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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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 Next week, four governors in four days
Sacramento Bee - July 25, 3:42 pm
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 Ed Goldman: A who's-who gathers to raise money for KJ's strong-mayor initiative
Business Journal/Sacramento - July 25, 8:45 am
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 State watchdog commission probes Richmond councilman
Contra Costa Times - July 25, 3:06 pm
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 Cap-and-trade delay bill a tough sell to governor
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 San Bruno: E-mails show cozy ties between state and PG&E
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 Some in 'torture' report denied chance to read it

(AP) — About a dozen former CIA officials named in a classified Senate report on decade-old agency interrogation practices were notified in recent days that they would be able to review parts of the document in a secure room in suburban Washington ... »Read

In this article: Dianne Feinstein, John McLaughlin, Barack Obama, water
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 Victor Nava: Recent pension fixes don't go far enough

Only in California could a bill that requires 32 years to catch up and fund parts of the California State Teachers’ Retirement System’s current $74 billion in unfunded liability be hailed as a major reform. Yet, Gov. Jerry Brown is doing just... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, CalSTRS
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 Ben Boychuk: Democrats stay silent on tenure ruling opposed by teachers’ union.

In an election year, Gov. Brown avoids giving his opinion. Julia Macias, one of nine student plaintiffs in a case where a judge ruled California’s teacher tenure laws are unconstitutional, speaks outside Los Angeles Superior Court last ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, California Teachers Association, Erwin Chemerinsky, Kamala Harris, Legislature, Los Angeles Unified School District, Proposition 8
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 Concern mounting over Prime Healthcare pursuit of Bay Area hospitals

A controversial Southern California-based hospital chain that buys financially struggling hospitals has surfaced as a bidder for the beleaguered Daughters of Charity Health System, which operates four Bay Area hospitals that serve the poor. But the ... »Read

In this article: California Nurses Association, SEIU
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 The Buzz: Next week, four governors in four days

With Gov. Jerry Brown heading to Mexico on Sunday and other officeholders preparing for out-of-state trips of their own, it might help to consult the state constitution – or one very detailed memorandum from the Governor’s Office ... »Read

In this article: Toni Atkins, Jerry Brown, Gavin Newsom, Bernard Parks, Darrell Steinberg
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 Middle and high school students can vote in mock election

Although teens under age 18 can't legally vote in the November election, they can still weigh in on issues and candidates this fall through a statewide 2014 MyVote California Student mock election sponsored by the Secretary of State and ... »Read

In this article: Debra Bowen, water, Nicole Winger
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 California to have 4 governors in 4 days next week

How many governors does it take to run the state of California? Next week, the answer's four. »Read

In this article: Toni Atkins, Jerry Brown, Gavin Newsom, Darrell Steinberg
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 Friends celebrate Sacramento’s longest serving Roman Catholic priest, an Irishman “from central casting”

He’s been toasted in pubs throughout Kilkenny County, Ireland, for his hurling prowess and called the “Irish Godfather,” “the spiritual father of south Sacramento,” a singer and a saint during his 66 years ... »Read

In this article: Gray Davis, Kevin C. Eckery
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 California to have 4 (acting) governors in 4 days

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- California will have four governors in four days next week as top officials take turns temporarily leaving the state.... »Read

In this article: Toni Atkins, Jerry Brown, Gavin Newsom, Darrell Steinberg
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 Jeanmarie Maher, S.F. activist for Democratic Party, dies

Ms. Maher sometimes worked in paid positions, but often as a volunteer in the hard grunt work of political life, helping raise funds, run campaigns, do mailings and make phone calls. Among them was tireless opposition to the death penalty in the ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, John Burton, Gray Davis, Kamala Harris
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 San Bruno says emails expose cozy ties between PG&E and the PUC

San Bruno officials said Friday they have received 7,000 documents that prove an 'illegal, cozy, and inappropriate' relationship exists between the state Public Utilities Commission and PG&E, the latest flap in the aftermath of a lethal natural gas ... »Read

In this article: Paul Clanon, Jerry Hill, Michael R. Peevey
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 New Evidence Extends Hearing on Jailhouse Informants Into Next Week

Judge rules against one attempt to remove the death penalty from the case of mass-murderer Scott Evans Dekraai, but will hear new testimony on alleged failure by prosecutors to disclose evidence. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Kamala Harris
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 Pension costs draining California school budgets

The need for pension reforms helping local governments has never been greater. »Read

In this article: CalPERS, CalSTRS, Legislature, state budget
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 FBI: Gone fishin' - for Shrimp Boy and whatever

[...] given the FBI sting against Raymond 'Shrimp Boy' Chow - a convicted felon who was freed from prison in 2003 because the feds got him to testify against a confederate - I suspect that a more apt motto might be: According to their report, FBI ... »Read

In this article: Edwin M. Lee, Leland Yee
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 Paying to work on a political campaign? Sort of.

The Obama campaign veterans now consulting with Democratic House candidate Ro Khanna have created a stir by charging young campaign newbies $5,000 each for a chance to learn at their knee and then get a five-week, unpaid campaign job somewhere, ... »Read

In this article: Michael Honda, Ro Khanna
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 Suspended California lawmaker Leland Yee faces new conspiracy charges

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A federal grand jury has returned conspiracy charges against California State Senator Leland Yee, adding to the suspended lawmaker's legal woes after he was indicted earlier this year for corruption and taking part in a ... »Read

In this article: Ron Calderon, Roderick Wright, Leland Yee
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 San Diego Considering Restrictions On E-Cigarettes

The San Diego City Council will consider Monday regulating retail sales of electronic cigarettes and restricting their use. »Read

In this article: Kevin Faulconer, Jan Goldsmith
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 San Bruno: E-mails show cozy ties between state and PG&E

A high-ranking aide to the California Public Utilities Commission's president advised a Pacific Gas and Electric Co. executive on ways the company could fend off a legal challenge during the fallout over the deadly gas-pipeline explosion in San ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Paul Clanon, Jerry Hill, Michael R. Peevey
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 'Torture' report flip flop

Ex-CIA officials were told they could view a 6,300-page report. Then, they were told they couldn't. »Read

In this article: Dianne Feinstein, John McLaughlin, Barack Obama, water
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 Next week, four governors in four days

With Gov. Jerry Brown heading to Mexico on Sunday and other office-holders preparing for out-of-state trips of their own, it might help to consult the Constitution – or one very detailed memorandum from the governor’s office – ... »Read

In this article: Toni Atkins, Jerry Brown, Jim Miller, Gavin Newsom, John A. Perez, Darrell Steinberg
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 Brown appoints legal affairs aide to appeals court

Gov. Jerry Brown has named a senior aide to become an associate justice on the Sacramento-based Third District Court of Appeal. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Kamala Harris
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 Former CIA officials can't see 'torture' report

About a dozen former CIA officials named in a classified Senate report on decade-old agency interrogation practices were notified in recent days that they would be able to review parts of the document in a secure room in suburban Washington after ... »Read

In this article: Dianne Feinstein, John McLaughlin, Barack Obama
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 Mayor Names New President To Head Civic San Diego

Reese Jarrett, former head of the defunct Southeastern Development Corp., was picked Friday to lead Civic San Diego, which oversees major development projects in the city. »Read

In this article: Kevin Faulconer, redevelopment agencies
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 Trading power lunches for canned tuna in U.S. minimum wage bid

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - It was 4:25 p.m. and all Representative Tim Ryan had eaten so far were the few peanuts he foraged in a U.S. Capitol cloakroom. »Read

In this article: Barbara Lee, minimum wage
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 Same-sex marriage ban struck down for Miami area

A Florida judge on Friday overturned the state's ban on same-sex marriage in a ruling that applies to Miami-Dade County, agreeing with a judge in another county who made a similar ruling last week. »Read

In this article: Luis Garcia, referendum, Same-sex marriage
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 State watchdog commission probes Richmond councilman

The Fair Political Practices Commission has been probing alleged campaign finance faux pas made by Richmond City Councilman Corky Boozé for more than a year, the commission's spokesman revealed this week. »Read

In this article: campaign finance, Fair Political Practices Commission, Jay Alan Wierenga
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 State job growth emboldens tax hikers

More thought is needed before voters implore legislators to double their tax burden. »Read

In this article: Art Laffer, minimum wage
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 VA reform talks resume

Negotiations to craft a reform bill for the Department of Veterans Affairs were back on track Friday after the two members leading the discussions swapped blame for holding up debate. »Read

In this article: Jeff Miller, Jeff Miller, Barack Obama
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 Sen. Yee faces racketeering charge in new indictment

Federal prosecutors have added a charge of racketeering to the corruption and gun-running case against state Sen. Leland Yee, filing an amended indictment this week that includes new allegations that the San Francisco Democrat traded official favors ... »Read

In this article: Ron Calderon, Roderick Wright, Leland Yee
Bills: AB 1309, SB 309,
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 (Jerry) 'Brown is the new green?'

California’s anti-drought slogan is “Brown is the new green,” even as Gov. Jerry Brown’s environmental bona fides are at issue during his re-election campaign. Coincidence? Absolutely… but let’s exploit it anyway! The slogan aims to make ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Dan Newman, water
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 Sunday talk show tip sheet

Paul Ryan, Madeleine Albright and Nancy Pelosi are scheduled to appear. »Read

In this article: Nancy Pelosi, Ed Royce
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 House and Senate chairs resume talks on VA

WASHINGTON (AP) — A day after offering competing plans to improve veterans' health care, the chairmen of the House and Senate Veterans Affairs committees are again attempting to find a compromise. Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Fla., chairman of the House ... »Read

In this article: Julia Brownley, Jeff Miller, Jeff Miller
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 California opinion leaders say 'Lead in a smarter way on energy policy'

Posted by Gino DiCaro. California wants to lead in everything. We should. We have abundant resources. We have a large pool of talent to innovate new products. We have the eighth largest economy in the world. We have capacity to scale up and make ... »Read

In this article: Pete Wilson, Dan Walters, Little Hoover Commission, Rob Lapsley, greenhouse gas, Energy Commission, Gino DiCaro, George Deukmejian, California Independent System Operator, Severin Borenstein
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 Cap-and-trade delay bill a tough sell to governor

A late-in-the-game bill pushed moderate Democrats to delay placing vehicle fuels into the state's controversial cap-and-trade requirements may be a populist measure to mitigate rising gas prices, but likely will be a tough sell to the governor. ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, greenhouse gas, Legislature, Henry Perea, PPIC
Bills: AB 69,
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 Contra Costa Times editorial: Voters should pass Prop. 44; state lawmakers should stop meddling in local school finances

Proposition 44 would impose desperately needed fiscal discipline on lawmakers. Unacceptable additions are contained in separate legislation that lawmakers can, and should, rescind. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Arnold Schwarzenegger
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 House, Senate chairs resume talks on VA

A day after offering competing plans to improve veterans' health care, the chairmen of the House and Senate Veterans Affairs committees are attempting again to find a compromise. »Read

In this article: Jeff Miller, Jeff Miller
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 Database details Calif. school employee pay

California teachers earned an average of about $85,000 per year in salary and benefits last year, while 100 superintendents made more than $250,000 each, according to data provided by hundreds of school districts statewide. »Read

In this article: California Teachers Association, Los Angeles Unified School District, Frank Wells
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 Jerry Brown nominates senior aide to appeals court

Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday nominated a second senior member of his administration on a California court, naming Jonathan Renner, his legal affairs secretary, to the Sacramento-based Third District Court of Appeal. Jonathan Renner, Gov. Jerry ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Jim Humes
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 Roundtable: Reflecting On Filner, No Shelter In Escondido, Padres And Chargers

Irene McCormack Jackson reveals what it was like to work for Mayor Bob Filner. Escondido reveals it doesn't want to shelter migrant children. The Padres reveal trades, and the Chargers reveal hopes for 2014. »Read

In this article: Kevin Faulconer, Bob Filner, minimum wage
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 Judge rejects plea by opponents of new Sacramento arena to block its construction

A judge today removed the last legal hurdle to the start of construction on the new Sacramento Kings arena, rejecting arena foes' request for an injunction blocking the project. »Read

In this article: CEQA, Legislature, Darrell Steinberg
Bills: SB 743,
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 Members of Congress Acknowledge Major Security Gap at House Garages

Over the course of four workdays, Capitol Police spotted two 9mm handguns during the security searches that are standard protocol for visitors and staffers entering congressional office buildings. Meanwhile, the Capitol community paid tribute to two ... »Read

In this article: Zoe Lofgren, Mike Thompson
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 Special counsel says White House political office acted within law

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House's political office did not engage in illegal partisan activity, a federal oversight agency said following a congressional hearing to probe whether taxpayer money has been used by the Obama administration for ... »Read

In this article: Frederick Hill, Darrell Issa, Hilda L. Solis
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 Obama's new approach: Keep 'hope and change' alive

Yes, we can — bring back talk of hope and change. President Obama ascended to — and stayed in — the Oval Office by campaigning on the lofty ideals of hope and change, urging Americans to reject pessimism and look toward a more promising ... »Read

In this article: minimum wage, Nancy Pelosi
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 Republicans rebuke Obama aide for avoiding congressional inquiry

House Oversight Committee votes along party lines to reject White House's claims that official can ignore subpoenas »Read

In this article: Darrell Issa, Jackie Speier
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 Mercury News editorial:

Leave it to the governor and state legislators to take a good idea and screw it up. That's what happened with the plan for a rainy day fund on the November ballot. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Arnold Schwarzenegger
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 Rand Paul's Quiet Weed Overture

He's carving out marijuana policy as an area of leadership, and that has some activists very, very excited. »Read

In this article: Igor Birman, Sam Farr, Dana Rohrabacher
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 New GOP Optimism for Border Supplemental Before August (Updated)

Updated 12:01 p.m. |Republican lawmakers emerged from a special conference meeting Friday morning with renewed optimism that they could pass a slimmed-down border supplemental package before the August recess. But passage still may not be as easy as ... »Read

In this article: Devin Nunes, Nancy Pelosi
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 Ron Nehring on 'solidarity mission' to Israel

Republican candidate for Lt. Governor Ron Nehring left on a four-day “solidarity mission” to Israel on Friday morning. “Californians are watching with great concern the challenges Israel faces to its very existence,” Nehring, a former ... »Read

In this article: Ron Nehring, Gavin Newsom
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 Obama slams "corporate deserters" — critics cry hypocrisy

President Barack Obama’s Los Angeles speech Thursday — slamming “corporate deserters” who take their big bucks overseas to sidestep U.S. taxes — comes a year after he starred at a fundraiser in the San Francisco home of billionaire Tom ... »Read

In this article: Sabrina Demayo Lockhart, Barack Obama, Thomas F. Steyer
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 Paul Krugman: Left coast rising

California’s comeback shows that health care reform is working and that tax hikes aren’t economic suicide. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, minimum wage
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 Paul Ryan's Anti-Poverty Plan Would Cost Billions to Implement. Will GOPers Go for That?

When Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) laid out a new set of proposals to revamp the federal safety net during a speech on Thursday at the American Enterprise Institute, central to his vision was the idea of consolidating federal programs to create a ... »Read

In this article: Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, Mickey Kaus
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 Ed Goldman: A who's-who gathers to raise money for KJ's strong-mayor initiative

The Latest Schmooze — I recently attended a late-afternoon reception at Cafeteria 15L Restaurant as a guest of the ever enjoyable Ron Vargas and Emily Gerber. Vargas is an HR executive for Cache Creek Casino Resort who loves to croon Rat Pack ... »Read

In this article: Lina Fat, Kevin Johnson, Michelle Rhee, John Shirey
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 House GOP moving forward on border plan

House Republicans will try to pass a bill addressing the border crisis next week with a pared-back price tag of less than $1 billion, according to multiple sources. »Read

In this article: Kevin McCarthy, Nancy Pelosi
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