Nancy McFadden Got the Job Done with Confidence & Poise

Steven Maviglio
Principal of Forza Communications, a Sacramento-based public affairs/campaign firm

Nancy McFadden, Gov. Jerry Brown’s Chief of Staff and former top advisor to President Bill Clinton, Vice President Al Gore, and Gov. Gray Davis—and most importantly my colleague and my friend, died Friday at her home in Sacramento. She was 59. Chiefs of staff to governors fulfill that role in different ways. Nancy’s way – as she […]

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Winners and Losers at California Democratic Party Convention

Steven Maviglio
Principal of Forza Communications, a Sacramento-based public affairs/campaign firm

If you thought the California Democratic Party’s last convention dominated by a battle for party chair was wild, take that event and put it on steroids. Then you’d have last weekend’s jamboree in San Diego. The main event was the endorsement process, where party delegates get to vote to back candidates for major offices. The results (which […]

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Job Well Done

Steven Maviglio
Principal of Forza Communications, a Sacramento-based public affairs/campaign firm

Governor Brown could walk out the door of the horseshoe today and feel good about his successes governor. He’s closed a $27 billion budget deficit and built up hefty reserves. Increased by tens of billions support for education. Reduced the nagging prison overcrowding problem. And, of course, cemented California’s leadership on tackling climate change on […]

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California’s Democratic Lawmakers Shouldn’t Fear Primary Threats Over Single-Payer

Steven Maviglio
Principal of Forza Communications, a Sacramento-based public affairs/campaign firm

Backers of the single-payer health care legislation, Senate Bill 562, have made it clear in trying to bully state lawmakers that if they don’t support their bill, they’ll run candidates against them in next June’s primaries. Assembly Democrats should call their bluff. Because the threat of knocking off incumbent lawmakers with single-payer as a litmus […]

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The “Mighty” California Nurses Association/National Nurses Union? Not So Much 

Steven Maviglio
Principal of Forza Communications, a Sacramento-based public affairs/campaign firm

Rack up another high-profile loss for the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United, as the union’s backed candidate for California Democratic Party chair, Kimberly Ellis, was defeated by party stalwart Eric Bauman on Saturday night. (Most of the state’s unions with electoral success, including the California Professional Firefighters, California Faculty Association and the Building Trades were […]

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California’s Plastic Bag Ban On Track for Passage in November

Steven Maviglio
Principal of Forza Communications, a Sacramento-based public affairs/campaign firm

One of the marquee measures in the November election will be the last measure on the ballot: the referendum on Senate Bill 270, the law signed by Governor Jerry Brown to ban single-use plastic bags. Supporters of the ban will be seeking a “Yes” vote. To date, plastic bag manufacturers have spent $5.96 million toward […]

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TURN’s Turn on Solar Industry Shows It’s Becoming Increasingly Out-of-Touch with Californians

Steven Maviglio
Principal of Forza Communications, a Sacramento-based public affairs/campaign firm

Last month’s decision by the California Public Utilities Commission to allow the state’s fast-growing solar industry to move forward without burdensome new fees and regulations was widely embraced by the state’s technology leaders and environmental groups. But there was one self-proclaimed consumer group — The Utility Reform Network, better known as TURN — that fought the solar […]

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How to Get Votes in New Hampshire—A Personal Story

Steven Maviglio
Principal of Forza Communications, a Sacramento-based public affairs/campaign firm

Thirty years ago, when I was campaigning for a seat in the 400-member New Hampshire House (yes, 400 members), I spent my weekends at the Sanbornton Town Landfill engaging voters. Since my Lakes Region town with its 2900 residents had no street garbage collection, it was the one place that everyone in town showed up […]

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2018 Will Be No Better for Reed/DeMaio Pension Measures

Steven Maviglio
Principal of Forza Communications, a Sacramento-based public affairs/campaign firm

In their decision this week to abandon their 2016 ballot measures designed to slash retirement security for teachers, firefighters, police officers and other public workers, former San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed and former San Diego City Councilmember Carl DeMaio predicted that their chances would be better in 2018. Their thinking? It’s an off-year election, more […]

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More Blows for Reed and DeMaio as Pension Efforts Ring in the New Year

Steven Maviglio
Principal of Forza Communications, a Sacramento-based public affairs/campaign firm

A holiday blizzard of bad news has hit former San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed and former San Diego City Council member Carl DeMaio, undermining their efforts on two state ballot measures to reduce retirement security for public workers. In early December, the long-running battle between the City of San Jose and the city’s police department […]

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