The Riggs Report: Conflict in Cleveland

Contested GOP convention looms

As if there hasn’t been nearly enough drama and conflict in this year’s race for the White House, the voting this week in Ohio means that we are likely headed to a contested Republican National Convention in Cleveland this summer.

We haven’t witnessed that kind of political struggle since 1976, when former California Gov. Ronald Reagan challenged President Gerald Ford at the convention in Kansas City.

Ford entered the convention without the necessary number of delegates, but prevailed after a bitter behind-the-scenes struggle. He won the nomination, but lost the White…

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The Riggs Report: Ronald Reagan’s defender-in-chief

Nancy Reagan tribute planned for Monday at the state Capitol

Nancy Reagan, who will be laid to rest this week next to her husband at the Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, will be remembered as the commander-in-chief’s defender-in-chief.

That will be part of the discussion Monday, when members of the Reagan family visit the state Capitol for a special tribute in the Senate.

Nancy Reagan was devoted and vigilant—always on the lookout for issues that could cloud President Ronald Reagan’s record and legacy.

A good example of that involved Rancho del Cielo, the 688-acre ranch…

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The Riggs Report: CA’s end-of-life option law still in limbo

Law can’t take effect until special session gavels to a close

It’s been five months since Gov. Jerry Brown signed hotly debated legislation that would give dying Californians a series of medical options for ending their own lives.

In signing the End of Life Option Act, Brown indicated his own personal musings on the issue, saying, “I do not know what I would do if I were dying in prolonged and excruciating pain. I am certain, however, that it would be a comfort to be able to consider the options considered by this bill.”

But that law,…

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The Riggs Report: Hillary’s disconnect

Why many women voters are looking elsewhere

Dee Dee Myers knows a few things about breaking barriers. She also knows a few things about the Clintons, which is why her assessment of Hillary Clinton’s flawed campaign style drew such attention this week in Sacramento.

At the age of 31, Myers became the first woman to serve as White House press secretary. That was during Bill Clinton’s first two years in office.

To be taken seriously by a cynical and tough White House press corps was an enormous challenge. As Myers wryly noted this week during a Sacramento…

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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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