The Riggs Report: A break from bad news

December 7, 2017

California Hall of Fame grows by nine

Gov. Jerry Brown, passing me in the aisle, extended a high five and enthused about the just-concluded California Hall of Fame event on Tuesday night, calling it “a really inspirational event.”

It would be hard to disagree with that description.

At a time when there’s plenty of negative news to go around—criticism of the federal tax bill, reports of sexual harassment at the state Capitol, the destructive wildfires in Southern California—the governor and a host of others took a break this week to continue a tradition…

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The Riggs Report: Denham says tax bill doesn’t hurt Calif.

November 16, 2017

Amid uproar, Modesto congressman remains a ‘yes’ vote

Central Valley constituents of Congressman Jeff Denham were faced with a blunt message when they opened the Modesto newspaper on Tuesday.

“Tax reform shouldn’t hurt Californians, but the House of Representatives proposal does, in a big way,” read the full-page newspaper ad posted by the California Association of Realtors. “How could any member of the California congressional delegation think this plan is good for the Golden State?”

Denham, one of seven California congressional Republicans who are being targeted for defeat by the Democrats…

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The Riggs Report: A GOP defection on the tax bill

November 9, 2017

San Diego congressman lands in the ‘no’ column

Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Vista, wants no part of this party.

Issa, who faces a difficult reelection campaign next year in his San Diego County district, broke with the GOP leadership this week in announcing Tuesday that he will not vote for the existing tax bill. In so doing, Issa became the first of California’s 14 Republican members of Congress to cast a thumbs down on the bill.

“Many Californians who need and deserve tax relief won’t benefit from the current framework, or…

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The Riggs Report: Is Sen. Feinstein vulnerable?

October 19, 2017

Fellow Democrat Kevin de Leon launches his Senate candidacy

Have Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon’s ambitions exceeded his good judgment? Termed out of the state Senate next year, de Leon has been pondering his next move for months. On Wednesday, he made it official—he will seek to unseat veteran Sen. Dianne Feinstein, a fellow Democrat, next year.

The move immediately set off closed-door chatter among Senate Democrats about whether de Leon could continue to serve effectively as their leader while also running a statewide race.

Bob Hertzberg, of…

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Randle Communications Promotes Robert Charette to Account Executive

Sacramento’s top public relations and public affairs firm, Randle Communications (Randle), today announced the promotion of Robert Charette from assistant account executive to account executive. This achievement reflects Charette’s tireless work ethic and commitment to teamwork, professionalism and superior client service.

“In a short time, Bobby has maximized his past political experience and delivered great value to Randle’s public affairs and public relations accounts,” said Randle President and CEO Jeff Randle. “He is eager to take on new responsibilities and has thrived in our high-performance culture. This promotion is a testament to his achievements and tremendous contributions to…

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The Riggs Report: Search for answers in Las Vegas massacre

October 13, 2017

What happens to those family members left behind in the tragedy?

The devastating wildfires this week in California have pushed, for now, the aftermath of the horrendous violence in Las Vegas out of the headlines in Northern California. But the search by investigators for a motive, for any explanation for the largest mass shooting in modern U.S. history, continues.

For family members of the 58 slain victims who were shot as they attended a country music festival outside the Mandalay Bay Hotel, the horror goes on.

And for the family of…

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The Riggs Report: Can California’s presidential vote matter?

​September 28, 2017

State primary will be moved up three months for 2020 elections

It was a memorable quote, offered up by Gov. Jerry Brown in response to a question I posed about lingering presidential ambitions at a 2010 campaign debate at UC Davis.

“Hell, if I was younger, you know I’d be running again,” Brown said, acknowledging his three previous runs for the White House in 1976, 1980 and 1992.

Instead, he went on to claim a unique spot in California political history by winning another term as governor, 28 years after…

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Randle Communications Earns Top Ranking By Sacramento Business Journal

August 25, 2017

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Randle Communications (Randle) today announced that the firm is the number one ranked public relations agency according to the Sacramento Business Journal’s 2017 Book of Lists. Randle’s continued growth in the Sacramento market reflects the firm’s longstanding commitment to maintaining a talented team of professionals that thrive providing exceptional service to a diverse, high-profile network of clients.

“Our team is proud to be the Sacramento region’s number one public relations firm,” said Randle Communications President and CEO Jeff Randle. “We are dedicated to helping clients succeed, whether it be…

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Interested in joining our team? We’re looking for talent!

Randle Communications is looking for talent! If you’re a highly motivated communications pro looking to support the firm’s growing public affairs practice you may be the ideal fit for our Public Affairs Coordinator position. An ideal candidate has two years legislative/campaign experience, strong communication skills and is detail-oriented.

Team Randle is also looking for a new team member to serve as a Public Relations Account Executive. An ideal candidate has three to five years communications, public relations or community education experience, and is a strong writer and project manager.

To apply for either of…

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The Riggs Report: A Capitol feeding frenzy

​September 14, 2017

Vote nears on how to spend $1.5B in climate change funds

One longtime Capitol insider describes it as “a feeding frenzy: That’s what happens when a large pot of money, in this case roughly $1.5 billion, is available to spend on broad efforts to reduce carbon emissions and improve air quality across California.

There are a lot of different groups who want to stake their claim in this mini-Gold Rush.

That’s why clean air folks, agricultural interests, clean energy researchers and car manufacturers, among others, have been engaged in negotiations with…

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