<![CDATA[NBC Southern California - Politics]]> Copyright 2014 http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/politics http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC4_40x125.png NBC Southern California http://www.nbclosangeles.com en-us Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:01:22 -0700 Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:01:22 -0700 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Ex-LA Councilman Convicted of Voter Fraud, Perjury]]> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:50:12 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/215*120/alarcon+richard+councilman+la+court.jpg
Former Los Angeles City Councilman Richard Alarcon was convicted Wednesday on some of the voter fraud and perjury counts, but acquitted on most of the felony counts against him.

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<![CDATA[Ex-Bell Councilman Sentenced to Home Confinement]]> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:00:27 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/185*120/cole+george+bell+corruption.jpg
A former Bell city council member accused in a public corruption scandal was sentenced Wednesday to probation and community service.

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<![CDATA[President's LA Visit Includes Fundraisers, Speech ]]> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 02:25:52 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/AP161508552016%281%29.jpg
President Barack Obama is scheduled to arrive in Los Angeles Wednesday afternoon.

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<![CDATA[Kerry Arrives in Cairo to Press Cease-Fire]]> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 02:53:20 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/140721-11pm-kovacik-israel-latest_1200x675_310808643586.jpg
Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Cairo in hopes of trying to broker a new truce in the Middle East conflict. Robert Kovacik reports for the NBC4 News at 11 on Monday, July 21, 2014.]]>
<![CDATA[Cross-Border Crime in the Crosshairs for California AG]]> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:30:09 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/217*120/kamala3.JPG
Western states’ attorneys general convened in Park City, Utah over the weekend. At the head of the table: California's AG Kamala Harris.]]>
<![CDATA[Death Penalty Struck Down in Calif.]]> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 07:02:47 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/180*120/sanquentin.jpg
A federal judge in Orange County on Wednesday declared the death penalty "unconstitutional" in the state of California – the first ruling of its kind in the United States. He called the system...

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<![CDATA[Ex-Bell Council Member Mirabal Sentenced]]> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 11:00:50 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/203*120/mirabal+george+bell+162213261.jpg
One of five former city council members involved in a public corruption scandal that outraged a community south of downtown Los Angeles was sentenced Friday.

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<![CDATA[Border Crisis: President Asks for $3.7B in Emergency Funds]]> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 09:54:10 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/AP30516697099.jpg
President Barack Obama requested $3.7 billion in emergency funds to handle the influx of unaccompanied minors along the U.S.-Mexico border, NBC News reported Tuesday.

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<![CDATA[NewsConference: Joe Hicks on the 50th Year Anniversary of Civil Rights Acts]]> Sun, 06 Jul 2014 07:44:44 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/NewsConferenceHICKS070614_1200x675_296215107886.jpg
50 years ago this week, the Civil Rights Act was passed by Congress and signed by President Lyndon Johnson. NBC4's Conan Nolan talks with Joe Hicks, Vice President of Community Advocates, Inc, a local...]]>
<![CDATA[NewsConference: Attorney Brian Kabateck on Hobby Lobby Decision, Sterling, Stow]]> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 08:31:51 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/NewsConferencekabateck070614_1200x675_296219203606.jpg
Former President of Consumer Attorneys of California Brian Kabateck talks with NBC4's Conan Nolan about major legal cases this week...the controversial Hobby Lobby decision, the new vacancies on the...]]>
<![CDATA[NewsConference: USC's Manuel Pastor. Ph.D. on the Surge of Illegal Crossings at U-S Border]]> Sun, 06 Jul 2014 07:45:21 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/NewsConferenceimmigration70614_1200x675_296231491717.jpg
Why are tens of thousands of undocumented from Central America crossing the border illegally? Is a Los Ageles gang responsible for the surge? What impact will this have on the future of national...]]>
<![CDATA[Berkeley Set to Require Free Medical Pot for Poor]]> Fri, 04 Jul 2014 09:55:16 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/06-11-2014-medical-marijuana-generic.jpg
Medical marijuana dispensaries in Berkeley, California, will likely soon be required to provide free pot to low-income members, according to an ordinance approved by the city council on Tuesday. The city is also

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<![CDATA[New California Laws Take Effect]]> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 09:56:20 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/1086698841.jpg
A host of new laws took effect Tuesday. Here is a look at some of them.

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<![CDATA[Wildfires Threaten Rolling Blackouts Across State ]]> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 21:12:38 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/215*120/powerlines5.JPG
Tinderbox conditions exacerbated by a historic California drought could put power lines across the state at risk of failing this summer, officials said.]]>
<![CDATA[Hillary Clinton: We Can’t Afford to Lose Biotechs ]]> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 06:16:11 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/hillary+clinton+biotech+sd.jpg
The United States could start losing biotechnology companies if the system doesn’t change, former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said.

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<![CDATA[Feinstein "Disappointed" Lucas Decided to Build Museum in Chicago]]> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 06:08:21 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/06-25-2014-lucas-feinstein.jpg
California Sen. Dianne Feinstein is not hiding her feelings about George Lucas's decision to snub San Francisco for the site of his new museum.

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<![CDATA[Modified "Audrie's Law" Clears Senate Committee]]> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 19:02:03 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/161*120/audrie.JPG
A bill responding to the sexual assault of a Northern California teenager who committed suicide after a photo of the attack was posted on social media was amended Tuesday to remove a mandatory two-year sentence...

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<![CDATA[DMV Hearings Begin on Undocumented Immigrant Licenses]]> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 21:05:13 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/traffic_los_angeles2.jpg
The first of two public hearings on proposed regulations for a state law that directs the Department of Motor Vehicles to issue driver licenses to undocumented immigrants was Tuesday in Los Angeles.]]>
<![CDATA[Venture Capitalist Proposing to Divide California Into 6 States]]> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 08:11:12 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/193*120/0623-SixCalifornias.jpg
NBC Bay Area political analyst Larry Gerston examines venture capitalist Tim Draper's proposal to divide California into six states.

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<![CDATA[Gov. Jerry Brown Signs Budget in San Diego]]> Sat, 21 Jun 2014 03:57:30 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Governor+Jerry+Brown+54674.jpg
California Governor Jerry Brown made a trip to San Diego Friday to sign the 2014-2015 state budget, completing his work at the City Administration Building downtown.

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<![CDATA[5 Things to Know About New House GOP Leader McCarthy]]> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 16:30:24 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/450883992.jpg
Rep. Kevin McCarthy was chosen by his House peers Thursday to succeed outgoing House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, who was handed a surprising defeat by a little-known GOP challenger in Virgnia's...

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<![CDATA[Assembly Public Safety Committee Postpones Vote on "Audrie's Law"]]> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 15:06:26 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/audriepott4x6.jpg
The Assembly Public Safety Committee on Tuesday postponed the vote on a proposed cyberbullying law.

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<![CDATA[Tex. Gov. Rick Perry Compares Being Gay to Alcoholism]]> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 07:52:27 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/rick-perry-AP273062193022.jpg
Texas Gov. Rick Perry was invited to Commonwealth Club of California in San Francisco to speak about biofuel, solar and wind energy, as well as take a trip down memory lane remembering what it was like as...

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<![CDATA[NBC's Chuck Todd: Why Cantor Lost]]> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 19:35:52 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000006784560_1200x675_278401091860.jpg
NBC News Political Director Chuck Todd explains what cost House Majority Leader Eric Cantor his congressional seat in a stunning primary defeat Tuesday night.]]>
<![CDATA[Facebook Firearm Policies Blasted by Gun Control Group]]> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 18:03:52 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/177*120/113888441-the-facebook-website-is-displayed-on-a-gettyimages.jpg
Brady Campaign slams Facebook for failing to follow other major social media companies move to prohibit the sale of firearms.

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<![CDATA[Kuehl, Shriver Will Square Off in Supervisor Runoff Race]]> Wed, 04 Jun 2014 07:50:21 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/238*120/SupervisorsRace.JPG
Former state Sen. Sheila Kuehl will face former Santa Monica Mayor Bobby Shriver on the November ballot to represent the 3rd District on the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors.]]>
<![CDATA[LB Elects First Openly Gay, First Latino Mayor]]> Wed, 04 Jun 2014 11:43:31 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Long_Beach_New_Mayor_Raw_Intvw_-_Web_Exclusive_1200x675_273390659804.jpg
Long Beach City Councilman Robert Garcia made history Tuesday night when he narrowly defeated businessman Damon Dunn in the race for mayor to become the first Latino, the first openly gay and the youngest person...]]>
<![CDATA[Outsider McDonnell Headed to Runoff for LA County Sheriff]]> Wed, 04 Jun 2014 13:06:14 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/208*120/mcdonnell+sheriff+la+county+election.jpg
Long Beach police Chief Jim McDonnell fell just short of the number of votes needed in Tuesday's primary election to avoid a November runoff, setting up a November contest against former Undersheriff Paul Tanaka...]]>
<![CDATA[Polls Close for Primary Election Day]]> Wed, 04 Jun 2014 03:49:23 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/216*120/election+primary+ballot+la+county.jpg
Southern Californians headed to the polls Tuesday in a primary election that featured statewide races for governor and secretary of state, and Los Angeles County contests for supervisor and sheriff.]]>
<![CDATA[Underage Voters, Duplicate Ballots in Primary Election]]> Tue, 03 Jun 2014 10:24:10 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/generic-voting-station-voter.jpg
Some voters will be able to vote more than once tomorrow when the polls open for the important California primary election, an NBC4 I-Team investigation has found. (new sentence) The I-Team has uncovered...

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<![CDATA[Sheriff's Race Could Favor Outsider]]> Tue, 03 Jun 2014 07:12:55 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/211*120/la+sheriff+election+candidates.jpg
In the race for LA County Sheriff, history has already been made and more could be made tomorrow.]]>
<![CDATA[Proposed Law Could Limit Gun Purchases]]> Tue, 03 Jun 2014 03:56:55 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/AP249719431550.jpg
In response to the deadly massacre in Isla Vista, Sen. Barbara Boxer is expected to propose new gun control legislation that could give families a way to prevent relatives from obtaining guns if they...

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<![CDATA[17 Candidates Crowd Ballot to Replace Rep. Waxman]]> Mon, 02 Jun 2014 11:49:45 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/492738329.jpg
It is the kind of election befitting one of the nation's wealthiest Congressional districts -- 17 candidates, lots of money and no shortage of movie star endorsements.

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<![CDATA[Website Seeks to Help Voter Turnout in California]]> Mon, 02 Jun 2014 00:04:19 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/140601-6pm-voter-turnout_1200x675_271961155820.jpg
Low voter turnout seems to always be a political thorn in California's side. But come Tuesday, those numbers could sink to new lows, earning the Golden State the worst voting record in]]>