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Key Committee Fails To Take Up California Minimum Wage Bill

"A wise move considering the wage will go up automatically this coming January. Not to mention this bill would have come at a hefty price tag to the state government- over $4 Billion according to the Department of Finance."

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Despite Side Deal Report, Support Lines Up for Iran Deal

"Support lines up? One NY Congressman. Seems like two key northeastern Senators (both Dems) in two weeks is more compelling evidence of an anti-deal groundswell."

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Mandating a 50-Percent Reduction in Oil--at What Cost?

"California’s 100,000 electric vehicles are the most electric vehicles in any state, however, the other 97% of California’s 30 million vehicles that DO NOT run on electricity or other alternative fuels are consuming more than 40 million gallons of transportation fuels, gasoline and diesel, excluding jet fuel, EVERY DAY. Sounds like a lot of fuel, but it equates to just more than 1 gallon per day per vehicle. California motorists and businesses are major consumers of fossil fuel products. Even though there is a both projected growth in population from our current 38 million citizens, AND an increase in vehicle registrations from our current 30 million, the fuel demand is projected to decline slightly from the current 40 million gallons per DAY of gasoline and diesel, mostly as a result of continuous improvements in fuel efficiencies, and a slight impact by the 3% of vehicles that run on electricity or other alternative fuels. We already have AB32 and the LCFS in effect to control GHG emissions. REQUIRING California’s 38 million citizens to change their lifestyle appears to be bad public policy and possibly unenforceable on abusers that do not reduce their usage by 50%. It appears that a reduction from the current 40 million gallons of transportation fuels down to 20 million a day in just 15 years would be a drastic lifestyle change that could severely impact one of the world’s largest economies."

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An Engineered Drought

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

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 Kate's Law, meet Kate's family's attorneys

The San Francisco district attorney charged an undocumented immigrant with seven felony convictions and five prior deportations for murder. [...] flanked by his wife, Liz Sullivan, their son Brad, and a cluster of lawyers, Steinle announced legal ... »Read

In this article: Dianne Feinstein, Edwin M. Lee, Ross Mirkarimi
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 The Blotter is going on vacation.

I’ll be back on Monday, Sept. 14. (Yes, “her” name was Linda Richman. No relation.) »Read

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 Lawmaker enters Caltrans' '$25K' contest - with plan that cuts Caltrans jobs

Assemblyman Matthew Harper, R-Huntington Beach, submits proposal to fix roadsNine-point plan avoids taxesCaltrans rejects the submission on technical grounds … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Assembly Republicans, Jerry Brown
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 Sen. Ricardo Lara drops Covered California waiver for immigrants

SACRAMENTO >> State Sen. Ricardo Lara on Friday dropped his effort to allow people who are in the country illegally to buy private insurance through California's health insurance marketplace.Lara, D-Bell Gardens, removed language seeking a federal ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Field Poll, Ricardo Lara
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 Vets return to Pierce College to thank 'Dr. Cows'

Last week marked the first meeting of the year for the students of the Pierce College pre-vet club and the last meeting for their advisor, Dr. Leland Shapiro.After 40 years of teaching, the man known affectionately as 'Dr. Cows' has retired. Tuesday ... »Read

In this article: Randy A. Perry, Susan Shelley
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 Law Prevents Homeowner's Associations From Banning Artificial Turf

A San Diego assemblywoman's drought-driven bill to prevent homeowners' associations in California from banning the installation of artificial turf was signed into law Friday by Gov. Jerry Brown. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought, Lorena Gonzalez, water
Bills: AB 349,
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 Gay rights advocates: Jailed Kentucky clerk is no martyr

MOREHEAD, Ky. (AP) -- As a defiant Kentucky clerk sat in jail Friday, choosing indefinite imprisonment over licensing gay marriages, her lawyers approached the microphones outside and compared her to Dr. Martin Luther King.... »Read

In this article: Kim Davis, Carly Fiorina, Mike Huckabee, Legislature
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 California right-to-die bill clears finance committee, heads to Assembly floor

Earlier this summer, it appeared the idea was dead for the year after a right-to-die bill stalled in the Assembly Health Committee over growing personal and religious concerns from a group of mostly Southern California Democrats. But three weeks ... »Read

In this article: Legislature, William W. Monning, Shirley Weber
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 Gov. Brown acts to protect homeowners installing artificial turf

California homeowners who replace their water-gulping grass lawns with artificial turf in response to the drought would be protected from sanctions by homeowner associations under one of 10 bills signed Friday by Gov. Jerry Brown. »Read

In this article: Assembly Democrats, Jerry Brown, Drought, Lorena Gonzalez, Isadore Hall, Ben Hueso, Anthony Rendon, water
Bills: AB 349, SB 481, SB 582,
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 Democrats urge pope to address social issues before Congress

In a just-released letter to “Your Holiness Pope Francis,” 94 House Democrats, led by Rep. Rosa DeLauro of Connecticut, inform the pontiff that the U.S. finds itself struggling with a broad range of economic and social issues. “Your Holiness, ... »Read

In this article: Mark DeSaulnier, minimum wage, Juan Vargas
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 With clerk jailed, gay couples get marriage licenses in Kentucky

With clerk jailed, gay couples get marriage licenses in Kentucky A jailed Kentucky clerk asserts that the marriage licenses issued Friday to gay couples in Rowan County are void because she didn’t authorize them, her attorney said. Attorney Mat ... »Read

In this article: Kim Davis, William Smith
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 California law sows seed for artificial lawns

Measure applies to common interest developments … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought, Legislature, water
Bills: AB 349,
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 Inside the meeting between Saudi King Salman and President Obama

What did the Saudi king discuss with President Obama in a White House visit? »Read

In this article: Joe Biden, Dick Cheney, Steve Jobs, David Miller
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 Democrat drops Covered California waiver for immigrants

A Democratic state lawmaker on Friday dropped his effort to allow people who are in the country illegally to buy private insurance through the state's health insurance marketplace. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Field Poll, Ricardo Lara
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 Lawmakers Back 'Yes Means Yes' Training For High Schools

California lawmakers are sending Gov. Jerry Brown a 'Yes means Yes' bill that would bring sexual assault training to California high schools. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Kevin De Leon
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 Lawmakers back 'Yes means Yes' training for high schools

Lawmakers on Friday sent Gov. Jerry Brown a 'Yes means Yes' bill that backers said would make California the first to bring the sexual assault training to high schools. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Kevin De Leon
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 California union fees case spurring late-session talks at Capitol

Union groups probing ways to reach employeesUnclear if measure will reach the floor in final daysGroups urge lawmakers not to take up the issue … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, California Teachers Association, Legislature, Dave Low
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 Rowan County couples receive marriage licenses, jailed clerk denies validity

William Smith Jr. and James Yates on Friday became the first same-sex couple to receive a marriage license in Kentucky's Rowan County. »Read

In this article: Kim Davis, John Eastman, Mike Huckabee, Legislature, William Smith
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 Scaled-back plastic microbead ban survives California Senate

Assembly Bill 888 amended to eliminate state oversight of alternatives developed by industryPasses 24-14 over continued objections of Republicans … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Richard Bloom, Jean Fuller, Ben Hueso, Legislature, Richard Pan, Richard D. Roth, Jeff Stone, water
Bills: AB 888,
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 California passes bill to help immigrant crime victim visa applicants

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - California legislators have voted to help undocumented immigrants who are victims of violent crime by introducing time limits on law enforcement's response to their U.S. visa applications, in an attempt to standardize ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, illegal immigration, Dan Levine
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 Latinos lead both houses of California Legislature for first time

SACRAMENTO — For the first time in the California Legislature, both houses will be led by Latino leaders beginning next year after Assembly Democrats announced Assemblyman Anthony Rendon will replace Speaker Toni Atkins. Rendon, D-Lakewood (Los ... »Read

In this article: Assembly Democrats, Assembly Republicans, Toni Atkins, Kevin De Leon, Jean Fuller, Robert Huff, Legislature, Kristin Olsen, Anthony Rendon
Bills: AB 2140,
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 Aid-in-dying bill moves forward with sunset provision

SACRAMENTO — A bill to allow California doctors to prescribe lethal drugs to dying patients wanting to end their own lives passed an Assembly committee on Friday with one condition: the law would sunset in 10 years. Lawmakers voted 5-3 to pass ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Melissa Melendez, Susan Talamantes Eggman
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 Jeb Bush: Will push back at Trump when "he says things that are ugly"

Bush, who's been on the receiving end of some of Donald Trump's broadsides, vows he's 'going to fight back.' He also weighed in on the Kentucky clerk who refused to issue same-sex marriage licenses »Read

In this article: Kim Davis, Same-sex marriage
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 Ex-regulator: Gov. Brown pushed to waive oil safeguards

California's top oil and gas regulators repeatedly warned Gov. Jerry Brown's senior aides in 2011 that the governor's orders to override key environmental safeguards in granting oil industry permits would violate state and federal laws protecting ... »Read

In this article: Jared Blumenfeld, Jerry Brown, Derek Chernow, Gray Davis, Drought, John Laird, Elena Miller, Clifford Rechtschaffen, referendum, renewable energy, state budget, Robert Stern, Margita Thompson, water, Evan Westrup
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 Bill to allow open use of 210, 134 Freeways' carpool lanes during non-peak times goes to governor

A bill that would allow single-occupant drivers use of the carpool lanes on the 210 and 134 freeways during weekends and other off-peak hours has reached the governor's desk. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Mike Gatto, Legislature
Bills: AB 210,
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 California governor's highway plan includes $65 driver fee

Gov. Jerry Brown's administration is proposing to spend $3.6 billion a year for repairs to California's crumbling transportation infrastructure, including a $65 annual user fee and increases in the state's diesel and gas taxes tied to inflation. »Read

In this article: James T. Beall, Jerry Brown, Robert Huff, Gareth Lacy, Legislature, Chris McKenzie, state budget
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 California lawmakers advance new aid-in-dying legislation

A legislative committee has advanced aid-in-dying legislation, sending the proposal to a floor vote in the California Assembly next week. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Legislature, Susan Talamantes Eggman
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 Villaraigosa late to the game for governor's race

When Hillary Clinton decided to run for an open U.S. Senate seat in New York in 2000, she felt the need to show that she was fully engaged in Empire State politics and not a political celebrity looking for a temporary place to land in between ... »Read

In this article: John Chiang, Hillary Clinton, Kevin Faulconer, Legislature, Gavin Newsom, Thomas F. Steyer, Ashley Swearengin, Antonio Villaraigosa, Steve Westly
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 Kim Davis' attorney says marriage licenses for gay couples are void

A jailed Kentucky clerk asserts that the marriage licenses issued Friday to gay couples in Rowan County are void because she didn't authorize them, her attorney said. »Read

In this article: Kim Davis, Mike Huckabee, Legislature, William Smith
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 The 2016 U.S. Presidential Race: A Cheat Sheet

It’s not just Trump: With Ben Carson and Carly Fiorina on the rise, Republicans are loving outsiders and shunning politicians. »Read

In this article: Joe Biden, campaign finance, Hillary Clinton, Carly Fiorina, Early Primary, referendum
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 California senator drops repeal of 'welfare queen' law

Holly Mitchell will try to insert repeal in budget next year … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Holly J. Mitchell
Bills: SB 23,
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 Benghazi Committee Grills Second Clinton Aide

Another top aide testified today. »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Mike Morrell, Adam Schiff
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 Attorneys For Kim Davis: Marriage Licenses Issued Today Are 'Void'

After spending the night in jail, Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis tells her lawyers, 'All is well,' adding that she slept well. She also says she's prepared to stay in jail. »Read

In this article: Kim Davis, William Smith
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 What's Next for Jailed Kentucky County Clerk Kim Davis

Kim Davis remains in jail for contempt of court over same-sex marriage. »Read

In this article: Kim Davis, Same-sex marriage
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 California Senate acts to ban use of plastic microbeads by 2020

A day after the Senate failed to muster the votes needed, lawmakers on Friday approved an amended bill that would prohibit the sale of personal-care products that contain plastic microbeads, starting in 2020. »Read

In this article: Joel Anderson, Richard Bloom, Jerry Brown, Ted Gaines, Bob Hertzberg, Ben Hueso, Alex Padilla, water
Bills: AB 271, AB 888, SB 170, SB 439,
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 Larry Lessig Has Way Too Much Faith in the Power of the Presidency

After years of Washington gridlock, a new conventional wisdom has taken hold among issue activists across the political spectrum: Real change has to come outside the Beltway, and state and local organizing is the best place to start. It’s the ... »Read

In this article: campaign finance, Hillary Clinton, Lawrence Lessig, minimum wage, referendum
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 Roundtable On Navy Broadway, Toni Atkins, Poway Unified

Manchester's Navy Broadway complex is one step closer to breaking ground. Toni Atkins has lost her speakership. Two county supervisors find themselves fighting for their seats. And Poway Unified's superintendent altered a critical report. »Read

In this article: Joel Anderson, Toni Atkins, Martin Block, global warming, Dave Roberts
Bills: SB 350,
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 Newark: Employee arrested for embezzlement on 1st day of work

A 32-year-old Fairfield man was arrested Monday on suspicion of stealing $2,500 from a Mazda dealership on his first day of work. »Read

In this article: Jose Atilio Hernandez, Jose Hernandez
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 Assembly sends ivory ban to Jerry Brown

Lawmakers on Friday sent Gov. Jerry Brown a bill banning all ivory sales in California, securing a victory for animal rights activists and Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins, D-San Diego. While … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Toni Atkins, Jerry Brown
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 Republican Huckabee to visit jailed Kentucky clerk

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee is scheduled to visit a Kentucky jail next week to meet with a county clerk imprisoned because she ignored repeated court orders to issue marriage licenses to gay couples. Huckabee, a Baptist ... »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Kim Davis, Mike Huckabee, Same-sex marriage
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 USTA hopes Andre Agassi, Pete Sampras, Jim Courier can mentor U.S. players

The United States Tennis Association has a new plan to help end a record 12-year-long drought of an American man winning a grand slam title: Bringing back those who did it. »Read

In this article: Drought, Rafael Nadal
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 Immigrant to face murder trial in SF pier shooting

A judge ruled Thursday that a man at the center of the national immigration debate will stand trial on a murder charge in the shooting of a young San Francisco woman. »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Dianne Feinstein, illegal immigration, Edwin M. Lee, Ross Mirkarimi
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 Oakland Tribune editorial: Time for President Obama to provide the Port Chicago 50 the justice they deserved

It's time. Indeed, it's long past time for the nation to acknowledge the travesty, the racism to be more precise, of prosecuting 50 African-American sailors for mutiny after they refused to return to work following the horrific World War II ... »Read

In this article: Mark DeSaulnier, Michael Honda, Barbara Lee, George P. Miller, Barack Obama
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 Correa Gains BOLD PAC Endorsement

Injecting his campaign with a big boost of momentum, today former California State Senator Lou Correa secured a heavyweight endorsement from the Congressional Hispanic Caucus’ fundraising arm, the Building Our Leadership Diversity (BOLD) PAC, in ... »Read

In this article: Lou Correa, Linda T. Sanchez
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 Taking Note: Insane Things Republicans Say: Ted Cruz Edition

Those who oppose Kim Davis’s refusal to issue same-sex marriage licenses “believe that Christians should not serve in public office,” Senator Cruz claimed. »Read

In this article: Kim Davis, Same-sex marriage
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 Immigration figure to face San Francisco murder trial

A judge ruled Thursday that a man at the center of the national immigration debate will stand trial on a murder charge in the shooting of a young San Francisco woman. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Dianne Feinstein, illegal immigration, Edwin M. Lee, Ross Mirkarimi
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 With clerk jailed, gay Kentucky couples get marriage licenses

MOREHEAD, Ky. -- A gay couple emerged from a Kentucky county clerk's office with a marriage license in hand Friday morning, embracing and crying as the defiant clerk who runs the office remained jailed for her refusal to issue the licenses because ... »Read

In this article: Kim Davis, Mike Huckabee, Legislature, Same-sex marriage, William Smith
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 Sanders takes aim at Trump, accuses him of 'racism and demagoguery' on immigration

The Democratic presidential hopeful harshly criticizes the Republican front-runner. »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, minimum wage, John A. Wagner, water
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 Governor Brown's highway plan includes $65 driver fee

More than two months after calling a special session to address California's transportation funding backlog, Gov. Jerry Brown has begun circulating a list of administration proposals on how to pay for it, including a $65 annual fee for drivers and ... »Read

In this article: James T. Beall, Jerry Brown, Robert Huff, Gareth Lacy, Legislature, Chris McKenzie, state budget
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 Fired regulator says Brown administration pushed him to break law on oilfield permitting

The state's fired former top oil regulator says Gov. Jerry Brown's administration pressured him to break federal and state law on oilfield permitting. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Derek Chernow, water, Evan Westrup
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 Who is Hugh Hewitt?

A unique voice -- but one that you'll be familiar with soon. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Erwin Chemerinsky, Anne Gust, John Roberts
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 Five House Democrats to Watch on Iran Vote

House Democrats no longer need to shore up the votes to sustain a presidential veto if Congress passes a disapproval resolution of the Iran nuclear deal — the Senate took care of that Wednesday when it reached 34 votes that would sustain a ... »Read

In this article: Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Ed Royce, Senate Democrats
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 Driver Fees Would Fund Bulk of California Governor's Road Repair Plan

Gov. Jerry Brown's plan includes an annual $65 per vehicle 'Highway User Fee,' along with an 11 percent diesel tax hike. The plan would attach the state's gasoline tax to the Consumer Price Index, which rises with inflation. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Jim Earp, Robert Huff, Legislature, state budget
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 As session winds down, politics winds up

A legislative session usually usually is frenetic in the final days, but this year's is a lulu: The Assembly selected a new speaker and the Capitol's two GOP leaders were dumped. Welcome to Sacramento. From the Bee's Jeremy White: 'Earlier this ... »Read

In this article: Kristin Olsen, Jim Miller, Chris Megerian, Kevin McCarty, Marc Levine, Legislature, Michael Honda, Jerry Brown, water
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 The Note: Joe Biden's Arduous Decision

NOTABLES -- WHAT WILL JOE DO? Vice President Joe Biden weighed in on the possibility of a 2016 presidential run Thursday night, telling an audience in Atlanta that he is unsure about pursuing the nation's highest office, ABC'S ARLETTE SAENZ ... »Read

In this article: Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton, Kim Davis, Matthew Dowd, Carly Fiorina, Michael Honda, Mike Huckabee
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 DiFi on Iran Deal, the Drought, and Running a City

Anyone wonder if U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein has the same feeling expressed by Gov. Jerry Brown about a presidential run–if she were a decade or so younger would she consider running for president? I pondered this when in introducing ... »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Eli Broad, Jerry Brown, Drought, Dianne Feinstein, water
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 SB 406: Job Killer Threatens Us With More Litigation and Costs for Small Business

A workplace is most successful when an employer will want to do what it takes to keep a worker happy and productive. This includes accommodating his or her “work-life balance,” within the constraints of operating the business. But as usual, ... »Read

In this article: Family Leave, Legislature, sick leave
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 Will New Higher Initiative Fee Mean More Initiative Errors?

I’ll write more here in the weeks to come about Gov. Brown’s bad decision to sign a bill raising the ballot initiative filing fee from $200 to $2,000—by far the highest in the country. But before the ink is still dry, let me raise one very ... »Read
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 Comparisons of 1968 and 2016 in Presidential Politics

It makes me laugh to hear commentators on the cable news outlets marvel about how the campaign to elect the successor to Barak Obama in 2016 is a unique event the likes of which has never been seen before. Hillary, The Donald, Jeb, Bernie, Carly, ... »Read

In this article: Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton, John F. Kerry
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 Prop 39 Money is Being Invested Wisely

Regarding Joe Mathews’s post, “The Easy Fix for Prop 39”: Taxpayers expect government to invest wisely and that is exactly what is happening with Proposition 39 funding. Energy Efficiency projects will provide benefits to schools for decades ... »Read

In this article: Joe Mathews
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 Governor and Democrats Intent on Raising Taxes

Majority Democrats have made it increasingly obvious that they are intent on raising taxes on hardworking Californians. In the clearest sign yet, the Governor released a draft transportation funding plan on Thursday, which includes a $65 fee on ... »Read

In this article: state budget, Senate Democrats, Legislature
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 Assembly Republicans select Chad Mayes as next leader

Come January, Assembly Republicans will have a new leader. On Tuesday, the 28 Republican members of the lower house selected Assemblyman Chad Mayes of Yucca Valley as their next leader. The caucus did not release the specific tally for the caucus ... »Read

In this article: Assembly Republicans, Elan Carr, Jean Fuller, Robert Huff, Legislature, Kristin Olsen, Scott Wilk
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 Drone bill shakes up CA startups

The fate of California’s private drones will be decided by Gov. Jerry Brown, who must choose whether to sign divisive legislation headed to his desk. Privacy vs. productivity The bill cleared both chambers of the state ... »Read

In this article: ACORN, Jerry Brown, Mike Gatto, Legislature
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 Essential California: Property available. But you'll need $1 billion.

Good morning. It is Friday, Sept. 4. A house owned by the late Huell Howser, which sits atop a volcanic cinder cone in the Mojave Desert, is for sale. Here's what else is happening in the Golden State: Subscribe to the newsletter TOP STORIES A ... »Read

In this article: Toni Atkins, Jerry Brown, Joe Buscaino, Drought, Dianne Feinstein, Eric Garcetti, Mike Gipson, water
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 After battles, wage theft victims see little relief

Jose Luis Cazares and Marina Torres cleaned the Regal Cinemas at L.A. Live for more than six years, working 11-hour night shifts seven days a week up until 2011. »Read

In this article: Kevin De Leon, Legislature, minimum wage
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 Crowded Presidential Field Pushes Congressional Races Out of Limelight

MANCHESTER, N.H. — Members of Congress running for re-election in early presidential states are learning a lesson: It’s hard to get attention when the circus is in town. »Read

In this article: Steve Schmidt, Kathy Sullivan
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