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San Diego Cab Owners Line Up At City Hall To Oppose Open Taxi Market

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Why The Grocery Bag Bill Should Be Referred

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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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 Lamest lame duck
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 White House threatens to put brakes on alternative fuels
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 Legal but Still Poor: The Economic Consequences of Amnesty
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 President Obama's Immigration Order and California Employment
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 Time Is Running Out on the CIA Torture Report
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 Assistant US attorney named to state high court

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- In his effort to diversify the judicial branch, Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday nominated a deputy assistant U.S. attorney general to fill a vacant seat on the California Supreme Court... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Joyce L. Kennard, Holly J. Mitchell
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 The Iran Nuclear Deal Extension Has Powerful Republicans Fuming

The seven-month extension gives Iran and the U.S. more time to discuss an agreement on Iran's nuclear program. It also gives Congress ample time to intervene. »Read

In this article: John F. Kerry, Mark Kirk, John McCain, Ed Royce
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 Will Republicans go nuclear?

There's new urgency to whether the GOP will revert back to the Senate's voting threshold of 60 votes. »Read

In this article: Chuck Hagel, Loretta Lynch, John McCain, Howard P. Mckeon, Barack Obama, Senate Republicans
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 Governor names top Obama administration lawyer to California Supreme Court

Gov. Jerry Brown names top Justice Department lawyer Leondra Kruger to California Supreme Court, adds African-American to court for first time since 2005 »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Kamala Harris, Joyce L. Kennard
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 Gov. Brown names assistant US attorney to high court

Gov. Jerry Brown has nominated a deputy assistant U.S. attorney general to fill a vacant seat on the California Supreme Court. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Joyce L. Kennard
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 Brown Appoints Leondra R. Kruger, 38, to State Supreme Court

Will join a block of young Brown-appointed justices by Brian Leubitz Governor Brown is making judicial appointments for the long-term. After appointing now Justices Liu and Cuéllar, he has appointed Deputy Assistant Attorney General Leondra R. ... »Read

In this article: Joyce L. Kennard, Brian Leubitz
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 NEW: How Gov. Brown could ace Napolitano on U.C. tuition

As Chris Reed noted last week, U.C. President Janet Napolitano has another thing coming if she thinks she can push a huge U.C. tuition hike past Gov. Jerry Brown. L.A. Times columnist George Skelton just agreed in a column titled, “Gov. Jerry ... »Read

In this article: Toni Atkins, Jerry Brown, Legislature, Gavin Newsom, John A. Perez, Chris Reed, George Skelton
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 African-American prosecutor named to California Supreme Court

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - California Governor Jerry Brown nominated a 38-year old U.S. Department of Justice attorney for the California Supreme Court on Monday, continuing his reshaping of the top court in the nation's most populous state. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Joyce L. Kennard, Dan Levine
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 D.A. Gascon fundraiser might have been unlawful

District Attorney George Gascón’s deputies appear to have stepped over the line when they hosted an after-hours re-election fundraiser for the boss the other evening at Ted’s Sports Bar & Grill across from the Hall of Justice. Seventeen ... »Read

In this article: Willie Brown, Dan Newman
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 McCain: Hagel 'very frustrated' with White House

He says Hagel was 'was never really brought in to that real tight circle inside the White House.' »Read

In this article: Chuck Hagel, John McCain, Howard P. Mckeon, Leon Panetta
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 Would ethanol help the environment? Obama administration can't decide

As President Obama looks to take legacy-defining actions while facing a hostile Congress, one of his more challenging decisions involves what goes into the fuel tanks of America’s cars. »Read

In this article: biofuels, Barbara Boxer, Jerry Brown, global warming, greenhouse gas
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 Pallone win a victory for Hoyer

'Hoyer, he's a shark who never sleeps.... He's a shark with a killer disposition,' Rep. Emanuel Cleaver says. »Read

In this article: Anna G. Eshoo, Nancy Pelosi, Henry A. Waxman
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 What It's Like to Be a Latino Entrepreneur in Silicon Valley

With the help of Manos Accelerator, Latino start-ups try to break into the tech world's 'white boys club.' »Read

In this article: Steve Jobs, David Lopez, David P. Lopez
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 The return of Huggy Hertzberg

Former Assembly Speaker 'Huggy' Bob Hertzberg is about to enter the senate for what he hopes will be eight years. He has big plans -- and, he says, the experience to get things done. Michael Finnegan profiled the former speaker for the Los Angeles ... »Read

In this article: water, renewable energy, Barack Obama, Legislature, Bob Hertzberg, Michael Finnegan, Kevin De Leon, CalPERS, Jerry Brown, Mark Baldassare
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 The Fix: Chuck Hagel outlasted nearly a third of the people who've ever been in the Cabinet

It seems as though it was only yesterday that the nomination of former Sen. Chuck Hagel to be the Secretary of Defense. Our memories tend to compress timelines more than we recognize, but it's certainly the case that the period between Hagel's ... »Read

In this article: Chuck Hagel, Leon Panetta, Tom Vilsack, James Wilson
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 State bar reports fewer applicants and lower pass rate on July exam

About 49 percent of would-be lawyers passed the California Bar exam in July. That's down 7 points from 56 percent a year earlier. The number of test-takers also was down, dipping more then 4 percent to 8,504. Last year 8,900 took the exam in July. ... »Read

In this article: Anne Garcia, John Travis
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 Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel Is Leaving the Obama Administration

The first post-midterm change is expected to be announced Monday. »Read

In this article: Chuck Hagel, Loretta Lynch, Leon Panetta
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 How To Blow Nine Congressional Districts

It was quite a feat.  Congressional Republicans had a chance to win nine Democratic-held House seats in California and blew every one of them – actually ending up down one seat in an election when nationally the House GOP has its largest class ... »Read

In this article: Pete Aguilar, Antonio C. Amador, Amerish Bera, Julia Brownley, Lois Capps, Paul Chabot, Jim Costa, Carl DeMaio, Bob Filner, John Garamendi, Jeff Gorell, Daniel R. Logue, Kevin McCarthy, Jerry McNerney, Gary G. Miller, Chris Mitchum, Brian Nestande, Doug Ose, Scott Peters, Raul Ruiz, Johnny Tacherra, water
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 Survey: A Divide Over Immigration Plan

If Fresno is an appropriate test market for political issues then the country is as a whole is evenly divided on President Barack Obama’s immigration proposals. A Survey USA poll taken on Friday after the president’s announcement tallied a dead ... »Read

In this article: Barack Obama, PPIC
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 Registrar Of Voters To Review Ballots In Tied Chula Vista Race

Candidates Steve Padilla and John McCann each has 18,450 votes. The San Diego County registrar of voters has until Dec. 2 to certify the vote tallies for every election in the county. »Read

In this article: John McCann, Steve Padilla, water
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 President Obama's Immigration Order and California Employment

It’s not too early to start considering how President Obama’s Immigration Order will impact California job markets. In fact, this past weekend has seen several commentators weigh in already, including Chapman University faculty member (and ... »Read

In this article: Joel Kotkin, Milken Institute
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 Legal but Still Poor: The Economic Consequences of Amnesty

With his questionably Constitutional move to protect America’s vast undocumented population, President Obama has provided at least five million immigrants, and likely many more, with new hope for the future. But at the same time, his economic ... »Read
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 Trendy 'Twitter town' stretch also ranks among dirtiest streets in S.F.

The four-block stretch of Market Street from Seventh to 11th streets — home to some of the hottest tech companies in the Bay Area — was rated the dirtiest commercial corridor in the 2014 Street and Sidewalk Maintenance Standards report. Ten ... »Read

In this article: Dan Newman, Andrew Ross
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 READ IN: Storms Ahead Edition

Do you Read In? Sign up today and get all the political news you need, delivered right to your inbox! A1: The stories you need to read before your first conference call. -- A major storm is looking likely to hit the D.C. area on Wednesday, though ... »Read

In this article: Joe Biden, Rudy Giuliani, Legislature, renewable energy, Mitt Romney, Spencer Zwick
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 White House threatens to put brakes on alternative fuels

As biotech masterminds and venture capitalists scramble to hatch a new generation of environmentally friendly fuels that can help power the average gasoline-burning car, they are confronting an unexpected obstacle: the White House. »Read

In this article: biofuels, Barbara Boxer, Jerry Brown, global warming
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 Lamest lame duck

Congress has done little since the midterms -- putting the GOP's governing agenda in jeopardy. »Read

In this article: John F. Kerry, Mark Kirk, Loretta Lynch, Senate Republicans
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 Time Is Running Out on the CIA Torture Report

The Senate still thinks it can wrap up negotiations with the White House before the year ends. But the clock is ticking. »Read

In this article: Dianne Feinstein, John McCain, Leon Panetta
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 Watchdog Hits Buena Park Councilman With Big Fine

The state Fair Political Practices Commission fined Art Brown, the town's most high-profile politician, $8,500 for failing to disclose thousands of dollars in campaign contributions and taking illegal »Read

In this article: campaign finance, Fair Political Practices Commission, Shirley L. Grindle
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 CalPERS retirees outnumber active workers soon

In a few years CalPERS retirees are expected to outnumber active workers, a national trend among public pension funds that makes them more vulnerable to big employer rate increases. A mature pension fund for a growing number of retirees becomes much ... »Read

In this article: CalPERS, Bill Slaton
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 How Obama's Immigration Orders Jam the GOP

Perhaps the most idiotic response to President Obama’s historic executive orders halting the deportation of up to five million undocumented immigrants, but surely the most telling, came via numbskull congress creature Michele Bachmann of ... »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Pete Wilson
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 John Phillips: A political realignment coming to California?

Prior to the 1960s, states in the southeastern United States were firmly controlled by “big-D” Democrats. Time and time again, the “Solid South' would opt for the Democratic nominee for president and select Democrats to represent them in ... »Read

In this article: Toni Atkins, Barbara Boxer, Jerry Brown, Anthony Cannella, Kevin De Leon, Dianne Feinstein, Gavin Newsom, Andy Vidak, water
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