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What Happens When Extremism Becomes Mainstream?

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Dianne Feinstein pleas for GOP votes on drought bill

"Demand gun rights back: eliminate the Roster, the 10- and 30-day waits, the AWB, and 10-round magazine capacity limit as the price to help her."

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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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Kings owners set to announce deal with labor unions on downtown arena construction

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Minimum wage bill advances to Senate floor

"What happened to basic research before writing. While Assembly member Alejo's press release said the bill went to the Senate floor, that is incorrect. The bill was sent to the Senate Rules committee yesterday by the chair of the Appropriations committee. Cut and paste electeds press releases?"

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 The Forced Union Sales Pitch Bill
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 Campos suspends effort to extend social media privacy to government workers
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 EPA: Delta water project tunnels would violate the Clean Water Act
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 “Job killer” wage recovery bill fails in California Senate
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 Hidden gas tax: Stop this part of the cap and trade plan for AB32
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 GovBeat: North Carolina lawmakers press for special session to pass film subsidies, economic development bill

North Carolina lawmakers are pressuring Gov. Pat McCrory (R) to call a special session of the state legislature to pass a package of economic development bills, including one extending tax incentives for film and television production, that ... »Read

In this article: renewable energy, Legislature, Film tax
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 EPA: Delta water project tunnels would violate the Clean Water Act

Federal officials are calling the Delta water tunnel project a violation of the federal Clean Water Act. Matt Weiser reports for The Sacramento Bee: 'In a 43-page letter sent Tuesday to the National Marine Fisheries Service and released publicly on ... »Read

In this article: water, Thomas F. Steyer, Darrell Steinberg, Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, Jerry Brown
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 Assembly Approves Ban On Plastic Bags In California

California lawmakers passed a key hurdle Thursday in imposing the nation's first statewide ban on single-use plastic bags. »Read

In this article: Curt Hagman, Legislature, Alex Padilla, Bill Quirk
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 California Legislature Passes 'Yes Means Yes' Bill

Rather than using the refrain 'no means no,' the definition of consent under the bill requires 'an affirmative, conscious and voluntary agreement to engage in sexual activity.' »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Anthony Cannella, Kevin De Leon, Legislature, Barack Obama, Senate Republicans, water
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 Intervenor Fees -- The Hidden Secret of ConsumerWatchdogs Prop 45

Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones has awarded $2.3 million in state 'intervenor' fees in 2013 to ConsumerWatchdog, the Santa Monica-based group that is sponsoring Proposition 45, a measure on the November ballot to give Jones sweeping new powers to ... »Read

In this article: Juan Vargas, Harvey Rosenfield, Dave Jones
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 Tesla Incentives Debate: Hit the Brakes or Step on the Accelerator?

Tesla Motors’ desire to build a “gigafactory” that would employee 6500 people has set off a competition among a handful of states, including California, with state officials considering incentives to benefit the electric car producer and ... »Read

In this article: Bay Area Council, Jerry Brown, Budget Project
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 The Forced Union Sales Pitch Bill

Language was amended into SB 878 Wednesday night. That’s nothing new. What’s interesting about SB 878 is that the new amendments amount to one of the worst examples of closed door, last minute favor giveaways to political allies that I’ve ... »Read

In this article: Shannon L. Grove, Legislature
Bills: SB 878,
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 Uber, Lyft Compromise on Ridesharing Regulations

Uber and Lyft, two of the country’s leading ride-sharing companies, reached a compromise with state lawmakers on Wednesday over new regulations of the industry that is changing how people get around town. Assembly Bill 2293, which had been ... »Read

In this article: Susan Bonilla, Legislature, Adrin Nazarian
Bills: AB 612, AB 2293,
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 There They Go Again

I wish I could say I was surprised. I wish I could say that this is a new frustration. In reality it is just the same old song we keep hearing from public employee unions. More than a year ago, Gov. Jerry Brown and the legislature showed leadership ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, CalPERS, Legislature
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 The Looming Bipartisan Backlash Against Unionized Government

Whenever discussing politically viable policy proposals to improve the quality of life in California, the imperative is to come up with ideas that strongly appeal to moderate centrists, since that is how most Californians would describe themselves. ... »Read
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 AM Alert: Plastic bag ban, groundwater regulation remain as legislative session wraps up

Friends, it seems as though we were just laughing about Coolio’s appearance at the back-to-session bash, and now it’s already the end of August. Workers drill a 1,000-foot test well in search of water for surrounding wine grapes ... »Read

In this article: campaign finance, Legislature, Darrell Steinberg, Dan Walters, water
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 California passes 'yes-means-yes' campus sexual assault bill

(Reuters) - Californian lawmakers passed a law on Thursday requiring universities to adopt 'affirmative consent' language in their definitions of consensual sex, part of a nationwide drive to curb sexual assault on U.S. campuses. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Kevin De Leon, water
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 Endorsement: Leyne Milstein is clearly the best choice for CalPERS board

Sacramento’s finance director is best positioned to keep the pension system sustainable. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, CalPERS, campaign finance, Fair Political Practices Commission, SEIU
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 Editorial: Legislators try to cheat death by reanimating legislation

Some legislation would be better off dead. »Read

In this article: Cheryl Brown, Robert B. Garcia, Richard Pan, Anthony Rendon, water, Bob Wieckowski
Bills: AB 1415, AB 1759, AB 1981,
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 Viewpoints: Be warned: Costs for Californians under Obamacare about to spike

Fewer choices for patients and possible tax penalties are on the way. »Read

In this article: Dave Jones, David Spady
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 LAPD IDs the 2 officers who shot, killed black man Aug. 11

'The LAPD has a long-standing policy of releasing the names of officers involved in shootings after investigating evidence of threats that could jeopardize the personal safety of the officers or their families,' the police news release said. The ... »Read

In this article: Earl Ofari Hutchinson, Curren Price
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 Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti defends minimum wage proposal

Mayor Eric Garcetti said Thursday his plan to increase the citywide minimum wage is designed not only to give some 600,000 residents a lift out of poverty but to help boost the economy. »Read

In this article: Eric Garcetti, minimum wage
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 NEW: Historic Vergara ruling finalized; state has weighty decision on appeal

A court decision that puts the interests of Latino and black students and parents on a collision course with those of the mostly white members of the California Teachers Association and the California Federation of Teachers has been finalized: The ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, California Democratic Party, California Teachers Association, Chris Reed, Tom Torlakson
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 Earthquake relief efforts continue, Wolk pushes for funds

Work in both Solano and Napa counties continued Thursday in the aftermath of Sunday's 6.0 earthquake, with ongoing efforts to repair water mains and a state senator stepping in to push further for relief funds. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, water, Lois Wolk
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 Editorial: California campaign cash disclosure bill needs final push

For Californians who know all about the problems caused by big money's influence on elections, finding the solution remains easier said than done. »Read

In this article: Raul Bocanegra, Jerry Brown, Ian Calderon, Mike Gatto, Jerry Hill, Robert Huff, Stephen T. Knight, Legislature, Mark Leno, Roderick Wright
Bills: AB 400, SB 52,
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 DTLA's Grand Park gears up for Made in America music festival

About 50,000 people are expected to flock to downtown Los Angeles this weekend for Made in America, a two-day music festival organized by rapper Jay-Z. »Read

In this article: Eric Garcetti, Jose Huizar
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 ‘Job killer’ wage recovery bill fails in California Senate

An effort to help workers recover back wages by allowing them to slap liens on their employers’ property failed Thursday in the California Senate when numerous Democrats withheld their votes. »Read

In this article: Ricardo Lara, SEIU, Mark Stone
Bills: AB 2416,
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 “Job killer” wage recovery bill fails in California Senate

An effort to help workers recover back wages by allowing them to slap liens on their employers’ property failed in the California Senate Thursday when numerous Democrats withheld their votes. »Read

In this article: Ricardo Lara, SEIU, Mark Stone
Bills: AB 2416,
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 Labor Day: Raising the Minimum Wage Stiffs the Poor

There are at least three better ways to help low-income workers — and few ways that are worse »Read

In this article: Eli Broad, Eric Garcetti, minimum wage
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 Hidden gas tax: Stop this part of the cap and trade plan for AB32

Gary Minardi says it will be a disaster to implement a tax that spikes the price of gas next year by at least 15 cents. »Read

In this article: Air Resources Board, greenhouse gas, Henry Perea, Arnold Schwarzenegger
Bills: AB 32, AB 69,
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 California governor considers allowing gender identity on death certificates

(Reuters) - Death certificates in California would be changed to reflect the gender identity of people at the time of their death rather than their sex at birth under a bill sent to Governor Jerry Brown on Thursday, the latest effort by the state to ... »Read

In this article: Toni Atkins, Jerry Brown, Legislature
Bills: AB 1577,
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 California Senate approves bill requiring oil industry to detail water use

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The California state Senate on Thursday unanimously approved a bill requiring oil companies to report how much water they use in their drilling operations and the water's source, a move that comes amid a severe statewide ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Legislature, Fran Pavley, water
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 DA Seeks Great Park Documents

The Orange County District Attorney has requested all documents related to the city’s forensic investigation into the park’s finances. »Read

In this article: Larry Agran, campaign finance, Steven Choi
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 California Senate approves new insurance requirements for Uber, Lyft, Sidecar

Online ride-sharing companies like Uber, Lyft and Sidecar will provide more insurance for drivers under a bill approved by the state Senate on Thursday, the result of a deal struck earlier this week following months of hardball negotiations. »Read

In this article: James T. Beall, Susan Bonilla, Robert Callahan, Ellen Corbett, Ted W. Lieu, William W. Monning, Adrin Nazarian
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 PUC launches probe into breach at PG&E substation in San Jose

A theft early Wednesday morning came at the same substation that in April 2013 suffered a sniper attack that knocked out 17 giant transformers which help supply power to Silicon Valley. »Read

In this article: Jerry Hill, Legislature, Joe Molica
Bills: SB 699,
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 Teacher protections battle lines set

A judge reaffirms a ruling that struck down laws governing job protections for California teachers. »Read

In this article: California Teachers Association, Tom Torlakson
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 San Diego Chamber aims to push political clout

Jerry Sanders, CEO of the San Diego Chamber, talks about a new strategic direction. »Read

In this article: Kevin Faulconer, Darrell Issa, minimum wage, referendum, Jerry Sanders
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 Stanford law professor confirmed to state supreme court

Governor Jerry Brown's nominee easily confirmed to CA supreme court »Read

In this article: Marvin R. Baxter, Jerry Brown, Kamala Harris
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 EPA says California’s Delta water tunnel project could violate federal law

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has warned that the Delta water tunnel project could violate the Clean Water Act and may increase harm to endangered fish, according to a formal comment letter released by the agency Thursday. A great ... »Read

In this article: Jared Blumenfeld, Richard Stapler, water
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 California Legislature passes 'yes means yes' bill

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- State lawmakers on Thursday passed a bill that would make California the first state to define when 'yes means yes' while investigating sexual assaults on college campuses.... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Anthony Cannella, Kevin De Leon, Legislature, Barack Obama, Senate Republicans, water
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 Campus sexual assault: 'Yes means yes' bill clears California Legislature

Campus sexual assault: California bill requiring 'affirmative consent' standard at colleges now awaits governor's signature »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Kevin De Leon, Legislature
Bills: SB 967,
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 New law gives Bel Marin Keys local government more power

Gov. Jerry Brown gave a boost to local government this week when he signed legislation authorizing the Bel Marin Keys Community Services District to enforce its rules for the area. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Marc Levine
Bills: AB 1995,
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 The Buzz: Home brewers toast new law

It took the people who make beer at home a few days to get around to this, but the American Homebrewers Association issued a statement Wednesday praising the enactment of a California law that will let them gather in San Diego next year, after all. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Paul Fong
Bills: AB 2609,
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 'Yes means yes' consent bill passes Calif. legislature

State lawmakers on Thursday passed a bill that would make California the first state to define when 'yes means yes' while investigating sexual assaults on college campuses. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Anthony Cannella, Kevin De Leon, Legislature, Barack Obama, Senate Republicans, water
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 California Legislature passes 'yes means yes' sexual consent bill

State lawmakers on Thursday passed a bill that would make California the first state to define when 'yes means yes' while investigating sexual assaults on college campuses.The Senate unanimously passed SB967 as states and universities across the ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Kevin De Leon, Legislature, Bonnie Lowenthal, water
Bills: SB 967,
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 Dan Walters: Legislature’s anti-gun crusade runs afoul of Bill of Rights

The California Legislature likes to pass gun control bills, but they sometimes collide with Bill of Rights. »Read

In this article: Legislature
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 Toy weapons won't look like real ones under California bill

(Reuters) - The California State Senate gave final legislative approval on Thursday to a bill that would require certain replica guns to be painted bright colors or made transparent to prevent police from confusing toy guns for real weapons. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Kevin De Leon, Noreen Evans, Stephen T. Knight
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 Teen's death leads to safeguards for some air guns

Last year's fatal shooting of a 13-year-old boy carrying a replica weapon has prompted state lawmakers to approve a bill requiring bright markings on certain air guns. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Noreen Evans
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 Rideshare compromise: State leaders rise to occasion

The state government has offered a rare display of intelligent governance. »Read

In this article: Susan Bonilla, Jerry Brown, Legislature, water
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 Legislature's Surprisingly Calm Final Week To End Early

Lawmakers could take until midnight on Aug. 31to get their work done – and in the past, they often have. Majority Democrats have even frozen the clock to muscle bills through. This year, though, they’ll be done well before Sunday night. ... »Read

In this article: Robert Huff, sick leave
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 Legislature Approves 'Yes Means Yes' Measure

California’s legislature has approved a bill that requires public colleges and universities in the state to change the way they deal with campus sexual assault.  The “yes means yes” measure requires schools to take a victim ... »Read

In this article: Legislature, Kevin De Leon, Jerry Brown
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 Campos suspends effort to extend social media privacy to government workers

A proposal to protect the social media accounts of government workers in California goes nowhere; Opposed by police chiefs, district attorneys and cities »Read

In this article: Nora Campos, Steve Harmon, Legislature, Eva Spiegel, Carroll Wills
Bills: AB 25,
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 Mercury News editorial: Sen. Lieu to the rescue of overdrugged foster kids

Reacting to Bay Area News Group reporter Karen de Sá's alarming report on the degree to which foster children are being prescribed powerful drugs to control behavior, Sen. Ted Lieu has prompted the state medical board to investigate. »Read

In this article: James T. Beall, Kevin De Leon, Ted W. Lieu, Darrell Steinberg
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