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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

"Now I'm not here to necessarily defend agriculture- but are you accounting for all the reductions they have had to make in recent year's prior to the Governor's executive order? I thought they were cutting before the rest of us. water crops as much as needed, water lawns sparingly."

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

"The only thing Carly can aspire to is a cabinet post. So she has to decide what realistic nominee she will ultimately support. At some time, she will go with Jeb."

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 With climate change and road repairs, Brown jumps into last-minute legislative fray
Los Angeles Times/Top of the Ticket - Sept. 3, 9:37 pm
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 Oil industry, environmentalists in ad war over bill to cut gasoline use
Los Angeles Times - Sept. 3, 8:43 pm
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 AM Alert: Legislative work continues into Friday session
Sacramento Bee - Sept. 3, 11:00 pm
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 Hundreds Turn Up At San Pedro Forum To Discuss Homelessness
KCBS - Sept. 3, 11:17 pm
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 Fired regulator: Brown pushed to waive oil safeguards.
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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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 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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 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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 Time to dial down solar tax credits

Santiago Seage, CEO of Abengoa Solar, visited the unincorporated San Bernardino County community of Hinkley this past January. He was on hand for the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Spanish-owned company’s 280-megawatt Mojave solar project. Mr.... »Read

In this article: Energy Commission, renewable energy
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 Fired regulator: Brown pushed to waive oil safeguards.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- 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 safeguards in granting oil industry permits would violate state and federal laws ... »Read

In this article: Jared Blumenfeld, Jerry Brown, Derek Chernow, Gray Davis, Drought, John Laird, Elena Miller, Clifford Rechtschaffen, referendum, renewable energy, Robert Stern, Margita Thompson, water, Evan Westrup
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 Hundreds Turn Up At San Pedro Forum To Discuss Homelessness

Hundreds of local residents turned out in San Pedro to participate in a forum on homelessness in the port community. »Read

In this article: Joe Buscaino, John A. Smith
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 AM Alert: Legislative work continues into Friday session

Lawmakers push toward bill deadlineAssisted death measure faces another hurdleLabor day confabs await … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Legislature, Holly J. Mitchell
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 With climate change and road repairs, Brown jumps into last-minute legislative fray

Last month, Gov. Jerry Brown raised eyebrows by dodging questions about debates over legislation and joking that he stands 'above the fray.' »Read

In this article: Assembly Democrats, Toni Atkins, Jerry Brown, greenhouse gas, Brian Kelly, Legislature, Chris Megerian, Kristin Olsen, Anthony Rendon, renewable energy
Bills: SB 350,
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 San Diego is a salt mover and shaker in desalination campaign

San Diego may be known as 'America's Finest City,' but - at least this week - it's also the epicenter of the desalination and water reuse movement. »Read

In this article: Drought, Kevin Faulconer, water
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 State lawmakers approve traffic relief and stricter penalties for sex offenders

Los Angeles County motorists would be able to use carpool lanes on some local freeways during off-peak hours under a proposal state lawmakers sent to Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday. »Read

In this article: Patricia Bates, Jerry Brown, Cathleen Galgiani, Mike Gatto
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 Oil industry, environmentalists in ad war over bill to cut gasoline use

When Californians check their mailboxes or flip on their radios these days, they might be forgiven for thinking an election is around the corner. »Read

In this article: Air Resources Board, Cheryl Brown, Gil Duran, Susan Frank, Jose Medina, Chris Megerian, Beth Miller, Henry Perea, renewable energy, Thomas F. Steyer
Bills: SB 350,
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 California fines oil companies for failing to report water use data

The state fined 30 oil companies on Thursday for failing to meet a deadline to report information about the source, volume and disposal of water used in oil and gas production. »Read

In this article: Drought, Legislature, Fran Pavley, water
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 Sen. Dianne Feinstein pushes bill to create more homeless housing on VA campus

Sen. Dianne Feinstein said Thursday she would introduce legislation to move veterans from the county's alleyways and sidewalk shantytowns onto the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' long-contested West Los Angeles campus. »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Dianne Feinstein, Eric Garcetti, Ted W. Lieu
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 Californians Still Paying More For Gasoline, Consumer Advocates Say

SANTA MONICA ( — The gap between what Californians pay for gasoline and what Americans pay continues to widen to historic proportions, a consumer advocate said on Thursday. Consumer Watchdog says, since February, each California […] »Read

In this article: Jamie Court, Tupper Hull
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 Judge: Suspect's confession OK in San Francisco Pier 14 shooting

A judge declined Thursday to toss out the confession of a suspect charged with murder in a San Francisco shooting at the center of the national immigration debate. »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Dianne Feinstein, illegal immigration, Ross Mirkarimi
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 Plastic microbead ban fails in California Senate

Assembly Bill 888 falls short after handful of Democratic senators abstain … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Richard Bloom, Cathleen Galgiani, Steven Glazer, Ed Hernandez, Bob Hertzberg, Connie Leyva, Richard Pan, Richard D. Roth
Bills: AB 888,
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 California governor offers $3.6 billion annual highway plan

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- Gov. Jerry Brown's administration is proposing to spend $3.6 billion a year for repairs to California's crumbling transportation infrastructure, with some of the money to come from a $65 annual fee on vehicle ... »Read

In this article: James T. Beall, Jerry Brown, Legislature, Kristin Olsen
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 Assembly Democrats elect next speaker from Los Angeles area

Democrats in the California Assembly have unanimously elected their next leader after the current speaker tried to stave off a vote until next year. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Toni Atkins, Legislature, Anthony Rendon
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