<![CDATA[NBC Bay Area - Bay Area Political News, Bay Area Politics]]> Copyright 2015 http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/politics http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/nbc_bayarea_blue.png NBC Bay Area http://www.nbcbayarea.com en-us Wed, 27 May 2015 07:30:48 -0700 Wed, 27 May 2015 07:30:48 -0700 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Field Poll: CA Voters Still Approve of Jerry Brown]]> Tue, 26 May 2015 18:05:39 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/presupuesto-california-gobernador-jerry-brown.jpg
Despite the drought, water cutbacks, and the recent recession, California voters are giving high marks to Governor Jerry Brown. The latest NBC Bay Area Field Poll finds his approval numbers are near a record...]]>
<![CDATA[Bay Area Legislator Wants to Increase Gas Taxes]]> Mon, 25 May 2015 20:22:14 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/gas+prices+rising.JPG
More than 4 million Californians hit the road this weekend. The highest number since 2005. Larry Gerston examines a proposal to increase gas taxes.

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<![CDATA[President Obama Responds to 5-Year-Old Girl’s Message on Twitter]]> Sun, 24 May 2015 09:57:29 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/211*120/obamatweet1.JPG
A small girl with a big message caught the president's attention on Twitter.

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<![CDATA[Thousands Fly "Home to Vote" For Ireland Gay Marriage Referendum]]> Fri, 22 May 2015 17:35:37 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/AP574120519370.jpg
Voters went to the polls in Ireland Friday on whether to allow gay marriage in a referendum that has seen thousands of citizens travel home from overseas in order to take part. Mark Matthews reports.]]>
<![CDATA[Hillary Clinton Visits NH Brewery]]> Fri, 22 May 2015 15:21:40 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/228*120/Hillary+Clinton+smuttynose+2.jpg
Republicans in Congress and GOP presidential hopefuls are threatening tens of thousands of small business jobs by seeking to cut a little-known government agency that guarantees loans to help U.S.

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<![CDATA[Paul's Senate Speech Not a Filibuster]]> Fri, 22 May 2015 16:05:00 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/150408-rand-paul-today.jpg
Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) spoke for ten-and-a-half hours before the Senate on Wednesday in protest against renewal of the Patriot Act. But was it a filibuster like he claims? Sam Brock investigates.

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<![CDATA[Jim Kenney Wins Philly Mayoral Bid]]> Wed, 20 May 2015 21:15:24 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/214*120/AP142050022358.jpg
Jim Kenney is one step closer to becoming Mayor of Philadelphia after winning the Democratic Party's nomination in Tuesday's primary. The 57-year-old former at-large city councilman was declared the winner...

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<![CDATA[Majority of Voters Not Paying Attention to Senate Race]]> Wed, 20 May 2015 10:27:54 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/AC-KNTV-6PM-5192015---22012717.jpg
Voters are not paying much attention to next year’s open primary election for Barbara Boxer’s U.S. Senate seat, according to the latest NBC Bay Area Field Poll.
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<![CDATA[Should College Be Free? Bernie Sanders Says So]]> Tue, 19 May 2015 16:35:57 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/471658670.jpg
Independent Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders announced a proposal Tuesday that would make undergraduate tuition at four-year public colleges and universities free to students. The idea would be largely funded through...]]>
<![CDATA["Hello, Twitter!" President Obama Gets His Own Account]]> Mon, 18 May 2015 09:43:35 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/obama-blackberry-459365998.jpg
President Barack Obama has joined the Twitterverse. With his second term more than halfway through, the president sent an inaugural tweet from a new @POTUS Twitter account on Monday.

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<![CDATA[Will Rep. Sanchez Shake Up the Senate Race?]]> Sun, 17 May 2015 15:49:12 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/loretta-sanchez-los-angeles-candidata-senado-california.jpg
Since Sen. Barbara Boxer’s retirement announcement last January, California attorney general Kamala Harris has stood out as the best known contender. But last week, Rep. Loretta Sanchez of Santa Ana stepped up.]]>
<![CDATA["SNL" Heralds the Summer of Hillary Clinton]]> Sun, 17 May 2015 03:37:59 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Hillary-Clinton-SNL-Louis-CK-16-May-2015-2.jpg
Nevermind the nice weather: Hillary Clinton was in campaign mode on "Saturday Night Live," and she is taking to sandy beaches and picnic tables across America to earn her place in the White House.

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<![CDATA[Local Politician Compares Ballot Postage to Poll Tax]]> Fri, 15 May 2015 19:13:00 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/216*120/0515-2015-Mail.jpg
Voting by mail is getting a lot of buzz these days, and one local politician likened to postage required on mail in ballots to a poll tax. Are the two indeed "strikingly similar" as he suggested? We decided...

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<![CDATA[Examining Gov. Brown's Revised CA Budget]]> Tue, 12 May 2015 19:19:42 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/presupuesto-california-gobernador-jerry-brown.jpg
Gov. Jerry Brown is set to announce a revised budget with updated revenue estimates for the fiscal year that ends next month. Will there be extra money, and if so, how will the state spend it? Larry Gerston...]]>
<![CDATA[GROSS: Rand Paul Staffer Licks Super PAC's Camera]]> Mon, 11 May 2015 16:47:52 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/AP759153459907.jpg
A New Hampshire staffer for Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul's campaign licked the camera of a liberal tracking group trying to videotape the candidate on Monday.

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<![CDATA[What’s At The Root of California’s Historic Drought?]]> Mon, 11 May 2015 00:19:40 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/190*120/471011092_master.jpg
Have you heard enough about water conservation? A new study shows that the biggest problem may have less to do with conservation and more to do with ownership of California Water Supplies.

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<![CDATA[Parents Debate on Children's Vaccination Requirements]]> Mon, 11 May 2015 12:32:27 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/N11P+CA+VACCINE+DEBATE+PKG+-+22395703.jpg
The battle over vaccination is heating up with some last minute political wrangling.

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<![CDATA["SNL" Skewers GOP Presidential Candidates]]> Mon, 11 May 2015 04:33:42 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/214*120/Ted-Cruz-Bobby-Moynihan-SNL-9-May-2015.jpg
"Saturday Night Live" skewered Republicans running for the presidential nomination in a skit featuring the Southern Republican Leadership Conference — but Hillary Clinton didn't exactly escape unscathed.

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<![CDATA[Presidential Candidate Rand Paul Opens "Tech Hub" in SF]]> Sun, 10 May 2015 10:20:06 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*129/FullSizeRender24.jpg
Republican Presidential candidate Sen. Rand Paul was in San Francisco Saturday to speak about "disrupting democracy" in an attempt to woo Millenials and the Silicon Valley crowd.

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<![CDATA[Fake Masonic Cops Arrested: Sheriff]]> Wed, 06 May 2015 11:35:49 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/189*120/5-6-2015-FakeCops.JPG
Three people accused of posing as police officers with a rogue force they said had existed for thousands of years wound up behind bars after trying to schedule meetings with real law enforcement officials.]]>
<![CDATA[CA's Carbon Emissions Goals Attainable?]]> Mon, 04 May 2015 19:34:20 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/presupuesto-california-gobernador-jerry-brown.jpg
California Governor Jerry Brown announced last week a new plan for reducing the state’s greenhouse gas emissions. The executive order calls on the Golden State to decrease carbon emission rates by 40 percent...]]>
<![CDATA[Critic of Presidential Hopeful Carly Fiorina Uses Her Domain Name ]]> Mon, 04 May 2015 21:22:11 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Carly+Fiorina+NH+050115.jpg
A website domain using the name of Presidential hopeful and former Hewlett-Packard tech executive Carly Fiorina shares how many people she fired while leading the Silicon Valley company.

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<![CDATA[Ex-Christie Aides Plead Not Guilty]]> Mon, 04 May 2015 15:56:05 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/kelly-Baroni.jpg
Two former political allies of Republican New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie entered not guilty pleas Monday after they were charged for their alleged involvement in politically motivated lane closures of the George...]]>
<![CDATA[Has California Fulfilled Its Obligation to Reduce Overcrowded Prisons?]]> Sun, 03 May 2015 13:55:21 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/AP784771844590.jpg
California has finally complied with a federal court order to reduce overcrowded state prisons. The order resulted from a lawsuit that contended the conditions subjected inmates to cruel and unusual punishment...

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<![CDATA[Sen. Sanders Announces White House Bid]]> Thu, 30 Apr 2015 09:21:58 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/sanders-announce.jpg
U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders discusses his plans to run for the White House in 2016.]]>
<![CDATA[Examining Beall's Proposal On Deferred Road Repairs]]> Tue, 28 Apr 2015 19:09:12 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Road-Closed-Generic.jpg
California faces nearly $60 billion in deferred road repairs and the cost is going up every year. Now, a local state senator wants to do something about it. Larry Gerston reports.]]>