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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The Riggs Report: El Nino’s destructive footprint

1997 floods in Northern California were heartbreaking

It’s understandable, really, the enthusiasm I hear expressed about the potential for a drought-busting El Nino winter. After almost five years of dry conditions, people are weary of the drought, the calls for conservation, the scary moonscape pictures of Folsom Lake. The thought of replenishing the reservoirs and groundwater supplies is appealing.

But be careful what you wish for. With growing warnings of an intense El Nino pattern emerging, what happened here in Northern California during the last extreme system is worth revisiting, and raises a possibility that we could be…

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Randle Communications Promotes Caity Heim and Andréa Hansen

November 5, 2015

Sacramento - Randle Communications (Randle), Sacramento’s top-ranked locally-owned public relations firm, today announced that Caity Heim and Andréa Hansen have earned promotions to Account Executive and Assistant Account Executive, respectively. These achievements are a reflection of their professional growth and success delivering results for multiple clients.

“Caity Heim and Andréa Hansen joined the firm as interns and have become invaluable members of our team,” Randle President and CEO Jeff Randle said. “They are talented professionals with a passion for public relations and desire to provide the best possible client service. These promotions are well-deserved and…

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The Riggs Report: Joe Biden’s missed opportunity

Democratic debate in Vegas offers little incentive for him to enter the race

Vice President Joe Biden skipped the chance to make a dramatic declaration of his candidacy at this week’s initial Democratic debate in Las Vegas, opting instead to stay home in Washington and host a high school reunion gathering.

That decision to look back, instead of forward, represents a key missed opportunity.

Asked the following day what he thought about how Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, and the other three Democratic presidential candidates did, Biden offered little insight.

“I thought every one of those…

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