Environmentalist billionaire Tom Steyer wanted to be a big player in the 2014 midterm election, but ended up spending tens of millions of dollars without much to show for it. Steyer was by far the biggest political donor of the cycle, contributing a whopping $74 million to Democratic candidates and outside groups in a futile effort to stop the GOP wave.
Steyer is currently thinking about running for Senate in California in the race to replace Barbara Boxer. He seems pretty serious about it, and has even commissioned a poll that found Steyer would be a “strong contender to win,” in part because people in California obsessed with the environment.
Berkeley, Calif., could become the first city in the country install warning labels on gas pumps. The city council voted late Tuesday to move forward on a plan to festoon the city’s fueling stations with stickers warnings that “burning fuel contributes to global warming,” the Associate Press reports.
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has dealt another blow to California’s may-issue concealed carry law. The three judge panel has ruled that California’s attorney general as well as gun control groups may not appeal their original ruling saying the state could not reject applicants for arbitrary reasons.
Stealing a gun or possessing drugs commonly used in date rapes is no longer an arrestable offense in California after the passage of proposition 47. “In most instances, many crimes that were previously “arrestable” as a felony will now only be “citable” as a misdemeanor,” a press release posted on the official Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department Facebook said.
Say what you will about Sandra Fluke, but she was not the worst candidate of the 2014 cycle. Unlike Sean Eldridge, Fluke was humble enough to seek political office at the state level.
Unfortunately, Fluke lost her bid for a seat in the California state Senate. In fact, she was demolished, losing by more than 21 points to fellow Democrat Ben Allen.
The construction of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s $10 million house has begun to infringe on his neighborhood’s peace and quiet, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.
The University of California-Berkeley pays former Clinton Labor Secretary Robert Reich $240,000 a year to teach one class about the scourge of income inequality. (He also makes up to $100,000 per speech.)