<![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 Thu, 21 Aug 2014 15:14:27 -0700 Thu, 21 Aug 2014 15:14:27 -0700 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[GOP Staffer in Chicken Suit Faces Charges After Clucking at NH Governor, Senator]]> Tue, 19 Aug 2014 08:25:01 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/zona+chicken+suit.jpg
A GOP state committee staff member has been charged with disorderly conduct after heckling New Hampshire Senator Jeanne Shaheen and Governor Maggie Hassan at this past Saturday's Old Home Day

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<![CDATA[Campaign Snag for Gov. Jerry Brown?]]> Mon, 18 Aug 2014 14:18:34 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/KNTV_000000007916937_1200x675_319215171594.jpg
It was once thought to be an insurmountable lead. But now Jerry Brown's campaign to keep the governor's office has hit a snag. NBC Bay Area political analyst Larry Gerston explains why re-election may not be...]]>
<![CDATA[NYC Council Speaker Tweets About HPV Diagnosis, Urges Annual Check-Ups]]> Mon, 03 Jun 2013 11:40:26 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/MarkViverito.jpg
In an interview published in the Guardian newspaper, Douglas appeared to blame his own battle with throat cancer on oral sex — although that interpretation was later disputed by one of his representatives.

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<![CDATA[Former Vt. U.S. Sen. Jeffords Dead at 80]]> Mon, 18 Aug 2014 14:57:40 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/James+Jeffords.jpg
The former U.S. senator from Vermont who in 2001 tipped control of the Senate when he quit the Republican Party to become an independent has died. James Jeffords was 80. Diane Derby, a former aide,...

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<![CDATA[Florida Ad Tries to Connect Pot With Date Rape]]> Tue, 12 Aug 2014 13:30:39 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/potdaterapead.jpg
Robin Williams stood in the eye of his own humor hurricane, a human perpetual motion machine of comedy who unleashed manic streams of pop-cultural consciousness with the improv intensity of a be-bop great...

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<![CDATA["Six Californias" Wouldn't Help Republicans: Study]]> Tue, 12 Aug 2014 20:52:58 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/193*120/0623-SixCalifornias1.jpg
California is rolling out the green carpet for Elon Musk's Tesla battery factory: $500 million dollars and an easier time with environmental rules.

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<![CDATA[San Francisco Voters "Most Liberal": Report]]> Tue, 12 Aug 2014 20:58:36 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*120/sfcityhall2.JPG
Researchers at MIT and UCLA have uncovered the truth, or at least based it in fact: San Francisco is indeed the nation's most-liberal city.

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<![CDATA[Examining the Latest Proposal to Ban Plastic Bags in CA]]> Mon, 11 Aug 2014 18:52:02 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/212*120/Plastic+Bag+Ban+Store+Counter+copy.jpg
NBC Bay Area political analyst Larry Gerston tells us whether the current effort to ban plastic bags in California will succeed or fail like so many others in the past.

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<![CDATA[Cap and Trade Will Hit Californians January]]> Sun, 10 Aug 2014 23:44:06 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/KNTV_000000007825059_1200x675_317066308002.jpg
For most Californians, cap and trade refers to a vague method that businesses deal with pollution. But cap and trade will hit most Californians directly next January. NBC Bay Area Political Analyst Larry Gerston...]]>
<![CDATA[Jean Quan to Leave Driving to Staffers: Report]]> Mon, 09 Jun 2014 17:39:52 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/jean_quan_fender_bender.jpg
A day after a minor fender bender that has blossomed into a political conundrum because of the players involved, Oakland Mayor Jean Quan told reporters in no uncertain terms that she was not on her phone...]]>
<![CDATA[New Revelation: Undercover FBI Agent Removed from Yee Probe]]> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 13:43:35 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/N5P-LELAND-YEE-TRIAL-LATEST-PKG---00000116.jpg
Suspended state Sen. Leland Yee pleaded not guilty on Thursday - as he did before to previous allegations against him - on the newest racketeering charge, which carries a maximum 20-year sentence on that...

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<![CDATA[Backlog of Bills in Sacramento]]> Mon, 04 Aug 2014 22:13:58 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/KNTV_000000007750559_1200x675_315097155648.jpg
NBC Bay Area’s political analyst Larry Gerston breaks down the backlog of bills in Sacramento right now and which ones the public should be watching.out for.]]>
<![CDATA[5 Things to Know About New House GOP Leader McCarthy]]> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 12:27:45 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/450883992.jpg
House Republicans on Thursday selected Rep. Kevin McCarthy of California, a high-ranking member of House Speaker John Boehner’s leadership team, to be their next Majority Leader, NBC News reported.

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<![CDATA[Noted GOP Crusader to Attend Burning Man]]> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 09:57:45 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*120/BM+People+2013-043.JPG
Artists, radicals, free-thinkers -- and one anti-tax conservative. It's going to be quite the Burning Man.

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<![CDATA[CA Has 1st Openly Gay Governor - For Part of Day]]> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 18:52:01 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/toni+atkins+swearing+in.jpg
More than 20 million gallons of water were lost during Tuesday's massive water main break near UCLA, doubling the initial estimate, officials said. Crews were still shutting off water to the busted pipe...

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<![CDATA[Gov. Brown on Trade Trip to Mexico]]> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 14:52:37 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/07-29-2014-brown.jpg
NBC Bay Area Political Analyst Larry Gerston delves a little deeper into Gov. Brown's trip to Mexico. The governor came to meet with officials and discuss trade, investment and environmental cooperation,...]]>
<![CDATA[Sen. Leland Yee Facing New Racketeering Charges]]> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 16:15:19 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/AP588054204940.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[Not Everyone in Silicon Valley Happy to See Pres. Obama]]> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 09:05:11 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/07-23-2014-obama-protest-michlle-robertsr.jpg
Protesters angered by the Federal Communications Commission’s proposal to put an end to net neutrality rallied near the Silicon Valley mansion where President Barack Obama was attending a fundraising event...

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<![CDATA[California's Death Penalty Declared Unconstitutional]]> Sun, 20 Jul 2014 11:14:04 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/KNTV_000000007566976_1200x675_309411907660.jpg
Last week, a federal judge declared California’s death penalty unconstitutional because of the Eighth Amendment’s guarantee against “cruel and unusual punishment.” NBC Bay Area Political Analyst Larry...]]>
<![CDATA[GOP Leader Rand Paul Visits Silicon Valley]]> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 17:30:51 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/rand-paul.jpg
GOP Sen. Rand Paul, son of libertarian hero Ron Paul and champion of the Tea Party, is in Silicon Valley looking for "cash and geeks."

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<![CDATA[Examining Recount for State Controller]]> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 19:03:47 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/KNTV_000000007505995_1200x675_304781379579.jpg
NBC Bay Area's political analyst Larry Gerston examines a first of its kind recount for a statewide office.]]>
<![CDATA[Reality Check: What Led to Immigration Crisis?]]> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 03:56:56 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/immigration6.jpg
President Obama and the Department of Homeland Security will ask Congress for $2 billion to help immediately stem a child migrant tidal wave that’s threatening to spiral out of control.

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<![CDATA[Obama Is Silicon Valley's Only Hope For Immigration Reform]]> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 20:36:14 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/edt-AP7989457347_0.jpg
Border states have their needs, but Silicon Valley is looking to President Obama to change immigration policy and help fix their worker shortages.

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<![CDATA[Dispensaries to Provide Free Marijuana to Low-Income Members]]> Fri, 04 Jul 2014 09:55:16 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/06-11-2014-medical-marijuana-generic.jpg
The Berkeley City Council on Tuesday approved a plan that includes dispensaries providing free marijuana to low-income members.

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<![CDATA[New California Laws Take Effect]]> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 09:56:20 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/1086698841.jpg
A host of new laws took effect Tuesday. Here is a look at some of them.

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<![CDATA[California High Speed Rail Criticized by Key Democrat]]> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 18:34:56 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*140/tlmd_tren_bala_9.jpg
For years, the proposed high speed rail project has been attacked by Republicans. But now, Gov. Brown’s $68 billion project to link Northern and Central California is catching flak from a key

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<![CDATA[Hillary Clinton's Book Tour Stops in San Francisco]]> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 11:42:53 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/199*120/0625-HillaryClinton.jpg
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is in the Bay Area as part of a national tour promoting her book, "Hard Choices."

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<![CDATA[Venture Capitalist Proposing to Divide California Into 6 States]]> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 08:11:12 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/193*120/0623-SixCalifornias.jpg
NBC Bay Area political analyst Larry Gerston examines venture capitalist Tim Draper's proposal to divide California into six states.

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