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Millions were spent, and after one of the nastiest Democrat-on-Democrat battles of late, the candidate backed by organized labor fell to the candidate who ran against it. Latest state politics column. See more at www.latimes.com/decker.
Finally, the barrage is over in the East Bay. Tuesday night’s special election for a state Senate seat closed a $9-million assault of mailers, television ads and radio commercials that led to the victory of a Democrat backed by Republican interests over his own party’s weightiest ally, organized labor.
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A quick analysis of Hillary Clinton's 2015 announcement, compared to the last one, which didn't end up all that well. Snapshot: She stayed in the background as her own presidential campaign became official.
If Hillary Rodham Clinton gets her way, there will be stark differences between her failed 2008 run for president and the White House campaign she embarked upon Sunday -- and not just the end result.
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A poll question that offered a great excuse to dredge up the tortured history of Jerry Brown and the Clintons:
Katherine Martinez is a Democrat from San Andreas, fiercely supportive of her state's — and party's — governor.
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Still waiting for the big dramatic logjam-breaking in California? Look behind the scenes.
The fact that California's electoral logjam was breaking this winter after two decades of stability seemed to presage high drama: Big beams clattering violently downstream, a powerful rush of water, a cleansing whoosh to the political system in the state.
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Off Fox, trolling for financial and political support: Mike Huckabee nudges toward a 2016 run for president
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee pulled the plug on his Fox News Channel talk show on Saturday in order to “gauge support” for a second presidential run.
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Delusion: one of the tricks of politics....
Perhaps no profession leans on the power of delusion so much as politics.
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As California tiptoes toward a civil war over the drought, farmers are trying to make their case: we're not the bad guys.
As the months have worn on, drier and drier but for the very occasional gift from above, it has been hard to avoid a looming civil war in California over a common enemy, the drought .
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In blue California, not all is cozy under the Democratic tent. In the East Bay, a Senate race is testing whether unions retain their hold on legislators or if a different shade of Democrat is acceptable.
War has broken out in the neatly tended suburbs east of San Francisco Bay, over a simple question: Is only one kind of Democrat allowed in blue California?
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Usually, presidential wannabes are prospecting in California for money. Today, they were looking for votes, hedging bets that our June 2016 primary might actually matter. California can dream, can't it?
California has stood as a bright blue bulwark against conservative political surges for years now, blocking at its border a series of national Republican sweeps and giving President Obama historically huge victories.
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Mitt Romney sure sounds like a candidate, outlining a platform of the familiar--a muscular fgn policy--along with things he did not emphasize in two past runs for president--income inequality and poverty. Could he sell it?
In his first public remarks since telling GOP donors that he is weighing a third bid for the White House, Mitt Romney suggested Friday that if he does run he would broaden the focus that led to his loss in 2012 to President Obama .
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The calendar flips to 2015 but the political issues remain the same: fights over the role of government and gut level worries about the economy...
The year 2014 turned to 2015 with a fierce flip of the page, at least when it comes to national politics.
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Gay rights, loosey goosey rules on marijuana, immigration and Cuba: evidence of youth and diversity on the body politic.
Writing about politics inspires a certain amount of déjà vu, time and again. Last week, like many before, served as a case in point.
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