<![CDATA[NBC Bay Area - Bay Area Political News, Bay Area Politics]]> Copyright 2014 http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/politics http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/nbc_bayarea_blue.png NBC Bay Area http://www.nbcbayarea.com en-us Sun, 20 Apr 2014 01:30:38 -0700 Sun, 20 Apr 2014 01:30:38 -0700 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[In SF, Hillary Clinton Says She's "Thinking" About 2016 Run]]> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 08:21:33 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/04-08-2014-hillary-clinton.jpg
Hillary Clinton appears to be inching closer to an decision on whether she'll run for president. She told a San Francisco audience that she is "thinking" about running for president.]]>
<![CDATA[San Francisco Could Raise Minimum Wage to $15]]> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 00:42:30 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/78773767.jpg
While Congress is fighting over increasing the minimum wage to $10, one Bay Area city might raise its minimum wage to $15 an hour.

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<![CDATA[Larry Gerston on Increase in Absentee Voting]]> Sun, 06 Apr 2014 11:00:52 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/web7amgerstonabsentee_11572739_1200x675_218316355505.jpg
On May 5, absentee voting will begin for the June 3 primary election, and plenty of people will vote that way. NBC Bay Area Political Analyst Larry Gerston explains the increase in absentee voting over...]]>
<![CDATA[Calif. Bill Could Help Protect Consumers From ID Theft]]> Sun, 06 Apr 2014 04:51:10 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Target+CC+Security+121913.jpg
Protecting consumers from ID theft is the new goal of a new bill in Sacramento that would require businesses to adopt better security practices to protect people's personal information.

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<![CDATA[George W. Bush Unveils His Paintings of World Leaders]]> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 16:48:33 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/217*120/040414-bush-portraits.jpg
Former President George W. Bush shares an exclusive, first-ever look at the portraits he painted of fellow world leaders, including his most personal subject: his own father.]]>
<![CDATA[San Jose Councilman Reconsiders "Pension Reform"]]> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 18:01:57 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/donaldrocha.jpg
San Jose Councilman Donald Rocha wants to reconsider Measure B.

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<![CDATA[Sen. Leland Yee in Court for Bond Hearing]]> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 03:57:42 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/214*120/LelandYee1.jpg
California state Sen. Leland Yee appeared in federal court on Monday morning, stemming from a shocking arrest last week where FBI agents charged him with seven felonies related to firearms trafficking...

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<![CDATA[Legal Expert: Leland Yee Case Far From Open and Shut]]> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 06:19:33 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/johnson-legal-analyst.jpg
California state Sen. Leland Yee is facing a series of charges, including conspiracy to traffic firearms, and although the evidence against him appears overwhelming, legal experts said it is far from an open and...]]>
<![CDATA[Ro Khanna Not at Fault: Judge]]> Sat, 29 Mar 2014 03:55:48 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/0325-RoKhanna.jpg
One of the challengers to U.S. Rep. Mike Honda has been removed from contention -- and it's not the other challenger's fault.

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<![CDATA[Sen. Yee Withdraws Sec. of State Candidacy]]> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 11:53:39 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/AP588054204940.jpg
A day after he was arrested in a federal sweep, California State Sen. Leland Yee on Thursday announced through his attorney that he is withdrawing his candidacy for secretary of state.

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<![CDATA[Congressman Ron Paul Coming to Bay Area]]> Sat, 29 Mar 2014 03:55:48 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Ron+Paul+campaign.jpg
Libertarians rejoice: Ron Paul is coming to the Bay Area to speak on our failed system.

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<![CDATA[State Senator Faces Corruption, Gun Trafficking Charges ]]> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 16:15:19 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/03-26-2014-leland-yee-leaves-court.jpg
California state Sen. Leland Yee was arrested on public corruption charges as part of several arrests made by the FBI Wednesday morning during a massive FBI sting.

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<![CDATA[Khanna Says He Won't Take Corporate Money]]> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 20:50:33 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/0325-RoKhanna.jpg
To a population disenchanted with the functionality of its government, and specifically, an inept Congress struggling to pass even core legislation (government shutdown, anyone?), visions of reform and campaign...

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<![CDATA[Dying Monk Granted Wish: Calif. Gov. Signs Burial Bill]]> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 03:56:49 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/209*120/3_monksketeers_to_SF_Chronicle_20140317.jpg
A 76-year-old monk dying of cancer can now be buried at his beloved monastery, thanks to a bill OK'd by California's governor, who studied to be a priest himself.

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<![CDATA[Santa Clara County Mulls E-Cigarette Regulations]]> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 09:59:21 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/182*120/184769106.jpg
Santa Clara County is joining a number of other Bay Area counties and cities looking into whether e-cigarettes should be regulated.

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<![CDATA[State Sen. Hill: Calif. Not Prepared For Crude Oil Accident]]> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 10:01:51 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/senator-jerry-hill.jpg
The California Energy Commission said the amount of crude oil being transported by train to the Bay Area has sky rocketed thanks to an oil boom in North Dakota and Canada--but that is raising concerns with...]]>
<![CDATA[San Jose Mayoral Candidates Speak at Education Forum]]> Sun, 23 Mar 2014 03:55:47 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/san-jose-mayoral-education-forum.jpg
Candidates running for mayor in San Jose made their case for education and helping students succeed.]]>
<![CDATA[Michelle Obama Visits Beijing's Summer Palace]]> Sat, 22 Mar 2014 16:45:44 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/michelle-obama-china.jpg
First Lady Michelle Obama paid a visit to Beijing's Summer Palace Saturday.]]>
NECN]]> <![CDATA[Scott Brown Readies N.H. Senate Run]]> Fri, 14 Mar 2014 15:15:09 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/AP19064830984.jpg
Former Sen. Scott Brown of Massachusetts officially announced Friday he has formed an exploratory committee for a bid in New Hampshire's U.S. Senate race this year. However, the Republican did not officially say...

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<![CDATA[Feds: DC Mayor Got Illegal Funds]]> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 12:45:57 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/20140310+Jeffrey+Thompson.jpg
D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray's 2010 campaign benefited from more than $668,000 donated illegally by a businessman with multimillion-dollar city contracts, federal prosecutors alleged in court]]>
<![CDATA[Ten Candidates Running for Mayor of San Jose]]> Sun, 09 Mar 2014 18:07:13 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/dave-cortese.jpg
Ten San Jose mayoral candidates filed paperwork with the city clerk before the Friday deadline--all of them Democrats.]]>
<![CDATA[Report: Millennials Unattached to Organized Politics]]> Sat, 08 Mar 2014 23:33:45 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*120/generation-y.jpg
According to the Pew Research Center, millennials are unattached to organized politics and are linked by social media.]]>
<![CDATA["Rosie the Riveters' Heading to D.C.]]> Sun, 09 Mar 2014 00:59:25 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/edt-AP03111102795.jpg
After months of fretting and uncertainty, five Rosie the Riveters from the Bay Area will head to Washington, D.C. to meet the vice president after 100 donors decided to help the elderly women on...

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<![CDATA[San Jose Rejects Plan to Increase Police Spending]]> Wed, 05 Mar 2014 08:24:56 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/san-jose-city-council.jpg
San Jose's mayor is calling a proposed ballot measure "a horrible mistake."]]>
<![CDATA[Surprises, Runoffs Likely in Texas Primary]]> Tue, 04 Mar 2014 10:08:07 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Vote+Generic+Vote+Tuesday+Voting+Sign.jpg
Gov. Rick Perry isn't on the ballot, but a new member of the Bush dynasty is. Wendy Davis can clinch a feat no woman has achieved in Texas since Ann Richards. Heavyweight Republicans are trying to survive, and a...

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<![CDATA[Battle Brewing on California's Death Penalty]]> Sun, 02 Mar 2014 17:38:19 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/web7amgerstondeathpenalty_11301615_1200x675_179029571737.jpg
A battle is brewing between three former California governors who want to hasten the state s death penalty and reformers who argue it s time to end it. NBC Bay Area Political Analyst Larry Gerston explains...]]>
<![CDATA[Bay Area Ukrainians Urge U.S., World to Intervene With Russia]]> Sun, 02 Mar 2014 05:00:00 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/ukraine-san-francisc-protest.jpg
Ukrainians who live in the Bay Area are following the developments very closely and some are taking action, urging the U.S. and the rest of the world to intervene with the Russian military entering...]]>
<![CDATA[Oakland Councilwoman Schaaf Officially Runs for Mayor]]> Sat, 01 Mar 2014 20:54:19 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/libby-schaaf.jpg
Once the target of racist fliers, Oakland city councilwoman Libby Schaaf has officially launched her campaign for mayor.]]>
<![CDATA[Gov. Brown Announces Plans to Seek Re-Election]]> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 15:00:06 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/02-27-2014-jerry-brown.jpg
Gov. Jerry Brown announced plans Thursday to seek re-election.

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<![CDATA[CA State Sen. Surrenders]]> Tue, 25 Feb 2014 06:40:13 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/california-senator-ron-calderon.jpg
Embattled California State Sen. Ron Calderon was taken into custody by federal authorities Monday after he was charged last week with a long list of federal bribery and corruption

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<![CDATA[Can Calif. Sen. Calderon Still Act For Public Good Amidst Charges?]]> Sun, 23 Feb 2014 17:26:13 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/KNTV_000000006018283_1200x675_167243331637.jpg
Recent federal charges against Democratic State Sen. Ron Calderon of Southern California raise serious questions about the legislature’s ability to act for the public good. NBC Bay Area Political Analyst...]]>
<![CDATA[Bribery Charges for Calif. Lawmaker]]> Sat, 22 Feb 2014 00:40:33 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/california-senator-ron-calderon.jpg
The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles announced a slew of federal charges, including bribery and influence peddling, against California State Sen. Ron Calderon on Friday. A Democrat serving...

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<![CDATA[Colo. Lawmaker Leaves Loaded Handgun in State Capitol]]> Thu, 20 Feb 2014 14:12:16 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/207*120/531167561.JPG
A Colorado state lawmaker left a loaded handgun in the state Capitol building earlier this month, The Denver Post reported. Colorado Rep. Jared Wright, a Republican legislator, left the gun in a black canvas bag...

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<![CDATA[101-Year-Old Sarasota Man Running for Congress]]> Wed, 19 Feb 2014 11:43:51 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/214*120/Newman4.jpg
Florida resident Joe Newman, 101, recently announced a bid for Congress, saying he will run as a write-in candidate against Republican Rep. Vern Buchanan. A win in the district along Florida's west coast would...

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