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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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Minimum wage bill advances to Senate floor

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 Editorial: Three bills for the governor to kill
Sacramento Bee/Opinion - Aug. 20, 12:00 am
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 Merced County hires expert to help draft groundwater ordinance
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 Paper Bag Fee Impacts Everyone
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 A rather spectacular bit of politicking
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 Senate approves lactation rooms at major airports

The state Senate has passed legislation requiring large airports to offer a private space for mothers to breastfeed or pump milk. »Read

In this article: Kevin De Leon, Bonnie Lowenthal
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 Legislation would require boating safety course

The state Assembly is endorsing legislation that would require Californians to take a boating safety course, an online test and obtain a vessel operator card before driving a motorized boat. »Read

In this article: Mark DeSaulnier, Curt Hagman, Bonnie Lowenthal, William W. Monning
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 California law aims to protect rights of sperm donors, surrogates

SACRAMENTO Calif. (Reuters) - A bill aimed at protecting the parental and adoptive rights of non-traditional families in California was sent to Governor Jerry Brown on Wednesday in an effort to close gaps in a state law that have led to at least one ... »Read

In this article: Tom Ammiano, Jerry Brown
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 Incredible Edibles draws hungry crowds to support Y in Upland

Scheu Family YMCA of Upland organizers got the name right for its annual Incredible Edibles mid-summer fundraiser.The recent event featured an incredible show of support from all segments of the local community - from the Upland Unified School ... »Read

In this article: Ray Musser, Acquanetta Warren
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 California lawmakers discuss regulating groundwater

California lawmakers are looking at ending the state's status as one of the last in the West to start managing groundwater. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Peter H. Gleick, Fran Pavley, water
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 California lawmakers, actors press for film tax credit

Thirty-five members of California’s congressional delegation are pressing Gov. Jerry Brown to support an expanded film tax credit significant to California’s TV and movie industry, while actors and crew members rallied in support of the ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Judy Chu, Legislature, Film tax
Bills: AB 1839,
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 Governor vetoes bill boosting mental-health parity enforcement

Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed legislation Tuesday that would have given California Department of Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones authority to levy fines of up to $2,500 a day against health plans that ignore state mental-health parity laws. Senate Bill ... »Read

In this article: James T. Beall, Jerry Brown, Dave Jones, Legislature, Steve Poizner
Bills: SB 1046,
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 LA to settle police-death lawsuit for $5 million

The City Council on Wednesday voted to pay $5 million to the family of an unarmed, disabled man was killed by police in a shooting captured on live television. »Read

In this article: Joe Buscaino, Bernard Parks
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 LA City Council To Pay $5M In Death Of Veteran Shot By Police After Televised Corvette Pursuit

The Los Angeles City Council agreed Wednesday to pay $5 million to settle a lawsuit filed by the family of a disabled veteran who was fatally shot by Los Angeles police after a pursuit. »Read

In this article: Joe Buscaino, Bernard Parks
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 State slammed with $75M suit over BOE building

Employees of the California Board of Equalization hit the agency with a $75 million lawsuit this week alleging illnesses related to mold in a building now notorious for leaky pipes and other construction issues. The suit, intended to be a class ... »Read

In this article: Board of Equalization, Jerome Horton, Legislature, water
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 Hewlett-Packard's quarterly sales top expectations, but earnings miss

Tech giant Hewlett-Packard on Wednesday reported third-quarter sales that exceeded what Wall Street had forecast, but its profit slumped and earnings-per-share fell well short of analysts expectations. »Read

In this article: Steve Johnson, Meg Whitman
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 Brown administration trying to rewrite state milk regulation

Gov. Jerry Brown’s agricilture secretary trying to rewrite state milk regulation late in session. Case van Steyn looks out at some of the 400 cows at his dairy farm in Galt, California, in 2012. Dairy farmers, citing high feed costs, ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Legislature, Richard Pan, Karen Ross, Dan Walters
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 Family Of Oceanside Man Killed By LAPD Gets $5 Million

The Los Angeles City Council agreed to pay the $5 million to settle a lawsuit filed by family members of a disabled veteran from Oceanside who was fatally shot by Los Angeles police following a pursuit. »Read

In this article: Joe Buscaino, Bernard Parks
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 NEW: Early release from CA prisons now a flood

Spurred by a series of court decisions ruling the state’s prison crowding unconstitutional, Gov. Jerry Brown’s ongoing “realignment” effort sought to make adequate room for the state’s worst convicts by diverting ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Luis Patino
Bills: AB 900,
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 Sen. Hueso's bad geothermal bill may become law

The Legislature may approve a bill that represents the worst of government interference. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Ben Hueso, Legislature, renewable energy
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 Assembly passes constitutional amendment to suspend lawmaker pay

The Assembly on Wednesday deferred for two years the public’s vote on a constitutional amendment empowering lawmakers to strip wayward colleagues of their salaries. Sen. Ron Calderon, D-Montebello, speaks at a news conference at the ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Ron Calderon, Tim Donnelly, Darrell Steinberg, water, Roderick Wright, Leland Yee
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 Governor: CalPERS 'got it wrong' on pension boost

The California Public Employees' Retirement System approved on Tuesday many options for new workers to increase their pensions, including temporary promotions for those holding interim jobs. The move sparked a fast admonishment from Gov. Jerry ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, CalPERS
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 Governor passes Mayor Johnson’s ‘Ice Bucket Challenge’ to his dog

At least one of the three people Mayor Kevin Johnson dared to take the Ice Bucket Challenge has declined. Sort of. Sutter Brown, the California governor’s Welsh corgi, was designated as stand-in to have a bucket of ice water dumped on ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Sutter Brown, Kevin Johnson, Maria Shriver, water
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 California Governor decries Calpers vote on pensions

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - California Governor Jerry Brown decried a move by the state's giant public pension fund on Wednesday to include temporary pay hikes in the way pensions are calculated for newly hired workers. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, CalPERS
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 Audit: $93M Medi-Cal payments could be fraudulent

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- State auditors have found Medi-Cal, the nation's largest Medicaid program, was hit with more than $93 million in potentially fraudulent bills by substance abuse clinics across California.... »Read

In this article: Ted W. Lieu, Norman Williams
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 City Council Members Believe Offering Cash Lottery Prize To Voters Is 'Worth Looking At'

The president of the Los Angeles City Council wants to explore the idea of offering a large cash prize to lure voters to the voting booths. »Read

In this article: Joe Buscaino, Eric Garcetti, Herb Wesson, Dennis Zine
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 Jerry Brown blasts CalPERS board for authorizing pay enhancement for pension purposes

A divided CalPERS board this morning approved nearly 100 types of supplemental pay categories as counting toward state and local government pensions, including a temporary salary supplement that drew a sharp rebuke from Gov. Jerry Brown. ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, CalPERS, Chuck Reed
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 NEW: Bill could double car registration fees

  A bill that could double California counties’ vehicle registration fees has passed the Legislature, and is awaiting a signature or veto from Gov. Jerry Brown. Assembly Bill 2393, by Assemblyman Marc Levine, D-San Rafael, authorizes counties ... »Read

In this article: Assembly Democrats, Jerry Brown, JOHN P. CALDWELL, Mark DeSaulnier, global warming, Legislature, Marc Levine, Proposition 26, Dave Roberts, Arnold Schwarzenegger, water, David Wolfe
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 Poll: Californians strongly support measure regulating health insurance rates

Californians are showing overwhelming support for one of the most hotly contested propositions on the November ballot -- a measure allowing the state's insurance commissioner to reject proposed health insurance rate hikes. »Read

In this article: Jamie Court, Mark DiCamillo, Field Poll, Ricardo Lara
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 DiCaprio voices climate change film

The actor is lending his voice and support to a new short film, bringing attention to climate change. »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, renewable energy
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 A rather spectacular bit of politicking

Last week, the Orange County Board of Supervisors effort to establish limited campaign finance oversight had its proverbial head cut off. State lawmakers gutted the bill after a rather spectacular bit of politicking, leaving this dragon not ... »Read

In this article: campaign finance, Lou Correa, Shirley L. Grindle, Legislature
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 NEW: New evidence of Gov. Brown's utter disinterest in pension reform

Later today, the governing board of the California Public Employees’ Retirement System is expected to pass rules giving state employees 99 ways to spike their “pensionable pay.” Gov. Jerry Brown only objected to one of the 99 ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, CalPERS, CalSTRS, Chris Reed, state budget
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 Late arrival, missing signatures voided many California mail ballots, study finds

Even as voting by mail becomes increasingly common in California elections, more mail ballots are not being counted, according to a study of mail voting in three counties, including Sacramento. Voters cast their ballots at the El Dorado County ... »Read

In this article: Kim Alexander, Neal Kelley, Legislature, Jim Miller
Bills: SB 29,
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 New law requires more representation disclosure by brokers

Commercial real estate brokers will soon be required to disclose potential conflicts of interest to parties in any deal they handle. A bill signed last week by Gov. Jerry Brown, Senate Bill 1171, takes effect Jan. 1. It requires brokers to ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Ben Hueso, Legislature
Bills: SB 1171,
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 An Unhealthy Dependence on the Rich

Upper-income taxpayers are paying the highest share ever of the California personal income tax. This is good news in good times, but underscores the need for Proposition 2, the rainy day reserve measure placed on the November ballot by the ... »Read

In this article: Legislature, Proposition 2
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 Keep Hint of Prosecutorial Action Out of Legitimate Political Debates

In the war of words over an attempt to stall the extension of AB 32’s cap-and-trade to transportation fuels, liberal groups sent a public letter to Attorney General Kamala Harris asking her to keep an eye out for collusion by oil companies in ... »Read

In this article: Kamala Harris
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 Paper Bag Fee Impacts Everyone

International Paper Operates 27 Facilities in California With More Than 2,500 Employees For decades, grocery stores offered safe, sustainable paper bags to customers without taxes or fees. Now, due to the debate surrounding the ban on plastic bags, ... »Read

In this article: Legislature
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 On the Goal Line

As we enter the start of football season, I always look forward to watching a team march down the field with pinpoint passes and well executed running plays to score the winning touchdown with seconds left on the clock. This scenario acts as an ... »Read

Bills: AB 1839,
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 Stop Bullying Charter School

Imagine if your student was being bullied at school. As parents, we would take the necessary steps to prevent this unacceptable behavior and alert school administrators. Often times, it’s simply name-calling or teasing. However, what may be ... »Read

In this article: Fran Pavley
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 California Pension Committee Approves Retirement Compensation Proposals

Temporarily promoted new hires would be factored into how the California Public Employees’ Retirement System calculates its pensions under a vote Tuesday of a CalPERS Committee. »Read

In this article: CHRISTY E. BOUMA, Jerry Brown, CalPERS
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 November Ballot Set: No School Bond, Lawmaker Suspension Measures

Legislative proposals to add a school bond and constitutional amendment allowing lawmakers to be suspended without pay to California’s November ballot have stalled. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Joan Buchanan, Legislature, Darrell Steinberg, water
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 Proposal to expand California film tax credit to get a show of support

California lawmakers are poised to quadruple funding for the state's film and TV tax credit program, but industry supporters aren't leaving anything to chance. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Film tax
Bills: AB 1839,
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 AM Alert: Field Poll finds support for health care ballot measures

A new Field Poll has found strong early support for two contentious health care-related ballot measures. Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones has pushed for Proposition 45, which would give him more regulatory power over health insurance rates. »Read

In this article: California Republican Party, Field Poll, Elaine Howle, Dave Jones, Legislature, Dan Walters
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 Immigrant children may get free legal help

State Attorney General Kamala Harris is asking private law firms to provide free legal help to the wave of Central American children pouring into the state. Officials tell us that nine out of 10 children who appear at immigration hearings without a ... »Read

In this article: Art Agnos, David Beltran, Willie Brown, Kamala Harris, Edwin M. Lee
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 Pat Quinn Could be Drag on Illinois Democrats

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- The national political tide isn't looking good for Democrats, but in Illinois this November, down-ballot candidates have an even bigger problem: the drag of Gov. Pat Quinn. »Read

In this article: Mark Kirk, minimum wage, Barack Obama, Mitt Romney, SEIU
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 California's vote by mail ballots are frequently voided*

<p><span>Voters are opting to mail in their ballots now more than ever, but <a href=http:* <p><b><span>Jim Miller </span></b><span>reports in <b>The Sacramento Bee: </b>'Kim ... »Read

In this article: Kim Alexander, Jerry Brown, Mark DiCamillo, Hannah-Beth Jackson, Legislature, Los Angeles Unified School District, Chris Megerian, Jim Miller, Greg Schmidt, Jonathan Waldie, water
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 Gay Rights Movement Tackles Cultural Battle In The Deep South

Same-sex marriage activists are working to win hearts and minds in the Deep South, where they've met the strongest resistance. One strategy is to host informal conversations. »Read

In this article: Brad Clark, Same-sex marriage
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 Trailblazing Sacramento politician Grantland Johnson dies at 65

Grantland Johnson, a trailblazing Sacramento politician who rose in rank while staying in touch with his community roots as a city councilman, county supervisor and top health official in state and federal government, died Tuesday at 65. ... »Read

In this article: Gray Davis, Roger Dickinson, Doris O. Matsui, Darrell Steinberg
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 Editorial: Three bills for the governor to kill

The waning days of the legislative session are the scariest time of all – when dead legislation rises from the grave and good bills are mutilated into monstrosities. One bill before the California Legislature seeks to require public ... »Read

In this article: California Teachers Association, CEQA, Ellen Corbett, Mike Gatto, Chris Holden, Legislature, Barack Obama, Alex Padilla, water
Bills: AB 52, SB 556, AB 1912,
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 Viewpoints: Airports want more rules put on Uber, Lyft

Legislature should act for public safety and marketplace fairness. Jim Lites »Read

In this article: Susan Bonilla, Legislature, Adrin Nazarian
Bills: AB 2293,
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 Merced County hires expert to help draft groundwater ordinance

The topic of groundwater is a complicated one, but regulating the scarce commodity – which is as precious as liquid gold for struggling farmers in a drought year – is…Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Anthony Cannella, Adam Gray, Stephen C. Smith, water
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 Marcos Breton: Hansen takes a risk in opposing Johnson on ‘strong mayor’

Steve Hansen is showing some real daring in standing up to Mayor Kevin Johnson – the kind of political guts we don’t often see in Sacramento. Marcos Breton »Read

In this article: Kevin Johnson, Kevin McCarty
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 State ratifies gambling compact with Karuk Tribe

The California Legislature has ratified a gambling compact with the Karuk Tribe that approves a casino in Yreka, the tribe announced on Tuesday. 'Today our gaming project took one very large step closer to reality due to the positive energy and »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Lou Correa, Legislature
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 'Pump and Pay': Buy lottery tickets at gas pump

Soon you'll be able to buy lottery tickets at the pump at certain gas stations in California. »Read

In this article: California Lottery, Russ Lopez
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 Pelosi talks about jumpstarting the middle class at COM

House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi swung through Marin on Tuesday to deliver her party's message on helping to lift the middle class. »Read

In this article: Jared Huffman, minimum wage, Nancy Pelosi
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