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The Riggs Report: Brown’s UC throw down

Political brawl brewing over tuition tiff

It’s a fascinating confrontation taking shape between Governor Jerry Brown and University of California President Janet Napolitano, a former governor of Arizona. And what’s at stake in this pending showdown is what some believe is a shakedown involving University of California students, their families, and the tuition they are required to pay.

Napolitano is playing budget hardball with Brown, who, with his recent landslide reelection and strong polling numbers, is enjoying a role as the dominant player in Capitol politics.

Napolitano is testing that, having engineered a vote by the Board…

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The Riggs Report: Defrosting Cuba

Another Cold War chapter is closing

I recently spoke to a California attorney who had just returned from a business trip to Cuba during which he had advised government officials there about streamlining the country’s antiquated court system.

Everything is handled in Cuba by trial, not by settlement, he told me, leaving the court schedules hopelessly backed up. This attorney also described the time capsule nature of Havana, where residents and taxi drivers travel the streets in vintage American cars built in the 1950’s. It’s not a matter of nostalgia, but an economic reality of the U.S. embargo…

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The Riggs Report: A troubling turnout trend

California’s voters are tuning out

At the sun-drenched Hotel del Coronado in San Diego, business leaders from across the country gathered this week to hear a sobering assessment of voter turnout in the just-concluded midterm election.

Most of those leaders probably feel much better about their own state after hearing about California’s dismal performance. Just 42 percent of registered voters filled out their ballots at home and at the polling place. That’s an historic — and embarrassing — low for the state.

Although midterm-election turnout has been trending downward in recent years, there were some specific reasons…

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The Riggs Report: A lackluster election season

Gov. Jerry Brown moves to block tuition increases

This week marked Janet Napolitano’s biggest and most significant challenge since she left her Homeland Security post in Washington D.C. and took over as University of California president a little more than a year ago.

Napolitano is engaged in a political showdown with Gov. Jerry Brown over her proposal to boost student tuition by up to 5 percent a year over the next five years.

Napolitano, who established a strong education record as the governor of Arizona, says the tuition hikes are needed unless the state Legislature agrees to…

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The Riggs Report: California as the Election Night exception

Voters rewarded the GOP nationally, but not in the Golden State

When the dust settled on Election Night last week, Republicans had plenty to celebrate on a large scale. They had regained control of the U.S. Senate, picking up eight seats. They had solidified their hold on the House of Representatives with a gain of 14 seats. They had gained the governor’s mansion in three states.

And then there was California; an island of exception to the GOP tide.

Democrats reelected Gov. Jerry Brown to a record fourth term by a landslide, swept all other statewide constitutional…

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The Riggs Report: Brown’s last election

What’s in store for term No. 4

Gov. Jerry Brown was answering a lot of questions from reporters Wednesday, just a day after he was re-elected to an unprecedented fourth term. But he wasn’t saying much about the fact that he’ll never face voters again, 40 years after he was first elected governor.

“I don’t like to think about my last campaign,” Brown said. “I find it a depressing thought.”

What Brown is thinking about is an agenda that includes a continued campaign against climate change, as well as construction of a high-speed bullet train and a…

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Randle Communications honored as a Best Place to Work

For the fifth year in a row Randle Communications was honored as a “Best Place to Work” at the Sacramento Business Journal’s annual awards on October 23, 2014. The recognition is a result of employee responses to a survey conducted by Quantum Workplace, on behalf of the Sacramento Business Journal. The anonymous online survey assessed the level of employee support, teamwork and positive work environment of participating firms. “We take great pride in our team of talented professionals,” said Jeff Randle, President and CEO of Randle Communications. “We create a fun and healthy work environment while fostering employee growth and…

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Randle Communications Promotes Paige Bedegrew and Caity Heim

September 19, 2014

SACRAMENTO – Randle Communications (Randle), Sacramento’s top-ranked locally owned public relations and public affairs firm, today announced the promotion of Paige Bedegrew to Account Executive and Caity Heim to Assistant Account Executive. This announcement reflects Randle’s commitment to recognizing and rewarding talented team members who share a commitment to teamwork, high standards and delivering exemplary client work.

“Paige and Caity have proven to be great assets to the firm,” said Jeff Randle, President and CEO of Randle Communications. “Both share a passion for public relations and a desire to achieve great results for our clients.…

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Sacramento Business Journal Executive Profile Jeff Randle: Win or lose, he’s a good soldier

Head of a top Sacramento PR firm also managed political campaigns

Political strategist Jeff Randle had managed four gubernatorial campaigns over two decades. But his extensive experience with Pete Wilson and Arnold Schwarzenegger’s campaigns did not prepare him for running Meg Whitman’s race for governor.

Randle said he tried to convince Whitman — former CEO of eBay — not to run. He researched every conceivable clod of mud the opposition would fling at her, and gave Whitman four pages of reasons why she shouldn’t run.

Whitman ended up hiring Randle as her senior campaign adviser.

During…

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Randle Communications Recognized as #1 Locally Owned Public Relations Agency for Third Consecutive Y

Randle Communications is honored to have been recognized as one of the top Public Relations/Public Affairs agencies in Sacramento and to be ranked as the number #1 locally owned firm for the third year in a row by the Sacramento Business Journal. In overall rankings including local, national and global firms, Randle ranked #2 in the greater Sacramento region. Thank you to our exceptional clients, friends and family who have supported us for more than 13 years who have made this possible.