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AP projects Bera wins reelection bid to California's 7th District

November 7, 2018 |  
The Associated Press has projected Democratic Congressman Dr. Ami Bera has won a fourth term representing California's 7th District. Bera defeated Republican Andrew Grant.
For Bera, who has experienced three razor thin victories, this cycle it is the first time he was declared victory within hours, not day or weeks later. Bera previous defeated incumbent Dan Lungren in 2012, followed by former Congressman Doug Ose in 2014, and Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones in 2016.
Unlike his previous narrow victories, the National Republican Congression Committee did not invest heavily in the district choosing instead to dedicate resources to several seats they had hoped to preserve. In previous election cycles the battle for the district, that is confined to Sacrament County, had been among the most expensive congressional battles in the country.  ... Read More

Democratic voters returning ballots in bigger numbers than Republicans in Elk Grove's midterm races

November 4, 2018 |  
With two days until ballots must be submitted in Sacramento County, recent data shows that registered Democratic voters have returned more ballots than Republicans for the various Elk Grove races.
Statistics compiled by Political Data for the City of Elk Grove, show Democratic registration in the city is 43-percent versus 25-percent for Republicans and 32-percent for decline to state or another party. For this year's general election, there were 90,953 ballots distributed in Elk Grove.

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Capitol Connections

Capitol Connections

Mark the June primary and prepare for the November general election by learning about political office holders who have been permanently “pigeon-holed” here in the Historic City Cemetery. Whether the primary results left you cheering or demanding a recount, the cemetery counts among its residents no fewer than three governors, as well as other city, state and federal government figures, and even (the son of) a founding father! Sunday, June 10, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. The Sacramento Historic City Cemetery is located at 1000 Broadway, Sacramento, CA 95818. For more information, call (916) 448-0811.

Mugwumps, Know-Nothings, & Dolly Vardens

Mugwumps, Know-Nothings, & Dolly Vardens

California has had plenty of fascinating 3rd Party movements, most splintered off from existing parties. You may be surprised at the level of popular support for their more questionable platforms. Learn about the rapid rise and fall of the Know-Nothings, how the Workingmen’s Party helped write the state constitution and elected a mayor, examine just how progressive the Progressive Party was, and meet local members of the Socialist, Greenback Labor, and Prohibition Parties. Saturday, June 9, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. The Sacramento Historic City Cemetery is located at 1000 Broadway, Sacramento, CA 95818. For more information, call (916) 448-0811.

Assemblyman Ken Cooley Honored by Citrus Heights City Council

Assemblyman Ken Cooley Honored by Citrus Heights City Council

Assemblyman Ken Cooley Honored by Citrus Heights City Council

RANCHO CORDOVA – Assemblyman Ken Cooley (D-Rancho Cordova) announced today that he is being honored by the city of Citrus Heights for his work on behalf of the City to resolve its dispute with the State of California over redevelopment agency funds. The city’s work on this issue, aided by Assemblyman Cooley, ultimately saved the city and its taxpayers almost $8 million dollars.

In 2008, Citrus Heights made the prudent decision to fund its redevelopment agency via a loan of monies from its general fund, instead of funding through a bond which would have cost Citrus Heights taxpayers nearly $500,000 more in associated costs. In June of 2011, legislation was passed and signed by Governor Brown effectively ending redevelopment agencies and phasing out their activities into other local successor agencies over a period of years.

Year Two of Cooley bill to protect young athletes

Year Two of Cooley bill to protect young athletes

In year two of Cooley bill to protect young athletes,

Concussion and U.S. Soccer bring spotlight back to adolescent brain injury       

Rancho Cordova – On July 21, 2014, Assemblyman Ken Cooley’s AB 2127 was signed into law to address high school football brain injury concerns, but importantly also strengthened the rules by which concussions experienced by all high school athletes are handled, regardless of sport.

Collaboration on Medical Cannabis Regulations Sets New Path for Legislature

Collaboration on Medical Cannabis Regulations Sets New Path for Legislature

Collaboration on Medical Cannabis Regulations Sets New Path for Legislature

Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) made the following statement after the Assembly Appropriations Committee passed AB 266, which was amended to make Bonta lead author on the bill to regulate the medical cannabis industry. The bill is joint authored by Assemblymembers Ken Cooley (D-Rancho Cordova) and Reginald Byron Jones-Sawyer (D-Los Angeles).

“Today represents a great demonstration of unity and collaboration among my Assembly colleagues on the critical issue of regulating the medical cannabis industry,” said Assemblymember Bonta.