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 California is right to fight Trump. His idea of states' rights is clearly limited
Los Angeles Times - Jan. 23, 12:05 am
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 How much money is your vote worth? Here's what California House candidates spent in 2016
Los Angeles Times - Jan. 23, 12:05 am
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 What to watch during Trump's first week in office
CBS News - Jan. 22, 5:47 pm
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 Valley forum to focus on housing for middle-class workers
L.A. Daily News - Jan. 22, 5:03 pm
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 The perfect meme for the 'alternative facts' era: #seanspicersays
Washington Post - Jan. 22, 3:43 pm
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 CalWatchdog Morning Read - January 23

Snack tax may soon be back Voter fraud test Cap and trade suit vital to state’s environmental policies Newsom: Thiel gubernatorial run could be “intriguing” Voters removed much wiggle room »Read

In this article: Xavier Becerra, Cristina Garcia, Gavin Newsom
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 Essential Politics: Trump sets the tone in first weekend

With his swearing-in over, Donald Trump is the president now and he moved quickly over the weekend to start work on his priorities. I'm Sarah Wire. Welcome to the Monday edition of Essential Politics. Here are the important things that happened ... »Read

In this article: Xavier Becerra, Jerry Brown, Jimmy Gomez, Kevin McCarthy, Chris Megerian, John Myers, Dana Rohrabacher, George Skelton
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 California Lawmakers Consider Easing Self-Driving Permit Process After Uber Tests Vehicles In Arizona

By Daniel PotterCalifornia lawmakers are mulling over the state’s rules for self-driving cars. Currently, 20 companies have permission to test autonomous vehicles on state roads. Last month, one that’s not on that list – Uber ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Hill, Phil Ting
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 Trump to nominate Heather Wilson as Air Force secretary

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump will nominate former U.S. Representative Heather Wilson to become Air Force secretary, the White House said on Monday. »Read

In this article: Heather D. Wilson, Heather Wilson
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 Looking Ahead"and Back"at the State of the State Address

Governor Jerry Brown’s 14th State of the State address tomorrow undoubtedly will carry a defense of California policies in the era of President Donald Trump. But what else might we expect and hope to hear from the governor? During last year’s ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought, minimum wage, state budget, water
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 High Speed Rail Progress is Mis-Reported

I have to agree with part of Joel Fox’s commentary on the High-Speed Rail Program, in the wake of yet another over-the-top, totally inaccurate report from the LA Times. The title of his piece was “Enough Already!” That’s just how I feel. ... »Read

In this article: Joel Fox, High-Speed Rail
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 High Speed Rail Progress is Misreported

I have to agree with part of Joel Fox’s commentary on the High-Speed Rail Program, in the wake of yet another over-the-top, totally inaccurate report from the LA Times. The title of his piece was “Enough Already!” That’s just how I feel. ... »Read

In this article: Joel Fox, High-Speed Rail
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 Remember that California is a Democracy, and the U.S. Is Not

Californians shouldn’t apologize for challenging the new administration or its democratic legitimacy. Because California is a democracy – albeit a very flawed one – and the United States is not. California elects the people who win the most ... »Read

In this article: referendum, Senate Democrats
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 Xavier Becerra faces final attorney general confirmation vote in California Senate

Welcome to the AM Alert, your morning run-down on California policy and politics. To receive it regularly, please sign up for it here. We may be only a day away … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Xavier Becerra, Jerry Brown, Kamala Harris, Legislature, Nancy Pelosi
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 What I Saw at the Inauguration

The Trump era has begun!  That’s what the news media are telling us.  The Trump era actually began over a year and a half ago when Donald J. Trump, a not so ordinary American citizen, rode down an escalator and announced his candidacy for ... »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton
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 Six Things About Donald Trump's Inauguration

I awoke Friday with butterflies. As a scion of DC politics and a long-time practitioner of it, Inauguration Day, regardless of president or party, always leaves me excited and appreciative of the country in which I live. As the live feeds scrolled ... »Read
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 Donald Trump's reality, as told by Sean Spicer - and many others

On behalf of The Sacramento Bee’s editorial board, welcome to The Take, your opinion-politics newsletter. Please sign up for it here. Our take Editorials Sacramento police on right path to … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Doris O. Matsui, renewable energy, Dan Walters
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 The big one - a major storm - slams California

Good morning. It’s Monday, Jan. 23, and here’s what is happening across California: TOP STORIES The big one Forecasters had predicted this storm would be the strongest in several years, and it didn’t disappoint. While earlier storms produced ... »Read

In this article: Xavier Becerra, Drought, Kevin Faulconer, John Garamendi, Edwin M. Lee, Kevin McCarthy, Barack Obama, Linda T. Sanchez, Mike Thompson, Antonio Villaraigosa
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 California lawmakers will consider measure to shield immigrants from deportation in minor drug cases

Essential Politics: State lawmakers watch Trump's inauguration, De León has harsh words for the new president Jan. 23, 2017, 5 a.m. This is Essential Politics, our daily look at California political and government news. Here's what we're watching ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Susan Talamantes Eggman
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 Should California's new attorney general sue Trump early and often? Absolutely not

The California state Senate is poised to confirm Xavier Becerra, a congressman and son of Mexican immigrants, as California’s next attorney general. Becerra’s appointment is a forceful rebuke to President Donald Trump’s politics of racial ... »Read

In this article: Xavier Becerra, Debbie Mesloh, Barack Obama
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 Why did Sacramento commuter train suddenly jolt? Amtrak isn't saying

More than six weeks after a Sacramento passenger train jolted violently, injuring one passenger and causing others to fear it would derail, Amtrak officials still have not disclosed what happened … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Lucas Frerichs, Matt Williams
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 After years of drought, Sacramento confronts an old foe: Flood risk

In the years before California’s drought, it wasn’t unusual for Sacramentans to spend winters worrying about floods. After more than five years with little rain, the past two weeks delivered … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Christopher Cabaldon, Drought, Legislature, water
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 California Inc.: Looking for a tech job? L.A. is the place to be

Welcome to California Inc., the weekly newsletter of the L.A. Times Business Section. I’m Business columnist David Lazarus, and here’s a rundown of upcoming stories this week and the highlights of last week. California ended the year adding just ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Legislature, minimum wage, state budget
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 Urban Humanities Pedagogy: The Classroom, Education, and New Humanities

Jonathan Banfill Todd Presner Maite Zubiaurre At University of California, Los Angeles, the Humanities are located at both the historic and symbolic center of the university, on the main quad in three of the original buildings erected on the campus: ... »Read
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 California attorney general nominee faces final hurdle

In their first official action since Donald Trump became president, California lawmakers are poised vote Monday on confirming an attorney general nominee who has vowed to defend the state's liberal … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Rocky Chavez, global warming, greenhouse gas, Kamala Harris, Legislature, Barack Obama
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 Water, water everywhere*

<p><strong>The biggest storm to hit California in years <a href=http:* <p><strong>L.A. Times' MATT HAMILTON/FRANK SHYONG/ADAM ELMAHREK/HOWaRD BLUME</strong>: "The third in a series of powerful winter ... »Read

In this article: Drought, George Skelton, water
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 How much money is your vote worth? Here's what California House candidates spent in 2016

If you want to snag one of California's 53 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives, start saving: The average winner in 2016 spent $1.5 million to be a part of the country's largest congressional delegation.  While some races were cheap, sleepy ... »Read

In this article: Xavier Becerra, Amerish Bera, California Target Book, Jeff Denham, Mark DeSaulnier, Janice Hahn, Isadore Hall, Michael Honda, Darrell Issa, Ro Khanna, Stephen T. Knight, Jessica A. Levinson, Kevin McCarthy, Nancy Pelosi, David G. Valadao
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 California is right to fight Trump. His idea of states' rights is clearly limited

President Donald Trump began his inaugural address with words that might have heartened nervous California Democrats. But then he warmed up and reverted to the familiar campaigner-in-chief. Like many Republican leaders, Trump preached states’ ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, illegal immigration, Legislature, Anthony Rendon, George Skelton, Anthony Wright
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 What to watch during Trump's first week in office

With action on Capitol Hill, a visit from a major foreign leader and the GOP retreat in Philadelphia, it's shaping up to be a busy week »Read

In this article: Kevin McCarthy, Nancy Pelosi, Senate Democrats
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 Valley forum to focus on housing for middle-class workers

It's a short acronym - H.O.W. - but the three letters support a big idea.They stand for 'Housing Our Workers.' It is not a new idea but it is a problem that is more vexing than ever, especially here in the San Fernando Valley.Some numbers that ... »Read

In this article: Robert Blumenfield, Paul Koretz
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 The perfect meme for the 'alternative facts' era: #seanspicersays

After the press secretary's first press conference, a hashtag was born. »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Thomas Johnson, John Lewis, Barack Obama
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