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 LA Councilman Jose Huizar Declines To Run For Becerra's Congressional Seat
KCBS - Dec. 5, 10:24 am
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 The Latest: GOP leader warns against Trump plan for tariffs
Sacramento Bee - Dec. 5, 8:47 am
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 The Latest: Trump's daughter, Ivanka, to meet with Al Gore
San Francisco Chronicle - Dec. 5, 8:46 am
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 Al Gore calls meeting with Donald Trump 'productive'
L.A. Daily News - Dec. 5, 11:11 am
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 Jerry Brown says U.S. can't "go rogue" on climate change under Donald Trump
Sacramento Bee - Dec. 5, 2:30 pm
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 House, Senate Leaders Reach Deal On California Drought

(AP) - House and Senate leaders have reached a bipartisan agreement on a bill to authorize $170 million for Flint, Michigan and other cities beleaguered by lead in drinking water, and to provide relief to drought-stricken California. A vote could be ... »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Drought, Dianne Feinstein, Kevin McCarthy, water
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 Gov. Brown Comments On Union Contract Deal

Details are emerging about the tentative contract between Governor Jerry Brown's administration and SEIU Local 1000, a union that represents 95,000 state employees. The deal calls for an 11.5 percent raise over three years starting next July, and a ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Legislature, SEIU
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 California prepares to fight Trump on immigration, other issues

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - Lawmakers in Democrat-controlled California are already laying the groundwork to fight President-elect Donald Trump's conservative populist agenda. »Read

In this article: Xavier Becerra, Jerry Brown, Hillary Clinton, Legislature, Anthony Rendon
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 Last-minute push for California drought legislation creates friction between Feinstein and Boxer

House Republican leaders and California’s senior senator announced Monday a new attempt to pass legislation that would increase water deliveries to San Joaquin Valley agribusiness and Southern California. The 90-page proposal was added to a water ... »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Drought, Dianne Feinstein, Jared Huffman, Kevin McCarthy, water
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 New era begins in L.A. County government as 'supermajority' of Democrats takes the helm

 A new era began Monday at the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors with the end of the old guard and the inauguration of a generation of board members that is likely to accelerate a shift toward more liberal policies on a variety of issues. ... »Read

In this article: Michael D. Antonovich, Janice Hahn, Sheila Kuehl, minimum wage, Hilda L. Solis
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 Jerry Brown on climate change: 'I think Washington will come around'

Gov. Jerry Brown said he will continue to press his signature issue of addressing climate change at a press conference on Dec. 5, 2016, contending it will be difficult for the U.S. to “go rogue” on the topic with Donald Trump as president, ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Kevin De Leon, Anthony Rendon
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 How far can California go to resist Trump crackdown?

As many as 3 million California residents are in the country illegally, which means the state has an extraordinary stake in President-elect Donald Trump’s declared intention to crack down on … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: illegal immigration, Ricardo Lara, Legislature, Anthony Rendon
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 California lawmakers aim to protect immigrants from Trump

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- California lawmakers on Monday urged President-elect Donald Trump to refrain from pursuing mass deportations and introduced urgent legislation to fund immigration lawyers and help public defenders protect the ... »Read

In this article: Rob Bonta, Jerry Brown, Kevin De Leon, Ben Hueso, John Moorlach
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 After investigation into missing guns, new bill calls for police to track weapons

A state bill introduced Monday would require California law enforcement agencies to keep track of their guns and establish a reporting procedure for when police lose them.State Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, said he introduced the legislation in ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Jerry Hill
Bills: SB 22,
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 Boxer slams water bill rider backed by Feinstein

WASHINGTON — Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Bakersfield, teamed up Monday to slip a legislative rider into a giant end-of-year water infrastructure bill that would override endangered species ... »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Drought, Dianne Feinstein, Kevin McCarthy, water
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 Boxer, Feinstein in angry split over new California water-bill plan

A controversial California water bill that’s sparked years of fighting has been added to a fast-moving measure, boosting the chance the water measures will pass Congress but sharply dividing the … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Jim Costa, Dianne Feinstein, Jared Huffman, Kevin McCarthy, David G. Valadao, water
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 Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter and YouTube team up to fight terrorist propaganda

Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter and YouTube are joining forces to more quickly identify the worst terrorist propaganda and prevent it from spreading online. The program announced Monday would create a database of unique digital “fingerprints” to ... »Read

In this article: Dianne Feinstein, Loretta Lynch
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 The Latest: California to weigh funding immigration lawyers

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- The Latest on California lawmakers proposing bills to protect immigrants (all times local):... »Read

In this article: Rob Bonta, Ben Hueso, Legislature
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 Tech companies move to target terrorist propaganda online

Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter and YouTube are joining forces to more quickly identify the worst terrorist propaganda and prevent it from spreading online. The new program announced Monday would create a … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Dianne Feinstein, Loretta Lynch
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 House, Senate leaders reach deal on Calif. drought, Flint

WASHINGTON (AP) -- House and Senate leaders reached agreement Monday on a bipartisan bill to authorize $170 million for Flint, Michigan, and other cities beleaguered by lead in drinking water, and to provide relief to drought-stricken ... »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Drought, Dianne Feinstein, Kevin McCarthy, water
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 Anthony Rendon challenges Trump on immigrants: 'This is our day one'

Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, D-Paramount, joined other elected officials in vowing to stand up to president-elect Donald Trump on immigration on Dec 5, 2016 in Sacramento. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Kevin De Leon, Anthony Rendon, Yvonne Walker
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 Former California senator lands six-figure appointment

Marty Block, a state senator from San Diego who, under great political pressure, decided not to seek a second term, got a lucrative consolation prize Monday from Gov. Jerry Brown … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Toni Atkins, Martin Block, Jerry Brown, unemployment insurance
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 Kevin de Leon: California won't 'regress back to the politics of scapegoating'

Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León, D-Los Angeles, opened his chamber’s business on December 5, 2016 by accepting the election results but rebuffing Trump. He urged Trump and the Republican-controlled Congress to “treat immigrant families ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Kevin Johnson, Yvonne Walker
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 Wendy Carrillo, whose parents brought her to the country from El Salvador illegally, enters race for Becerra seat

Essential Politics: California Legislature returns to work, lawmakers seek help for the poor when it comes to bail Dec. 5, 2016, 3:35 p.m. This is Essential Politics, our daily look at California political and government news. Here's what we're ... »Read

In this article: Xavier Becerra, Jimmy Gomez, Legislature
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 Wendy Carrillo, whose mother brought her to the country from El Salvador illegally, enters race for Becerra seat

Essential Politics: California Legislature returns to work, lawmakers seek help for the poor when it comes to bail Dec. 5, 2016, 3:35 p.m. This is Essential Politics, our daily look at California political and government news. Here's what we're ... »Read

In this article: Xavier Becerra, Jimmy Gomez, Legislature
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 California lawmakers urge Trump on immigration

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- Democratic state lawmakers passed a resolution Monday urging President-elect Donald Trump not to pursue mass deportations and to uphold a program for young immigrants in the country illegally over protests from ... »Read

In this article: Kevin De Leon, Legislature, John Moorlach
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 Neither Gov. Jerry Brown nor his pick for California attorney general sound the alarm on a Trump administration

Essential Politics: California Legislature returns to work, lawmakers seek help for the poor when it comes to bail Dec. 5, 2016, 3:35 p.m. This is Essential Politics, our daily look at California political and government news. Here's what we're ... »Read

In this article: Xavier Becerra, Jerry Brown, Kamala Harris, Legislature
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 Jerry Brown says he has to be cautious in state worker contract deals

Gov. Jerry Brown, reacting on Dec. 5, 2016 to a tentative contract for California's largest state worker union, said the administration must be prudent. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Yvonne Walker
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 Jerry Brown says U.S. can't "go rogue" on climate change under Donald Trump

California Gov. Jerry Brown, in his most extensive remarks since the election last month, took a measured approach to President-elect Donald Trump on Monday, avoiding partisan comments while pledging not … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Xavier Becerra, Jerry Brown, Legislature, Anthony Rendon, water
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 Donald Trump taps former campaign rival Ben Carson as housing secretary

WASHINGTON - President-elect Donald Trump, moving to complete formation of his Cabinet and decide other key posts, chose former campaign rival Ben Carson on Monday to be secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development.Trump's decision, ... »Read

In this article: Rudy Giuliani, Nancy Pelosi, Early Primary, Mitt Romney
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 Jerry Brown: California will work to ensure laws are enforced fairly

Gov. Jerry Brown, joined Monday, Dec. 5, 2016, by his nominee for Attorney General, Xavier Becerra, said California would collaborate where possible with President-elect Donald Trump but also uphold the state's values. … Click to Continue ... »Read

In this article: Xavier Becerra, Jerry Brown, Yvonne Walker
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 California lawmakers to Trump: 'if you want to get to (immigrants), you have to go through us'

Previewing an adversarial relationship between California and the federal government over the next four years, legislative leaders opened a new session on Monday by vowing to preserve California’s liberal agenda … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Rocky Chavez, Ricardo Lara, Legislature, Marc Levine, Melissa Melendez, Anthony Rendon, water
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 The next big step for California on climate change

The California Air Resources Board is proposing an important climate change reduction plan that will help residents breathe easier, eat healthier and reduce food waste. The Short-Lived Climate Pollutant Reduction … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Air Resources Board, Drought
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 Trump taps Carson to lead housing agency

NEW YORK — President-elect Donald Trump, moving closer to filling his Cabinet, chose former campaign rival Ben Carson on Monday to be secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development. In a statement, Trump said he was “thrilled to ... »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Nancy Pelosi, Early Primary
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 Trump taps Ben Carson to head HUD and meets with Al Gore

President-elect Donald Trump picked former rival Ben Carson to head the Department of Housing and Urban Development and held a meeting with former Vice President Al Gore on Monday. »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Rudy Giuliani, Nancy Pelosi, Early Primary, Mitt Romney
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 Moderate Democrats could derail a liberal wish list

With Democrats new supermajority in the state Legislature, they'll have no trouble raising taxes, passing emergency bills and putting constitutional amendments on the ballot, right? Not exactly. Although gains in the Nov. 8 election mean Democrats ... »Read

In this article: Proposition 13, Assembly Democrats, Jerry Brown, Cheryl Brown, California Target Book, global warming, illegal immigration, Legislature, Steven R. Maviglio, minimum wage, Anthony Rendon, Split roll, water, David Wolfe
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 SEIU Local 1000 contract deal includes delayed raise, $2,500 signing bonus

State workers whose union called off a strike last week will have to wait until next summer for a raise under a tentative contract their leaders approved, but they’ll get … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, SEIU
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 How should California Democrats use their supermajority? Question of the Week

The California Legislature opened a new session Dec. 5 with Democrats holding more than two-thirds of the seats in both the state Senate and Assembly after an election that defied the national trend toward Republicans.Democrats' supermajority in the ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Robert Huff, Legislature, Eric Linder, Albert Y. Muratsuchi
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 Al Gore calls meeting with Donald Trump 'productive'

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Latest on President-elect Donald Trump (all times EST):1:10 p.m.Former Vice President Al Gore says he had a 'productive' meeting with President-elect Donald Trump.Gore met with Trump at Trump Tower on Monday and spoke briefly ... »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Kevin McCarthy, Nancy Pelosi, Dana Rohrabacher
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 California governor, Legislature are now highest paid in nation

Essential Politics: California Legislature returns to work, lawmakers seek help for the poor when it comes to bail Dec. 5, 2016, 11:11 a.m. This is Essential Politics, our daily look at California political and government news. Here's what we're ... »Read

In this article: Xavier Becerra, Board of Equalization, Jerry Brown, Tom Lackey, Legislature, state budget
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 McClatchy editorial cartoons for the week of Dec. 5, 2016

Visual views offered by cartoonists from around the McClatchy network … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Xavier Becerra, Kevin Johnson, SEIU
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 California Democrats try to thwart Trump's immigration policies

California Democrats are introducing a host of bills aimed at stopping President-elect Donald Trump’s immigration policies, real or perceived, from taking effect in the state. One package of bills consists of urgent measures that, if passed, would ... »Read

In this article: Kevin De Leon, Ricardo Lara, Legislature
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 Tax-free tampons proposal is back as California Legislature returns

Essential Politics: California Legislature returns to work, lawmakers seek help for the poor when it comes to bail Dec. 5, 2016, 11:11 a.m. This is Essential Politics, our daily look at California political and government news. Here's what we're ... »Read

In this article: Board of Equalization, Jerry Brown, Legislature
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 LA Councilman Jose Huizar Declines To Run For Becerra's Congressional Seat

City Councilman Jose Huizar took himself out of the running Monday for the congressional seat expected to be vacated by Rep. Xavier Becerra, who accepted Gov. Jerry Brown’s nomination for California Attorney General last week. »Read

In this article: Xavier Becerra, Jerry Brown, Jimmy Gomez, Kamala Harris, Jose Huizar, Legislature
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 California lawmakers aim to make bail reform top priority in the upcoming legislative session

Essential Politics: California Legislature returns to work, lawmakers seek help for the poor when it comes to bail Dec. 5, 2016, 9:57 a.m. This is Essential Politics, our daily look at California political and government news. Here's what we're ... »Read

In this article: Rob Bonta, Bob Hertzberg, Legislature
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 Choice of Becerra for attorney general shakes up California politics: Thomas Elias

All through his career, unpredictability has been the hallmark of Gov. Jerry Brown, and he did it again by choosing 12-term Democratic Rep. Xavier Becerra of Los Angeles as California's next attorney general.With his confirmation by a ... »Read

In this article: Xavier Becerra, Barbara Boxer, Jerry Brown, John Chiang, Gray Davis, George Deukmejian, Thomas D. Elias, Kevin Faulconer, Dianne Feinstein, Kamala Harris, Dave Jones, Legislature, Gavin Newsom, Loretta Sanchez, Ashley Swearengin, Antonio Villaraigosa
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 Los Angeles City Council member won't seek Becerra seat

Essential Politics: California Legislature returns to work, lawmakers seek help for the poor when it comes to bail Dec. 5, 2016, 9:57 a.m. This is Essential Politics, our daily look at California political and government news. Here's what we're ... »Read

In this article: Xavier Becerra, Jimmy Gomez, Jose Huizar, Legislature
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 The Latest: GOP leader warns against Trump plan for tariffs

The Latest on President-elect Donald Trump (all times EST): 11:40 a.m. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy says imposing tariffs on companies that move their operations overseas could result in a … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Kevin McCarthy, Nancy Pelosi, Dana Rohrabacher
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 The Latest: Green Party sues for Pennsylvania vote recount

Lawyers for the Green Party have filed a lawsuit asking a federal judge to order a recount of Pennsylvania's presidential election results. The lawsuit was filed Monday morning in Philadelphia against state elections officials. Green Party ... »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, electronic voting, Mark Gold
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 The Latest: Trump's daughter, Ivanka, to meet with Al Gore

Gore told supporters of Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton last month that Trump would walk away from international efforts to reduce carbon emissions. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he is appreciative that Ben Carson is willing to ... »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Nancy Pelosi, Dana Rohrabacher
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