University of California Regent Richard Blum confessed that he was "apoplectic" at the Board of Regents meeting Wednesday
When Uber hired onetime Obama whisperer David Plouffe, CEO Travis Kalanick wrote: "We are in the middle of a political campaign and it turns out the candidate is Uber. Our opponent -- the Big Taxi cartel -- has used decades of political contributions and influence to restrict competition, reduce choice for consumers, and put a stranglehold on economic opportunity for its drivers."
Before he became the Obama administration's least favorite overpaid expert, MIT economist Jonathan Gruber was its darling. He appeared in an Obama campaign ad saying, "I helped (Massachusetts) Gov. (Mitt) Romney develop his health care reform, or Romneycare, before going down to Washington to help President Obama develop his national version of that law." The false portrayal of Romneycare and Obamacare as practically identical fueled the Democratic delusion that Congress had drafted the Affordable Care Act to appeal to rascally Republicans.
Before he became the Obama administration's least favorite overpaid expert, MIT economist Jonathan Gruber was its darling.
In her mind, Dianne Feinstein will always be mayor of San Francisco. She may be a high-ranking U.S. senator with more than her share of clout in Washington, but she never forgets her roots as onetime mayor and supervisor in the city by the bay.
The words "deportation relief" jumped out at me from Greg Sargent's Washington Post blog posting titled "Get ready for a titanic battle over immigration."
"I may be a thief, but you're a terrorist," quoth University of California, Santa Barbara feminist studies professor Mireille Miller-Young.
It's the first time, wrote California Target Book publisher Allan Hoffenblum, that any Democratic incumbents were defeated since 1994.
Tuesday was a beauteous night. Republicans won the Senate handily, picked up 14 House seats and won gubernatorial races in Massachusetts, Maryland and Illinois. Good times.
"Brittany Maynard died with dignity from brain cancer," read the headline of a press release issued by the organization Compassion & Choices.
"I would not be inclined to make a political decision on something as serious as Ebola."
"The students at the University of California at Berkeley represent a diverse array of students from all walks of life," begins the student petition. Somehow you just know that before the end, the document will demand that the administration muzzle someone -- for the sake of diversity. The spirit of far-left censors trumps exposure to novel ideas. Hence the petition, titled "Stop Bill Maher from speaking at UC Berkeley's December graduation."
"We don't agonize. We organize," House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi chimed after an editorial board meeting with the San Francisco Chronicle on Monday.
San Francisco is a cauldron of rights, unless you own a home.
Buy a property here and you might as well paint a target on your back.
Most years, California offers up supersize election stories -- an embarrassment of riches for the opinion columnist. This year, other states are getting all the drama while California looks as staid as a bored accountant.
If you believe Houston Mayor Annise Parker, then you have to believe that when lawyers for her city subpoenaed five local pastors and demanded their sermons, the episode represented an unfortunate instance of lawyer overreach, with no intent to harass or intimidate the opposition.
I know Republicans who voted for Jerry Brown in 2010. They thought he'd be like Richard Nixon going to China and stand up to public employee unions by fixing a dysfunctional pension system.
How does Hillary Clinton, the queen of old-school Democratic partisan politics and bane of the "vast right-wing conspiracy," woo movers in the be-nice and collaborate-on-a-couch tech economy?
I'd like to think that if I got the bad news that Brittany Maynard received -- terminal cancer with a prognosis of less than six months left to live -- I'd be like her. I'd like to be stoic and brave. I'd like to take charge of the rest of my cruelly abbreviated life. If I were facing death at age 29, I would want to find meaning in an end come too soon.
Practically everyone expects California Attorney General Kamala Harris to win re-election handily in November.