State Issues

State Issues

California GOP continues its plunge into irrelevance

Republicans once dominated California’s politics, but over last two decades have become increasingly irrelevant as California became a very blue state. Latest voter registration data indicates that voters without a party preference could outnumber Republicans by next year’s elections.

State Issues

California’s politicians rap Trump as they seek money

California’s Democratic politicians have found much in Donald Trump to criticize, pledging to protect the state from the new president’s policies. However, they are simultaneously asking Trump for more money, which means they want the federal government, whose budget is chronically in deficit, to borrow more money.

State Issues

California vs. Washington: Smog a new battleground

California is fighting with the Republican-controlled federal government over multiple issues, and smog is one of the newest. President Donald Trump apparently wants to scale back federal mileage standards for cars and California wants to retain higher standards. If California persists, it may have to seek a waiver from the Trump administration.

State Issues

Will Californians pay for services they want?

Once again defying Republican control of the federal government and many states, California’s Democratic politicians are proposing an expanding array of Scandinavian-style services. But they won’t come cheap, so are Californians ready to pay Scandinavian-style taxes too?

Videos

Two burned in Modesto house fire

Two people suffered burns in a house fire on Third Street in Modesto, California, on Sunday, April 30, 2017. (John Holland/
jholland@modbee.com
Two burned in Modesto house fire 0:34

Two burned in Modesto house fire

Modesto City Schools trustee areas finalized, Latino atea will wait 1:31

Modesto City Schools trustee areas finalized, Latino atea will wait

Salida preschoolers ride to help kids at St. Judes 0:34

Salida preschoolers ride to help kids at St. Judes

Modesto veterans like Trump's first 100 days 1:56

Modesto veterans like Trump's first 100 days