<![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 Thu, 26 Feb 2015 20:33:34 -0800 Thu, 26 Feb 2015 20:33:34 -0800 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[NJ Officer Meets President Obama]]> Thu, 26 Feb 2015 10:39:24 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/216*120/Officer+Obama+Camden.jpg
Although cops are used to being called to important gatherings, a New Jersey officer was shocked to discover who she would be meeting at an upcoming event.
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<![CDATA[Congresswoman Cracks Down on Liquid Detergent Pods]]> Thu, 26 Feb 2015 11:02:15 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Consumer-Reports-Pods.jpg
Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-San Francisco/San Mateo counties) is set to introduce the tougher laws surrounding the packaging of liquid laundry detergent pods after a child ended up in intensive care...]]>
<![CDATA[Runoff for Rahm: Mayor Falls Short]]> Wed, 25 Feb 2015 04:22:19 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/rahm+and+chuy.jpg
Rahm Emanuel failed to clinch another term as Chicago's mayor on Tuesday, as Associated Press projections showed him forced into an unprecedented runoff election against challenger Jesus "Chuy" Garcia. The...]]>
<![CDATA[Shirakawa Pleads No Contest in Mailer Case]]> Tue, 24 Feb 2015 09:18:08 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/shirakawa6.jpg
Disgraced former Santa Clara County Supervisor George Shirakawa Jr. pleaded no contest late Monday acknowledging that he dreamed up a deceptive mailer campaign, according to the Santa Clara County District...]]>
<![CDATA[Will Kamala Harris Win US Senate Seat by Default?]]> Mon, 23 Feb 2015 19:54:18 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/181*120/Kamala4.jpg
It’s been a month since California Attorney General Kamala Harris announced her candidacy for the U.S. Senate seat held by Barbara Boxer. Boxer retires from office next year, and Harris is still the only...

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<![CDATA[Examining SJPD's Decision to Shift Resources]]> Mon, 16 Feb 2015 19:20:19 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/SJPD-Seal.jpg
Larry Gerston examines the recent changes at the San Jose Police Department.

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<![CDATA[California Senator Wants Soda Labeling Law]]> Sun, 15 Feb 2015 17:50:07 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/soda+liters+.jpg
Soda is in the political spotlight again. Last year, Berkeley became the first U.S. city to tax sugary drinks. Now, a California legislator wants a labeling law. NBC Bay Area Political Analyst Larry Gerston...

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<![CDATA[Clinton to Address Silicon Valley Women's Conference]]> Fri, 13 Feb 2015 17:51:57 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/tlmd_hillaryclinton7.jpg
Hillary Clinton will give a keynote address at a new annual nonprofit event called the Watermark Silicon Valley Conference for Women in Santa Clara.

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<![CDATA[Pipeline Protesters Urge President Obama to Veto Legislation]]> Fri, 13 Feb 2015 11:54:16 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/obama+kxl+protest+raw+hd+henry+-+12430626.jpg
While the president was on the Stanford University campus Friday, student protesters urged the president to veto the Keystone XL Pipeline legislation.

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<![CDATA[Philly Chosen as 2016 DNC Host]]> Thu, 12 Feb 2015 16:51:07 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/philly+skyline+generic+camden+waterfront+sunset+comcast+liberty+place.jpg
The 2016 Democratic National Convention will be held in Philadelphia, party leaders announced Thursday. Philadelphia beat out rival finalists Brooklyn, New York and Columbus, Ohio for the chance to host...
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<![CDATA[Obama in Bay Area For Cybersecurity Summit]]> Thu, 12 Feb 2015 23:32:01 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/N6P-SFO-ARRIVAL-VO---00000825.jpg
Air Force One is expected to touch down at San Francisco International Airport on Thursday, so that President Barack Obama can raise cash for the Democrats and deliver the keynote address at Stanford University...

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<![CDATA[Examining Proposed CA "Driving Fee"]]> Mon, 09 Feb 2015 18:57:27 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/04-25-2014-generic-traffic-generic.jpg
Gasoline prices are low for now, but Californians pay 40 cents per gallon above the national average. Now State Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins wants to tack on an annual $52 "driving fee" as well.

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<![CDATA[Vaccination: Rights of Citizens Versus the Role of Gov.]]> Sun, 08 Feb 2015 14:06:55 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/176*120/491404053.jpg
With the recent measles outbreak in California, medical experts are scrambling to inform parents about the value of vaccinations. But there is a political angle to this medical issue as well.]]>
<![CDATA["Death With Dignity" Debate Returns to Sacramento]]> Mon, 02 Feb 2015 20:21:46 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/AP586960621249.jpg
The "Death With Dignity" debate is back in Sacramento. Two lawmakers have introduced a bill that would allow a terminally ill person to end his-or-her life with a doctor's help.

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<![CDATA[Is Unfunded Pension a Budget Storm Waiting to Happen?]]> Sun, 01 Feb 2015 23:28:19 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/sacto.jpg
California has unfunded pension obligations of billions of dollars. Is this the state’s perfect "budget storm" waiting to happen? NBC Bay Area Political Analyst Larry Gerston explains.

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<![CDATA[Republican Presidential Candidates Visiting CA in Droves]]> Sun, 25 Jan 2015 20:39:07 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/165*120/57579322_10.jpg
Potential Republican presidential candidates are coming to California in droves. On Friday, Jeb Bush spoke at a car dealers meeting in San Francisco. Last week, a half dozen potential candidates paraded before...

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<![CDATA[Christie Woos Iowa Conservatives]]> Sat, 24 Jan 2015 22:46:55 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/12415chris.jpg
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie tried to connect with Iowa conservatives at the Iowa Freedom Summit on Saturday by assuring them that "you'll always know who I am" if he runs for president. While still...]]>
<![CDATA[California's Calling Gov. Chris Christie]]> Fri, 23 Jan 2015 13:11:21 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/179*120/chris+christie+surprised+face+new+jersey+governor.JPG
Gov. Chris Christie to speak to California Republicans.

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<![CDATA[Sen. Rubio Taking Steps Toward Possible 2016 Run]]> Fri, 23 Jan 2015 15:51:11 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/121113+marco+rubio.jpg
U.S. Senator Marco Rubio rode into Washington on a wave of anti-Obamacare sentiment in 2010. He may soon be hoping to ride a similar wave all the way up Pennsylvania Avenue to the White House in 2016.

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<![CDATA[One-on-One With Janet Napolitano]]> Thu, 22 Jan 2015 18:11:47 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/207*120/2015-01-22_15-29-napolitano.jpg
Janet Napolitano has had a ceiling-shattering career. She was the first woman governor of Arizona, first woman head of Homeland Security and now as the first woman head of the UC system.

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<![CDATA[Top NY Lawmaker Arrested on Corruption Charges: Source]]> Thu, 22 Jan 2015 19:21:24 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/silver7.jpg
New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver was arrested Thursday on federal corruption charges, a law enforcement source familiar with the investigation told NBC 4 New York Officials did not disclose...

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<![CDATA["Pivotal": LGBT Groups Praise Obama's "Historic" SOTU]]> Wed, 21 Jan 2015 15:38:42 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/obama+state+of+union.JPG
LGBT rights activists and organizations across the country laud President Barack Obama who became the first U.S. president to ever use the words "lesbian," "bisexual" and "transgender" in a State of the...

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<![CDATA[New Md. Gov: What to Expect]]> Wed, 21 Jan 2015 13:02:30 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/20141104+Hogan.jpg
Larry Hogan was sworn in as Maryland governor Wednesday, becoming just the second Republican to hold the post in more than 45 years. He'll face a $750 million budget deficit, a legislature controlled by...]]>
<![CDATA[GOP Congressman Slams Obama for "Deportable" SOTU Guest]]> Tue, 20 Jan 2015 17:52:56 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/AP060731031104.jpg
A Republican congressman slammed the White House over one of its young State of the Union guests Tuesday, tweeting that the first lady would have a "deportable" joining her. Iowa Rep.

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<![CDATA[Va. Gov. Suffers 7 Broken Ribs in Fall From Horse]]> Mon, 19 Jan 2015 15:09:49 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/0115-mcauliffe.jpg
Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe is recovering from injuries he received after being thrown from a horse while on a family trip to Africa, several media outlets are reporting.]]>
<![CDATA[State of the Union: What To Expect]]> Mon, 19 Jan 2015 08:31:05 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/NC_sotupreview0119001_1500x845.jpg
President Obama's upcoming State of The Union address is already being met by Republican criticism.]]>
<![CDATA[Chicago Teen Who Asked Santa for Safety Invited to State of the Union]]> Tue, 20 Jan 2015 15:54:02 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/217*120/letter+to+santa+safety.jpg
A South Side Chicago teen who wrote a letter to Santa asking for safety and received a reply from President Barack Obama has now earned an invitation from the first lady. Michelle Obama invited 13-year-old Malik...]]>