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Carly Fiorina jumps in GOP presidential race: Can she win? (+video)

"The only thing Carly can aspire to is a cabinet post. So she has to decide what realistic nominee she will ultimately support. At some time, she will go with Jeb."

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An Engineered Drought

"Governor Brown is right about California’s water shortage problem, BUT does he really think that cutting our consumption by 5% is the solution? Since the farmers 80% is excluded, a 25% reduction of the remaining 20% = 5% savings overall. At the current price of water, we’re incentivized to use what we can afford of this inexpensive commodity."

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Jerry Brown, the Farmers' Friend

"Governor Brown is right about California’s water shortage problem, BUT does he really think that cutting our consumption by 5% is the solution? Since the farmers 80% is excluded, a 25% reduction of the remaining 20% = 5% savings overall. At the current price of water, we’re incentivized to use what we can afford of this inexpensive commodity."

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Lawmakers seek soda warning labels

"“STATE OF CALIFORNIA SAFETY WARNING: Drinking beverages with added sugar(s) contributes to obesity, diabetes, and tooth decay.” Once this law is passed, we can use this same warning and just insert whatever product we want into the warning. This will be the template for change! Who knew complex issues could be solved so easily?"

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Minimum wage up $3 in Oakland; may impact small businesses

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 'Peaker' Plant To Replace Carlsbad's Power Station
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 Q&A: California farmers with oldest water rights face cuts
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 Remember When Brown Was For Local Control?

When I used to write that Gov. Jerry Brown didn’t have much of a plan or an idea behind his second go-round as governor, the protests came back hard. No, no, he’s for local control. The case for Brown as champion of the locals went like this. He ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, water
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 All that Analysis of the Glazer Victory

According to the Democratic Party analysis of Steve Glazer’s victory in Senate District 7, Glazer ran a “cynical” campaign appealing to Republicans and, “We know that low turnout elections favor Republicans. When Democratic voters show up ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Steven Glazer, Steve Greenhut, Tony Quinn, Shawnda Westly
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 LA Finally Wises Up On ADA Compliance

In April, the City of Los Angeles reached a deal to repair the city’s broken and crumbling sidewalks, at a cost of more than $1 billion over 30 years. Just how bad are the city’s sidewalks? One city estimate found that 40 percent of the ... »Read
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 California Environmental Quality Act, Greenhouse Gas Regulation and Climate Change

(Editor’s Note: This is the introduction to a new report, California’s Social Priorties, from Chapman University’s Center for Demographics and Policy. The report is authored by David Friedman and Jennifer Hernandez. Read the full report ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, CEQA, global warming, green jobs, greenhouse gas, Legislature
Bills: AB 32,
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 Health insurance makes big shift to managed-care regulator

A big shift in the individual health insurance market in 2014 gave the California Department of Managed Health Care the most enrollment in all three sectors of commercial insurance. DMHC now regulates 82 percent of the individual market, 77 percent ... »Read

In this article: Dave Jones, Legislature, Kevin McCarty
Bills: AB 1434,
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 California Senate panel should let right-to-die bill move forward

As polls have shown consistently, a strong majority of Californians believe that terminally ill people should be able to end their lives peacefully and without pain when death is near. The state's residents have waited too long; they have watched ... »Read

In this article: Legislature, William W. Monning, Lois Wolk
Bills: SB 128,
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 Disabled L.A. man's desire to vote leads to probe of alleged state violations

Stephen Lopate was just a boy when he first mentioned he wanted to vote someday in a presidential election. »Read

In this article: Peter Allen, Martin Block, Hillary Clinton, water
Bills: SB 589,
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 Knight: 2nd Quarter Will Quell Fundraising Doubts

Freshman California Republican Steve Knight promises he’ll do much better raising campaign money in the second quarter than he did in the first. »Read

In this article: illegal immigration, Stephen T. Knight, Barack Obama, Tony Strickland, water
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 Archives show Hillary Clinton OK'd tax breaks for nonprofits

(AP) — As first lady in the final year of the Clinton administration, Hillary Rodham Clinton endorsed a White House plan to give tax breaks to private foundations and wealthy charity donors at the same time the William J. Clinton Foundation was ... »Read

In this article: Eli Broad, Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, Robert R. Rubin
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 Round-up: Harris, Sanchez, Glazer & Kim K's Butt

The three big takeways from a compelling political week: Kamala Harris looks strong, but hardly inevitable, in the Senate race, where there's still plenty of room for another credible candidate; Steve Glazer's triumph in a Bay Area state senate ... »Read

In this article: Xavier Becerra, Amerish Bera, Susan Bonilla, Barbara Boxer, Jerry Brown, Field Poll, Steven Glazer, Steve Greenhut, Kamala Harris, Daniel E. Lungren, Doug Ose, Art Pulaski, Tony Quinn, Steve Westly
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 California policies earn it low ranking

While Gov. Jerry Brown and other progressive leaders have been patting themselves on the back as their tax hikes have led to record revenues taken from taxpayers, another analysis of state economic policies and outlooks has rated California among ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, minimum wage, oil severance tax, Split roll
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 Moderate Democrat's win a loss for unions statewide

In a race with statewide implications, Steven Glazer handily won a special election Tuesday for state Senate District 7, an area east of Oakland. Mr. Glazer, mayor of Orinda, defeated Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla, 55 percent to 45 percent. The seat... »Read

In this article: Susan Bonilla, Jerry Brown, Hillary Clinton, Mark DeSaulnier, Steven Glazer, Josh Pulliam
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 AM Alert: Harvey Milk Day marks California's LGBT strides

Gay rights have advanced since California approved Harvey Milk day After series of victories, legislators will honor gay rights icon … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Toni Atkins, Legislature, Brian Maienschein, Gavin Newsom, Nancy Pelosi, Proposition 8, Arnold Schwarzenegger
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 How an off-the-cuff remark shaped Jeb Bush's economic vision for U.S.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - There were no fancy economic models or forecasts when former Florida Governor Jeb Bush first tossed out the idea that 4 percent annual growth should be the overarching goal for the U.S. economy. »Read

In this article: Robert W. Lucas, John Taylor
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 State set to put limits on water from San Joaquin Watershed

California farmers who hold water rights that date as far back as the Gold Rush are bracing for their first state-ordered conservation in decades, as a record drought prompts some of the deepest cuts yet in the country's most productive agricultural ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought, Thomas Howard, water
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 Judge grants third delay in start of Calderon corruption trial

A federal judge has granted a third delay in the start of the corruption trial of former state Sen. Ronald Calderon, from Aug. 11 to March 1, 2016. »Read

In this article: Ron Calderon, Thomas M. Calderon
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 DA charges Livermore man who crashed into mother, child with murder

Prosecutors on Thursday filed murder charges against a Livermore man they said was driving drunk at 99 mph when he killed a mother and toddler on a walking path. »Read

In this article: Brian W. Jones, Brian W. Jones
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 UC regents endorse Brown's funding plan, but look to lawmakers for more

The UC regents, in a meeting marked by feelings of relief and uncertainty, on Thursday embraced Gov. Jerry Brown’s budget proposal, which would significantly boost university funding, freeze in-state undergraduate tuition for two years, and ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Monica Lozano
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 Q&A: California farmers with oldest water rights face cuts

Farmers in drought-stricken California with nearly guaranteed rights to water are bracing for historic orders to stop diverting water from rivers and streams. Regulators are expected to announce on Friday whether some farmers can avoid a total cut ... »Read

In this article: Drought, Thomas Howard, water
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 University of California regents vote to delay tuition hikes

SAN FRANCISCO >> The University of California Board of Regents is concerned that the budget deal UC President Janet Napolitano hashed out with Gov. Jerry Brown doesn't address the system's plummeting in-state admission rates, leaving the crucial ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Legislature, John A. Perez, Bonnie Reiss
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 Mandatory usage cuts loom even for those with senior water rights

In the 1976-77 drought, the state ordered growers with some of the oldest water rights in California to stop pumping from many rivers and streams. Now, in a sign of the spreading pain of another punishing drought, regulators are preparing to do the ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought, John H. Herrick, water
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 Laguna Niguel golf course replacing turf with drought-tolerant plants

A golf course in Laguna Niguel is setting an example for other golf courses in drought-stricken California. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought, water
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 State fines Santa Ana mayor $13,000 for real estate deal

A state commission unanimously agreed to fine the mayor of Santa Ana $13,000 in connection with accusations that he profited from a real estate deal with an auto parts dealer and then voted to make the business owner the city’s exclusive ... »Read

In this article: Fair Political Practices Commission, Michael A. Ramos
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 PUC approves plan to replace San Diego County natural gas power plant

State regulators approved a plan to replace a 1950s natural gas power plant in northern San Diego County with a new version, sparking complaints from environmentalists that renewable energy options were being overlooked. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, renewable energy
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 With recall, car owners and mechanics scramble for new air bags

As federal regulators moved to speed up what has become the largest automobile recall in U.S. history, the nation's car dealerships, car owners and mechanics scrambled to cope with a sudden need for new air bags. »Read

In this article: Brian W. Maas, Bob Smith
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 Rep. Norma Torres, Judy Chu call for improved debt forgiveness process for Corinthian Colleges students

Rep. Norma Torres, D-Ontario, Rep. Judy Chu, D-Pasadena, and 14 others members of Congress have sent a letter to Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, asking him to streamline the federal loan debt forgiveness process for the former students of ... »Read

In this article: Judy Chu, Norma J. Torres
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 Santa Barbara spill underscores need to quit oil

The latest oil spill elicits demands that California end oil drillingCalifornia would be offshoring its pollution by ending oil drilling hereThe need remains to end our reliance on petroleum … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, renewable energy, water
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 Pelosi, Hoyer Keep Fragile Peace on Trade

House Democrats have so far avoided the intraparty fights that have hit the Senate and White House. But that may change soon. »Read

In this article: Barbara Lee, Nancy Pelosi
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 Housing costs should be back on state lawmakers' agenda

California’s housing crunch is burdening residents and could slow economyAssembly Speaker Toni Atkins is addressing affordable housingDemocrats may have to be willing to reform CEQA … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Toni Atkins, Jerry Brown, CEQA, Legislature, Betty T. Yee
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 Geothermal is key to clean energy future

Underground pockets of steam and hot water are the oldest and most proven source of renewable energyCalifornia built the second geothermal power facility ever used in the worldGeothermal power keeps working after the sun goes down and the wind stops ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Energy Commission, greenhouse gas, Legislature, renewable energy, water
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 City plans more housing for homeless vets

Mayor Ed Lee continues his housing offensive, with a planned Friday announcement that the city will construct a 101-unit building in the Mission Bay for homeless veterans and low-income families. The site, at 1150 Third St., will become the first ... »Read

In this article: Ron Conway, Edwin M. Lee
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 Rick Santorum calls Fox News debate rules "arbitrary" and unfair to voters

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Rick Santorum hopes that Fox News officials will come to their senses and find a fairer, smarter way to pick participants for the first Republican debate of the 2016 presidential campaign.Read full article >> »Read

In this article: Carly Fiorina, Early Primary
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 Senators Offer Compromise on Domestic Surveillance Changes

The Senate is expected to vote as soon as Friday »Read

In this article: Loretta Lynch, Nancy Pelosi
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 Federal Eye: Civil service reform can affect millions, but draws little attention

A Senate hearing on civil service reform sounds like the snoozer it was.It’s really too bad, though not surprising, that Wednesday’s session drew so little attention. What eventually emerges from Congress could affect the livelihood of millions ... »Read

In this article: David Cox, Jeff Miller, Jeff Miller
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 Transgender California inmate seeking surgery wins parole recommendation

(Reuters) - A California board recommended parole on Thursday for a transgender inmate convicted of second-degree murder, the same day an appeals court put on hold a ruling requiring the state to pay for the prisoner's sex-reassignment surgery, ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Luis Patino
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 California politics: Labor Democrats already on attack against Steve Glazer

The centrist Democrat will have to defend his seat next year, possibly in a rematch against Susan Bonilla, with a much larger and more liberal electorate flocking to polls to vote in the presidential election. »Read

In this article: Susan Bonilla, Jerry Brown, Joe Canciamilla, Kevin De Leon, Mark DeSaulnier, Steven Glazer, Bob Mulholland, Jim Ross, Richard Temple, Shawnda Westly
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 HP's 2Q earnings slip, but still top analyst views

PALO ALTO, Calif. (AP) -- Hewlett-Packard Co.'s earnings slipped in the latest quarter as the long-slumping technology company struggled to boosts its sales while preparing to split up its operations.... »Read

In this article: Tim Stone, Meg Whitman
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 $8.6-billion L.A. budget to fill 350,000 potholes, trim 57,000 trees

Los Angeles lawmakers unanimously voted Thursday for a nearly $8.6-billion budget plan that would boost funding for the fire department, tree trimming and street cleaning and stash more money in reserves. »Read

In this article: Eric Garcetti, Paul Krekorian
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 Glaze's win a big loss for unions

Maverick image appealed to suburbanitesDemocratic hierarchy still angryHow will Kevin de León treat winner? … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Richard Bloom, Susan Bonilla, Mark DeSaulnier, Steven Glazer, Marc Levine
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 Episode 17: Better Listening Than Rand's 630-Minute Speech

Kristin and Shane are joined by Hotline Analyst Adam Wollner to discuss the politics behind Rand Paul's long, long speech against the Patriot Act. Planning for the Republican primary debates is well underway, and Fox News has set rules to limit the ... »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Shane Goldmacher, Jennifer Jacobs
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 Rick Santorum Rips Fox News Over 'Arbitrary' Debate Rules

'The idea that a national poll has any relationship to the viability of a candidate— ask Rudy Giuliani that. Ask Phil Gramm that.' »Read

In this article: Carly Fiorina, Rudy Giuliani, Early Primary, Mitt Romney
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 Supes Support Isla Vista Government Bill

In a split vote, county supervisors support Das Williams’s AB 3. »Read

In this article: Proposition 13, Legislature, redevelopment agencies
Bills: AB 3,
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 'Peaker' Plant To Replace Carlsbad's Power Station

The state's Public Utilities Commission approved Thursday a new gas power plant in Carlsbad to replace almost a quarter of the energy lost when San Onofre shut down. Opponents say the decision misses an opportunity to move toward more sustainable ... »Read

In this article: Michael Florio, renewable energy
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 Q&A: Farmers with oldest water rights face cuts

Farmers in drought-stricken California with nearly guaranteed rights to water are bracing for historic orders Friday to stop diverting water from the San Joaquin watershed. »Read

In this article: Drought, Thomas Howard, water
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 Could LA's $15 Minimum Wage Sweep the Nation?

On Tuesday, Los Angeles became the third major West Coast city to pass a $15 minimum wage ordinance. Though the law won't fully go into effect until 2020, it's a huge deal. LA is larger than San Francisco and Seattle, the two other $15-an-hour ... »Read

In this article: Eric Garcetti, minimum wage
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 CA water agency relies on flawed system to track use

A group of powerful California farmers who are volunteering to use less water amid the crippling drought have for years operated under an antiquated state system that relies on self-reported, error-riddled records to enforce cutbacks. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought, water
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 Q&A: California farmers with oldest water rights face cuts

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- Farmers in drought-stricken California with nearly guaranteed rights to water are bracing for historic orders Friday to stop diverting water from the San Joaquin watershed. Elsewhere, other farmers are trying to avoid ... »Read

In this article: Drought, Thomas Howard, water
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