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The Riggs Report: California’s election irrelevance

California’s primary held in June

It’s easy to understand why voters in New Hampshire love their presidential politics. Because of its first-in-the-nation status, the state’s primary gets candidate and media attention far out of proportion to its measly 23 Republican delegates and 24 Democratic delegates.

On the flip side, mega-state California gets little to no love from the presidential campaigns or the reporters who cover them, even though it has an enormous delegate prize-546 Democratic delegates, and 172 Republican delegates.

With California’s June primary coming so late in the season, the vote here just won’t matter, again,…

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The Riggs Report: New Hampshire’s muddle outcome

Granite State vote adds to election drama and uncertainty

There were clear winners in Tuesday’s New Hampshire primary. Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump ran away with the vote in their respective parties. But if you were looking for New Hampshire’s results to give us a better direction on where this presidential sweepstakes is headed, you are bound to be disappointed.

It was significant that John Kasich scored a strong second place showing in the Republican vote. He’s been running as an establishment candidate, refusing to engage in Trump-style name-calling while saying he can unify the party. His showing…

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The Riggs Report: New Hampshire’s political obsession

Candidates go all-out for the first primary prize

Every four years, like some kind of awkward migration, California political junkies stock up on boots, gloves, and parkas and board flights to head across the country to New Hampshire.

This migratory wave ranges from fresh-faced college students to grizzled political operatives. Some are paid. Most are volunteers.

They come from all corners of California. What they all have in common, besides an abundance of goose down insulation and hand warmers, is a desire to play a role in a political pageant that is as far from the Golden…

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The Riggs Report: Trump’s no show in Iowa

Why it’s likely to work in his favor

Conventional politics says that candidates need to take advantage of every opportunity for air time. That exposure is like oxygen. But conventional politics, as we’ve seen, means very little this campaign season.

Donald Trump’s decision to sit out Thursday’s Fox News debate in Des Moines, the last debate before the crucial Iowa caucuses, will likely work to his benefit, not his detriment.

Yes, his opponents are unhappy with his move. Ted Cruz, in particular, has already challenged Trump to a one-on-one debate. But Trump’s campaign is more…

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Anna Pacilio Joins Randle Communications Team

January 22, 2016

Sacramento – Randle Communications (Randle) today announced that Anna Pacilio has joined the team as an account coordinator. In this position she helps support a variety of the firm’s public affairs and public relations clients.

“We are pleased to welcome Anna Pacilio to the Randle Communications team,” Randle President and CEO Jeff Randle said. “She has an ideal blend of public relations and public affairs experience that fits our firm well. Anna will ensure we continue providing exceptional service as we continue to grow and expand.”

Prior to joining Randle, Pacilio worked…

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The Riggs Report: A smoking ballot fight

Tobacco tax campaign launches

Fueled by big contributions from billionaire Tom Steyer and others, a measure to raise the tobacco tax in California by $2 a pack now appears to be on a straight road to the November ballot.

Steyer, along with state Sen. Richard Pan and state Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson, are part of a coalition that showed up at Sacramento’s McClatchy High School on Wednesday to announce the launch of a petition drive to qualify the measure.

Almost 600,000 valid voter signatures will be needed to meet the ballot threshold. It’s…

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The Riggs Report: Jerry Brown’s 2016 Campaign

The governor’s campaign cash makes him an important player

Gov. Jerry Brown has a busy calendar for 2016.

He’ll wrangle with fellow Democrats, as in past years, to hold down spending in passing a balanced budget. He’ll need to resolve a $1 billion hole in the Medi-Cal budget caused by an expiring tax on health plans. And he still needs to resolve the state’s serious road and bridge repair needs. Both of those last two issues are unfinished business from 2015, and are the subject of special sessions that are still in effect at the Capitol.

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The Riggs Report: Plush press duty in Hawaii

As presidential vacation spots go, this one is especially popular

Pity the hardy White House correspondents who are spending the holidays in Honolulu.

President Obama isn’t making much news this week, by design, unless you count his sinking of a 40 foot chip from the edge of the green. But the press goes where he goes. Christmas in Hawaii? You won’t hear any complaints.

For reporters who covered the George W. Bush administration and remember their travels to Crawford, Texas, where Bush owned a ranch, there is no comparison. Instead of dusty plains and Lone Star beer,…

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The Riggs Report: The environmental evangelist

Gov. Jerry Brown hits the global stage

Governor Jerry Brown doesn’t hold a lot of news conferences. He doesn’t sit down for interviews with California media very often. He seems to prefer interviews with national media such as NBC’s Meet the Press or the Atlantic.

So it was notable-newsworthy on its own-that Brown consented this week to a round of interviews with Sacramento-based reporters in his Capitol office. That practice was common, by the way, with previous governors.

I sat down with governors Arnold Schwarzenegger and Gray Davis regularly; probably three to four times a year in…

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The Riggs Report: Another 2016 slugfest

Race for Sacramento congressional seat will be expensive

It’s long been true in politics that an incumbent traditionally enjoys an important advantage when it comes to election time. That’s not the case, though, for whoever occupies California’s Congressional District 7, which encompasses Elk Grove, Folsom, Rancho Cordova and Sacramento County’s foothills to the east.

Since 2012, that’s been Democrat Ami Bera. In 2014, the physician and former UC Davis medical school executive won re-election to a second term, squeaking to a razor-thin win by about 1,500 votes, or less than 1 percent of the votes cast.

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