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  1. Abortion 1985
    Anti-abortion forces are stepping up their presence in the Capitol as the struggle over...
    California Journal, February 1985, pp. 75-76
  2. Affirmative action
    In 1994 the "three strikes" initiative was a political runaway train. The runaway train...
    California Journal, March 1995, pp. 51-55
  3. The Amazing Race
    The Candidate Stampede
    California Journal, September 2003, pp. 22-25
  4. Arnold's mandate?
    The governor's heavy lifting resulted in passage of Proposition 57, but he failed to in...
    California Journal, April 2004, pp. 8-10
  5. Art Torres
    The state Senate's Mr. Sincerity has ambitions for the governor's office, "at least."
    California Journal, January 1987, p. 22
  6. Assembly
    California Journal, December 2004, pp. 21-31
  7. The Assembly's top rookies
    Six freshmen lawmakers earn kudos as the best rookies in one of the largest classes eve...
    California Journal, January 1984, pp. 12-14
  8. Back to the basics
    The education debate these days is a Babel of arguments over class size, funding, asses...
    California Journal, June 1996, pp. 14-18
  9. Back with the Wind
    Thanks to term limits, seven former members of the Assembly are running for a return en...
    California Journal, September 1996, pp. 36-39
  10. Ballot measures
    Californians enacted term limits for most state officeholders, voted down sweeping envi...
    California Journal, December 1990, pp. 578-589
  11. Ballot Propositions
    California Journal, December 2004, pp. 32-38
  12. Big league sports
    Sports mean status, but things seem to go wrong when cities scramble to attract pro teams.
    California Journal, August 1983, pp. 287-290
  13. Boxer in 1998
    Perceived as vulnerable, U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer will be the focus of an intense cam...
    California Journal, August 1996, pp. 38-43
  14. Boxer Romps
    California Journal, December 2004, pp. 10-13
  15. Bring on the initiatives
    The March ballot offered a reprieve from contentious citizen initiatives, but look what...
    California Journal, March 2002, pp. 30-33
  16. The broken elephant
    The Assembly Republican caucus has been in decline for several years, and it reached it...
    California Journal, October 1991, pp. 444-448
  17. The budget battle
    A stubborn, lame-duck governor and an Assembly in disarray caused the Legislature to pa...
    California Journal, September 1990, pp. 420-425
  18. California Arts Council
    A year ago, Governor Wilson declined to cut the Arts Council because the savings were "...
    California Journal, March 1992, pp. 157-158
  19. California on the eve
    Where we've been; where we are now; where we're going. An essay
    California Journal, November 1999, pp. 8-13
  20. California stands apart
    While the rest of the republic muddled its way down the middle, California voters were ...
    California Journal, December 2000, pp. 8-10
  21. Campaign 1988
    California Journal's district-by-district analyses of the June primary election.
    California Journal, May 1988, p. 195
  22. Can the Grand Old Party survive?
    Down on its electoral luck, the Republican Party appears to be teetering on the brink o...
    California Journal, February 2001, pp. 30-39
  23. Candidates and corn flakes
    Buying television time for campaigns has become yet another political specialty.
    California Journal, October 1991, pp. 479-480
  24. The Capitol Game
    Some thoughts from the editor on winning and losing.
    California Journal, August 1999, p. 8
  25. The Capitol Game
    If you think your life is a complicated, intertwining balancing act, try slipping into ...
    California Journal, July 1999, pp. 6-31
  26. The cash machine
    Political candidates, especially incumbent lawmakers, rake in enormous amounts of campa...
    California Journal, December 1987, pp. 594-598
  27. Cliff Allenby
    A career bureaucrat with the Department of Finance now heads the state's most complex a...
    California Journal, September 1988, pp. 391-392
  28. District-by-District Analysis
    Congress
    California Journal, December 2004, pp. 14-17
  29. Constitutional officers
    A recap of contests for lieutenant governor, secretary of state, controller, insurance ...
    California Journal, December 1990, pp. 574-577
  30. David Roberti
    The old pro tem leaves office with a solid legislative record tainted by the corruption...
    California Journal, November 1994, pp. 9-12
  31. Death penalty
    Is California lagging far behind other states in implementing the death penalty?
    California Journal, September 1986, pp. 443-446
  32. Deukmejian and the press
    After Jerry Brown, the governor's press operation seems formal and professional.
    California Journal, July 1983, p. 254
  33. The Don Quixote syndrome
    Why some candidates run for office knowing in advance that they cannot win.
    California Journal, March 1985, p. 117
  34. Dr. Barry Munitz
    CSU's new chancellor is more at home in the boardroom than in academia.
    California Journal, July 1991, pp. 319-323
  35. The Duke is Number One
    Capitol reporters rate the governor's black eye over Prop 39 as the state's top politic...
    California Journal, February 1985, p. 77
  36. Election 1990
    A complete review of results from the June primary election, including races for all co...
    California Journal, July 1990, pp. 326-346
  37. Election 2004
    The most significant feature of the March election is not the presidential primary but ...
    California Journal, February 2004, pp. 6-8
  38. Election '98
    The ripples from Election '98 will stir California and national political waters for ye...
    California Journal, October 1998, pp. 8-10
  39. Election '98: GOP goes bust
    Thanks to bad tactics, weak leadership and their image as nationally televised bullies,...
    California Journal, December 1998, pp. 6-7
  40. An ethical state of mind
    California has a new ethics law and a new code of conduct for state officials. But will...
    California Journal, June 1990, pp. 283-286
  41. Ethics "education"
    The Senate and Assembly differed in their approaches to ethics training.
    California Journal, March 1991, pp. 112-115
  42. The ethics jungle
    The public thinks that government is mostly corrupt, but politics and ethics exist side...
    California Journal, April 1990, pp. 174-180
  43. Feinstein vs. Seymour
    Even though he's the incumbent, it's all uphill trudge for Republican John Seymour.
    California Journal, October 1992, pp. 478-481
  44. Frank Hill
    Deadlock over the budget between the governor and legislative leaders brought a little-...
    California Journal, September 1992, pp. 431-432
  45. The freshman class
    It takes several terms before a lawmaker begins to acquire power and prestige. And, acc...
    California Journal, July 1988, p. 280
  46. Grass-Eyed View of 1996
    The Latino vote had an impact on selected races in 1996, but what else happened that ma...
    California Journal, January 1997, pp. 26-31
  47. Grassroots resurgence
    Grassroots campaigns have become more sophisticated over the past 20 years, but they st...
    California Journal, November 1988, pp. 471-474
  48. Gray Davis
    Assemblyman Gray Davis is so organized and looks so impeccable that the rest of the wor...
    California Journal, June 1984, pp. 232-233
  49. Gray Davis
    As 1990 approaches, the state controller must make a critical decision on his future, a...
    California Journal, January 1989, pp. 35-36
  50. Gray Davis
    He trailed Feinstein badly in early polls, but a huge war chest could make him the spoi...
    California Journal, March 1992, pp. 119-126
  51. Greens
    California voters will have another slate of candidates to evaluate in 1992 after the G...
    California Journal, February 1992, pp. 97-98
  52. Hollywood
    Politicians and Hollywood celebrities are each others' groupies, and no where is this m...
    California Journal, November 1985, pp. 445-448
  53. Honorable mentions
    Many other worthy individuals left a stamp on California.
    California Journal, November 1999, pp. 64-70
  54. A house soon divided
    Reapportionment nested two Assembly members into one state Senate district; term limits...
    California Journal, July 1993, pp. 25-30
  55. John Doolittle
    Pugnacious and deeply conservative, Republican state Senator John Doolittle has a pench...
    California Journal, March 1989, pp. 105-126
  56. The juice committees
    A California Journal survey of contribution reports identifies the most lucrative commi...
    California Journal, April 1987, pp. 178-200
  57. Kerry Wins (in California)
    California Journal, December 2004, p. 9
  58. Leadership
    California has no shortage of politicians or problems. What it seems to lack are vision...
    California Journal, June 1989, pp. 233-238
  59. Legislative Salaries
    Although reluctant to talk about the issue, many lawmakers - surveyed by the Journal - ...
    California Journal, August 1984, p. 296
  60. Legislative Summary
    Highlights of bills passed during the first half of the 1983-1984 legislative session.
    California Journal, November 1983, pp. 429-431
  61. The Legislature's growing staff
    More than two thousand aides are employed by the Assembly and Senate, and their numbers...
    California Journal, June 1983, pp. 214-220
  62. March Fong Eu
    A profile of the popular secretary of state.
    California Journal, November 1986, pp. 547-549
  63. Mike Frost
    Governor Deukmejian's chief of staff is, for good and ill, very much like his boss.
    California Journal, August 1988, pp. 339-341
  64. Minnie Awards
    California Journal's seventh biennial look at the legislative best and brightest, inclu...
    California Journal, July 2002, pp. 8-18
  65. The Minnie Awards
    California Journal's eighth biennial recognition of the Legislature's best and brightes...
    California Journal, August 2004, pp. 6-16
  66. The Minnies
    California Journal's fourth biennial ranking of legislators reflects the emerging Repub...
    California Journal, February 1996, pp. 6-15
  67. The Minnies
    Who are the Legislature's brightest members? Who works the hardest? Who are the problem...
    California Journal, April 1998, pp. 6-15
  68. The Minnies
    Roll out the red carpet. Every two years, we open the envelope, revealing the Legislatu...
    California Journal, June 2000, pp. 8-19
  69. Montoya's cash machine
    State Senator Joe Montoya spent half a million dollars on his 1986 reelection-while run...
    California Journal, December 1987, pp. 599-600
  70. The Nature of Prejudice
    What is it that drives cultures to divide along lines of race, ethnicity, culture or ge...
    California Journal, January 1998, pp. 14-15
  71. The never-ending election
    Resignation and reapportionment have created legislative and congressional vacancies th...
    California Journal, April 1993, pp. 19-26
  72. On the rise
    Political forecasting is risky business, but California Journal boldly singles out seve...
    California Journal, November 1987, pp. 534-537
  73. On the wane
    Back in 1982 the Journal boldly singled out five other politicians. What happened?
    California Journal, November 1987, pp. 538-539
  74. The on-time budget
    Lawmakers and the governor passed a budget on time for the first time in years.
    California Journal, August 1993, pp. 7-12
  75. Pearl Harbor and modern California
    In 1941, California became the epicenter of a war-building machine that forever altered...
    California Journal, November 2001, pp. 8-15
  76. Pete Wilson
    California Journal, November 1999, pp. 53-62
  77. Primary election preview
    The Journal's election-year roundup of June primary races, featuring district-by-distri...
    California Journal, April 1984, p. 157
  78. Primary'98
    Dominated by wealthy candidates and the state's new blanket primary system, and conduct...
    California Journal, July 1998, pp. 6-10
  79. Prison construction
    An in-depth look at why the state will spend $1.1 billion for new prisons and what is b...
    California Journal, April 1984, pp. 131-133
  80. Propositions
    California Journal, April 2004, pp. 14-19
  81. Putting the pieces together
    As the Capitol's mapmakers begin drawing new boundary lines, the process of redistricti...
    California Journal, March 2001, pp. 10-15
  82. The reality of Willie Brown
    When he departs office in 1996, the former Assembly speaker will leave behind a legacy ...
    California Journal, August 1995, pp. 6-11
  83. The reapportionment failure
    The Legislature passed three different reapportionment plans. The governor vetoed all o...
    California Journal, November 1991, pp. 503-506
  84. Recycling success?
    California's recycling program seemed to be too successful, creating a glass glut that ...
    California Journal, November 1990, pp. 539-540
  85. Regional government
    The Legislature and California's cities and counties are battling to control growth man...
    California Journal, November 1990, pp. 530-531
  86. A reluctant Senate
    Two weeks after the Hill conviction, members of the Senate still were reluctant to expe...
    California Journal, August 1994, pp. 10-14
  87. The Republican Caucus
    Profiles of 31 Assembly Republicans (not including B.T. Collins and Mickey Conroy, elec...
    California Journal, October 1991, pp. 450-455
  88. A Republican year
    Bolstered by a GOP deluge that swept the nation, California Republicans captured contro...
    California Journal, December 1994, pp. 6-8
  89. Roderick Q. Hickman
    The new man in charge of the state prison system is an up-from-the-ranks corrections of...
    California Journal, May 2004, pp. 12-17
  90. Rookie of the Year
    There are 32 members of the Class of '92, but Democrat Julie Bornstein of Palm Desert i...
    California Journal, June 1994, pp. 8-14
  91. Rookies of the Year
    According to a regiment of lobbyists and legislative staff, Los Angeles Democrat Sheila...
    California Journal, September 1996, pp. 6-11
  92. Runaway Children
    The number of children running away from home is growing; the ability of the state to d...
    California Journal, November 1991, pp. 519-524
  93. Smart Classrooms
    California's classroom of the future will be decidedly high tech. The question is: How ...
    California Journal, March 1988, pp. 135-139
  94. The Speakership
    Caught between the Gang of Five, the Grizzlies and the GOP, Speaker Willie Brown's long...
    California Journal, April 1988, pp. 152-169
  95. Sports mania
    The Los Angeles Raiders are looking for a new home, and four California cities are thro...
    California Journal, November 1989, pp. 439-442
  96. Staff Expertise
    A survey of the legislative staff, including education and professional experience.
    California Journal, December 1983, p. 450
  97. State Senate
    California Journal, December 2004, pp. 18-20
  98. The state's "other" big cities
    A look at metropolitan up-and-comers.
    California Journal, April 2001, pp. 28-31
  99. Staying on top
    The GOP became the Assembly's top banana in 1995. To stay there, it has to repeat its 1...
    California Journal, July 1996, pp. 6-11
  100. Taking Big Oil to court
    If California wins its lawsuit against seven oil companies, the settlement and long-ran...
    California Journal, March 1983, p. 121
  101. Tattoo removal
    California Journal, March 1984, p. 100
  102. They also shall rise
    A brief glance at others predicted to have bright political futures.
    California Journal, November 1987, pp. 540-542
  103. Tom Hannigan
    As he steps into his new job as Assembly majority leader, some Legislature-watchers won...
    California Journal, March 1987, p. 144
  104. Tom Hayden
    The Democratic assemblyman from Santa Monica has spent the past few years trying to flo...
    California Journal, March 1986, p. 122
  105. A twisted tale
    Former Speaker Doris Allen was recalled in a bitter act of revenge that points out onc...
    California Journal, January 1996, pp. 34-42
  106. Two Cents
    California Journal, August 1999, pp. 9-10
  107. Two Cents
    California Journal, January 1999, pp. 4-5
  108. Two Cents
    California Journal, April 2000, pp. 8-9
  109. Two Cents
    The choice
    California Journal, September 2002, p. 6
  110. Two Cents
    California Journal, February 2003, pp. 28-29
  111. Two Cents
    California Journal, January 2004, pp. 36-37
  112. U.S. President
    Democrats got what they wanted from California voters; Republicans, despite their candi...
    California Journal, December 2000, p. 11
  113. U.S. President
    For California's GOP, winning the presidency isn't the only worry.
    California Journal, October 2000, pp. 12-13
  114. U.S. Senate
    The campaign was expensive and vicious, but incumbent Democrat Dianne Feinstein eked ou...
    California Journal, December 1994, pp. 12-13
  115. U.S. Senate
    Atmospherics cost another wealthy candidate, Republican Darrell Issa, the GOP nominatio...
    California Journal, July 1998, pp. 13-14
  116. U.S. Senate
    Nearly every likely voter already has formed an opinion about one-term incumbent Democr...
    California Journal, October 1998, p. 14
  117. U.S. Senate
    In the electoral equivalent of Everest, it's all uphill to Novermber for Congressman To...
    California Journal, April 2000, pp. 14-15
  118. U.S. Senate
    In his Don Quixote quest, Tom Campbell failed to topple the unstoppable Dianne Feinstein.
    California Journal, December 2000, pp. 12-13
  119. U.S. Senate
    U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein attempts to defend her seat.
    California Journal, February 2000, pp. 10-13
  120. U.S. Senate
    Tom Campbell attempts political Mt. Everest against Dianne Feinstein.
    California Journal, October 2000, pp. 14-17
  121. U.S. Senate: Boxer's no fluke
    Senator Barbara Boxer defies the doomsayers and glides to a second term. It turned out ...
    California Journal, December 1998, p. 10
  122. An uncivil war
    The internal strife tearing at the Republican Party has manifested in a number of GOP A...
    California Journal, June 1992, pp. 296-300
  123. The Valdez Principles
    Some eco-minded Californians are pushing an environmental code of conduct for corporati...
    California Journal, November 1990, pp. 541-548
  124. Who are the best?
    The Journal queried more than 1100 lobbyists, legislators and legislative staff to find...
    California Journal, February 1986, p. 73
  125. The Wilson Legacy
    The California of Pete Wilson's tenure was a California in transition. In one sense he ...
    California Journal, November 1998, pp. 6-11
  126. Wilson's second term
    Four years ago, Pete Wilson talked about preventive government. The second term seems h...
    California Journal, February 1995, pp. 13-16
  127. 1990 free-for-all
    George Deukmejian's announcement that he would not seek a third term as governor in 199...
    California Journal, February 1989, pp. 50-82
  128. The 1992 free-for-all
    New congressional seats plus state lawmakers scrambling for greener pastures equals a p...
    California Journal, April 1991, pp. 164-168
  129. 30 at 30
    Thirty people who nfluenced California politics and government, selected to commenorate...
    California Journal, November 1999, pp. 14-15
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