<![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 Tue, 16 Sep 2014 11:20:32 -0700 Tue, 16 Sep 2014 11:20:32 -0700 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Does Obama Need Congress Approval to Fight ISIS?]]> Tue, 16 Sep 2014 08:36:08 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/obama128.JPG
After riding opposition of the Iraq War into the White House, President Barack Obama will try to convince Americans that military action is now necessary to eliminate the threat of ISIS, NBC News reported.

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<![CDATA[Californians Fed Up With Congress: Poll]]> Mon, 15 Sep 2014 19:10:19 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/477246219.jpg
The latest field poll shows that most Californians are fed up with Congress, and their own representative. NBC Bay Area Political Analyst Larry Gerston reports.

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<![CDATA[San Jose Mayoral Candidates Square Off at High School Forum]]> Mon, 15 Sep 2014 11:51:52 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/AC-1100-AM-KNTV-9152014---11101828.jpg
The two candidates for San Jose mayor returned to Bellarmine College Preparatory for a forum led by students of their alma mater. Derek Shore reports.]]>
<![CDATA[Reality Check: Examining President Obama's Middle East Strategy]]> Mon, 08 Sep 2014 21:44:30 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/tlmd_barack_obama_conflicto_irak.jpg
Monday, at a Labor Day rally, President Barack Obama gave a fiery speech in which he claimed that it not only helps the economy at large, but in states that have raised wages, there has been more job growth than...

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<![CDATA[Reality Check: California's Gubernatorial Debate]]> Fri, 05 Sep 2014 21:20:22 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/brown-kashkari.jpg
Gov. Jerry Brown and state lawmakers are expected to use the backdrop of California's most severe drought in nearly four decades to sell voters on the $7.5 billion water plan they put on the ballot this week.

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<![CDATA[Young Congressman's Growing Political Clout]]> Fri, 05 Sep 2014 20:39:59 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/0905-2014-Castro.jpg
Joaquin Castro, a democrat from Texas who attended Stanford, emerges as an advocate for immigration reform and closing the achievement gap between minority students and their

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<![CDATA[Sen. Boxer Says No Troops on Ground Needed to Defeat ISIS]]> Fri, 05 Sep 2014 17:50:24 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/Barbara+Boxer_110173914.jpg
The family of murdered Miami journalist Steven Sotloff broke their silence Wednesday evening, saying their son was "no hero" — just “a gentle soul that this world will be without.” “He didn’t want to be...

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<![CDATA[Meet Chuck Todd of "Meet the Press"]]> Sat, 06 Sep 2014 06:22:40 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/090714_LSP_Chuck_Todd_1200x675_325741123764.jpg
David Gregory will leave NBC's "Meet the Press" in September and will be replaced by Chuck Todd, who is currently the NBC News political director and the host of "The Daily Rundown" on MSNBC.]]>
<![CDATA[McDonnells Guilty on Most Charges]]> Fri, 05 Sep 2014 15:16:31 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/mcdonnell-guilty-AP977255973421.jpg
The corruption trial of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell has him trying to prove that his wife's infatuation with the former CEO of a dietary supplements company is proof that the married couple didn't try to...

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<![CDATA[2016 Presidential Contenders Flock to NH]]> Wed, 03 Sep 2014 09:26:49 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/rand-paul.jpg
A third American aid worker who has contracted Ebola has been identified as Dr. Rick Sacra, 51, of Boston, according to officials with the aid group SIM USA. The news was announced at an 11 a.m. news conference

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<![CDATA[Obama Losing Support from California Democrats: Poll]]> Tue, 02 Sep 2014 22:03:31 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/AP980034027612.jpg
PG&E was hit with $1.4 billion in penalties by the California Public Utilities Commission Tuesday for safety violations related to the 2010 gas pipeline explosion in San Bruno.

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<![CDATA[Reality Check: Obama Links Minimum Wage Increases to Job Growth]]> Tue, 02 Sep 2014 19:29:39 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/minimum-wage-cash.jpg
In this edition of Reality Check, Sam Brock looks into the claim that lower prison populations can also mean lower crime.

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<![CDATA[Congress Returns Tuesday After Five-Week Recess]]> Sun, 31 Aug 2014 19:33:41 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/KNTV_000000008071662_1200x675_323894851677.jpg
This Tuesday, Congress will return after a five-week recess. For what to expect in the weeks between now and the November election, NBC Area Political Analyst Larry Gerston reports from Washington, DC.]]>
<![CDATA["Gun Violence Restraining Order" Bill Approved]]> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 11:17:03 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/UCSD-Vigil-Isla-Vista-05262.jpg
The bill comes as a response to the Isla Vista shooting spree that left six UC Santa Barbara students dead.

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<![CDATA[The "New" Jerry Brown Cooperative Legislature]]> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 18:49:57 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/tlmd_jerry_brown_california.jpg
Four years ago when Democrat Jerry Brown was elected with a lop-sided Democratic State Legislature, many political observers expected California to turn to the far left. But that hasn't

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<![CDATA[Khanna Holds Rally at Honda's Office, Demands Debate]]> Wed, 27 Aug 2014 19:09:36 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/0827-2014-RoKhanna.jpg
In a congressional race to represent Silicon Valley -- one that's being watched around the country --Democrats Mike Honda and Ro Khanna advanced through California's top-two primary system Tuesday night, and are...

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<![CDATA[California Senate Has Arrest Rate Twice the State Average]]> Wed, 27 Aug 2014 16:08:55 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/AP588054204940.jpg
California State Sen. Ben Hueso was arrested in Sacramento Thursday on suspicion of driving under the influence, authorities say. Hueso, a Democrat from San Diego, holds the 40th Senate District

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<![CDATA[Perry in NH: Charges All Politics]]> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 20:03:05 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/edtAP259994489655.jpg
Texas Gov. Rick Perry is testing his presidential prospects in New Hampshire as he defiantly dismisses a recent indictment and tries to convince voters that he's an improved version of the 2012 candidate...

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<![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, 18 Aug 2014 10:34:22 -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]]> Wed, 13 Aug 2014 05:56:27 -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]]> Wed, 13 Aug 2014 10:16:34 -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]]> Sat, 09 Aug 2014 17:06:18 -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...]]>