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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

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 Vile video draws response; Hueso's friends to blame too
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 With eye on midterms, Obama tries to rally the labor troops
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 Northern California district a GOP target to regain seats
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 Area labor groups issue endorsements
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 San Diego County Special Elections Could Become Vote-By-Mail Only

Under a California bill, the San Diego County Registrar of Voters could hold special elections by mail, sending every registered voter a ballot with a return stamp already on it. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Lorena Gonzalez, Legislature
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 Labor's Fast Food Campaign Is Getting Real

If you stop at McDonald’s this week, you may have to think about more than your cholesterol intake. You may also have to think about the people serving you food—and whether they deserve a raise.On Thursday,  »Read

In this article: minimum wage, SEIU, water
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 GovBeat: California on brink of requiring paid sick days for part-time workers

Part-time and temporary workers in California could receive up to three paid sick days a year after a last-minute compromise passed the state legislature in the waning hours before adjournment. The bill, a top priority of House and Senate Democrats, ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Legislature, Senate Democrats, sick leave, water
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 READ IN: Alaska-Heavy Edition

Welcome back from Labor Day! Wouldn't today be the perfect day to sign up for Read In? Do it! A1: The stories you need to read before your first conference call. -- Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is clinging to power as protests against his ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Sam Brownback, Field Poll, Eric Garcetti, Lawrence Lessig, Gary G. Miller, minimum wage, referendum
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 The Politics Of Calling In Sick

A growing grass-roots movement aims to establish paid sick leave in the U.S., enjoying some success at the city and state level. The issue is already playing big in 2014 political races. »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, minimum wage, sick leave
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 Fact Checker: Overblown claims of deaths and waiting times at the VA

“What we know is that people died….Look what the public got. Forty veterans died; this is what the public got.” — Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.), at a congressional hearing, May 28, 2014 Read full article >> »Read

In this article: Jeff Denham, Jeff Miller, Jeff Miller
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 Field Poll: Obama’s popularity dives to record low in California

Only 45 percent of California voters hold a favorable view of Obama’s job performance, according to a new Field Poll released today, down 5 percentage points from June and dropping below 50 percent for the first time since late 2011. ... »Read

In this article: Amerish Bera, California Democratic Party, Mark DiCamillo, Field Poll, Legislature, Barack Obama
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 The Buzz: California automatic recount bill stalls in Senate

Weeks after the tight finish in the June controller’s race highlighted major weaknesses in California’s recount law, legislation to create taxpayer-funded automatic recounts in close contests bogged down in partisan fighting and died. ... »Read

In this article: Danny Alvarez, Danny Alvarez, Peter DeMarco, John Garamendi, Daniel R. Logue, Jim Miller, Kevin Mullin, Greg Schmidt, Senate Republicans, Mariko Yamada
Bills: AB 2194,
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 Editorial: Legislators take a walk rather then expand campaign disclosure

Union lobbyists and attorneys contended SB 52 would have imposed untenable burdens on labor donors, and drove the final spike into the bill. Senator Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, talks with Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, ... »Read

In this article: California Teachers Association, campaign finance, Anthony Cannella, Fair Political Practices Commission, Legislature, Mark Leno, Darrell Steinberg, Thomas F. Steyer
Bills: SB 52, SB 1443,
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 Bruce Maiman: California Republicans badly need a new script

In January 2011, just days after Jerry Brown was sworn in as California’s 39th governor, Tom Del Beccaro, then the unopposed candidate for chairman of the California Republican Party, told supporters that “Democrats will bear the ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, California Republican Party, Thomas Del Beccaro, Legislature, minimum wage, water
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 Editorial: Senator is offended by his own bill

Appeal to an assemblyman, hire a good lobbyist, get an exemption. Sen. Ted Lieu, D-Torrence, at the Senate Chambers at the Capitol in Sacramento on Monday June 10, 2013. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Ken Cooley, Legislature, Ted W. Lieu
Bills: SB 1247,
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 Viewpoints: We all have to pitch in to make Common Core work

The new school year brings one of the biggest transitions our state’s elementary and secondary education system has ever experienced. As students settle into new classrooms, our teachers are adjusting their instruction to help students meet ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, California Teachers Association, Dean Vogel, water
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 Viewpoints: National Park Service should have separate account to fight wildfires

This summer’s El Portal fire threatened Yosemite National Park, destroyed homes and wildlife habitat, and endangered historic buildings and local economies. With the 4,500-plus-acre wildfire now fully contained, Americans are left with a ... »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Ken Calvert, Jim Costa, Dianne Feinstein, John Garamendi, Tom McClintock, Devin Nunes, Adam Schiff, Mike Thompson
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 Dan Walters: Highway 101 improvements should bypass unique redwood grove

Over the last six decades – mile by expensive mile – California’s transportation department has upgraded Highway 101 on the scenic North Coast from a narrow, twisting, two-lane road into a modern four-lane expressway. »Read
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 Gloria Romero: Governor debate should include education reform

On Thursday, Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown will face off against Republican challenger Neel Kashkari in their only scheduled debate. Although Kashkari asked for 10 debates, Brown chose to do just one. Undoubtedly, a slew of issues will be discussed,... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Gloria Romero
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 Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announces plan for minimum wage hike

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti used Labor Day to call for a hike in the city’s minimum wage, unveiling a plan to boost wages to $13. »Read

In this article: Eric Garcetti, minimum wage
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 Labor Day tradition returns to Land Park

An annual Labor Day picnic returned to Sacramento's Land Park on Monday. »Read

In this article: 40 hour work week, minimum wage, Barack Obama, SEIU
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 What's in a name? For Cal State schools, it's brand recognition

For the longest time, Dixia Aguilar said, her mother thought she attended UCLA, not Cal State L.A. 'No, Mom,' she would say, 'CSULA.' »Read

In this article: Terri Carbaugh, Tom LaBonge
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 Nine things to focus on for November's election

With Labor Day behind us, Californians need to batten down the hatches for the tidal wave of ads, mailers, robo calls and door knocks between now and the Nov. 4 election. So for Bay Area voters hoping to cut through the noise and get straight to the ... »Read

In this article: Amerish Bera, Board of Equalization, Jerry Brown, Julia Brownley, Carl DeMaio, Jeff Gorell, Michael Honda, Ro Khanna, Legislature, Charles Munger, Doug Ose, Alex Padilla, Scott Peters, Chuck Reed, Thomas F. Steyer, Tom Torlakson, water, Betty T. Yee
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 Camp’s absence an undercurrent at unions’ Labor Day picnic

There was live music, pans of barbecue and union-friendly politicians making the rounds Monday at the Sacramento Central Labor Council’s annual Labor Day picnic, with hundreds of union members and their families showing up with lawn chairs ... »Read

In this article: Amerish Bera, Ken Cooley, Kevin Johnson, Jim Miller, Art Pulaski
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 After cancer diagnosis, an outpouring of support for Cudahy teacher

Dave Clark left a sign-up sheet in the teachers' lounge at Jaime Escalante Elementary School, in a spot typically reserved for mundane announcements or the holiday potluck list. »Read

In this article: Los Angeles Unified School District, sick leave
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 Area labor groups issue endorsements

With less than 10 weeks until Election Day, major area unions on Monday released their slate of endorsements after an annual Labor Day breakfast in Benicia. »Read

In this article: Jim Frazier, John Garamendi, Mike Thompson, Tom Torlakson, Lois Wolk, Mariko Yamada
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 Northern California district a GOP target to regain seats

A Northern California congressional district is one of the top targets for Republicans looking to reverse the disastrous 2012 election that cost them five seats around the state. Democratic Rep. Ami Bera of Elk Grove faces Republican businessman - ... »Read

In this article: Steven Adams, Pete Aguilar, Amerish Bera, Julia Brownley, campaign finance, Paul Chabot, Susan Davis, Carl DeMaio, Dianne Feinstein, John Garamendi, Jeff Gorell, Janice Hahn, Jane Harman, John Hernandez, Michael Honda, Daniel R. Logue, Daniel E. Lungren, Gary G. Miller, Brian Nestande, Doug Ose, Scott Peters, Adam Schiff, Mark Takano, David G. Valadao
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 Guest editorial: Bag ban's another California first of which we'll be proud

Appliance efficiency, gas mileage standards — and now a ban on one-time-use plastic bags. California once again sets the pace for the nation in improving the environment and, by the way, people's lives. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Kevin De Leon, Legislature, Alex Padilla
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 Big dam theory: Why the building stopped

How much money drought-stricken California should spend to build new dams was a big part of the debate over the bill that Gov. Jerry Brown signed last month to put a $7. »Read

In this article: Proposition 13, Jerry Brown, John Laird, water
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 Kawakami: Can Adam Dunn snap A's out of doldrums?

Adam Dunn's home run provide momentary spark for Oakland A's, badly in need of a boost during stretch run to revert their recent slide »Read

In this article: Chris Young, Chris Young
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 Vile video draws response; Hueso's friends to blame too

I contacted the city office that is responsible for stadium operations to ask which concessionaires are Centerplate operations. »Read

In this article: Toni Atkins, Ben Hueso, Duncan Hunter
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 Dunn homers in 1st at-bat for Athletics

Adam Dunn provided instant pop for the struggling Athletics, hitting a towering, two-run homer in his first at-bat for Oakland to highlight a 6-1 win over the Seattle Mariners on Monday in a matchup of playoff contenders. »Read

In this article: Chris Young, Chris Young
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 Los Angeles mayor proposes $13.25 an hour minimum wage

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has used Labor Day to call for raising the city's minimum wage. Garcetti on Monday announced a proposal hike from the current $9 per hour to $13.25 in 2017. »Read

In this article: Eric Garcetti, minimum wage
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 LA's mayor proposed $13.25 an hour minimum wage

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has used Labor Day to call for raising the city's minimum wage. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti makes an announcement at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Park in South Los Angeles with a coalition of business, labor, ... »Read

In this article: Eric Garcetti, minimum wage
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 Tenure ruling heats up November races

Teacher-tenure case may turn the race for superintendent into a nationally followed one. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Tom Torlakson
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 'Historic' bills would toughen oversight of state's nursing homes

Ten bills that tighten state oversight of assisted living homes -- the most sweeping package of reforms since regulations were first enacted in 1985 -- are headed to Gov. Jerry Brown for his signature.One bill increases civil penalties from $150 to ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Ian Calderon, Steve Fox, Legislature
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 Adam Dunn homers in first at-bat for Oakland A's

A's newcomer Adam Dunn drills a two-run homer as Oakland scored five runs in first inning against Seattle Mariners. »Read

In this article: Chris Young, Chris Young
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 Civil disobedience expected in fast-food pay fight

McDonald's, Wendy's and other fast-food restaurants are expected to be targeted with acts of civil disobedience that could lead to arrests Thursday as labor organizers escalate their campaign to unionize the industry's workers. »Read

In this article: minimum wage, Barack Obama, SEIU
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 Legislature Moves San Diego Lawmakers' Bills To Governor's Desk

Paid sick leave and fire relief are among the bills local lawmakers authored that forward to Gov. Jerry Brown's desk the last week of the legislative session. Brown has until the end of the month to sign hundreds of bills. »Read

In this article: Joel Anderson, Toni Atkins, Martin Block, Jerry Brown, Lorena Gonzalez, Legislature, Brian Maienschein, sick leave, water
Bills: AB 1522, AB 922,
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 Obama tries to rekindle hope in Labor Day speech

President Obama flew to Milwaukee for a fiery, populist speech on Labor Day, marking the informal kickoff of a push this fall to stave off Republican control of the Senate. »Read

In this article: minimum wage, renewable energy
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 With eye on midterms, Obama tries to rally the labor troops

MILWAUKEE — Headlining the annual “Laborfest” rally here Monday, President Obama joined with prominent union leaders in an effort to mobilize a critical part of the Democratic base with just over two months until the midterm elections. Read ... »Read

In this article: Legislature, minimum wage, Steve Rosenthal, SEIU, sick leave
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 President Obama: 'Every Gray Hair Is Worth It'

Fired up and in campaign form, President Obama delivered what appeared to be a pre-midterm stump speech on Monday to labor activists in Wisconsin, the state that became the labor movement’s political epicenter in 2011. “Every gray hair ... »Read

In this article: Joe Biden, minimum wage, SEIU
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