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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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The Riggs Report: Governor’s race could get more crowded

May 18th, 2017

Former hedge fund executive Tom Steyer is reportedly polling voters

When billionaire Democratic activist Tom Steyer, the founder of Farallon Capital Management, started showing up in TV ads across California last year, it was widely seen as the tactic of someone laying the groundwork for a campaign for governor.

So it was anything but a surprise when The Hill newspaper reported this week what many expected all along. Quoting multiple Democratic sources, the paper reported that Steyer had commissioned a pollster to survey what voters know about him; a traditional step to…

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The Riggs Report: Looking back at the Los Angeles riots

May 4th, 2017

25 years ago, urban warfare shook Southern California

A quarter century has passed since chaos gripped the Los Angeles region in the wake of the acquittal by a Simi Valley jury of four police officers charged with the beating of Rodney King; a series of riots killed more than 60 people and caused nearly $1 billion in property damage.

I never covered conventional warfare during my years as a reporter—the kind of shooting war that we associate with Iraq, Syria or even Vietnam. But the four days I spent in Los Angeles,…

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The Riggs Report: When free speech is no longer free

April 27, 2017

Ann Coulter cancels her UC Berkeley appearance due to safety concerns

It came as no surprise this week when conservative speaker Ann Coulter announced to media outlets that she would no longer appear on the UC Berkeley campus for a planned speech, backing away from her earlier insistence that she would show up despite prospects of violent protests.

Coulter indicated that the last straw came when her original sponsors, the Berkeley College Republicans and Young America’s Foundation, withdrew their support in the face of an increasingly hostile and tense atmosphere.

Coulter…

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The Riggs Report: Brown’s road-repair pitch

​April 6, 2017

Plan depends on no Democratic defectors

Gov. Jerry Brown’s powers of persuasion are being put to a crucial test this week: He’s facing the daunting task of convincing every single Democratic lawmaker at the Capitol to get on board with his comprehensive road repair plan, and more important, the tax increases it will require.

There’s been a lot said and written about the supermajority that Democrats hold in both the Senate and the Assembly. But in practical terms, it sounds more impressive than it is.

Like any caucus group, Democrats are…

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Randle Communications Promotes Julie Hooper to Vice President of Public Affairs

April 5, 2017

SACRAMENTO, CA – Randle Communications President & CEO Jeff Randle today announced that the firm’s Director of Public Affairs, Julie Hooper, has been promoted to Vice President of Public Affairs. Hooper joined the firm in 2012 and has played a critical role building the public affairs practice, while creating and managing Randle Communications’ proprietary digital public affairs program. In her new role as Vice President of Public Affairs, Hooper will lead the public affairs practice as well as work directly with the owners of the business on implementing the vision and plan for the firm.

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