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Jerry Roberts

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S.B. Activists Play Big Roles in State Party Politics

Greg Gandrud and Daraka Larimore-Hall are Partisan Worlds Apart

Greg Gandrud and Daraka Larimore-Hall are partisan worlds apart.

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S.B. Dem Strategist Bill Burton Joins Team Schultz

Now Guiding Coffee Magnate’s Presidential Exploration

He’s now guiding the coffee magnate’s presidential exploration.

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A Brief Honeymoon for Newsom

Then a Raft of Sudden Challenges

Then a raft of sudden challenges

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California’s Political Geezers Strike a Blow for the Geriatric Set

Nancy Pelosi, Grandma of the House, Reclaims the Speakership

Nancy Pelosi, grandma of the House, reclaims the speakership.

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The Best and Worst of 2018 in California Politics

It’s Hard to Overstate the Depth of the California Republican Party’s Collapse

It’s hard to overstate the depth of the California Republican Party’s collapse.

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Group Sues School District Over Anti-Bias Training

Members Claim the Just Communities Curriculum is 'Anti-Caucasian, Anti-male, and Anti-Christian'

Members claim the Just Communities curriculum is "anti-Caucasian, anti-male, and anti-Christian."

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Daraka’s #MeToo Moment

Santa Barbara Dem Honcho’s Call-Out of Sexual Harassment Ousts State Chair

Santa Barbara Dem honcho’s call-out of sexual harassment outs state chair.

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Dem Takeover in The O.C. Sparks Appeal For a Never-Trump GOP

State Republicans Suggesting Distancing Themselves from National Party

State Republicans are suggesting they distance themselves from the national party.

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Midterms 2018: Political Postmortem

A Few Mysteries Remain in a Statewide Election that Played Out Mostly to Form

A few mysteries remain in a statewide election that played out mostly to form.

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News Commentary: Harsh Online Ad Roils School Board Race

A negative social media ad has introduced a sudden note of bitter acrimony into a school board race that has been singularly civil.

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The Shape of the Future Comes Down to the Fight for the House

And the Heart of the Election Night Story Will Rest in California

And the heart of the election night story will rest in California.

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Eleni Kounalakis Out to Prove 'Lite Guv' Can Wield Real Influence


The Diplomat-Developer Is One of Two Democrats Spending Millions to Capture the Office


The diplomat-developer is one of two Democrats spending millions to capture the office.

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Das Won't Run for State Senate if Monique Does

'I’ve Encouraged Monique to Do It,' He Said

"I’ve encouraged Monique to do it,” he said.

Red-to-Blue Crusaders Dispatch Aid to Nearby District

Katie Hill Looking to Unseat Rep. Steve Knight

Katie Hill is looking to unseat Rep. Steve Knight.

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Elliott Laps the Field in SBCC Fundraising

She’s Raised More Than Every Other Candidate Combined

She’s raised more than every other candidate combined.

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How Kavanaugh Fight Will Shape California Politics and Policy

Kamala’s Star Is Rising, While Kevin de León Misfired

Kamala’s star is rising, while Kevin de León misfired.

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HBJ’s Historic Gender Equality Bill Signed

But Faces Uncertain Future

But it still faces an uncertain future.

School Board Races Loaded with Candidates

A Pair of Seats Open for Eight Contenders

Slates, wildcards, and Dem politics are shaping the election after Kate Parker decided to run for City College trustee.

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DiFi’s #MeToo Moment

Why Feinstein Chose to Keep Kavanaugh Sexual Assault Letter Secret

Why Feinstein chose to keep Kavanaugh sexual assault letter secret.

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HBJ’s High-Impact Legislative Session

Behind the Scenes with the State Senator

We went behind the scenes with the state senator.

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Feinstein Speaks on Kavanaugh in Santa Barbara

Supreme Court Pick Believes President Is Above the Law

California senator states Supreme Court pick believes president is above the law.

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Charter School Crusader Fights Unions in Bid for California Schools Supe

Tuck’s Rough Treatment by Dem Activists Reflects Dynamic of Campaign

Tuck’s rough treatment by Dem activists reflects the dynamic of the campaign.

Poverty the Shame of Santa Barbara

New Data Shows Rate in America’s Riviera Among Worst in California

The data shows the rate in America’s Riviera is among the worst in California.

Dem Activists Spurn Voters in Making U.S. Senate Endorsement

Party Backs Kevin de León, Who Lost His Own District to Feinstein in June 5 Primary

Party backs Kevin de León, who lost his own district to Feinstein in June 5 primary.

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An Issue-by-Issue Look at November’s Ballot Measures

Cutting Through the Fog of Political Warfare

We’re here to help cut through the fog of political warfare.

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GOP Launches California Gas Attack

Republicans Aim Prop. 6 Tax-Repeal Initiative at Multiple Political Targets

Republicans aim Prop. 6 tax-repeal initiative at multiple political targets.

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Steve Poizner Seeks Redo As a Nonpartisan

Ex-GOP Insurance Commissioner Has Already Made History

The Ex-GOP insurance commissioner has already made history.

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Who Really Won and Lost in Last Tuesday’s Primary?

The Behind-the-Ballot Campaign Awards

A few behind-the-ballot campaign awards.

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Subs and Substance

On TV Hill, a Show Behind the Show Ushers In the Face-Off over Salud’s Seat

On TV Hill, a show behind the show ushers in the face-off over Salud’s seat.

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Villaraigosa Competes for 2nd in Hopes of Dem-on-Dem Runoff

But Developer John Cox and Orange County Assemblymember Travis Allen Are Gaining Ground

But developer John Cox and Orange County Assemblymember Travis Allen are gaining ground.

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California Republicans Fear Avowed Anti-Semite Might Carry Party Label in Senate Race

'Grand Old Nazi' Seems Fitting

'Grand Old Nazi' seems fitting.

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Sex, Lies, and Video Shape Final Weeks of Primary Race

27 Candidates Scrape and Claw to Succeed Governor Jerry Brown

27 candidates scrape and claw to succeed Governor Jerry Brown.

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Morro Bay GOP Businessman Tries to Crash Salud-Justin Rematch

“I Consider Myself the Real Republican In All This,” Says Michael Woody

“I consider myself the real Republican in all this,” says Michael Woody.

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Key Questions Shaping California’s Primary Election

Can Democrats Snatch Early Defeat from the Jaws of Victory?

Can Democrats snatch early defeat from the jaws of victory?

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Senator Dianne ‘Firearm’ Feinstein

Why California’s Politically Embattled Senator Is Spotlighting Gun Control

Why California’s politically embattled senator is spotlighting gun control.

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In 'Dump Trump' Climate, Democrats Flock to Run for Congress

But That May Help the GOP ...

But that may wind up helping the GOP ...

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After Year of Resistance, California Faces Huuuge Trump Assault

President Responding with Vicious Counterpunch

The president is responding with a vicious counterpunch.

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Republicans Split over Repealing New Fuel-Tax Hike

Key Elements of Traditional GOP Vow to Spend Millions Fighting

Key elements of the traditional GOP alliance have vowed to spend millions fighting.

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De León’s Senate Bid Stirs Dem-on-Dem Warfare

Feinstein Hasn’t Faced a Serious Re-Election Challenge Since 1994

Feinstein hasn’t faced a serious re-election challenge since 1994.

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Sacramento Democrats Change Timing for National Election Primary — Again

Desperate to Be Noticed, They’ve Moved Up the Date of the 2020 Primary

Desperate to be noticed, they’ve moved up the date of the 2020 primary.

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Santa Barbara City Council Elections, DACA, and a New Downtown Clinic

Josh Molina, Nick Welsh, Laura Capps, and Brooke Holland on <em>City Desk Newsmakers</em>

Josh Molina, Nick Welsh, Laura Capps, and Brooke Holland on City Desk Newsmakers

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Conklin Says Church Doctrines Won’t Matter as Mayor

“I Love People, Regardless of What Their Backgrounds Are”

“I love people, regardless of what their backgrounds are.”

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Conklin Safe from Santa Barbara Term Limits Law

The Mayoral Candidate Recently Unearthed the 1994 Court Ruling

The mayoral candidate recently unearthed the 1994 court ruling.

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Democrats Have to Win Big in California to Recoup D.C. Power

Targets Include 23 Seats That Republicans Won in Districts Where Trump Lost to Clinton

Targets include 23 seats that Republicans won in districts where Trump lost to Clinton.

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Trump Justice

The Donald's High Court Win Displays His Power to Remake Federal Judiciary

The Donald’s high court win displays his power to remake the federal judiciary.

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Brown’s Winning Recipe for Gas Tax Hike

He Made Infrastructure Sausage with a Blend of Pork Barrel Politics

He made infrastructure sausage with a blend of pork barrel politics.

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Gov. Jerry Brown’s Double-Edged Diplomacy

Senior Statesman Firm in Disagreement but Restrained in Rhetoric

The senior statesman was firm in his disagreement but restrained in rhetoric.

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Trump’s Trouble with the Truth

How Ingrid Bergman’s First Oscar Presaged Presidential Gaslighting 


Ingrid Bergman’s first Oscar presaged presidential gaslighting.

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The State of Sativa

As Legal Weed Looms, Good and Bad News for California Stoners

As legal weed looms, good and bad news for California stoners.

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Trump By the Numbers

A Quantitative Look at the First Weeks of the New Regime

A quantitative look at the first weeks of the new regime.

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