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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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The Riggs Report: Healthy transparency is missing in 2016

September 15, 2016

Privacy doesn’t apply on presidential campaign trail

It’s not hard to understand. When you’re a candidate for the White House, you can forget about the usual claims of privacy when it comes to physical health. Most politicians understand this.

So the lack of clarity from both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton about their medical records is odd.

The issue came to the forefront this week after Clinton became ill during a 9/11 memorial event and had to be helped into a staff car. Only after the moment was captured on video…

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The Riggs Report: A campaign-free zone

September 8, 2016

Reagan Presidential Library offers unusual ground rules

In this long and vexing election year, here’s an unusual scenario: Donald Trump’s running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, headed to a public event at the Reagan Library in Ventura County, but members of the audience were instructed not to wear or bring campaign gear.

No signs or banners. No hats or buttons.

As the Reagan Library website puts it, “Anyone who shows up at the event with these types of items will be sent back to their car to put it away.”

In…

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The Riggs Report: A Tahoe milestone

Presidential visit marks 20th year of environmental summit

It was really no contest. Stay in Sacramento, where the Legislature was scrambling to pass the last of hundreds of bills before the end of session, or travel to the gorgeous shores of Lake Tahoe for a summit featuring President Obama, who was making his first visit there.

Gov. Jerry Brown made the right call, escaping the Capitol’s overheated hallways and blizzard of paper and heading to the lake on Wednesday for an annual summit that just marked its 20th year.

After all, Brown will be spending the month…

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The Riggs Report: Hillary’s cash haul

Clinton is spending a few lucrative days in California

Beset by news about the release of more emails, Hillary Clinton is focusing this week on a time-honored California tradition—tapping her Hollywood and Silicon Valley donor bases for some big campaign cash.

Clinton is hustling through a total of eight events around the state, part of a flurry of fundraising activity around the country.

Clinton’s visit to LA was her first since she became the Democratic nominee, and included a guest appearance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live.” She then showed up Monday at basketball great Magic Johnson’s house for…

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The Riggs Report: Jerry Brown’s compass

First lady Anne Gust Brown’s influence tops Sacramento list

Outside the cloistered world of Capitol politics, few are familiar with Anne Gust Brown. But there is no doubt that she wields significant influence over her husband, Gov. Jerry Brown.

A political partner in every sense of the word, Gust Brown is unelected, unappointed and unpaid, but plays an unconventional role for a California first lady—a key advisory position akin to a chief of staff.

Gust Brown’s clout was recognized this week in Capitol Weekly’s Top 100 list of Sacramento’s most influential players, occupying the No. 1 spot…

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The Riggs Report: Jerry Brown’s Philadelphia stage

California governor back in national spotlight at DNC

California Gov. Jerry Brown ran for the presidency three times and lost, but he returned to the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia this week as a winner.

Not as the winner of the White House, of course. That ship has sailed. But Brown, in the final two years of his final term as California’s governor, is back on the national stage as a senior statesman who’s enjoying relatively high polling numbers.

A Field Poll conducted in April tallied Brown with a 55 percent approval rating among all…

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The Riggs Report: Ballot blockbuster

California voters face a complicated list of choices in November

Californians have a long history of pursuing, debating and voting on initiatives.

Gov Hiram Johnson helped start the process in 1911 as a means of countering the power of the Southern Pacific Railroad, and voters maintain a strong belief in this form of direct democracy.

A 2011 poll from the Public Policy Institute of California showed that 62 percent of likely voters felt decisions made by initiative are probably better than those made by the state’s elected leaders.

It’s a good thing California voters like the…

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The Riggs Report: Diablo Canyon’s demise

Gov. Jerry Brown was a vocal opponent of the nuclear plant’s licensing

PG&E’s announcement this week that it had agreed to shut down Diablo Canyon—the last nuclear power plant left in California—reflects a steady shift toward the use of renewable energy in California. It also marks the end of an era of environmental conflict that has spanned the career of Governor Jerry Brown.

When Brown was governor the first time, in the late 1970s, he was a vocal opponent of PG&E’s efforts to license the twin reactor plant near San Luis Obispo. As a radio reporter just out…

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