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Riggs Report: One party rule in Sacramento

​December 1, 2016

Democrats now hold supermajority in California

California woke up to a new political reality this week: the Democratic Party now wields complete dominance in Sacramento, with word that Republican Ling Ling Chang lost her bid for a Senate seat in the Southern California-based 29th District.

That was the final piece to fall into place for the Democrats, who now hold a two-thirds supermajority in not just the Assembly, but in the Senate, as well.

It underscores just how different a political outpost California represents when compared to much of the nation.

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The Riggs Report: Death and taxes on the ballot

​November 17, 2016

CA voters surprise some with proposition approvals, rejections

Benjamin Franklin is famously quoted as saying, “Nothing is certain except death and taxes.”

California voters underscored that saying in last week’s election, turning down another effort to repeal the death penalty while also approving a higher tobacco tax and an extension of higher income taxes for the state’s wealthiest residents.

But with the dust settling on the outcome of a ballot crammed with the most propositions in 16 years, the overall results defy an easy explanation or road map of where the state…

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The Riggs Report: Trump trauma on the ballot?

October 27, 2016

GOP candidate’s polling slide spells trouble for other California candidates

Donald Trump’s polling deficit is no surprise in Democrat-dominated California. After all, no Republican has carried the presidential vote here for 28 years.

But how big is the current gap? The latest UPI-CVoter poll gives Hillary Clinton a 20 point lead in the Golden State. However, Trump, who once pledged to run competitively in California, is now threatening to become an election liability for other Republicans in close races on the ballot.

There has been longstanding concern within Republican circles about…

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The Riggs Report: Hot air about rigged elections

October, 21, 2016

Look back at hotly contested races amid Trump’s rigged election complaints

One of the great beauties of our democracy is the peaceful transition of leadership. No matter how bitter or divisive the campaign, once the ballots are counted, we accept the results and move on.

Two great examples of that come to mind, which I had direct experience with covering.

In 2000, there was the hotly contested presidential contest between Al Gore and President George W. Bush, which came down to a question of ballot counting in Florida and the state’s 25 electoral…

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The Riggs Report: Sutter Brown sadness

October 13, 2016

Why a political pooch’s illness has captivated the Capitol

Think of Sutter Brown as the accidental political superstar. When Gov. Jerry Brown and wife Anne adopted the Welsh corgi in 2011, it was to provide a home when owner Kathleen Brown, the governor’s sister, took a job out of state.

Whether it was intended or not, the arrangement became permanent. Sutter became a Capitol fixture, often spotted on walks around the grounds.

Tourists, Capitol staff and legislators alike became enamored of the little dog who likes to have his belly rubbed.

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The Riggs Report: ‘Tax the rich’ support remains strong

September 29, 2016

New poll numbers favor passage of Proposition 55

When Gov. Jerry Brown campaigned in 2012 for passage of Proposition 30, a package of tax increases, he made it clear he intended those taxes to be temporary to help plug a dangerous budget gap. Others had a different idea of what the term “temporary” meant.

That brings us to 2016, and Proposition 55. This week, a new Field Poll indicated that support is strong for the passage of Proposition 55, a descendant of Prop 30, which would extend higher income taxes on California’s wealthiest…

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Randle Communications Announces Promotion of Julie Hooper to Director of Public Affairs

September 15, 2016

SACRAMENTO, California – Randle Communications (Randle), Sacramento’s largest locally-owned public affairs and public relations firm, today announced that Julie Hooper has earned a promotion from Director to Director of Public Affairs. This achievement reflects her outstanding work developing and implementing public affairs strategies to support the goals and objectives of Randle clients.

“Julie excels at managing complex and multifaceted projects, leading some of the firm’s most high-profile client initiatives. She consistently raises the bar, exceeding client expectations and delivering exceptional results,” said Jeff Randle, Randle President and CEO. “Julie is an integral part of our…

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Public relations firm going arena close with move

September 25, 2015

Sacramento Business Journal

Golden 1 Center is luring office firms from other parts of the Sacramento region – and even other parts of downtown.

Public affairs and public relations firm Randle Communications is one of those making a westward trek. Next week the firm will leave behind an office near the Capitol for a spot at 500 Capitol Mall, not far from the arena.

Firm partner Mitch Zak said the hunt for new space began as a simple product of company growth. The new office, on Bank of The West Tower’s 19th floor, is…

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Randle Communications Expands; Moves to Capitol Mall Location with Room to Grow

September 5, 2015

Sacramento’s top locally owned public relations and public affairs firm relocates and unveils new company website to showcase the firm’s services.

SACRAMENTO – Randle Communications (Randle), Sacramento’s top-ranked locally owned public relations and public affairs firm, today announced it’s expanded to a larger, modern office space in the prestigious Bank of the West building at 500 Capitol Mall in downtown Sacramento. The move comes at a pivotal point for the firm, as it continues to grow and expand its team of professionals to meet and exceed client needs. Randle has experienced smart growth in 2015,…

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The Riggs Report: A broadcast legend signs off

September 22, 2016

Vin Scully’s remarkable career ends Oct. 2

Pull up a chair, as the great Los Angeles Dodgers announcer Vin Scully likes to say, and let’s take a welcome break from the dreariness and meanness of this political campaign season to instead dwell on something truly inspiring and uplifting—something historically and culturally significant in California, that we likely won’t see again.

After a remarkable run of 67 seasons, Scully, who turns 89 years old in November, will broadcast his final Major League Baseball game on Oct. 2 at AT&T Park, when the Dodgers and…

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