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The Riggs Report: A Texan for Sacramento State

New campus president named to replace Alexander Gonzalez

Wednesday’s announcement that the California State University trustees had picked a Texas educator as the top administrator for Sacramento State set off all kinds of jokes and winks on social media.

“Take that, Rick Perry,” tweeted West Sacramento Mayor Christopher Cabaldon.

“The moving trucks are fleeing Texas and coming to California!” read another tweet from a Democratic Senate staffer.

Not that Dr. Robert Nelsen , formerly president of the University of Texas-Pan American, isn’t qualified for the Sac State job. It’s just that his Lone Star State credentials…

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The Riggs Report: Senate slugfest ahead

Runoff for vacant seat should be lively

Steve Glazer is the Democratic candidate that labor unions despise. But he ended up the top vote-getter Tuesday in a raucous special election called to fill the Senate District 7 seat left vacant when Mark DeSaulnier was elected to Congress.

Glazer, the mayor of Orinda and a former adviser to Gov. Jerry Brown, didn’t win the race. He and fellow Democrat Susan Bonilla, a member of the Assembly, now move on to a runoff election May 19. That means another two months of hardball campaigning in Contra Costa and Alameda counties…

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Job Announcement: Digital Public Affairs Specialist

Randle Communications is seeking a Digital Public Affairs Specialist to join its award winning team. Responsibilities include: developing and executing digital strategy to support client objectives.

Duties include:
• Stakeholder mapping
• Support digital strategy development and audience segmentation
• Provide strategic insight on how best to leverage and incorporate various social media strategies and channels (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, etc.)
• Research the latest technologies and online trends, providing guidance to internal staff and clients
• Understand and review monitoring reports and provide recommendations based on trends and analysis

Qualifications:

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The Riggs Report: Hillary’s warm-up act

Email spat is a preview of 2016

Depending on your political orientation, the controversy over Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email account during her Secretary of State tenure is either overblown media hype or a serious breach of government protocol. Either way, there’s little doubt that Clinton bungled the timing of her response.

By waiting more than a week to respond, Clinton was apparently thinking she could outwait the media; that reporters and editors would eventually move on to a story with more fuel. But her decision to stonewall backfired, especially when Sen. Dianne Feinstein, of California,…

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The Riggs Report: An old drought solution is new again

Santa Barbara looks to Pacific Ocean to quench its thirst

The news this week from the California Department of Water Resources is alarming, sobering and thirst-inducing. New electronic sensor surveys of the Northern Sierra snowpack on March 3 found the water content is only 16 percent of average for the date.

A manual survey performed by a state crew produced even more dismal results. It found the water content at Phillips, near Echo Summit, was only 5 percent of the historical average.

Statewide, new surveys found the water content to be 19 percent of average. The only…

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The Riggs Report: Choosing not to chew

New bill tries to divorce baseball from smokeless tobacco

Here’s something for them to chew on at the Capitol—or not. Assemblyman Tony Thurmond, D-Richmond, is carrying a bill that seeks, in effect, to upend a piece of baseball culture by banning chewing tobacco at all of California’s baseball stadiums. The idea? Stop role models from passing on a dangerous habit.

Major League Baseball has been moving to distance itself from the use of smokeless tobacco by players, asking them to keep cans out of sight and to use discretion when they’re indulging in the habit. But the big…

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The Riggs Report: The candidate who wasn’t

New Senate poll measures strong interest in Condoleezza Rice

Is it true that you always want what you can’t have? That’s certainly one way to interpret this week’s Field Poll of voter choices in the still-developing race to fill the U.S. Senate seat of the retiring Barbara Boxer.

That poll reflects substantial interest in Condoleezza Rice, the former secretary of state and national security adviser who traded national politics for a comfortable academic perch at Stanford University following George W. Bush’s presidency.

Specifically, the Field Poll found that Rice had the strongest showing, among a list of…

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The Riggs Report: President Obama’s long goodbye

This week’s presidential address a prelude to the 2016 campaign

It’s inevitable. As President Obama enters his final two years in office, attention will turn to questions of his legacy, and more importantly, to the budding contest to determine who will succeed him in the White House.

This week’s State of the Union address served to accelerate that shift. Although the president noted the obvious — that he had no more campaigns to run — his remarks seemed designed to set the stage for the 2016 campaign.

By focusing on the theme of middle class economics, including…

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Erin Dunlay Joins Sacramento’s Top-Ranked Locally Owned Public Relations and Public Affairs Firm

January 21, 2014

SACRAMENTO – Randle Communications (Randle) today announced that Erin Dunlay has joined the team as a Senior Account Executive. She will play a key role on a variety of accounts with a focus on two prominent public relations clients: University of Phoenix and Golden State Water Company. Dunlay is widely respected for her professional work and community service on behalf of public relations, public affairs and political clients.

“We are excited to welcome Erin Dunlay to the Randle Communications team,” Randle President & CEO Jeff Randle said. “Erin is an accomplished professional, with more than…

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The Riggs Report: California’s Senate scramble

AG Kamala Harris declares her candidacy this week

Flash! California Attorney General Kamala Harris declared her candidacy this week for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Barbara Boxer. Many political observers see her as the front-runner, although as the only official candidate thus far, doesn’t that follow by default?

Harris, who announced her intentions via social media only a day after Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom publicized his decision not to seek Boxer’s seat, is a formidable candidate. That’s clear. She has two statewide wins under her belt. She has a great story to tell about her role…

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