The Riggs Report: Sutter Brown sadness

October 13, 2016

Why a political pooch’s illness has captivated the Capitol

Think of Sutter Brown as the accidental political superstar. When Gov. Jerry Brown and wife Anne adopted the Welsh corgi in 2011, it was to provide a home when owner Kathleen Brown, the governor’s sister, took a job out of state.

Whether it was intended or not, the arrangement became permanent. Sutter became a Capitol fixture, often spotted on walks around the grounds.

Tourists, Capitol staff and legislators alike became enamored of the little dog who likes to have his belly rubbed.

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The Riggs Report: ‘Tax the rich’ support remains strong

September 29, 2016

New poll numbers favor passage of Proposition 55

When Gov. Jerry Brown campaigned in 2012 for passage of Proposition 30, a package of tax increases, he made it clear he intended those taxes to be temporary to help plug a dangerous budget gap. Others had a different idea of what the term “temporary” meant.

That brings us to 2016, and Proposition 55. This week, a new Field Poll indicated that support is strong for the passage of Proposition 55, a descendant of Prop 30, which would extend higher income taxes on California’s wealthiest…

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Randle Communications Announces Promotion of Julie Hooper to Director of Public Affairs

September 15, 2016

SACRAMENTO, California – Randle Communications (Randle), Sacramento’s largest locally-owned public affairs and public relations firm, today announced that Julie Hooper has earned a promotion from Director to Director of Public Affairs. This achievement reflects her outstanding work developing and implementing public affairs strategies to support the goals and objectives of Randle clients.

“Julie excels at managing complex and multifaceted projects, leading some of the firm’s most high-profile client initiatives. She consistently raises the bar, exceeding client expectations and delivering exceptional results,” said Jeff Randle, Randle President and CEO. “Julie is an integral part of our…

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Public relations firm going arena close with move

September 25, 2015

Sacramento Business Journal

Golden 1 Center is luring office firms from other parts of the Sacramento region – and even other parts of downtown.

Public affairs and public relations firm Randle Communications is one of those making a westward trek. Next week the firm will leave behind an office near the Capitol for a spot at 500 Capitol Mall, not far from the arena.

Firm partner Mitch Zak said the hunt for new space began as a simple product of company growth. The new office, on Bank of The West Tower’s 19th floor,…

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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.”


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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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