PoliticsCA.com launched in August 2003 and is operated by The Publius Group. For the history buffs among us, Publius was the pseudonym used by James Madison, Alexander Hamilton and John Jay when they wrote the Federalist Papers.

Our editor, Penelope Scott, works around the clock to make PoliticsCA.com a great resource for all observers of the California political scene. But she's also using it as a means to inject some fresh views into the political arena. With all due respect to California's print and electronic journalists, there is an awful lot of interesting inside political news that does not make it in print or on the air.

In fact, that's why PoliticsCA.com began. Like so many great ideas of the last 20 years, it was hatched in the center of a California megalopolis, over a dimly lit bar. During a chance meeting, a shared lament spawned this thought: Hey, wouldn't it be great if we could ditch the bull, and share what we really know is going on out there? Especially the stuff that is so often left out of the coverage we read, listen to and watch every day?

Yeah, we thought. It WOULD be great.

Of course, money is the mother's milk of politics, but good information is its life blood. It's what political junkies thrive on.

So we're here to give you your fix.

We readily admit that some of us here at PoliticsCA.com are not completely unbiased. Like you, we have favorites and, like you, there are some California pols who we are not at all enamored with. You will probably be able to figure that out on your own.

Finally (and most importantly), you can impact how good this site becomes. Send us information about campaigns, elections and politics and we’ll respect your confidentiality in the same way our sister Publius sites in New Hampshire, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York and Vermont have become famous for.

Give us ideas about what you’d like to see us include on our site. Provide us with links, cartoons, news reports, or anything you believe your fellow political junkies would enjoy taking a look at. Link your website to ours, and ours to yours. And give us feedback, even if you don’t agree with what we say.

You can contact us any time, day or night. Just dash off an email to pscott@politicsca.com.

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