and the current battle over a state Supreme Court seat is no exception.

Posted on Apr 6, 2011 READ MORE


First Look at ‘The Governator’

What better PR could a politician leaving such a significant position as governor of California ask for than an animated series depicting him as a superhero? Not to be deterred by things like voting records, economic indicators or events that transpired during his time in office ...

Posted on Apr 4, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Morry Gash

Wis. Judge Blocks Anti-Union Law

It ain’t over yet in Wisconsin. On Friday, Dane County Circuit Court Judge Maryann Sumi took aim to temporarily thwart Gov. Scott Walker’s highly contested law, passed last week, that stripped state employees of their collective bargaining power.

Posted on Mar 18, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Morry Gash

Wis. Police Clear Protesters From Capitol

The scene at the Capitol in Madison on Thursday reflected the larger state of affairs in Wisconsin, with Democratic senators pounding on locked chamber doors as protesters were escorted out of the building by police. Meanwhile, the Republican ...

Posted on Mar 10, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Morry Gash

GOP Senators Find a Workaround, Win Wis. Bill Battle

On Wednesday, the standoff between Republican and Democratic members of the Wisconsin state Senate came to an abrupt end, due to some GOP ingenuity that made the absence of 14 senators moot for the purpose of passing Gov. Scott Walkers’ infamous union-busting bill.

Posted on Mar 9, 2011 READ MORE



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Death Penalty Meets Its End in Illinois

Although not everyone was happy with his decision, including some Democrats, Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn put the kibosh on capital punishment with a new state law Wednesday. Only 34 more states to go.

Posted on Mar 9, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Morry Gash

Gov. Walker Does ‘Something Big’

The tea-party-enabled Wisconsin Legislature is working overtime to protect its governor.

Posted on Mar 4, 2011 READ MORE



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Walker: Layoffs Loom for Wis. Workers

Things got a little lively in Wisconsin on Thursday, as news hit the wires that the state Senate had voted to allow the arrest of more than a dozen Democratic senators who had fled the state in protest of Gov. Scott Walker’s contentious union-busting bill ...

Posted on Mar 3, 2011 READ MORE


For Governors: Responsibility Equals Invisibility

If you want to get national attention as a governor these days, don’t try to be innovative about solving the problems you were elected to deal with.

Posted on Mar 3, 2011 READ MORE



Gov. Walker, Check Your Caller ID

This is one for the annals of political pranks: On Wednesday, divisive Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker said a lot of things he no doubt wishes he hadn’t while on what turned out to be a prank call with the editor of The Buffalo Beast, posing as conservative billionaire David Koch.

Posted on Feb 23, 2011 READ MORE



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Gov. Walker Threatens Wis. Workers With Pink Slips

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker took to TV on Tuesday night in a quasi-“fireside chat” that included the not-so-cozy warning that if the highly contested bill he’s pushing doesn’t make it through the legislative process with certain clauses intact, layoffs could loom for some state workers.

Posted on Feb 22, 2011 READ MORE



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Arnold’s Next Act: Another ‘Terminator’?

Well, really, what else did you think former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger would do with his free time? Having left the Golden State’s governor’s post to non-action-hero Jerry Brown, Schwarzenegger promptly tweeted his hopeful return to Hollywood ...

Posted on Feb 16, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Andy Manis

Wisconsin Governor Moves to Gut Public Sector Unions

Gov. Scott Walker in cash-strapped Wisconsin is pretty sure he’s doing the right thing in trying to ram through a bill ending collective bargaining rights for most public employees. But, just in case, he’s putting the National Guard on alert.

Posted on Feb 12, 2011 READ MORE


Alabama’s Governor Joins the 21st Century

Only Alabama’s newly installed Gov. Robert Bentley knows for sure whether he was sincere Wednesday when he apologized for saying, just last weekend, that non-Christians weren’t his brothers and sisters, but it was evident that he had learned ...

Posted on Jan 20, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Rich Pedroncelli

The Story of a Lifetime

Covering the statehouse or city hall is regarded as the minor leagues of political journalism. But this year, these too-often-unappreciated scriveners are in the middle of one of the most important domestic stories in decades.

Posted on Jan 11, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Susan Walsh

Two Injured in Maryland Mail Blasts

Two explosive devices embedded in pieces of mail detonated within minutes of each other in two government buildings in Maryland on Thursday, injuring two employees and leading local officials to believe that the incidents were related.

Posted on Jan 6, 2011 READ MORE


Goodbye Governator, Hello Again Gov. Brown

Something seems familiar about this scene: On Monday, California’s former and now repeat Gov. Jerry Brown made his status official at a swearing-in ceremony in Sacramento, apparently comfortable enough in his position to get a bit goofy with the occasion.

Posted on Jan 3, 2011 READ MORE



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Murkowski Clears Last Hurdle to Senate Seat

Lisa Murkowski can finally make it official, as her two-month struggle to clinch her write-in victory to reclaim her Senate seat on behalf of Alaska came to an end Thursday, when her state governor and lieutenant governor signed off on the paperwork.

Posted on Dec 30, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Rich Pedroncelli

Reclaiming the Golden State

At a discussion after the last debate between the two California candidates for governor, a man wondered whether his children would want to continue to live in the state where they grew up.

Posted on Oct 18, 2010 READ MORE



AP / J. Scott Applewhite

Obama Gives Mass. Governor Patrick a Boost

With less than three weeks left before the midterm elections, President Obama is making the rounds in support of Democratic allies such as Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, whom Obama praised in a Boston appearance Saturday while ... (continued)

Posted on Oct 16, 2010 READ MORE


Brown, Whitman Wrangle Over ‘Whore’ Zinger

It’s perhaps commendable that repeat California gubernatorial hopeful Jerry Brown didn’t try to avoid the subject during Tuesday night’s debate or deny the existence of his aide’s “whore” slur directed at Republican rival Meg Whitman.

Posted on Oct 13, 2010 READ MORE


Brown Aide Caught on Tape Calling Whitman a ‘Whore’

An as-yet-unidentified member of Jerry Brown’s camp has created quite a PR snafu for the California gubernatorial hopeful by calling Brown’s rival, former eBay CEO Meg Whitman, a “whore” during a conversation that wasn’t intended to be recorded. Oops.

Posted on Oct 8, 2010 READ MORE


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California’s Top Court Rules in Favor of Furloughs

That’s Gov. Schwarzenegger: 1, and some 200,000 California state workers: SOL. On Monday, the Golden State’s Supreme Court officially signaled its support for Schwarzenegger’s mandate that some state employees take three days off, unpaid, per month. A real crowd-pleaser!

Posted on Oct 4, 2010 READ MORE


Left, Right & Center

‘Left, Right & Center’: Rahm Gone, Tea Party, Whitman-Brown

Rahm Emanuel steps down as chief of staff; now he wants to run for mayor of Chicago. Is this a shakeup or just normal job burnout? Is the White House in flux? With the House voting to impose import tariffs on China, will the Senate bring the issue to a vote?

Posted on Oct 1, 2010 READ MORE



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Meg Whitman’s Immigration Woes

According to the very busy and seemingly ubiquitous attorney Gloria Allred, California gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman has run afoul of her own public stance on the immigration issue by virtue of having allegedly hired an undocumented worker to help in her home for nearly a decade.

Posted on Sep 29, 2010 READ MORE



Eric Draper / Meg Whitman for Governor 2010

A Closer Look at Citizen Whitman

Looking back at Meg Whitman’s history of fulfilling public obligations as a California citizen, we can measure whether her current commitment to public service matches her record of participation in some public spheres of citizenship in the Golden State.

Posted on Sep 9, 2010 READ MORE


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AP / Richard Drew

News Corp. Gives GOP Governors a $1M Boost

As if any doubt remained as to News Corp. titan Rupert Murdoch’s political proclivities, we have hard monetary evidence in the form of the media megacorp’s newly committed $1 million donation to the Republican Governors Association.

Posted on Aug 18, 2010 READ MORE


Palin in Homer

Angry Alaskan Confronts ‘Celebrity’ Palin

Here we have one Kathleen Gustafson, miffed resident of Homer, Alaska, making her displeasure with former Gov. Sarah Palin clear by invoking the Bible, calling Palin a “celebrity”—no, that’s not a compliment—and hoisting ... (continued)

Posted on Aug 9, 2010 READ MORE


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AP / Michael Dwyer

Brewer Riding High After SB 1070

In the months leading up to SB 1070’s passing, Jan Brewer was seen as just a fill-in as Arizona governor and a laggard in the coming election for the post. Now after signing the anti-immigrant legislation, she is enjoying success within the party and is considered a certainty to win the state’s GOP primary in two weeks.

Posted on Aug 8, 2010 READ MORE


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Gambling for California’s Future

In case you hadn’t heard, the Golden State ain’t so golden these days, and Gov. Schwarzenegger is having a tough time finding a way to yank California out of a yawning financial hole. This is where gambling comes in.

Posted on Aug 4, 2010 READ MORE


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