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What Happens When Extremism Becomes Mainstream?

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Dianne Feinstein pleas for GOP votes on drought bill

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Study Finds Tripling Tobacco Tax Would Ignite Smuggling

"Russian & Armenian Organized Crime Groups from Sacramento & Southern California when the Tobacco Tax was increased I think 10 years ago, created a brand new and largely uncontrolled form of smuggling where Ryder or Uhaul Trucks were driven to Indian Reservations in Las Vegas and their is nothing that Ag Inspection in Barstow could do, there is nothing illegal in hauling Cigarettes as long as there is a bill of sale."

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Kings owners set to announce deal with labor unions on downtown arena construction

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Minimum wage bill advances to Senate floor

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 The Forced Union Sales Pitch Bill
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 Intervenor Fees -- The Hidden Secret of ConsumerWatchdogs Prop 45
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 EPA: Delta water project tunnels would violate the Clean Water Act
AroundTheCapitol.com/The Roundup - Aug. 29, 7:42 am
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 The Looming Bipartisan Backlash Against Unionized Government
Fox & Hounds Daily - Aug. 29, 6:18 am
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 Viewpoints: Be warned: Costs for Californians under Obamacare about to spike
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 Dan Walters: Hueso DUI arrest not exactly unusual

The arrest of State Sen. Ben Hueso on suspicion of drunken driving was not that unusual. »Read

In this article: Lorena Gonzalez, Ben Hueso, Legislature
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 California Senate approves film tax credit bill

A bill that would more than triple funding for California's film and TV tax credit program was overwhelmingly approved by the state Senate. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Film tax
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 Mentally ill California prisoners to be housed in special units, offered more treatment

SACRAMENTO -- State corrections officials on Friday agreed to shift mentally ill inmates into separate specialized housing that will offer them more treatment instead of placing them in the same isolation units as other inmates, a decision that ... »Read

In this article: Deborah Hoffman, Lawrence Karlton
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 Lawmakers pass bill to reduce gifts from lobbyists

The state Senate approved legislation Friday to reduce the value of gifts lobbyists may give lawmakers and state officials, moving the bill forward at the end of a legislative session marked by scandal. State Sen. Kevin de Leon, D-Los Angeles, ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Ron Calderon, Kevin De Leon, Leland Yee
Bills: SB 1443,
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 No place like home: Senate foes raise questions

Two candidates officially live with their parents. One rents a room from a contributor. Another won and lost elections in one state, then moved to another in a bid to get back into the U.S. Senate. »Read

In this article: Michael Honda, Ro Khanna
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 Keeping up on labor bills in final day of legislative session

Here is a quick update on labor bills moving through the Capitol. Headed to the governor: Sharing liabilities for temp workers Under Assembly Bill 1897, employers would share certain liabilities with a contractor or temp agency. Business groups ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Roger Hernandez, Legislature, sick leave
Bills: AB 1522, AB 1897, AB 2416,
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 Joe Biden is heading to New Hampshire

Vice President Joe Biden is hitting the road Wednesday for an event on the economy. In itself this is not remarkable, until one considers the location: New Hampshire. Biden, as we all know, has not ruled out the prospect of a 2016 presidential run. ... »Read

In this article: Joe Biden, minimum wage, Early Primary
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 Calif. On Verge Of Regulating Groundwater Supply For 1st Time

The state Assembly on Friday voted 44-27 to send the bill, AB1739, to Gov. Jerry Brown, whose administration has been shaping the rules. Two companion bills were sent to the Senate and were expected to win approval later in the day. »Read

In this article: Toni Atkins, Jerry Brown, Brian Dahle, Roger Dickinson, Fran Pavley, water
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 Galloway Gets LaborFed Endorsement in Anaheim; Moreno Doesn't

Lorri Galloway, the DPOC endorsed candidate for Mayor in Anaheim, received more good news this week with the notification that the Orange County LaborFeb is backing her with a formal endorsement in a three-way race for Mayor against current Mayor ... »Read

In this article: Lucille Kring, Jose Moreno
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 California mentally ill inmates get special units

State corrections officials agreed Friday to shift mentally ill inmates into separate specialized housing that offer them more treatment instead of placing them in the same isolation units used for other inmates, a decision that marks a major shift ... »Read

In this article: Deborah Hoffman, Lawrence Karlton
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 Historic groundwater legislation passed by California Assembly

The state Assembly today narrowly approved a package of bills designed to regulate the pumping of groundwater in California for the first time in state history and make the most significant changes to state water law in 50 years. »Read

In this article: Connie Conway, Roger Dickinson, Henry Perea, water
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 They diss CEOs, but OK big tax credits

Senate Democrats met with one of nation’s richest men, then they decried high-paid CEOs. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Legislature, James Nielsen, Senate Democrats, Thomas F. Steyer
Bills: SB 1372,
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 California Assembly passes historic groundwater legislation

The state Assembly today narrowly approved a package of bills designed to regulate the pumping of groundwater in California for the first time in state history and make the most significant changes to state water law in 50 years. »Read

In this article: Connie Conway, Roger Dickinson, Henry Perea, water
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 Lawmakers send Board of Equalization HQ bill to Jerry Brown

The Assembly sent legislation to Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday that would take a small step toward moving the Board of Equalization out of its defective headquarters in downtown Sacramento. Scaffolding on the top of the parking garage serving the ... »Read

In this article: Board of Equalization, Jerry Brown, Roger Dickinson, Legislature, Richard Pan, Darrell Steinberg, water
Bills: AB 1656,
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 Tom Torlakson will appeal California teacher tenure ruling

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson will appeal the June court ruling that California’s teacher tenure laws are unconstitutional. State schools chief Tom Torlakson meets with parents in Sacramento to talk about ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Legislature, Tom Torlakson
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 California mentally ill inmates move to special units

State corrections officials have agreed to shift mentally ill inmates into specialized housing units instead of placing them in isolation, a decision that marks a major shift in how the system deals with such prisoners. »Read

In this article: Deborah Hoffman, Lawrence Karlton
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 Labor-backed bill for private contractors passes Senate

The state Senate on Friday approved legislation prohibiting private EMTs and other contractors from using logos for public agencies they serve without identifying themselves as contractors. State Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Mark Leno, Alex Padilla, Darrell Steinberg
Bills: SB 556,
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 Saturday's TV Highlights and Weekend Talk: 'Doctor Who'

Customized TV Listings are available here: www.latimes.com/tvtimes »Read

In this article: Lanhee Chen, Dianne Feinstein, John McCain, Bill Richardson
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 Groundwater regulations headed to Gov. Jerry Brown

California is on the verge of regulating its groundwater supply for the first time, as the worst drought in a generation pushed state leaders to overhaul the state's longstanding 'pump-as-you-please' policy. »Read

In this article: Toni Atkins, Jerry Brown, Brian Dahle, Roger Dickinson, Fran Pavley, water
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 Bills to deter wrongful convictions go to governor

California lawmakers sent Gov. Jerry Brown a pair of bills Friday designed to thwart or reverse wrongful criminal convictions. »Read

In this article: Tom Ammiano, Jerry Brown, Legislature, Ted W. Lieu
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 Winking at 2016, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence courts Koch brothers summit

With a nod to a potential presidential candidacy, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence pitched himself to a prominent crowd of conservative activists Friday by criticizing the last Republican administration in Washington, that of George W. Bush. »Read

In this article: George W. Bush, Carol Jones, No Child Left Behind, water
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 Feds critical of California twin tunnel project

Federal officials say a pair of giant water diversion tunnels proposed for Northern California could violate the federal Clean Water Act and harm endangered fish. »Read

In this article: Jared Blumenfeld, Richard Stapler, water
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 Sunday on 'This Week': The ISIS Terror Threat

This Sunday, “This Weekâ€? covers the latest on the terror threat warnings over ISIS. And the powerhouse roundtable debates all the week’s politics, with Rep. Tom Cole, R-Oklahoma, ABC News political analyst Matthew Dowd, former New ... »Read

In this article: Matthew Dowd, Bill Richardson
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 California's 'yes means yes' bill: how it addresses campus sexual assault

California lawmakers passed a bill Thursday that would require colleges to set a standard of ‘affirmative consent’ for sexual activity. If the bill becomes law, California would be the first state to handle campus sexual assault this way. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Kristin Olsen
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 Sandy recovery, sun boost Jersey shore business

BELMAR, N.J. (AP) -- Good weather and greater awareness that the Jersey shore has made huge strides in recovering from Superstorm Sandy helped make the second summer after the storm better than the first one, many merchants and elected officials ... »Read

In this article: minimum wage, Tom Rogers
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 Roundtable: Minimum Wage, Bill Fulton and Bud Selig Plaza

The San Diego City Council passed a minimum wage increase by a 6-3 vote and then overrode Mayor Kevin Faulconer's veto. But now the city is in the midst of a referendum drive to negate all that. Bill Fulton, the smart-growth guru called a 'planners' ... »Read

In this article: Kevin Faulconer, Bob Filner, Todd Gloria, minimum wage, referendum, Jerry Sanders
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 California Lawmakers Approve Stripped-Down Reform For GI Bill Funding

California lawmakers unanimously approved legislation designed to prevent for-profit schools from preying on veterans at taxpayer expense — but not before the bill’s author removed most of its significant provisions. »Read

In this article: Jim Frazier, Mike Gatto, Scott Govenar, Legislature, Barack Obama
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 A Few Bills of Note: Plastic Bags, Accreditation, Uber

As legislative deadline draws near, bills aplenty by Brian Leubitz It's that time of year again. The season for quickie news stories proclaiming one new law or another. With the legislative deadline coming at the end of the month for bills to get ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Legislature, Brian Leubitz, Mark Murray
Bills: SB 270, AB 1942, AB 2293,
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 California auditor says jobs agency wrongly denied benefits

Hundreds of thousands of unemployed Californians have been forced to wait for their unemployment checks because the state wrongly denied claims only to have the decisions reversed on appeal. Richard Dziedzic speaks to an Employment Development ... »Read

In this article: Patrick Henning, Elaine Howle, unemployment insurance
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 California state firefighters win across-the-board pay increase

State firefighters will receive a raise next year, according to Brown administration documents published on the state’s human resources website, even though their current contract doesn’t specifically call for a pay increase. ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, SEIU
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 GovBeat: North Carolina lawmakers press for special session to pass film subsidies, economic development bill

North Carolina lawmakers are pressuring Gov. Pat McCrory (R) to call a special session of the state legislature to pass a package of economic development bills, including one extending tax incentives for film and television production, that ... »Read

In this article: renewable energy, Legislature, Film tax
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 EPA: Delta water project tunnels would violate the Clean Water Act

Federal officials are calling the Delta water tunnel project a violation of the federal Clean Water Act. Matt Weiser reports for The Sacramento Bee: 'In a 43-page letter sent Tuesday to the National Marine Fisheries Service and released publicly on ... »Read

In this article: water, Thomas F. Steyer, Darrell Steinberg, Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, Jerry Brown
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 Assembly Approves Ban On Plastic Bags In California

California lawmakers passed a key hurdle Thursday in imposing the nation's first statewide ban on single-use plastic bags. »Read

In this article: Curt Hagman, Legislature, Alex Padilla, Bill Quirk
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 California Legislature Passes 'Yes Means Yes' Bill

Rather than using the refrain 'no means no,' the definition of consent under the bill requires 'an affirmative, conscious and voluntary agreement to engage in sexual activity.' »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Anthony Cannella, Kevin De Leon, Legislature, Barack Obama, Senate Republicans, water
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 NEW: Unions win court round in battle with charter cities

Unions lost round one of their battle with California cities over “prevailing wages” on public works projects in 2012. That’s when the California Supreme Court ruled against a law they’d gotten the Legislature to pass ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Legislature, Chris Reed
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 Intervenor Fees -- The Hidden Secret of ConsumerWatchdogs Prop 45

Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones has awarded $2.3 million in state 'intervenor' fees in 2013 to ConsumerWatchdog, the Santa Monica-based group that is sponsoring Proposition 45, a measure on the November ballot to give Jones sweeping new powers to ... »Read

In this article: Juan Vargas, Harvey Rosenfield, Dave Jones
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 Tesla Incentives Debate: Hit the Brakes or Step on the Accelerator?

Tesla Motors’ desire to build a “gigafactory” that would employee 6500 people has set off a competition among a handful of states, including California, with state officials considering incentives to benefit the electric car producer and ... »Read

In this article: Bay Area Council, Jerry Brown, Budget Project
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 The Forced Union Sales Pitch Bill

Language was amended into SB 878 Wednesday night. That’s nothing new. What’s interesting about SB 878 is that the new amendments amount to one of the worst examples of closed door, last minute favor giveaways to political allies that I’ve ... »Read

In this article: Shannon L. Grove, Legislature
Bills: SB 878,
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 Uber, Lyft Compromise on Ridesharing Regulations

Uber and Lyft, two of the country’s leading ride-sharing companies, reached a compromise with state lawmakers on Wednesday over new regulations of the industry that is changing how people get around town. Assembly Bill 2293, which had been ... »Read

In this article: Susan Bonilla, Legislature, Adrin Nazarian
Bills: AB 612, AB 2293,
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 There They Go Again

I wish I could say I was surprised. I wish I could say that this is a new frustration. In reality it is just the same old song we keep hearing from public employee unions. More than a year ago, Gov. Jerry Brown and the legislature showed leadership ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, CalPERS, Legislature
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 The Looming Bipartisan Backlash Against Unionized Government

Whenever discussing politically viable policy proposals to improve the quality of life in California, the imperative is to come up with ideas that strongly appeal to moderate centrists, since that is how most Californians would describe themselves. ... »Read
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 AM Alert: Plastic bag ban, groundwater regulation remain as legislative session wraps up

Friends, it seems as though we were just laughing about Coolio’s appearance at the back-to-session bash, and now it’s already the end of August. Workers drill a 1,000-foot test well in search of water for surrounding wine grapes ... »Read

In this article: campaign finance, Legislature, Darrell Steinberg, Dan Walters, water
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 California passes 'yes-means-yes' campus sexual assault bill

(Reuters) - Californian lawmakers passed a law on Thursday requiring universities to adopt 'affirmative consent' language in their definitions of consensual sex, part of a nationwide drive to curb sexual assault on U.S. campuses. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Kevin De Leon, water
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 Endorsement: Leyne Milstein is clearly the best choice for CalPERS board

Sacramento’s finance director is best positioned to keep the pension system sustainable. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, CalPERS, campaign finance, Fair Political Practices Commission, SEIU
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 Editorial: Legislators try to cheat death by reanimating legislation

Some legislation would be better off dead. »Read

In this article: Cheryl Brown, Robert B. Garcia, Richard Pan, Anthony Rendon, water, Bob Wieckowski
Bills: AB 1415, AB 1759, AB 1981,
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 Viewpoints: Be warned: Costs for Californians under Obamacare about to spike

Fewer choices for patients and possible tax penalties are on the way. »Read

In this article: Dave Jones, David Spady
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 LAPD IDs the 2 officers who shot, killed black man Aug. 11

'The LAPD has a long-standing policy of releasing the names of officers involved in shootings after investigating evidence of threats that could jeopardize the personal safety of the officers or their families,' the police news release said. The ... »Read

In this article: Earl Ofari Hutchinson, Curren Price
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