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Six in 10 voters likely to cast a ballot in the California Democratic primary on March 3 support one of the moderate candidates for president – with former Vice President Joe Biden leading at 24%.

This compares to four in 10 voters who support a progressive — with Sen....

November 15, 2019

Jason Dominguez’s excruciating 8-vote loss to Alejandra Gutierrez in the Eastside city council race is this week’s lead story as Newsmakers TV returns with analysis of the biggest stories in local news. 

Shortly before we went into the studio, the ousted incumbent confi...

November 7, 2019

Laura Capps called out First District Supervisor Das Williams on Wednesday for taking $62,000 from pot growers while crafting Santa Barbara County’s cannabis ordinance, as she proposed a broad package of campaign finance and public integrity reforms.

“I’m raising the ba...

November 6, 2019

More than 1,500 ballots remain to be counted from Santa Barbara’s vest-pocket election on Tuesday, but Newsmakers refuses to let a small thing like mathematical certainty stop us from limbering up for some serious punditry.

Three quick takeaways:

Our money's on Alejandra...

November 5, 2019

All you need to know about Tuesday's high-stakes, low-information mini-election in Santa Barbara emerges from the comments below Edhat’s morning post about this singular exercise in local representative democracy:

“What election?” barked one of a number of readers...

November 4, 2019

The Santa Barbara District Attorney’s office will not pursue criminal charges stemming from parents' allegations of adult "sexual predation" of students at the Multimedia Arts and Design Academy, DA Joyce Dudley told Newsmakers on Monday.

In an emailed statement in...

October 31, 2019

As five well-spoken candidates compete for an open SB City Council seat representing District 2 on the Mesa, Newsmakers is offering three big prizes for predicting the correct outcome of this year’s most intriguing election contest.

All you have to do is send an email (...

October 31, 2019

Newsmakers TV returns with a special night-of-the-living-dead episode featuring a boiling cauldron of devil-in-the-details policy analysis and spooky prophecies guaranteed to trigger the most frightful nightmares of city council candidates running for their political l...

October 27, 2019

Update: Rep. Katie Hill announced her resignation on Sunday night, amid the scandal discussed in this piece).

Editor’s note: The House Ethics Committee is investigating whether Rep. Katie Hill, a star of the Democrats’ red-to-blue class of 2018, had a sexual relationshi...

October 24, 2019

Topic A on a new edition of Newsmakers TV this week is the abrupt and startling decision by schools chief Cary Matsuoka to end his tenure in Santa Barbara – and the personal, policy and political context in which it was made.

Josh Molina, Delaney Smith and Nick Welsh jo...