Kern High School District Trustee Jeff Flores has raised more than $21,000 for his re-election bid, some of it from construction outfits the district has dealings with, campaign finance filings show.
Sierra Club members and other backers of Proposition 67 gathered in front of a mammoth inflatable turtle and a pile of grocery bags at Emmanuel Lutheran Church Friday pushing for voters to support a statewide initiative that would ban plastic bags from supermarkets.
Making a recommendation about a ballot initiative is not the same as handicapping a race. Even when the polls seem to indicate voters’ strong support, it is sometimes necessary to swim against the political tide.
Ward 5 Councilman Harold Hanson was our guest today on 'Off The Press.' Hanson is seeking reelection, but faces a challenge from two other candidates — Jeff Tkac and Ryan Nance — in November's election.
California has more billionaires than any other state, and an abundance of direct democracy. Those two facts intersect during election season, when spending by wealthy donors helps determine which initiatives make it on the ballot, and how many TV commercials and mailers campaigns can buy.
There are many very bad, dangerous people on California’s death row. Among the more than 700 inmates awaiting execution are people who have murdered and tortured. In many cases, their crimes are beyond the imagination.
Sex and money. What more could catch your attention when sorting through the many candidates and measures on this November’s huge ballot? How about also worker safety and the control of sexually-transmitted diseases? All of that is at stake with Proposition 60, an initiative that would requi…
To understand Proposition 58, which appears on the November ballot, you have to look back at Proposition 227, which voters approved in 1998.
Gov. Jerry Brown now says he had regrets almost immediately after he signed a bill nearly four decades ago mandating “determinate” state prison sentences for California’s convicted felons.
With California now having one of the nation’s lowest tax rates on cigarettes, the state is long overdue for a raise. Proposition 56 on the November ballot proposes to add a $2 state tax to buying a pack of cigarettes. The rate would be somewhat higher for other tobacco products. And for the…
A deal is a deal, right? When California voters passed Proposition 30 in 2012, Gov. Jerry Brown promised that the sales and income tax increases it authorized would be temporary, short-term stopgaps to prop up the state’s recession-battered budget.
Representing the people of California should not be done in secret. It should not be done thoughtlessly. But that is what often happens at the end of legislative sessions, when politicians meet behind closed doors, “gut and amend” legislation, and then ask their colleagues to vote “yes” on s…
Facing a mind-numbing field of ballot propositions and the din of campaign bellicose, Proposition 52 struggles to get voters’ attention. Proposition 52 is arcane, complex and has a high “who cares?” factor.
The reason for skyrocketing drug costs and price gouging is simple. It’s greed. But figuring out what to do about it is tougher. Consider these examples:
The wealthy Stockton farmer who is bankrolling Prop. 53 on the November ballot would have us believe his “No Blank Checks Initiative” is all about stopping legislators and government officials from driving up the state’s debt.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former Secretary of State Colin Powell over the weekend dismissed reports that Democratic U.S. presidential nominee Hillary Clinton told federal investigators that it was at his suggestion that she used a personal email account, according to a media report.
NEW YORK (Reuters) - An artists' collective took credit for exposing Donald Trump to unflattering scrutiny on Thursday, saying it was responsible for a life-sized nude statue of the Republican presidential candidate that turned up in a New York City park.
Former state Sen. Tony Strickland, the California chairman of a Donald Trump super PAC, visited the Kern County Raceway on Thursday to officially launch the energy shot TrumpStart — but said there’s no immediate plan to hold a Trump rally at the raceway.
Two 20-somethings will try to unseat longtime Kern Community College District board members Kay Meek and Dennis Beebe in November, while Trustee Romeo Agbalog will run unopposed.
Former Kern County Supervisor Karen Goh, who ultimately passed former homebuilder Kyle Carter in the June mayoral primary to narrowly claim the No. 1 spot, continued to out-fundraise him in June by a small margin.
Downtown Councilman Terry Maxwell’s call to add 100 Bakersfield Police Department officers over five years is fiscally unfeasible and could lead to “widespread” city layoffs and cuts to fire and parks services, according to a City Hall analysis.
As they come of age and register to vote, Millennials — that enormous generation born since 1981 — are surging so fast they're on the verge of overtaking the Baby Boomer behemoth as a share of the California electorate. And new evidence confirms that, so far at least, the GOP is losing them.
When Kern High School District trustees approved a $280 million bond measure for the November ballot, they included a project list totaling close to $390 million in projected expenses.
Bakersfield’s Medical Cannabis Initiative won’t be added to the already bulging November ballot despite 22,000 residents having signed petitions supporting the measure.
TBC Media will take this year’s crop of political candidates “Off the Press” when it launches a new political talk show at 2 p.m. today on bakersfield.com.
Nearly three years after a referendum on Bakersfield’s pot shop prohibition went, well, up in smoke, supporters of an initiative to replace the ban with state regulations are confident their measure will make the November ballot.
The names include most of the cast of “Game of Thrones,” as well as Satan, Darth Vader, Harry Potter, Herman Munster and the “Lord Christ Almighty.”
Mayoral candidate Kyle Carter, who saw Karen Goh slip past him into first place Wednesday with a 436-vote lead in the primary, said he’s picked up about 15 general election endorsements from former competitors.
Emilio Huerta will face Congressman David Valadao in the 21st Congressional District general election race, according to a Californian analysis of results that flipped the contest Wednesday evening.
The race for second place in the 21st Congressional District race tightened this week with trends continuing to favor Bakersfield attorney Emilio Huerta.
Measure F died a harsh death on Election Day, leaving the Kern County Library Department to face a 5 percent cut in funding without the $15 million in annual revenue supporters hoped the one-eighth cent sales tax measure would deliver.
It’s not often that interest groups call out public officials by their race, but as environmentalists evaluated state lawmakers’ voting records last year, that is just what they did.
Bakersfield attorney Emilio Huerta is very likely to snatch second place in the 21st Congressional District race from his fellow Democrat, Daniel Parra, an analysis by The Californian of voting trends and outstanding ballot totals shows.