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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

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Minimum wage bill advances to Senate floor

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 Mayor, City Council want answers on Gold Rush Days cancellation
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 McCarthy, Scalise Fill Out Leadership Staff Rosters
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 Steinberg discusses ambitions after leaving the Legislature
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 Suing President Obama: GOP-led House approves lawsuit
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 UCLA says DWP should pay for flood damage caused by water-main rupture
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 Bullying, Threats and Chaos at Safety Agency

'Chilled' atmosphere at Chemical Safety Board accelerates criticism of chairman. »Read

In this article: Darrell Issa, Henry A. Waxman
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 Opinions > Power plays > Does the newly formed Greater Sacramento Area Economic Council duplicate existing organizations?

What's going on in the wild and wacky world of Sacramento economic-development organizations? First, a whole bunch of elite Sacramento-area CEOs pony up a minimum... »Read

In this article: Kevin Johnson, Roger Niello, Sandy Sheedy
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 Opinions > Message in a bottle > Sacramento, where water hogs like Nestlé profit and residents pay fines.

The editorialists at SN&R last week weighed in with a timely reminder that—in the middle of the driest period in California’s recorded history—we are cheaply... »Read

In this article: Cassandra Jennings, Kevin Johnson, Jessica A. Levinson, water
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 Opinions > Letters for July 31, 2014 > Readers put in their 2 cents on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Nestlé and Sacramento's water, and expanding the region's veteran's court.

Don’t lay all blame on Israel Re “Holy mess” by Nick Miller (SN&R Editor’s Note, July 17): Nick Miller writes, “The recent Israeli air assault... »Read

In this article: Barry Broad, Kevin Johnson, water
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 Local Stories > Initiative delayed > Butte County Board of Supervisors delays fracking initiative.

To frack or not to frack, that was the question. And it still is. After a more than two-hour meeting on the subject Tuesday... »Read

In this article: Paul Hahn, James Smith, water
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 Editorial: California Public Utilities Commission sweetly snuggles up to PG&E.

California Public Utilities Commission snuggles up to PG&E, and PG&E loves it. In 2010 a massive fire roared through the mostly residential neighborhood in San Bruno. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Jerry Hill
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 Editorial: California Public Utilities Commission sweetly snuggles up to PG&E

California Public Utilities Commission snuggles up to PG&E, and PG&E loves it. In 2010 a massive fire roared through the mostly residential neighborhood in San Bruno. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Jerry Hill
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 MTA approves contract for Muni drivers

A contract for San Francisco Municipal Railway vehicle operators was unanimously approved by the city's Municipal Transportation Agency. »Read

In this article: Willie Brown, Edwin M. Lee
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 LAUSD's portable pools make the rounds for water safety

Just last week, Nathan Flores was feigning stomachaches so he wouldn't have to swim in the 3-foot deep swimming pool, his mother said. But this week, Nathan, 5, splashes around like a koi in a pond. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Los Angeles Unified School District, water
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 Lawsuit challenges write-in rules under California’s top-two system

An independent write-in candidate who ran in the primary to succeed retiring Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Los Angeles, filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday challenging California’s ban on write-in contenders in the general election. Then-State Sen. ... »Read

In this article: Debra Bowen, Elan Carr, Ted W. Lieu, Dean Logan, Steve Peace, Henry A. Waxman, Nicole Winger
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 Today in History

Today is Thursday, July 31, the 212th day of 2014. There are 153 days left in the year. »Read

In this article: Alan Autry, Andrew Johnson, Barack Obama
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 Tony Gwynn Day declared under acting governor

A San Diego lawmaker who briefly filled in as governor declared Tony Gwynn Day in honor of the late Padres baseball player. »Read

In this article: Toni Atkins, Jerry Brown, Gavin Newsom, Darrell Steinberg
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 Array of races face Merced County voters in November

The November general election is less than 100 days away and Merced County voters will be faced with a variety of choices in both county and city races.Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Shawn Bagley, Anthony Cannella, Jim Costa, Adam Gray, Jack M. Mobley, Johnny Tacherra
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 California temporarily has first openly gay governor

For a few hours on Wednesday, California had its first openly gay governor. »Read

In this article: Toni Atkins, Jerry Brown, Gavin Newsom
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 UCLA flood from water line rupture is red flag for L.A. infrastructure

By Emily Alpert Reyes and Matt StevensBy Emily Alpert Reyes and Matt Stevens »Read

In this article: Felipe Fuentes, Eric Garcetti, Paul Koretz, David Nahai, water, Herb Wesson
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 Colonies court hearing to go into sixth day

SAN BERNARDINO >> A motions hearing in the Colonies corruption case, in which defense attorneys are pushing for dismissal on several grounds, will go into its sixth day today.After hearing attorneys go back and forth all day with their arguments on ... »Read

In this article: Paul Biane, Jeffrey Burum, Jim Erwin, Mark Kirk, Gary Ovitt, Bill Postmus
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 Harmony out the window in Muni funding dispute

Lee has ratcheted up the political brinksmanship in a dispute with a majority of the Board of Supervisors, directing his department heads to propose 1.5 percent budget cuts that could be implemented if voters approve a measure the board put on the ... »Read

In this article: David Campos, David Chiu, Edwin M. Lee
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 In Mexico, a ‘new Jerry Brown’ comes around to free trade

Gov. Jerry Brown, who once campaigned against the North American Free Trade Agreement and criticized the “insertion of Mexico into our economy,” pushed back his chair at a breakfast here Wednesday and looked on from the head table as ... »Read

In this article: Bay Area Council, Jerry Brown, Lou Correa, John Grubb, Legislature, Allan Zaremberg
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 Communal office space firm rents CBS building in Hollywood

The historic CBS broadcasting facility in Hollywood where George Burns and Gracie Allen once did shtick on the radio will soon be repopulated with entrepreneurs starting new creative businesses. »Read

In this article: Paul A. Smith, Paul Smith
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 The Buzz: Jerry Brown undecided on debating Neel Kashkari

“I haven’t made up my mind,” Brown said Wednesday. “I’m going to take that up later in the year, because we’ve got time.” »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Anne Gust, Doug Ose, Meg Whitman
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 Los Angeles Daybook

Associated Press Los Angeles Daybook for Thursday, July 31 »Read

In this article: Gil Cedillo, Fredy Ceja, water
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 In private meetings with Carlos Slim, others, Jerry Brown encounters a “more critical” Mexico

Gov. Jerry Brown was about to leave this city after four days of talks pressing on the environment, and he wasn’t sure, broadly speaking, how his diplomacy might add up. Gov. Jerry Brown is seen on television camera viewfinders as he ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, global warming, Anne Gust, water
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 Alameda: City to seek money for new fire station

The new Alameda station will be built at a city-owned site at Hibbard Street and Buena Vista Avenue and replace Fire Station Three, which operates out of a former family home that the city rents on Grand Street because the station's building on the ... »Read

In this article: Tony Daysog, John Russo
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 Obama's playbook: Blame Bush, then Congress

In June, President Obama sent a letter to Congress asking for help to address the surge of illegal crossings at the Texas border. Among other items, Obama asked Congress to grant him the legal authority 'to exercise discretion in processing the ... »Read

In this article: George W. Bush, Dianne Feinstein, Nancy Pelosi
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 Around Town, July 31, 2014

The Merced County Area Agency on Aging is requesting donations of unneeded cellphones for distribution to Merced County seniors 60 and older. Seniors will be able to call 911 for…Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Paul A. Smith, Paul Smith
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 Suing Obama: GOP-Led House Gives The Go-Ahead

A sharply divided House approved a Republican plan Wednesday to launch a campaign-season lawsuit against President Barack Obama. »Read

In this article: Carl DeMaio, No Child Left Behind, Barack Obama, Sarah Palin, Scott Peters
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 Steinberg staffers will represent immigrant kids

State Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg’s staff counsel will help provide free legal services to undocumented, unaccompanied children arriving in California from Central America. Steinberg, D-Sacramento, announced Wednesday that his ... »Read

In this article: Darrell Steinberg, Anthony Williams
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 The Next Big Fight in Income Inequality Is About to Go Down in California

Congress can barely name a post office without partisan rancor, so it’s light years away from taking any meaningful action on income inequality. That’s why hope has shifted to states and cities. Seattle led the way in June with a »Read

In this article: Kevin Faulconer, Edwin M. Lee, minimum wage, referendum, SEIU
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 Suing Obama: GOP-Led House Gives the Go-Ahead

Suing the president: Divided House OKs GOP plan for lawsuit claiming Obama exceeded powers »Read

In this article: No Child Left Behind, Barack Obama, Sarah Palin, Nancy Pelosi
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 Suing President Obama: GOP-led House approves lawsuit

A sharply divided House approved a Republican plan Wednesday to launch a campaign-season lawsuit against President Barack Obama. »Read

In this article: No Child Left Behind, Barack Obama, Sarah Palin, Nancy Pelosi
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 Still hoping for the 'real' No. 1 hit

Chris Young's had six No. 1 country-music singles - five in a row. So far, though, a big No. 1 has eluded him. »Read

In this article: Chris Young, Chris Young
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 Border battle: House GOP moves to block Obama

This strategy could help the GOP lock up more conservative support. »Read

In this article: Xavier Becerra, Jeff Denham, Kevin McCarthy, Devin Nunes, Barack Obama, Senate Democrats, David G. Valadao
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 Entertainment calendar -- Published July 31, 2014

“Bye Bye Birdie”: 7 p.m. Fri.-Sat.; 2 p.m. Sun.; 7 p.m. Aug. 8-9; 2 p.m. Aug. 10. Linden High School, 18527 E. Front St. Linden. (209) 401-8453. »Read

In this article: Chris Young, Chris Young
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 House authorizes lawsuit against Obama

The Republican-led House approved a resolution on Wednesday authorizing Speaker John Boehner to sue President Barack Obama. »Read

In this article: minimum wage, Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi
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 House clears way for lawsuit against Obama

Escalating their confrontation with President Obama, House Republicans gave Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) the power to initiate a lawsuit accusing the administration of breaching constitutional duties through executive orders that served as an ... »Read

In this article: minimum wage, Nancy Pelosi
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 Westwood water-main break: At least 48 hours of more repair

LADWP officials said Wednesday that the repair process for the Westwood water-main break is going to take at least 48 more hours, targeting Friday for re-opening Sunset Blvd. »Read

In this article: Joe Buscaino, Paul Koretz, water
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 House approves bill overhauling VA health care

The bipartisan compromise bill to reform the scandal-plagued Veterans Affairs Department now heads to the Senate »Read

In this article: Jeff Miller, Jeff Miller
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 House Approves VA Health Care Overhaul

(WASHINGTON) — The House overwhelmingly approved a landmark bill Wednesday to refurbish the Veterans Affairs Department and improve veterans’ health care. MoreJoe Lieberman: Obama Administration “Has Gone Off The Track” On ... »Read

In this article: Jeff Miller, Jeff Miller, Nancy Pelosi, water
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 Mayor, City Council want answers on Gold Rush Days cancellation

Old Sacramento business owners aren’t the only people upset with the cancellation of the annual Gold Rush Days festival. »Read

In this article: Kevin Johnson, John Shirey, water
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 Berkeley: Nader talk supports post office activists

Citizens to Save the Berkeley Post Office, Post Office Defenders and the National Post Office Collaborate have been working on multiple levels -- lawsuits, pickets, civil disobedience, marches, letter writing and rallies -- to stop the United States ... »Read

In this article: Richard Blum, Dianne Feinstein
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 Bankrupt San Bernardino looks at marijuana sales to raise funds

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The city attorney of bankrupt San Bernardino, California, has a novel idea for raising new revenue - open medical marijuana dispensaries to sell pot. »Read

In this article: Board of Equalization, CalPERS
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 VA Health Care Overhaul Passes House

The House voted overwhelmingly to pass the compromise VA health care overhaul aimed at slashing wait times. The bill is expected to easily pass the Senate and head to President Barack Obama's desk before Congress leaves for the August recess. »Read

In this article: Jeff Miller, Jeff Miller, Barack Obama
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 House easily approves VA overhaul bill

House lawmakers easily passed a sweeping overhaul of the troubled Department of Veterans Affairs that will make it easier for the nation's military veterans to seek medical care outside the government-run system. Read full article >> »Read

In this article: Jeff Miller, Jeff Miller
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 House approves VA reform bill

In a strong bipartisan vote, lawmakers backed the $17 billion compromise bill. »Read

In this article: Jeff Miller, Jeff Miller
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 That's Governor Toni Atkins " At Least For One Day

From San Diego city councilwoman to assemblywoman to speaker to governor of California — at least for a day. »Read

In this article: Toni Atkins, Jerry Brown, Legislature, Gavin Newsom, Jerry Sanders, Darrell Steinberg, Pete Wilson
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 Jerry Brown undecided on debating Neel Kashkari

MEXICO CITY – Gov. Jerry Brown said Wednesday he has not yet decided if he will debate Republican Neel Kashkari in this year’s lopsided gubernatorial race, while Brown’s wife, Anne Gust Brown, suggested Kashkari is getting abundant ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Anne Gust, Meg Whitman
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 UCLA says DWP should pay for flood damage caused by water-main rupture

The cost of flood damage at UCLA caused by a ruptured water main should be covered by the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, a university official said Wednesday, even as officials continued to tally the cost. »Read

In this article: Felipe Fuentes, Paul Koretz, water, Herb Wesson
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 California governor signs trade pact with Mexico

On the final day of a Mexican trade and investment tour, Gov. Jerry Brown signed a broad economic agreement with Mexican officials to work on advanced manufacturing, alternative energy and other industries that California has identified as most ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, renewable energy
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 Richmond approves massive Chevron refinery project

RICHMOND >> Chevron's five year-plus quest to initiate a $1 billion upgrade to its century old refinery, the largest in Northern California, was approved by a divided City Council late Tuesday after the company and city staff hammered out a ... »Read

In this article: green jobs, greenhouse gas, Kamala Harris, Gayle McLaughlin, George P. Miller
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 Gov. Brown signs two key agreements in Mexico

Before heading back to California, Gov. Jerry Brown signed an agreement in Mexico that he hopes will have be a lasting legacy for worker rights. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Karen Ross
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 Oakland rejects business-backed minimum wage hike

The City Council vote was a show of support for a labor-backed ballot measure that will increase the minimum wage faster with no exemptions for employers »Read

In this article: minimum wage, SEIU
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 NEW: State funds dry cleaners' shift to CO2

The California Energy Commission’s Public Interest Energy Research Program has produced a dry cleaning machine that uses CO2. The carbon-based cleaning process replaces perchoroethylene chemical-based dry cleaning. The machine is being ... »Read

In this article: Air Resources Board, Energy Commission, global warming, greenhouse gas, water
Bills: AB 32,
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 Independent Commission: Fix Parks System, Then Ask Voters to Pay For It

Here’s the recipe from an independent commission to turn around a California Department of Parks and Recreation in turmoil after financial scandals and budget cuts: Fix the broken bureaucracy, then ask voters to approve new taxes or fees to ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, water, Vicky Waters
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 Roger Williams Makes Play for NRCC Chairman (Updated)

Updated 2:10 p.m. | Freshman Rep. Roger Williams of Texas is gunning to challenge current National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Greg Walden's bid for a second term and is actively seeking meetings with members for his bid, CQ Roll ... »Read

In this article: Carl DeMaio, Kevin McCarthy, Nancy Pelosi
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 Bill Monning and Susan Bonilla: Transportation network companies must protect the public

Smartphone applications can offer consumers a convenient way to hail a ride by connecting them with drivers who use their personal vehicles. »Read

In this article: Susan Bonilla, William W. Monning
Bills: AB 2293,
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 Roger Williams Makes Play for NRCC Chairman

Freshman Rep. Roger Williams of Texas is gunning to challenge current National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Greg Walden's bid for a second term and is actively seeking meetings with members for his bid, CQ Roll Call has learned. »Read

In this article: Carl DeMaio, Kevin McCarthy, Nancy Pelosi
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 CA GOP Lt. Gov. candidate Ron Nehring's campaign — hunkering down in Israeli bomb shelters

Ron Nehring, California’s GOP candidate for Lt. Governor, has forgone the usual 2014 campaign swings for something far riskier — he’s huddled down in in Israeli bomb shelters today, tweeting just miles from the Gaza border. “Last night…you ... »Read

In this article: Ron Nehring, Gavin Newsom
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 Governor Joins Latino Caucus for Community Celebration

Governor Joins Latino Caucus for Community Celebration (Los Angeles) – The California Latino Legislative Caucus, chaired by Senator Ricardo Lara, held a community celebration with Governor Jerry Brown at the Pico House in Los Angeles to ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Ricardo Lara
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 Dan Walters: What does McCarthy's elevation mean for California

Immigration reform is a big issue in McCarthy's agricultural district and for the state, but it is only one of several potential points of friction in Congress. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Legislature, Kevin McCarthy, Bill Thomas, Dan Walters
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 In Mexico, a ‘new Jerry Brown’ on free trade

MEXICO CITY – Gov. Jerry Brown, who once opposed the North American Free Trade Agreement and criticized the “insertion of Mexico into our economy,” pushed back his chair at a breakfast here Wednesday and looked on from the head ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Lou Correa
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 Contra Costa Times editorial: Emails show Brown must fire PUC chief Peevey

The state Attorney General and the federal Department of Justice should immediately investigate the connection between Peevey and the utility. At a minimum, the conduct appears to violate the PUC's own rules. The public trust, already worn thin, is ... »Read

In this article: Kamala Harris, Jerry Hill, Michael R. Peevey, Jackie Speier
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 Oakland Tribune editorial: Emails show Brown must fire PUC chief Peevey

The state Attorney General and the federal Department of Justice should immediately investigate the connection between Peevey and the utility. At a minimum, the conduct appears to violate the PUC's own rules. The public trust, already worn thin, is ... »Read

In this article: Kamala Harris, Jerry Hill, Michael R. Peevey, Jackie Speier
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 NEW: Schools case fuels Kashkari campaign

The historic Vergara school liberty ruling has handed a campaign issue to Neel Kashkari, Republican candidate for California Governor. In the ruling, as described by education reformer and former state Sen. Gloria Romero, Los Angeles Superior Court ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Tim Donnelly, Gloria Romero
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 McCarthy, Scalise Fill Out Leadership Staff Rosters

The new House majority leader and majority whip have assembled their new teams of aides. »Read

In this article: Dick Cheney, Wally Herger, Kevin McCarthy
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 LA Times Editorial; Great Park Investigation Should Be Independent

The Los Angeles Times has an editorial in Wednesday’s paper that addresses the Great Park that recognizes the Forensic Audit is basically what we’ve been saying all along — a partisan witch hunt.  And the paper is calling for an ... »Read

In this article: Larry Agran, Steven Choi, redevelopment agencies
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 North Carolina editorial roundup

Recent editorials from North Carolina newspapers:Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Jeff Miller, Jeff Miller
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 Steinberg discusses ambitions after leaving the Legislature

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

In this article: Jerry Brown, Kevin De Leon, Kevin Johnson, Legislature, Gavin Newsom, Darrell Steinberg
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