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The Riggs Report: Panetta’s take on the North Korea threat

​August 10, 2017

Former CIA director says negotiations, not bluster, are key to avoiding war

Leon Panetta has always been a refreshingly candid political figure. That was true when I first knew him as a second-term congressman representing a big swath of California’s Central Coast.

Panetta would regularly schedule round table sessions for local media. And I, working in my first job as a radio reporter in San Luis Obispo, made a point of attending these sessions where we were able to pose questions on whatever topics came to mind.

I was reminded…

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The Riggs Report: Climate change twins

July 27, 2017

Arnold Schwarzenegger, Gov. Jerry Brown and their common dismay with the White House

Former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Gov. Jerry Brown are separated in age by a decade. They are of different parties. Brown’s time in elective politics dates back to the 1960s; Schwarzenegger’s to a couple of terms as governor.

But those differences between the current governor and his predecessor shrink in comparison to a common passion and priority: their belief in the need to address the effects of climate change.
Both men regularly, if separately, lampoon President Donald Trump’s decision to…

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The Riggs Report: A win for cap-and-trade and Gov. Brown

​July 20, 2017

What’s this? A highly-controversial climate change program approved by Democrats and Republicans?

This week’s high-wire act at the state Capitol is a big win for Gov. Jerry Brown. He said this political battle was not about his legacy. But let’s face it, all politicians care about that, no matter what they might say publicly.

In Brown’s case, the vote to extend the state’s existing cap-and-trade program cements his credentials and his credibility as someone who can advocate for efforts to fight climate change, not just on the national level but on the…

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The Riggs Report: Recall warfare at the Capitol

​July 6, 2017

Fallout from gas tax hike creates high stakes drama

The political chess game over efforts to recall freshman state Sen. Josh Newman, D-Fullerton, is picking up speed, with accusations of fraud and betrayal filling the air. At least, the air that’s breathed by California’s political community.

The California Republican Party recently submitted nearly 85,000 signatures to election officials, a number far greater than what’s needed to qualify the recall for the ballot.

Radio talk show host Carl DeMaio, a former San Diego City Council member, is spearheading the effort over Newman’s…

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Lindsey Goodwin Earns Promotion to Director at Randle Communications

June 28, 2017

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Sacramento’s leading independent public relations and public affairs firm Randle Communications (Randle), today announced that Lindsey Goodwin has joined the firm’s senior leadership team as Director with the company. Goodwin, who has been with the firm for four years, will help develop and execute strategic local and statewide public affairs campaigns for clients while continuing to lead a portfolio of public affairs and public relations accounts.

“Lindsey Goodwin personifies Randle Communications’ culture and values, and she has earned the promotion to Director because of a tireless work ethic, tremendous professional growth and a…

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The Riggs Report: The Comey showdown

June 8, 2017

Thursday’s Senate appearance of former FBI director draws intense interest

There’s nothing like a good political scandal to focus the mind. Or, in this case, to focus the public’s attention on the unfolding drama in Washington, D.C., that centers on whether President Donald Trump sought to influence an FBI investigation of alleged election-tampering by the Russians.

It’s no small thing when a former director of the FBI testifies before Congress about conversations with the president that made him so uneasy that he felt compelled to document what was said in a series…

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Sacramento Metro Chamber of Commerce’s 47th Annual Cap-to-Cap Trip

May 25, 2017

Randle Communications CEO Jeff Randle (Randle) and Vice President of Public Affairs Julie Hooper (Hooper) joined a delegation of 360 regional leaders in late April to spend a week in Washington, D.C. advocating for the Capital Region as part of the Sacramento Metro Chamber of Commerce’s 47th Annual Capitol-to-Capitol (Cap-to-Cap) trip. As a staunch advocate for the business community and tax reform for small businesses, Randle was eager to work with Sacramento Metro Chamber President Peter Tateshi (Tateshi) and 2017 Cap-to-Cap Program Director Erica Taylor (Taylor) to ensure community leaders had…

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The Riggs Report: Democratic dysfunction in Sacramento

May 25, 2017

California’s party in power faces internal drama

There are very good reasons why Gov. Jerry Brown and U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein did not attend last weekend’s Democratic party state convention in Sacramento.

They were following an axiom that Jim Brulte, now chair of the state Republican party, was fond of reciting to me when he was Senate Republican leader.

“Only harm can come to an elected official at events like this,” Brulte said to me prior to a GOP gathering in Los Angeles. And as usual, Brulte was right.

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Jenna Sharp Joins Sacramento’s Top-Ranked Independent Public Relations and Public Affairs Firm

SACRAMENTO – Randle Communications (Randle) today announced that Jenna Sharp has joined the team as an account coordinator. In this position, Sharp will support several of the firm’s public relations clients. The addition to the Randle Team represents the firm’s commitment to recruiting talented young professionals who are committed to teamwork and high performance to achieve client objectives.

“We are pleased to welcome Jenna back to the Randle Communications team,” Randle President and CEO Jeff Randle said. “Last summer during her internship, Jenna exuded enthusiasm for public relations and gained the foundational experience to start a career with our…

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Randle Communications Takes Home Impressive Wins During 2017 CAPPIE Awards

Randle reflects on a night to reward Sacramento public relations agencies and local leaders whose work delivered exceptional performance and innovative approaches.

Randle Communications (Randle) was honored to take home three prestigious awards during the 30th Annual CAPPIE Awards, hosted by the Sacramento Public Relations Association. Randle took home the gold in the Pro Bono Special Event category, and brought home two silvers for Best Media Event or Press Conference and Political Public Relations Program.

Gold: Pro Bono Special Event (Ethan Cleans Up)

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In July 2016, Randle teamed up…

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