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State Sen. Noreen Evans won’t seek 2nd term

State Sen. Noreen Evans made it official Monday, announcing on her Facebook page that she will not seek a second term in 2014.

State Sen. Noreen Evans reportedly won’t seek re-election

State Sen. Noreen Evans is expected to announce next week that she will not seek re-election in 2014 and that she instead will return to practicing law once her current term ends, a Sacramento source said Friday.

Apartments proposed for Rohnert Park ballpark site

The company behind the only residential housing developments in Rohnert Park in the past 12 years is back with a project that would punctuate a sore chapter for the city.

Political consultant takes credit for anti-Lawson website

Political consultant Paul Andersen of Petaluma said Monday he is responsible for an anonymous website that posted criticisms of congressional candidate Stacey Lawson.

North Coast voters to begin choosing Woolsey’s successor Tuesday

Sonoma County voters on Tuesday will begin the process of replacing retiring Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey and filling a heavily contested Assembly seat, likely creating first-ever runoffs between two Democrats. In addition, with new district boundaries in force for the first time, voters will have a say in four other races for Congress, the Assembly and state Senate. Tuesday’s election, the first statewide vote under California’s top two primary system, is expected to set up three November run-offs between two Democrats instead of a Democrat and a Republican.

Lawson narrows fundraising gap with Huffman

Candidates in the North Coast race to replace Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey are on pace to break local fundraising records as political newcomer Stacey Lawson closes the gap on Assemblyman Jared Huffman. She loaned herself $100,000, saying she must prepare for negative attack ads. Author Norman Solomon is in third place in the money race.

North Coast Democratic congressional candidates agree: Legalize pot

At least six of the eight Democrats and the two independents running in a new the North Coast congressional district want marijuana — a crop worth an estimated $14 billion a year in California — approved for recreational use by adults. The two Republicans are opposed to legalization, but one of them says pot penalties are excessive.

Crowded field in North Coast congressional race

In the North Coast’s congressional race, it all comes down to second place. The June 5 primary election will narrow the field of 12 candidates down to two finalists, who will compete in November for the $174,000-a-year job awarded by about 400,000 registered voters from the Golden Gate Bridge to the Oregon border.

Sonoma County greets Obama’s same-sex marriage support with elation, resignation

Emotions in Sonoma County ranged from elation and praise to resigned acceptance after President Barack Obama announced Wednesday that he supports same-sex marriage. Advocates were exhilarated that Obama declared his support after remaining elusive on the topic for years. And opponents, while disagreeing with Obama’s position, said they were not surprised.

Lawson’s voting record, business tenure under fire

Political newcomer Stacey Lawson is drawing much of the attention – and controversy – in a crowded Congressional race. First, her blog posts disappeared from a website. Now she’s fending off attacks on her record as a businesswoman and as a voter.

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