<![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, 24 Jul 2014 20:56:21 -0700 Thu, 24 Jul 2014 20:56:21 -0700 NBC Owned Television Stations <![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]]> Sun, 29 Jun 2014 19:18:47 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/KNTV_000000007313917_1200x675_292633667798.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]]>
<![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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<![CDATA["I Stepped Right in It:" Perry on Gay-Alcoholism Comparison]]> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 12:27:31 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/AP407916466711.jpg
Texas Gov. Rick Perry said he “stepped right in it” - but didn't actually apologize or take back his past comments - when he compared homosexuality to alcoholism last week during a visit to...

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<![CDATA[5 Things to Know About New House GOP Leader McCarthy]]> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 16:30:24 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/450883992.jpg
Rep. Kevin McCarthy was chosen by his House peers Thursday to succeed outgoing House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, who was handed a surprising defeat by a little-known GOP challenger in Virgnia's...

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<![CDATA[California's Teacher Tenure Debate]]> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 20:40:55 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/classroom5.jpg
NBC Bay Area political analyst Larry Gerston examines the recent decision that makes California's teacher tenure law unconstitutional.]]>
<![CDATA[Larry Gerston on 2014-2015 California State Budget]]> Sun, 15 Jun 2014 21:44:51 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/KNTV_000000007164501_1200x675_281953347720.jpg
On Sunday, the state legislature will pass the 2014-2015 state budget. And for the second year in a row, the $108 billion document will be passed in an air of calm and collective]]>
<![CDATA[In SF, Chris Christie Distances Himself from Rick Perry]]> Sat, 14 Jun 2014 03:56:54 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/06-04-2014-chris-christie.jpg
In the second visit to the Bay Area by a nationally prominent Republican this week, Chris Christie was in San Francisco Friday morning and used the opportunity to distance himself from Rick Perry, the...

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<![CDATA[Tex. Gov. Rick Perry Compares Being Gay to Alcoholism]]> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 07:52:27 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/rick-perry-AP273062193022.jpg
Texas Gov. Rick Perry was invited to Commonwealth Club of California in San Francisco to speak about biofuel, solar and wind energy, as well as take a trip down memory lane remembering what it was like as...

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<![CDATA[Examining House GOP Leader Eric Cantor's Loss in Primary]]> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 22:00:26 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/AP706676101164.jpg
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor has lost his GOP primary to a tea party challenger, in a stunning upset that has cost the number two House Republican his seat in Congress. NBC Bay Area's political...

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<![CDATA[President Barack Obama Set to Return to Bay Area]]> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 03:56:48 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/AP459521210169.jpg
The president is scheduled to anchor a pricey Silicon Valley luncheon at the Los Altos Hills home of Judy and George Marcus.

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<![CDATA[NBC's Chuck Todd: Why Cantor Lost]]> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 19:35:52 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000006784560_1200x675_278401091860.jpg
NBC News Political Director Chuck Todd explains what cost House Majority Leader Eric Cantor his congressional seat in a stunning primary defeat Tuesday night.]]>
<![CDATA[Examining Political Endorsements]]> Mon, 09 Jun 2014 18:58:29 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/KNTV_000000007101350_1200x675_277536835833.jpg
NBC Bay Area political analyst Larry Gerston discusses how the political game has changed and examines whether endorsements are still important.]]>
<![CDATA[What to Take Away From 2014 Primary Election]]> Mon, 09 Jun 2014 00:21:20 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/KNTV_000000007083678_1200x675_276825667962.jpg
What lessons might one learn beyond Tuesday’s California primary election results? NBC Bay Area Political Analyst Larry Gerston explains some takeaways from the primary election.]]>
<![CDATA[San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed Endorses Sam Liccardo]]> Mon, 09 Jun 2014 17:33:49 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/sam-dave-split.jpg
San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed has announced his endorsement for the city's next mayor.

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<![CDATA[Speculation Builds on Michelle Obama Senate Run]]> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 14:32:52 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/205*120/flotus1.JPG
Political wags are beginning to wonder whether Michelle Obama is mulling a run for Illinois Sen. Mark Kirk's seat in 2016.

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<![CDATA[California Primary Turnout: Worst Ever]]> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 09:33:25 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/06-04-2014-low-turnout.jpg
NBC Bay Area talked with the Secretary of State’s office who said that preliminary numbers showed a little over 18 percent of registered voters actually participated in Tuesday's primary.

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<![CDATA[Ro Khanna Faces Misleading, Bizarre Attack]]> Wed, 04 Jun 2014 10:48:34 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/0325-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[Sheriff Laurie Smith Elected to 5th Term]]> Wed, 04 Jun 2014 08:50:38 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/LAURIE+SMITH+AT+PODIUM.JPG
Santa Clara County Sheriff Laurie Smith was re-elected Tuesday night as the county's top cop with a handy defeat of her opponent.]]>
<![CDATA[Rep. Mike Honda, Ro Khanna Advance to General Election]]> Wed, 04 Jun 2014 05:29:41 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*120/KNTV_Mike_Honda_2_060109_00_mezzn_448x336.jpg
Seven-term Democratic Rep. Mike Honda faces a challenge from upstart Ro Khanna, a fellow Democrat who advanced Tuesday night to the general election.]]>
<![CDATA[Examining California's "Top Two" System for Primary Elections]]> Tue, 03 Jun 2014 23:43:25 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/voting-dfw-generic-01.jpg
NBC Bay Area Political Analyst Larry Gerston looks into the state's "top- two" system for its statewide primary elections.

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<![CDATA[Free Medical Marijuana Given Away to San Jose Voters]]> Wed, 04 Jun 2014 10:29:44 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/06-03-2014-medical-marijuana-voted-sticker.jpg
San Jose voters who brought their “I Voted” sticker – along with their medical marijuana ID card -- to about a dozen participating dispensaries received free weed on Tuesday, primary Election Day.

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<![CDATA[Feds Monitoring Local Elections]]> Tue, 03 Jun 2014 07:45:46 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/KNTV_000000007029868_1200x675_272773699814.jpg
The feds are monitoring polling places in Napa and Alameda counties. Christie Smith reports.]]>
<![CDATA[Deputies Vote "No-Confidence" in Incumbent Sheriff]]> Mon, 02 Jun 2014 22:50:57 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/06-02-2014-smith-jensen.jpg
One of the key races in Tuesday’s primary election is the race for sheriff in Santa Clara County, where four-term incumbent Laurie Smith is trying to ward off one of her former captains, Kevin Jensen.

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