republicans http://kvpr.org en Freshman Lawmakers Face Different Legislative Future http://kvpr.org/post/freshman-lawmakers-face-different-legislative-future <p>A new version of term limits, a new way to draw voting districts, a new system for running primary elections. Those three changes all took effect in 2012. Each was intended to moderate the California legislature. As Katie Orr reports from Sacramento, there is hope the changes have been effective, but so far there’s no proof.</p><p>New lawmakers are frequently sworn in at the California State Capitol. But the class taking the oath of office last December faced a different legislative future from classes who came before them.</p> Wed, 10 Jul 2013 00:34:31 +0000 Katie Orr 18060 at http://kvpr.org Freshman Lawmakers Face Different Legislative Future Democrats Rejoice, Republicans Search for Answers After Gay Marriage Rulings http://kvpr.org/post/democrats-rejoice-republicans-search-answers-after-gay-marriage-rulings <p>If California’s elected officials are a microcosm of the state’s population, they proved it after Wednesday’s same-sex marriage rulings by the U.S. Supreme Court.&nbsp; Democrats rejoiced – including many gay lawmakers who’ve led the push for marriage equality.&nbsp; Many Republicans searched for an appropriate response, and some expressed frustration.&nbsp; Ben Adler has more from Sacramento.</p> Thu, 27 Jun 2013 03:43:10 +0000 Ben Adler 17419 at http://kvpr.org Democrats Rejoice, Republicans Search for Answers After Gay Marriage Rulings Parties Clash Over Budget Transparency http://kvpr.org/post/parties-clash-over-budget-transparency <p>Lawmakers will begin voting on the California budget on Friday. But Republicans say they’ll also have to vote on several bills they know little about.&nbsp; Katie Orr reports from Sacramento.</p><p>The budget is the big picture bill. It dictates where the state’s money will go. Trailer bills are attached to the budget and spell out how the money will be allocated.</p><p>Typically trailer bills are published a few days before the budget vote. This year the earliest of at least 15 came out Wednesday morning.</p> Fri, 14 Jun 2013 00:07:44 +0000 Katie Orr 16747 at http://kvpr.org Parties Clash Over Budget Transparency Vidak's Upset Win Carries Statewide Implications http://kvpr.org/post/vidaks-upset-win-carries-statewide-implications <p></p><p class="p1">On Tuesday night Hanford Republican Andy Vidak scored what many are calling a surprise victory in the special election to replace former state senator Michael Rubio in the 16th&nbsp;senate district. Despite a sizable voter registration edge for Democrats, Vidak carried over 50 percent of the vote, enough to avoid a July runoff with the top Democrat, former Rubio staffer and current Kern County Supervisor Leticia Perez.</p> Wed, 22 May 2013 23:45:17 +0000 Joe Moore 15573 at http://kvpr.org Vidak's Upset Win Carries Statewide Implications Lawmakers React to Brown's Budget Revision http://kvpr.org/post/lawmakers-react-browns-budget-revision <p>Republicans at the State Capitol are pleased Governor Jerry Brown is taking a more moderate approach to spending California’s budget surplus. But they still have some criticisms. Katie Orr reports from Sacramento.</p><p>No formal rainy day fund, no acknowledgement of possible union pay raises, high taxes that hurt business. State Republicans listed those as among their top concerns with the Governor’s May budget revision.</p> Tue, 14 May 2013 23:10:00 +0000 Katie Orr 15143 at http://kvpr.org Lawmakers React to Brown's Budget Revision State of the State: Brown Says California 'Has Confounded Critics' http://kvpr.org/post/state-state-brown-says-california-has-confounded-critics <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">California Governor Jerry Brown says California has “confounded our critics.”</span></p><div><p>“We have wrought in just two years a solid and enduring budget and by God, we will preserve and keep it that way for years to come," said Brown.</p> Fri, 25 Jan 2013 01:32:55 +0000 Marianne Russ 9829 at http://kvpr.org State of the State: Brown Says California 'Has Confounded Critics' Connie Conway: California Republicans Not on the Sidelines http://kvpr.org/post/connie-conway-california-republicans-not-sidelines <p></p><div><p>California Republican lawmakers now find themselves in the midst of Democratic supermajorities in both the Assembly and Senate.</p><p>But as Amy Quinton reports from Sacramento, Republicans may look to Democratic Governor Jerry Brown for support.</p><p>With supermajorities, Democratic lawmakers have historic new powers. They could raise taxes, while Republicans sit on the sidelines.</p></div><p>“Well I used to be on the sidelines, I was a cheerleader,”&nbsp;says&nbsp;Assembly Republican leader Connie Conway, joking.</p> Tue, 08 Jan 2013 17:05:11 +0000 Amy Quinton 9112 at http://kvpr.org Connie Conway: California Republicans Not on the Sidelines New Lawmakers Sworn in, Giving Democrats Full Control http://kvpr.org/post/new-lawmakers-sworn-giving-democrats-full-control <p></p><p>California’s newly-elected legislature is now officially sworn in, and Democrats hold supermajorities in both chambers.&nbsp; But as Ben Adler reports from Sacramento, legislative leaders are making a point of being modest.</p><p class="p5">The entire Assembly and half the Senate took their oaths on Monday, giving Democrats the power they’ve long craved – the ability to raise taxes.&nbsp; But voters just did that for them, approving Prop 30 last month, and Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg says that’s enough for now:</p> Tue, 04 Dec 2012 02:18:13 +0000 Ben Adler 7677 at http://kvpr.org New Lawmakers Sworn in, Giving Democrats Full Control