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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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 Californians and the Carbon Tax
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 Does Anyone Cover the News in Sacramento?
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 Covered California Gets High Marks Entering Year 2
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 LA Council Flunks Infrastructure 101
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 St. Hope taps Michelle Rhee as board chair, removes superintendent

St. Hope Public Schools has named Michelle Rhee, the controversial former Washington, D.C., schools chief and charter schools advocate, as its new board chairwoman and removed Jim Scheible as its superintendent. »Read

In this article: Kevin Johnson, Michelle Rhee
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 Republicans Vote to End DACA After Tense Floor Debate (Updated)

Updated 10:29 p.m. | House Republicans voted to prohibit President Barack Obama from granting what they consider to be an unconstitutional amnesty to illegal immigrants Friday. »Read

In this article: Jeff Denham, Kevin McCarthy, Barack Obama, David G. Valadao
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 Contra Costa Times editorial: Give Gavin Newsom another term as lieutenant governor

As second fiddles to top government officials go, Gavin Newsom is no Joe Biden. President Obama delegates important responsibilities to his colorfully candid veep. »Read

In this article: Joe Biden, Jerry Brown, Willie Brown, Vinod Khosla, Ron Nehring, Gavin Newsom
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 Bill in Legislature would order study of sediment levels in state's lakes

SACRAMENTO >> A bill is moving through the Legislature that would order a study of how much sediment has eroded into the state's 1,200 reservoirs. »Read

In this article: Legislature, James Nielsen, Fran Pavley, water
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 Oakland Tribune editorial: Give Gavin Newsom another term as lieutenant governor

As second fiddles to top government officials go, Gavin Newsom is no Joe Biden. President Obama delegates important responsibilities to his colorfully candid veep. »Read

In this article: Joe Biden, Jerry Brown, Willie Brown, Vinod Khosla, Ron Nehring, Gavin Newsom
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 While jobless in Fresno, candidate Kashkari raked in big bucks

While sleeping on the streets and seeking a job in Fresno to underscore the issue of poverty in California, Republican gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari raked in big campaign bucks from powerful supporters like former Treasury Secretary Henry ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, John Burton, minimum wage
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 While homeless in Fresno, Kashkari raked in big bucks

While sleeping on the streets and seeking a job in Fresno to underscore the issue of poverty in California, Republican gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari raked in big campaign bucks from powerful supporters like former Treasury Secretary Henry ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, John Burton, minimum wage
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 Citing redactions, Feinstein delays release of report on CIA interrogations

The Obama administration censored significant portions of the findings of an investigation into the CIA’s use of harsh interrogation methods on suspected terrorists, forcing the chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee to delay their ... »Read

In this article: Dianne Feinstein, John McCain, Barack Obama, Mike Thompson
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 NEW: Appellate court green-lights high-speed rail project

  On Thursday, Sacramento’s 3rd Appellate District Court ruled California’s high-speed rail project can move ahead. It overturned a decision last fall by Sacramento Superior Court Judge Michael Kenny. Kenny had ruled that the current ... »Read

In this article: CEQA, Kamala Harris, High-Speed Rail, Legislature
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 California’s Rep. McClintock: People ‘always know where I stand’

Rep. Tom McClintock, R-Calif., now has a law to his name. As one of the most conservative Republicans in a Democratic-led Congress, Rep. Tom McClintock from California, seen here attending a House Natural Resources Committee on Capitol Hill, ... »Read

In this article: Sam Farr, John Garamendi, Tom McClintock, Devin Nunes, Barack Obama, David G. Valadao, water
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 Mercury News editorial: Gavin Newsom deserves re-election as lieutenant governor

Gov. Jerry Brown hasn't delegated him any authority, but Newsom has done thoughtful work on the state's business climate and other issues. »Read

In this article: Joe Biden, Jerry Brown, Willie Brown, Vinod Khosla, Ron Nehring, Gavin Newsom
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 Oakland mayor's race: Jean Quan trails Libby Schaaf in fundraising

Councilwoman Libby Schaaf has raised over $100,000 more than any of her competitors in the Oakland mayoral race, including Mayor Jean Quan. »Read

In this article: Don Perata, Ace Smith
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 'Lawn Dude' Prods Californians to Battle Drought

Lawn Dude, a vaguely Martian-looking little green figure, has been unveiled as the mascot of California's fight against drought. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Fiona Hutton, water
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 NEW: Bill would mandate employee poverty data

A bill making its way through the state Legislature seeks to publicly “shame” California businesses that employ a large number of workers who also receive public assistance benefits. That’s the warning from the California Chamber of Commerce ... »Read

In this article: Jimmy Gomez, Shannon L. Grove, Diane L. Harkey, Legislature, minimum wage, Dave Roberts, state budget, unemployment insurance, Donald P. Wagner
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 High-speed rail ruling could help political friend and foe

A court decision clearing the way for the state to sell more than $8 billion in bonds for California's oft-delayed high-speed rail system could be welcome news not just for Gov. Jerry Brown, the project's main backer, but also for his November ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, High-Speed Rail, Legislature, Jeff Morales, state budget, water
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 Citywise: A's owner contributed to Rebecca Kaplan's shuttered campaign fund

An embattled Newark motel is staying open -- for now; minimum wage letters have been sent to Berkeley employers. »Read

In this article: campaign finance, minimum wage, Phil Tagami
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 Politicians oppose Orange County 405 Freeway toll lanes

There's strong opposition in Orange County to toll-lane plans announced by Caltrans for the 405 Freeway. »Read

In this article: Allan R. Mansoor, John Moorlach
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 Calif. Democrats dominate in midyear fundraising

Several Democrats running for statewide office hold commanding fundraising leads over their Republican opponents heading into the general election campaign, according to campaign finance reports due Thursday. Lt. Gov. Gavin Newson answers ... »Read

In this article: California Republican Party, campaign finance, John Chiang, Phillip G Conlon, Greg Conlon, Ted Gaines, Kamala Harris, Dave Jones, Ron Nehring, Gavin Newsom, Tom Torlakson
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 Obama adds fuel to CIA controversy by saying agency tortured terror suspects

President Barack Obama acknowledged Friday that interrogators for the CIA tortured suspected terrorists even as he voiced “full confidence” in CIA Director John Brennan despite growing criticism from Congress and…Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Dianne Feinstein, John McCain, Barack Obama, Mike Thompson
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 Saturday's TV Highlights and Weekend Talk Shows: 'Crossbones'

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

In this article: David Lewis, David Miller, Stephen C. Smith
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 The Buzz: Mayor, court among Darrell Steinberg’s possibilities

Senate leader Darrell Steinberg said this week he has mentioned his interest in being appointed to the California Supreme Court to Gov. Jerry Brown, but he downplayed the likelihood that he would land such a position immediately after leaving the ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, campaign finance, Kevin Johnson, Legislature, Gavin Newsom, Darrell Steinberg
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 Analysis: Cap-and-trade delay doomed, but illuminating on multiple fronts

A proposal to delay California's cap-and-trade program on vehicle fuel is probably doomed, given the governor's recent praise of California's climate change law -- but the effort is still valuable, say supporters of the bill. The legislation by ... »Read

In this article: Air Resources Board, Jerry Brown, Ken DeVore, Lauren Faber, Legislature, Mary Nichols, Henry Perea
Bills: AB 69,
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 San Diego Leaders Want New System To Test Beaches' Water Quality

A California bill would authorize local health officers to use what proponents say is a fast and inexpensive technique to test water quality. »Read

In this article: Martin Block, Jerry Sanders, water
Bills: SB 1395,
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 Court gives new life to California high-speed rail

A state appellate court ruling is giving new life to Gov. Jerry Brown's $68 billion high-speed rail project. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, High-Speed Rail
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 Padilla has big financial edge in secretary of state’s race

State Sen. Alex Padilla, D-Los Angeles, had a 17-to-1 cash-on-hand advantage at the end of June over educator and institute director Pete Peterson, Padilla’s Republican opponent in the race to succeed termed-out Secretary of State Debra Bowen. »Read

In this article: Debra Bowen, Jim Miller, Alex Padilla, Leland Yee
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 Homeless stunt illuminates serious issue

Neel Kashkari took a bus from LA to Fresno, where he survived with only 40 bucks. »Read

In this article: Toni Atkins, Jerry Brown, global warming, minimum wage, Ron Nehring, Gavin Newsom, Darrell Steinberg, water
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 California schools chief race pits political insider against education reformer

Incumbent state Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson faces challenger Marshall Tuck in the November election. During interviews with the editorial boards of the Contra Costa Times and San Jose Mercury News, candidates agreed on issues ... »Read

In this article: California Teachers Association, Tom Torlakson
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 City Of San Diego's Planning Director Resigns

Bill Fulton resigned to take a position at Rice University in Houston, the mayor's office confirmed Friday. »Read

In this article: Bob Filner, Todd Gloria
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 House panel: No wrongdoing by administration in Benghazi attack

A photograph published in the 1978 Piedmont High School yearbook shows Chris Stevens at his desk as a staffer on the school’s Piedmont Highlander newspaper. Stevens, the U.S. ambassador to Libya, was killed during an attack on the consulate in ... »Read

In this article: Darrell Issa, Mike Thompson
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 State schools chief race pits political insider against education reformer

Incumbent state Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson faces challenger Marshall Tuck in the November election. During interviews with the editorial boards of the Contra Costa Times and San Jose Mercury News, candidates agreed on issues ... »Read

In this article: California Teachers Association, Tom Torlakson
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 Top California lobbying firms bring in big dollars in 2014

Business was good for California lobbying firms during the first half of this year. They brought in $92.6 million between January and June, disclosure reports released today show, an uptick of nearly 7 percent over the same period last year. »Read

In this article: Rusty Areias, Fair Political Practices Commission, Winston Hickox, Jason Kinney, John Latimer, Kevin H. Sloat
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 Chiu far outpaces Campos in Assembly race fundraising

While Chiu was seen at the beginning as the clear front runner in the race to replace longtime San Francisco politician Tom Ammiano in Sacramento, the vast disparity between their fundraising numbers is surprising, said San Francisco State ... »Read

In this article: Tom Ammiano, campaign finance, David Campos, David Chiu
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 Roundtable Tackles Migrant Crisis, Congressional Politics, For-Profit Colleges

On the Roundtable: House conservatives block Obama's funding request; Carl DeMaio runs against the Republican platform; and the state says for-profit colleges target vets. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Carl DeMaio, Scott Peters
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 When Workers Own Their Companies, Everyone Wins

In 1921, the Olympia Veneer Company became the first worker-owned cooperative to produce plywood. By the early 1950s, nearly all of the plywood produced in the United States was manufactured by worker-owned cooperatives. Today, however, worker-owned ... »Read

In this article: Dana Rohrabacher, SEIU
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 Pérez spent $1.6 million on late TV ads in controller’s campaign

Assemblyman John A. Pérez’s campaign for state controller unleashed an expensive blast of TV ads in the weeks before the June 3 primary election, according to the campaign’s latest filing. Assemblyman John Pérez, D-Los ... »Read

In this article: Board of Equalization, Jim Miller, Betty T. Yee
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 John Brennan Needs to Leave the CIA, One Way or Another

What's going on with the CIA hacking into Senate computers? Here's a very brief, very telescoped timeline to get you up to speed: 2009: The Senate Intelligence Committee begins working on an investigation of CIA torture during the Bush ... »Read

In this article: Dianne Feinstein, Leon Panetta
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 NEW: Fresno votes against high-speed rail project

  In a surprise this week, the Fresno County Supervisors’ voted, 3-2, to officially oppose California’s high-speed rail project. That reversed seven years of actively supporting the project. No one expects Fresno’s actions will stop the ... »Read

In this article: eminent domain, High-Speed Rail, Henry Perea, Debbie Poochigian
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 NEW: Kings County attorney: Don't overreact to pro-bullet train ruling

A state appellate court ruling announced Thursday overturning Sacramento Superior Court Judge Michael Kenny’s 2013 decisions saying the state rail authority didn’t have a legal financing plan or adequate environmental reviews to proceed ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Legislature, Chris Reed, Dan Richard
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 Kevin Johnson: ‘Nobody's going to hold this project hostage anymore’

The hard hats came out and the barricades went up. At long last, work began today on the new Sacramento Kings arena at Downtown Plaza. 'All of the obstacles have come down, one after the other,' Mayor Kevin Johnson said. 'This is the day we all ... »Read

In this article: Ted Gaines, Kevin Johnson, Richard Pan
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 Border crisis: House GOP tries again with immigration bill

WASHINGTON (AP) -- House Republican leaders on Friday offered a revised, $694 million bill to address the surge of immigrants at the U.S.-Mexico border to rank-and-file members, hoping the changes would sway reluctant conservatives. »Read

In this article: Kevin McCarthy, Devin Nunes, Barack Obama
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 House GOP moves closer to deal on immigration bill ahead of recess

A day after dramatically pulling a border security bill because of lack of support, House Republicans moved closer to consensus Friday on legislation that would do little to solve the immediate crisis but would allow them to make the political ... »Read

In this article: Kevin McCarthy, Nancy Pelosi, Senate Democrats
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 Covered California Gets High Marks Entering Year 2

In the first full year under the federal Affordable Care Act, California led the nation – embracing the new law eagerly, implementing it quickly, and providing relatively robust choice with low premiums through a web site that, most of the time, ... »Read

In this article: Daniel Weintraub
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 Californians and the Carbon Tax

California is leading efforts to address climate change, and public support for state action on this policy has been strong and steadfast. In the July PPIC Survey, six in 10 likely voters say that global warming’s effects have already begun and ... »Read

In this article: global warming, greenhouse gas, PPIC
Bills: AB 32,
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 Does Anyone Cover the News in Sacramento?

California is perhaps the most significant state in the union both culturally and economically. One in every eight Americans lives here. In 2012, California’s GDP was $1.9 trillion — roughly the same size as that of Italy and Russia.  If we ... »Read

In this article: Legislature, water
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 LA Council Flunks Infrastructure 101

The high profile rupture of a high pressure water trunk line on Sunset Boulevard that dumped 20 million gallons of water (160 million pounds) onto UCLA and the recently reconstructed Pauley Pavilion is just another example of the City Council’s ... »Read

In this article: water
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 Implement FCC Rule on 9-1-1 - Save 10,000 Lives Each Year

In recent months, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued a proposed rule that would update their standards to improve location accuracy for wireless calls to 9-1-1, so that emergency responders are better able to find mobile-based 9-1-1 ... »Read
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 Reunion with the Past of "Separate But Equal"

I have lived in California since 1959–which should now qualify me as a native. Before coming to California, though, I lived in a farming community in Mississippi, and was among the last group of Black students to attend segregated schools in ... »Read
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 Anaheim Youth Work to Boost Civic Participation

At a summit this week, students were trained on how to identify community concerns and petition local government. »Read

In this article: minimum wage, Jose Moreno
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 READ IN: Friday, August 1, 2014: Chaos in Congress, weekend work could be ahead, Cantor quits, Hawaii governor trails badly, McConnell wants NRSC to stay away, Gaza cease-fire collapses after just 3 hours

What's the best way to kick off August? By signing up for Read In, your morning must-read on politics! It's fast, easy and free -- get yours today! A1: The stories you need to read before your first conference call. Read full article >> »Read

In this article: Dianne Feinstein, John F. Kerry, Kevin McCarthy, Senate Democrats, Bob Smith
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 Capital Journal: Syrian Defectors Photos Could Trigger War-Crimes Charges | GOP Regroups on Border Bill | Jobs Day: What Yellen, White House Will Look For

The Journal's morning rundown of the biggest news stories and exclusive features from Washington on politics, policy, financial regulation, defense and more. »Read

In this article: Dianne Feinstein, sick leave
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 Capital Journal Daybreak: Syrian Defector's Photos Could Trigger War-Crimes Charges | GOP Regroups on Border Bill | Jobs Day: What Yellen, White House Will Look For

The Journal's morning rundown of the biggest news stories and exclusive features from Washington on politics, policy, financial regulation, defense and more. »Read

In this article: Dianne Feinstein, sick leave
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 AM Alert: Ricardo Lara pushes ‘potty parity’ for dads

What does state Sen. Ricardo Lara have his eye on as the Legislature heads into its last month of session? “Potty parity,” for one. A baby has her diaper changed during a program for teenage parents at Chana High School in Auburn ... »Read

In this article: Toni Atkins, Jerry Brown, campaign finance, Ricardo Lara, Legislature, Alex Padilla, state budget, Dan Walters, Lois Wolk
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 Sen. Patty Murray provides climate costs talking points

Senate Budget Committee Chairman Patty Murray (D-Wash.) is sending a memo Friday to her Democratic colleagues urging them to start talking about how climate change will hurt the federal budget. The memo, obtained by The Washington Post, details how ... »Read

In this article: global warming, green jobs, greenhouse gas, renewable energy
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 A Longshot for Speaker, With Money to Spend

The Republican lawmaker from North Texas who wants to be the next speaker of the Texas House wanted — just a few years ago — to be the next congressman from San Diego. The lawmaker, Scott Turner, a former defensive back whose NFL career ... »Read

In this article: Randy Cunningham, Duncan Hunter, Scott Turner
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