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Study Finds Tripling Tobacco Tax Would Ignite Smuggling

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Minimum wage bill advances to Senate floor

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 Nadia Lockyer lashes out at Kamala Harris on Facebook
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 Governor signs board changes to Covered California
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 Governor Signs Board Changes To Covered California
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 S.F. soda tax would drop consumption 31 percent, report says
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 Obama back to California for Democratic campaigns

President Barack Obama is flying into California on Tuesday for a pair of Democratic fundraisers in Silicon Valley and the Los Angeles area. »Read

In this article: George Marcu, Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi
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 VA nominee McDonald goes before Congress

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama's choice to lead the beleaguered Veterans Affairs Department is going before the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee for a confirmation hearing as Congress considers a bill to help the next VA leader do ... »Read

In this article: Jeff Miller, Jeff Miller, Barack Obama
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 Legislature puts California acupuncture board on notice

Amid criticism that the California Acupuncture Board’s priorities give short shrift to consumer protection, state lawmakers are moving for an overhaul and lobbing a pointed message at its executive officer to get in line. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Legislature, Ted W. Lieu, Evan Westrup, Pete Wilson
Bills: SB 1246,
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 Dan Walters: Pérez gives up on vote recount, but system’s flaws are shown

Former Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez gave up his vote recount, but it revealed flaws in system that should be corrected. »Read

In this article: Board of Equalization, Dan Walters, Betty T. Yee
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 The Buzz: Nadia Lockyer lashes out at Kamala Harris on Facebook

Nadia Lockyer, the wife of state Treasurer Bill Lockyer, is lashing out at Attorney General Kamala Harris for not pursuing charges against a former boyfriend she said assaulted her. Attorney General Kamala Harris is taking flak from the wife of ... »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Jerry Brown, Dianne Feinstein, Kamala Harris, Bill Lockyer, Nadia Lockyer, Garry South
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 Editorial: Judge chastises California perpetuating dysfunctional death penalty system

Death penalty opponents might be heartened by a federal judge’s decision declaring California’s capital punishment unconstitutional. But the decision by U.S. District Judge Cormac J. Carney last week is less a victory for abolitionists ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Kamala Harris, Michael A. Ramos
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 Editorial: In aborted recount in state controller’s race, voters win

Assemblyman John A. Pérez deserves a thank-you from Californians for having the good sense to call off a recount Friday of the votes cast for state controller in the June primary. If it had gone on much longer, the spectacle could have had an ... »Read

In this article: Board of Equalization, California Democratic Party, David Evans, Kevin Mullin, Betty T. Yee
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 Viewpoints: Education is the long-term solution to border crisis

U.S. should help Central America with investments to keep its young people at home. Sen. Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento, is Senate President pro Tempore. A police officer walks past graffiti of gang members in Ilopango, El Salvador, ... »Read

In this article: minimum wage, state budget, Darrell Steinberg
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 Editorial: Explore all options for vet cemetery

When it comes to something as important as honoring our veterans in their final places of rest, it has to be done right. A proposal by Irvine Councilman Larry Agran to develop a 125-acre parcel at the Great Park into a veterans cemetery seems to ... »Read

In this article: Larry Agran, Todd Spitzer
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 Merced County, state help hundreds of AT&T workers preparing for layoff

Merced County and state officials on Monday held the first of several workshops to offer services to hundreds of AT&T employees who will be laid off next month.Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Anthony Cannella, Jim Costa, minimum wage
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 Report: Texas Lags on Child Well-Being

Texas ranks among the 10 worst states on a variety of indicators of child well-being, according to a new national analysis out Tuesday. The annual Kids Count report, released by the Annie E. Casey Foundation and led locally by the liberal Center for ... »Read

In this article: Charles DeVore, minimum wage
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 Newly elected GOP Congressman comes out in support of same-sex marriage

Republican Congressman David Jolly says he still believes in traditional marriage, but he thinks the state should recognize same-sex marriage 'as a matter of Constitutional principle.' A Florida ban on gay marriage was ruled unconstitutional last ... »Read

In this article: Luis Garcia, Same-sex marriage
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 New political action committee forms in L.A. school board race

A new political action committee has formed to influence the outcome of Los Angeles school board races, filling a gap created when a group of civic leaders, which includes former Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, decided to sit out next month's key ... »Read

In this article: Eric Garcetti, Richard Riordan, Antonio Villaraigosa
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 Obama will return to California for Democratic campaigns

President Barack Obama is flying into California on Tuesday for a pair of Democratic fundraisers in Silicon Valley and the Los Angeles area. »Read

In this article: George Marcu, Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi
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 California drought: 'Water cops' being hired by Bay Area agencies to root out water waste

While most cities aren't issuing fines yet, new enforcement patrols will be responding to neighbors' complaints about water waste as California's drought worsens. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Peter H. Gleick, water
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 I-Team investigates illegal shark fin broker

The first major prosecution under California's new shark fin ban is getting underway. »Read

In this article: Paul Fong, Leland Yee
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 Death penalty litigation pains wrong people

A - all bow - federal judge has ruled that California's death penalty is unconstitutional because the state's 'dysfunctional administration' has meted out the punishment to more than 900 murderers but imposed it on 'only 13' since 1978. »Read

In this article: Jeremy Fogel, Kamala Harris, Legislature
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 New law restricts full-contact football practice for high school teams

Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday signed into law AB 2127, which prohibits football teams at middle and high schools from holding full-contact practices that exceed 90 minutes a day, limits the number of full-contact practices during the season to two per ... »Read

In this article: Joel Anderson, Jerry Brown, Ken Cooley, Legislature
Bills: AB 2127,
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 Gov. Brown signs bill to reduce deportations for minor crimes

Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday signed into law a measure aimed at reducing deportations of legal immigrants who are convicted of misdemeanors. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Nora Campos, Wesley Chesbro, Jim Evans, Steve Fox, Ricardo Lara, water, Mark Wyland
Bills: AB 1989, AB 2100, SB 1310,
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 Claremont proposes spending $1 million more for water battle

CLAREMONT >> Gearing up for what could be a costly battle with Golden State Water Co., the City Council is considering allocating an additional $1 million to pay for mounting legal fees, consultants and to place a ballot measure on the ballot.The ... »Read

In this article: eminent domain, Fair Political Practices Commission, Fiona Hutton, Donna Lowe, water
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 Why Harry Reid Is Sidelining Independent Super PACs

Democrats are actively discouraging independent PAC operators from getting involved in 2014, a campaign funding approach that couldn't be more unlike the GOP strategy. »Read

In this article: Thomas F. Steyer, Joe Trippi
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 California drought: 'Water cops' being hired by Bay Area agencies

While most cities aren't issuing fines yet, new enforcement patrols will be responding to neighbors' complaints about water waste as California's drought worsens. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Peter H. Gleick, water
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 New law takes on high school football collisions head-on

A bill signed Monday by Gov. Jerry Brown will force California high schools that have football programs to limit the number of hours and days that young athletes can practice tackling and other collisions as a way to prevent head injuries. ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Ken Cooley
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 California Drought: 'Water cops' being hired by Bay Area agencies to root out water waste

While most cities aren't issuing fines yet, new enforcement patrols will be responding to neighbors' complaints about water waste as California's drought worsens. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Peter H. Gleick, water
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 Calif. law blocks some brown lawn fees during droughts

Homeowner associations can no longer slap fines on residents with dry, brown lawns during droughts under legislation that took effect Monday. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Cheryl Brown, Nora Campos, Legislature, water
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 Chevron agrees to new Richmond refinery project conditions

Reversing its previous position, Chevron Corp. on Monday accepted an alternative to its planned $1 billion Richmond refinery modernization project proposed by the office of state Attorney General Kamala Harris, agreeing to a lower cap on greenhouse ... »Read

In this article: green jobs, greenhouse gas, Kamala Harris
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 Rand Paul: Less government, more sharing economy

Who will be the GOP nominee in 2016? I don't know, but I have a pretty good idea who the running mate will be: A new NBC/Marist poll found Paul would be the top GOP vote-getter against Hillary Rodham Clinton in the critical early voting states of ... »Read

In this article: Dick Cheney, Hillary Clinton, John Dennis, minimum wage
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 Law Blocks Some Brown Lawn Fees During Droughts

Homeowner associations can no longer slap fines on residents with dry, brown lawns during droughts under legislation that took effect Monday. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Cheryl Brown, Nora Campos, Legislature, water
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 Law blocks some brown lawn fees during droughts

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- Homeowner associations can no longer slap fines on residents with dry, brown lawns during droughts under legislation that took effect Monday.... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Cheryl Brown, Nora Campos, Legislature, water
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 Justice Kennedy says Constitution 'flawed document'

Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy wasn’t out to make news when he addressed the annual conference of the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and devoted most of his 50-minute speech to the Magna Carta, which turns 800 years old in 2015. But ... »Read
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 Gov. Brown signs bill to diversify California's health care exchange board

SACRAMENTO -- Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday signed a bill that will diversify the expertise of the five-member board of directors of Covered California, the state's health care exchange. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Legislature, Norma J. Torres
Bills: SB 972,
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 'Thank you' tweet violates county rules

YWCA recognized Roberts personally for 'providing' tax money. »Read

In this article: Fair Political Practices Commission, Dave Roberts
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 State's Political Watchdog Opens Inquiry Into Fire Authority Financial Disclosure Practices

Action by the Fair Political Practices Commission follows Voice of OC article on a high-ranking official's work with a consultant. »Read

In this article: Fair Political Practices Commission, Jay Alan Wierenga
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 49ers training camp: Breaking down the roster

Here is a look at the 49ers' roster, position-by-position heading into training camp. »Read

In this article: Kevin Greene, Ian Williams
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 Chevron agrees to new Richmond refinery project conditions in hope of gaining approval

Reversing its previous position, Chevron Corp. on Monday accepted an alternative to its planned $1 billion Richmond refinery modernization project proposed by the office of state Attorney General Kamala Harris, agreeing to a lower cap on greenhouse ... »Read

In this article: green jobs, greenhouse gas, Kamala Harris
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 Gov. Brown signs bill to diversify California's healthcare exchange board

SACRAMENTO -- Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday signed a bill that will diversify the expertise of the five-member board of directors of Covered California, the state's healthcare exchange. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Legislature, Norma J. Torres
Bills: SB 972,
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 California reduces deportations for minor crimes

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- Gov. Jerry Brown has approved reducing the maximum penalty for a misdemeanor by one day, but the change he signed into law on Monday is expected to significantly reduce the number of legal immigrants who can be ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, illegal immigration, Ricardo Lara
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 Jerry Brown vetoes bill to lease Folsom prison land for museum

Gov. Jerry Brown has vetoed a bill that would have obligated the state to enter into a lease with a non-profit group that runs a museum at Folsom State Prison. The Big House Museum is currently located in a 900 square foot building that was ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, CCPOA, Beth Gaines, Legislature
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 New California law limits schools' full-contact football practice

Schools in California that have football programs will be forced to limit the number of days and hours young athletes can practice tackling and other full-contact collisions as a way to prevent head injuries, according to a bill signed Monday by ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Ken Cooley
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 S.F. soda tax would drop consumption 31 percent, report says

The price hike would encourage people to buy less soda, thereby lowering the rate of obesity and chronic disease, and reducing public and private health costs in the city, he said. Given San Francisco's long history of being on the cutting-edge of ... »Read

In this article: Edwin M. Lee, Roger Salazar, water
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 California Reduces Deportations For Minor Crimes

Federal law lets legal immigrants be deported if they are given a sentence of one year or more. But California law defines misdemeanors as crimes qualifying for jail terms of a year or less. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Ricardo Lara
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 Governor signs board changes to Covered California

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill aimed at diversifying California's health exchange board by expanding the eligibility criteria for members. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Norma J. Torres
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 Progress on VA reform deal

Sen. Bernie Sanders says senators have agreed to offset portions of the legislation. »Read

In this article: Jeff Miller, Jeff Miller, Barack Obama, Senate Democrats
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 Law OKs underage wine, beer tasting in colleges

Aspiring brewers and winemakers in college can legally taste - but not swallow - their products starting winter semester. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Wesley Chesbro
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 Governor Signs Board Changes To Covered California

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill aimed at diversifying California's health exchange board by expanding the eligibility criteria for members. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Norma J. Torres
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 Fines for brown lawns blocked by bill signed by Gov. Jerry Brown

For Californians caught between a drought and a brown space, a newly signed bill could offer some relief. A man drinks from a fountain surround by brown grass at the State Capitol in Sacramento, where officials have allowed the lawn to die, on ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Nora Campos, Henry Perea, water
Bills: AB 1393, AB 2100,
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 From the Notebook: Troubled California state building makes investment – in scaffolding

Crews will start work Friday at the vexed Board of Equalization headquarters, but it won’t be to fix the crumbling waste-water plumbing or to replace faulty exterior glass panels that were among the long list of tower defects chronicled by The ... »Read

In this article: Board of Equalization, CalPERS, water
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 Full-contact youth football practices restricted

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill limiting full-contact youth football practices in response to concerns about concussions. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Ken Cooley
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 Sacramento County angling for more mental health crisis care

Sacramento County is putting the pieces in place to get $3 to 4 million in state funding for a 15-bed mental health crisis residential treatment program. There’s $19.9 million in mental health wellness grant funds available for this purpose in ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Legislature, Darrell Steinberg
Bills: SB 82,
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 Republican Rep. David Jolly (Fla.) supports gay marriage

Rep. David Jolly (R-Fla.) announced his support for gay marriage Monday, saying that he believes it is 'fully appropriate' for a state to recognize both same-sex marriages and 'traditional' ones, even though he, as a Christian, believes in the the ... »Read

In this article: Mark Kirk, Same-sex marriage
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 Are minimum-wage hikers being stingy?

How can economists analyze costs and benefits of any policy by only looking at benefits? »Read

In this article: Kevin Faulconer, minimum wage, referendum
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 Oakland Tribune editorial: Time to reform California's absurd recount rules

After razor-thin election outcome, former Assembly Speaker John Pérez deserves credit for putting the state's interest above his political ambitions to be state controller. Next time, the losing candidate might not be so reasonable. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Legislature, Kevin Mullin, Betty T. Yee
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 Law OKs underage wine and beer tasting in colleges

Aspiring brewers and winemakers in college can legally taste — but not swallow — their products starting next semester. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Wesley Chesbro
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 Obama arriving in Bay Area on Tuesday for Democratic fundraiser

President Barack Obama visits the Bay Area to raise money for Democratic House members and candidates. »Read

In this article: Amerish Bera, Joe Biden, Julia Brownley, Lois Capps, Anna G. Eshoo, George Marcu, Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Scott Peters, Raul Ruiz
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 Mercury News editorial:

California dodged a bullet when former Assembly Speaker John Pérez mercifully rescinded his recount demand in the race for state controller. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Legislature, Kevin Mullin, Betty T. Yee
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 The Re-Education of Rick Nolan

Minnesota Democrats have two problems: The 8th District has changed, and Rep. Rick Nolan doesn't want to change with it. »Read

In this article: Karen Bass, George P. Miller
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 Jerry Brown signs bill limiting full-contact football practice in California

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation limiting full-contact football practice for California teenagers, his office announced Monday. Del Oro High School Golden Eagle football player Tyler Meteer (8) runs with the ball after his catch on ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Wesley Chesbro, Ken Cooley
Bills: AB 1989, AB 2127,
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 Contra Costa Times editorial: Time to reform California's absurd recount rules

After razor-thin election outcome, former Assembly Speaker John Pérez deserves credit for putting the state's interest above his political ambitions to be state controller. Next time, the losing candidate might not be so reasonable. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Legislature, Kevin Mullin, Betty T. Yee
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 Obama arriving Tuesday for Dem fundraiser

President Obama visits the Bay Area to raise money for Democratic House members and candidates. »Read

In this article: Amerish Bera, Joe Biden, Julia Brownley, Lois Capps, Anna G. Eshoo, George Marcu, Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Scott Peters, Raul Ruiz
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 Is the Register's Editorial Desk Capable of Endorsing a Democrat?

It’s July.  Not October, not September, but July.  And for two high profile races, the OC Register editorial desk has already come out in support of two Republican candidates, backing Republican Young Kim, who’s trying to carpetbag her ... »Read

In this article: Erwin Chemerinsky, Gloria Romero, Jose Solorio
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 Obama arriving in Bay Area Tuesday for Dem fundraiser

President Obama visits the Bay Area to raise money for Democratic House members and candidates. »Read

In this article: Amerish Bera, Joe Biden, Julia Brownley, Lois Capps, Anna G. Eshoo, George Marcu, Nancy Pelosi, Scott Peters, Raul Ruiz
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 Obama signs order banning LGBT discrimination by federal contractors

President Obama signed an executive order Monday barring federal contractors from discriminating against gay employees and prohibiting discrimination against federal workers who identify as transgender. »Read

In this article: Lois Capps, Chad Griffin
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 Nadia Lockyer lashes out at Kamala Harris on Facebook

Nadia Lockyer, the wife of state Treasurer Bill Lockyer, is lashing out at Attorney General Kamala Harris for not pursuing charges against a former boyfriend she said assaulted her, promising “the opposition of the Lockyer family” if ... »Read

In this article: Kamala Harris, Bill Lockyer, Nadia Lockyer
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 Official: State can send inmates to medical site

California can once again send sick inmates to an $839 million prison medical complex that was closed earlier this year amid staffing, supply and other problems at the site intended…Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, J. Clark Kelso
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 Assemblymember Holden Hosts Community Pet Adoption in Pasadena

Assemblymember Holden Hosts Community Pet Adoption in Pasadena (Pasadena) CA -- California State Assemblymember Chris Holden (D-Pasadena) joined forces with the Pasadena Humane Society and Assemblymembers Ed Chau (D-Monterey Park) and Mike Gatto ... »Read

In this article: Edwin Chau, Mike Gatto, Chris Holden
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 Obama urges Putin to compel Russian-backed separatists to stop hampering probe at crash site

WASHINGTON (AP) — Obama urges Putin to compel Russian-backed separatists to stop hampering probe at crash site. »Read

In this article: Kamala Harris, Nadia Lockyer
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 The Fix: Here's why your Congress is so old

California's leading Democrats are remarkable specimens of longevity. The state's two senators are 73 and 81. Gov. Jerry Brown is 76. Rep. Nancy Pelosi, perhaps the best known Democrat in the state, is 74. Between the four of them, they've held ... »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Jerry Brown, Dianne Feinstein, Kamala Harris, Gavin Newsom, Nancy Pelosi, Antonio Villaraigosa
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