Conservative group spends $3.5 million on Central Valley race once considered safe

Essential Politics: Presidential write-in options announced for California, politics podcast digs deep on the Trump effect Oct. 31, 2016, 1:57 p.m. This is Essential Politics, our daily feed on California politics and government news. Here’s what we’re watching: California voters can write in presidential…

Today in Entertainment: Worlds Series is a ratings hit and CNN comments on Donna Brazile’s resignation

Today in Entertainment: Worlds Series is a ratings hit and CNN comments on Donna Brazile’s resignation Oct. 31, 2016, 3:28 p.m. Here’s what’s new and interesting in the world of entertainment and the arts today: Cubs and Indians are a World Series ratings hit for FoxCNN accepted Donna Brazile’s…

‘Rigged 2016’ isn’t the election documentary you think it is

Google “Rigged documentary” and you’ll turn up many search results that aren’t actually for “Rigged 2016,” a nonfiction film directed by Bobby Sheehan being rushed into theaters a week before election day. Opening with footage from the first presidential debate in late September, the film is certainly…

The Rev. Al Sharpton and civil rights leaders hold rally in support of Proposition 61

Essential Politics: Presidential write-in options announced for California, politics podcast digs deep on the Trump effect Oct. 31, 2016, 1:57 p.m. This is Essential Politics, our daily feed on California politics and government news. Here’s what we’re watching: California voters can write in presidential…

Hillary Clinton urges backers not to be distracted by email developments. ‘There is no case here’

Campaign 2016 updates: Can the warrant for Clinton’s emails upend the race? Oct. 31, 2016, 2:17 p.m. Donald Trump campaigns in Michigan on Monday. Hillary Clinton heads to the battleground state of Ohio after a weekend of new email controversies. The FBI has a warrant to look at newfound emails…