Jon Fleischman

Jon Fleischman is the Politics Editor of Breitbart California. A longtime participant, observer and chronicler of California politics, Jon is also the publisher at His column appears weekly on this page. You can reach Jon at

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GOP Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy: Worst Week in California Politics

Capitol Weekly, one of Sacramento’s most credible news sources that reports on political and policy goings-on in the Golden State, has bestowed their “Singin’ Those Golden State Blues” award for the worst week in California politics to House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, tagging him with the ultimate responsibility for the failure to pick up even one of nine Congressional seats in California that were competitive. Nov 21, 2014 1:36 PM PT

Close Wins for Costa, Bera: Dems Net a Seat in California

With vote counting largely completed now in both Sacramento and Fresno Counties, two Congressional races in California that had remained too close to call have now been decided, with two Democrat incumbents narrowly edging out their Republican challengers to win re-election. Nov 20, 2014 5:50 AM PT

The National Republican Congressional Committee's Epic Failure in California

Nationally, Republicans had an outstanding election earlier this month. Besides the huge gains in the U.S. Senate, House Republicans made modest gains (12 seats), bringing their majority to an impressive 244 of 435 members. House Republicans could have had an even better night but for being completely routed by Democrats in California. Here is a snapshot of nine separate House races, all likely won by Democrats, that could have gone Republican. Nov 15, 2014 9:49 AM PT

Will Boxer Retire? Rumors Swirl at Sacramento Conference

SACRAMENTO, California -- In 2016, U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) will be up for re-election for the fifth time. California’s junior Senator was first elected in 1992, in a close race that she won by just under 5% of the vote. In all of her elections since, Boxer has handily dispatched her GOP opponents. Yet Boxer has an anemic $148,777 in campaign cash, according to her most recent filing with the Federal Elections Commission. That is fueling rumors--especially after Tuesday's Republican takeover--that Boxer may soon retire. Nov 7, 2014 6:10 AM PT

Republicans Lose in Blue CA--but Stop Supermajority & Win Upsets

There is no doubt that Tuesday’s election was a resounding national win for the Republican Party--picking up at least seven seats (and possibly more) to take the majority in the U.S. Senate, picking up at least twelve new House seats, and installing three new GOP Governors. That said, here in California, the evening was a disappointing one for the local Republican Party, from a statewide perspective. Republicans did manage to achieve one very important achievement: they picked up enough state legislative seats to block Democrat supermajorities both in the State Senate and the State Assembly. Nov 5, 2014 5:16 AM PT

Prop 48: Obscure Indian Gaming Compact Deserves Your Vote

Voter turnout for this Tuesday’s election is projected to be lower than any general election in a generation. And it’s no wonder; we are in a blue state, so the statewide partisan races are largely inconsequential. And while six measures are on the ballot, none of them is a “wow” issue that would cause voter participation to spike. This column is devoted to encouraging you, if you do decide to vote, to cast a “yes” vote for what may be the most obscure measure of them all — Proposition 48, the ratification of a small gaming compact with a small Indian tribe in Central California. Nov 1, 2014 12:45 PM PT

Field Poll: Democrats Lead Every California Statewide Race

The latest Field Poll, released Thursday, shows that in every single statewide contest that pits a Republican against a Democrat, the latter has a substantial lead. The only race that appears to be competitive as Election Day approaches is the race for Superintendent of Public Instruction, which is a non-partisan office, and features a matchup between two Democrats. Oct 30, 2014 10:59 AM PT

Beyond the Propaganda: How I'm Voting on California Propositions

California’s general election turnout is predicted to be dismal this year, with less than half of eligible voters likely to turn out. Two factors include a lack of competitive statewide races, and ballot measures that don’t inspire activism. Speaking of statewide ballot measures, voters will see six of them, and here’s my take, and how I’m voting on them. Oct 23, 2014 5:09 AM PT

Ex-L.A. Councilman Alarcon Latest to Be Jailed For Lying About Residency

On Tuesday, Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge George G. Lomeli became the latest participant in California’s criminal justice system to send a strong message to elected officials in California that it is against the law to reside outside of the district you were elected to represent, and that the consequences of doing so will be harsh, and permanent. Oct 16, 2014 6:31 AM PT

SCOTUS Takes Up Redistricting Case: Downside for CA GOP Could Be Huge

Congressman Ed Royce was first elected in 1992 in one of California’s most conservative House seats. Twenty-two years later, the affable and influential Royce, now Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, still represents a reliably GOP House seat, but the district has shifted north to include a lot of Los Angeles County (and some of San Bernardino County), and it abuts a lot of solid blue territory. Oct 8, 2014 10:58 AM PT

San Diego Mayor: City-Owned Luxury Stadium Boxes Must Go

SAN DIEGO -- Mayor Kevin Faulconer has cut one of the city's key perks: luxury stadium boxes. The boxes have been used by those in city government, most notably members of the city council, to reward members of the community. Often the tickets were given to representatives of charitable groups or non-profits chosen by the elected officials, but sometimes these great tickets went to political allies. Oct 7, 2014 5:04 AM PT

Cover-up of Nepotism Report Latest Black Eye for California Senate

Perhaps Pete Peterson, the Republican Party nominee for Secretary of State--who is running against one of these go-along-to-get-along Senators, Democrat Alex Padilla--made the most important observation, while calling for a release of the report: "The fact that the Democratic Senate leadership thinks they can keep secret an investigation into insider hiring practices that cost taxpayers almost $100,000 should be a sign to all Californians that our one-party state has gone too far.” Oct 3, 2014 12:50 PM PT

Historic CA Plastic Bag Ban Bill Likely Headed to Voters in 2016

Today Governor Jerry Brown signed SB 270 into law, prohibiting grocery stores from putting shoppers' goods into plastic grocery bags. Immediately thereafter, the American Progressive Bag Alliance (APBA), which represents the plastic bag manufacturing industry, announced that it would start taking the necessary steps to prepare for gathering signatures and qualifying a referendum to repeal SB 270 on the November 2016 ballot. Sep 30, 2014 10:33 AM PT

Senator Rand Paul to Headline State GOP's Weekend Confab In L.A.

Beginning today, upwards of a thousand Republican leaders and activists from California’s 58 counties will converge on the Marriott Hotel near Los Angeles International Airport for the biannual convention of the California Republican Party. Party regulars gather at a particularly challenging time for Republicans in the Golden State. Sep 19, 2014 5:27 AM PT


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