The Riggs Report: The DACA decision’s fallout in California

September 7, 2017

California’s Republican seats are prime targets in 2018

The Trump administration’s decision to nail the door shut on the DACA program has revived talk of a long-elusive issue—that of passing comprehensive immigration reform. But it also guarantees an epic campaign fight next year in California in which a handful of Republican-held congressional seats will be squarely in the bull’s eye.

California is home to more than 200,000 Dreamers. That’s more than 1 in 4 of the total nationwide, so the stakes here are greater than in any other state.

Let’s be…

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Randle Communications Ranked No. 1 Sacramento Area Public Relations Agency

August 25, 2017

Sacramento Business Journal

We are honored and thrilled to announce Randle Communications has been ranked the NUMBER ONE Sacramento Area Public Relation Agency by Sacramento Business Journal! This could not have been possible without our amazing team, fantastic clients and supportive family members.

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The Riggs Report: Panetta’s take on the North Korea threat

​August 10, 2017

Former CIA director says negotiations, not bluster, are key to avoiding war

Leon Panetta has always been a refreshingly candid political figure. That was true when I first knew him as a second-term congressman representing a big swath of California’s Central Coast.

Panetta would regularly schedule round table sessions for local media. And I, working in my first job as a radio reporter in San Luis Obispo, made a point of attending these sessions where we were able to pose questions on whatever topics came to mind.

I was reminded…

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The Riggs Report: Climate change twins

July 27, 2017

Arnold Schwarzenegger, Gov. Jerry Brown and their common dismay with the White House

Former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Gov. Jerry Brown are separated in age by a decade. They are of different parties. Brown’s time in elective politics dates back to the 1960s; Schwarzenegger’s to a couple of terms as governor.

But those differences between the current governor and his predecessor shrink in comparison to a common passion and priority: their belief in the need to address the effects of climate change.
Both men regularly, if separately, lampoon President Donald Trump’s decision to…

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The Riggs Report: A win for cap-and-trade and Gov. Brown

​July 20, 2017

What’s this? A highly-controversial climate change program approved by Democrats and Republicans?

This week’s high-wire act at the state Capitol is a big win for Gov. Jerry Brown. He said this political battle was not about his legacy. But let’s face it, all politicians care about that, no matter what they might say publicly.

In Brown’s case, the vote to extend the state’s existing cap-and-trade program cements his credentials and his credibility as someone who can advocate for efforts to fight climate change, not just on the national level but on the…

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The Riggs Report: Recall warfare at the Capitol

​July 6, 2017

Fallout from gas tax hike creates high stakes drama

The political chess game over efforts to recall freshman state Sen. Josh Newman, D-Fullerton, is picking up speed, with accusations of fraud and betrayal filling the air. At least, the air that’s breathed by California’s political community.

The California Republican Party recently submitted nearly 85,000 signatures to election officials, a number far greater than what’s needed to qualify the recall for the ballot.

Radio talk show host Carl DeMaio, a former San Diego City Council member, is spearheading the effort over Newman’s…

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Lindsey Goodwin Earns Promotion to Director at Randle Communications

June 28, 2017

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Sacramento’s leading independent public relations and public affairs firm Randle Communications (Randle), today announced that Lindsey Goodwin has joined the firm’s senior leadership team as Director with the company. Goodwin, who has been with the firm for four years, will help develop and execute strategic local and statewide public affairs campaigns for clients while continuing to lead a portfolio of public affairs and public relations accounts.

“Lindsey Goodwin personifies Randle Communications’ culture and values, and she has earned the promotion to Director because of a tireless work ethic, tremendous professional growth and a…

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The Riggs Report: The Comey showdown

June 8, 2017

Thursday’s Senate appearance of former FBI director draws intense interest

There’s nothing like a good political scandal to focus the mind. Or, in this case, to focus the public’s attention on the unfolding drama in Washington, D.C., that centers on whether President Donald Trump sought to influence an FBI investigation of alleged election-tampering by the Russians.

It’s no small thing when a former director of the FBI testifies before Congress about conversations with the president that made him so uneasy that he felt compelled to document what was said in a series…

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The Riggs Report: Democratic dysfunction in Sacramento

May 25, 2017

California’s party in power faces internal drama

There are very good reasons why Gov. Jerry Brown and U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein did not attend last weekend’s Democratic party state convention in Sacramento.

They were following an axiom that Jim Brulte, now chair of the state Republican party, was fond of reciting to me when he was Senate Republican leader.

“Only harm can come to an elected official at events like this,” Brulte said to me prior to a GOP gathering in Los Angeles. And as usual, Brulte was right.

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The Riggs Report: Governor’s race could get more crowded

May 18th, 2017

Former hedge fund executive Tom Steyer is reportedly polling voters

When billionaire Democratic activist Tom Steyer, the founder of Farallon Capital Management, started showing up in TV ads across California last year, it was widely seen as the tactic of someone laying the groundwork for a campaign for governor.

So it was anything but a surprise when The Hill newspaper reported this week what many expected all along. Quoting multiple Democratic sources, the paper reported that Steyer had commissioned a pollster to survey what voters know about him; a traditional step to…

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