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 Feds should back off, let state trim pension costs
Sacramento Bee/Opinion - March 5, 4:00 pm
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 Has California's Leading Latino Politician Missed His Moment?
National Journal - March 5, 5:00 pm
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 S.F. plans to move entire homeless encampments into housing
San Francisco Chronicle - March 5, 5:31 pm
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 Effort to blast right-to-work bill to Senate floor fails
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 Governor names two new Covered California board members
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 Van Hollen's Exit Changes House Democratic Leadership Landscape

Ambitious House Democrats looking to position themselves as future caucus leaders thought they'd face stiff competition from Rep. Chris Van Hollen. »Read

In this article: Karen Bass, Xavier Becerra, Barbara Boxer, Nancy Pelosi, Eric Swalwell
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 Stage actors' wage fight pits Tim Robbins against Charlayne Woodard

A play in which Tim Robbins and Charlayne Woodard squared off as antagonists would likely draw a sizable audience. »Read

In this article: minimum wage, SEIU
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 L.A.'s disclosure 'loophole' that lets campaign donors to temporarily hide

On Tuesday, shortly before the polls closed, the campaign committee supporting Charter Amendments 1 and 2 filed a report showing that a handful of controversial donors contributed $115,000 to the cause of changing Los Angeles' election dates. »Read

In this article: campaign finance, Tom LaBonge, Nury Martinez, John Shallman, Steve Veres
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 State senators question Exxon Mobil over Torrance refinery explosion

The auditorium at Torrance City Hall was nearly full Thursday night as several state senators heard testimony related to a Feb. 18 explosion at a nearby oil refinery. »Read

In this article: Isadore Hall, Ted W. Lieu, water, Maxine Waters
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 USC football morning report

Spotted at USC: Former Trojans receivers Damian Williams, Robert Woods, Marqise Lee and Nelson Agholor and defensive lineman Lajuan Ramsey watched Thursday's practice.  »Read

In this article: Herb Wesson, Robert A. Woods
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 Split Roll Debate Continues

While supporters of changing Proposition 13 to increase taxes on commercial property usually focus on raising the tax rate or frequently reassessing property, UCLA Law School professor Kirk Stark has a different idea – broaden the base of business ... »Read

In this article: Proposition 13, Jon Coupal, Joel Fox, Legislature, Split roll
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 Kaiser Permanente gains ground in Covered California enrollment

The majority of enrollment in Covered California remains in four major heath plans, but the standout for 2015 is Kaiser Permanente. While Kaiser was fourth in the pack for new plan selections in 2014, with 17 percent of the market, but it's tied ... »Read

In this article: Peter V. Lee, Amy Thoma
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 One More John Mockler Lesson for the Road

The obituaries for John Mockler are focusing on his role in crafting California’s school funding guarantee, Prop 98, and the funding regime around it. That made sense—Prop 98 had a huge impact, and his command of the complicated measure was so ... »Read

In this article: John Mockler
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 New State Report Busts Proposition 63

Promises Still to Keep: A Decade of the Mental Health Services Act, a new report by the Little Hoover Commission, notes that Proposition 63 raised a whopping $13.2 billion. But according to the report, the state is unable to document whether the ... »Read

In this article: Legislature, Little Hoover Commission, Pedro Nava, Darrell Steinberg
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 Federal Bill To Curb Shakedown Ada Lawsuits Introduced

There has been a lot of focus on what will California do this year to stop the shakedown lawsuits associated with the Americans with Disability Act (ADA). Many bipartisan bills have been introduced at the state level (including AB 52, AB 54 and SB ... »Read

In this article: Ken Calvert, Duncan Hunter
Bills: AB 52, AB 54, SB 67,
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 Governor names two new Covered California board members

Gov. Jerry Brown has appointed a Latino health activist and long-time labor leader who's worked at top levels of state government to the board at Covered California, the state health benefit exchange. Genoveva Islas and Marty Morgenstern replace ... »Read

In this article: Kim Belshe, Jerry Brown, Susan Kennedy, Marty Morgenstern
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 Capital Journal Daybreak: GOP 2016 Hopefuls Risk Iowans' Ire | America's Terror Recruits | The Fight Over Hillary Clinton's Emails | Big Banks Pass Fed Stress Test

The Journal's morning rundown of the biggest news stories and exclusive features from Washington on politics, policy, financial regulation, defense and more. »Read

In this article: biofuels, Hillary Clinton, Mark Kirk, John Roberts
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 Boehner-allied group to launch new round of ads

The ad buy will run from Friday until March 12. »Read

In this article: Jeff Denham, Devin Nunes, Barack Obama
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 Rocky Chávez enters Senate race*

<p>State Assemblyman <b>Rocky Chávez </b>(R-Oceanside) has <a href=http:* <p>'Chávez faces long odds in a state that leans strongly Democratic. In the absence of other serious contenders, Harris has ... »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Michael Finnegan, Kamala Harris, Ed Hernandez, Adrin Nazarian
Bills: AB 24,
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 Effort to blast right-to-work bill to Senate floor fails

A contentious right-to-work bill was assigned to three committees Thursday over the objection of Republicans, who were unsuccessful in forcing a hearing before the full Senate. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Jim Farrell, minimum wage, Senate Democrats
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 Republican Assemblyman Rocky Chavez Enters Senate Race

The California Report | Marisa Lagos  There's a new candidate in the closely watched race for the US Senate in 2016. Chavez is a Republican who will run for the seat being vacated by Barbara Boxer.   Full Episode »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Rocky Chavez
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 At the pinnacle of San Francisco style

The Chronicle Style section staff and Peter Hartlaub had no problem compiling a list of 11 of the best-dressed living San Franciscans. Once the nominees were chosen, more than 2,000 readers voted last month in a The Big Event SFGate.com poll. ... »Read

In this article: Willie Brown, David Chiu, Kamala Harris, Nancy Pelosi
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 AM Alert: What can California learn from Massachusetts' health care overhaul?

State officials who have overseen Massachusetts’ pioneering health care overhaul will offer lessons for California at a breakfast event. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: California Republican Party, Brian W. Jones, Brian W. Jones, Marc Levine, Alan Lowenthal, Gavin Newsom, Barack Obama, Susan Talamantes Eggman, Tom Torlakson, Juan Vargas, Dan Walters
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 Rocky Chávez cites Marine background as key asset in U.S. Senate race

Rocky Chávez, a Republican state assemblyman from Oceanside, launched a campaign for U.S. Senate on Thursday, offering his military background as a key asset in the race to succeed Democratic incumbent Barbara Boxer. »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Brian Brokaw, Jerry Brown, Louis Caldera, Thomas Del Beccaro, Michael Finnegan, Kamala Harris, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Duf Sundheim, Antonio Villaraigosa
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 Blighted block of Sacramento begins transformation

After more than a decade of high hopes and false starts, work has finally begun to redevelop a blighted block of Sacramento's K Street. »Read

In this article: Kevin Johnson, redevelopment agencies, John Shirey
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 Gay Marriage Loses Sting as Political Issue; Sen. Mark Kirk Sides With Couple Challenging State Bans

Illinois Sen. Mark Kirk, a Republican facing a tough re-election fight next year, has agreed to add his name to a brief supporting same-sex marriage in a case before the Supreme Court later this year, another sign gay marriage is losing its sting as ... »Read

In this article: Mark Kirk, Mitt Romney, Same-sex marriage
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 Will the Senate weigh in on Iran negotiations?

With the March 24 deadline on Iran nuclear negotiations approaching, McConnell is facing fresh resistance from Democrats »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Dianne Feinstein, Mark Kirk
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 UC computer project behind schedule, millions over budget

The University of California said a new computer system would make the multi-campus system more efficient and save money, but the payroll project has already cost $50 million more than expected and the financial benefits of the overhaul are unclear. ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Kevin McCarty, state budget
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 S.F. plans to move entire homeless encampments into housing

Greg Fairrer lay face down on the sidewalk in the Mission District on Thursday while one block away, San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee was trumpeting what could be Fairrer’s salvation — a homeless-aid Navigation Center designed to move entire homeless ... »Read

In this article: David Campos, Bevan Dufty, Edwin M. Lee
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 States on edge about the future of health insurance markets

Mixed signals from the Supreme Court have states on edge about the future of health insurance subsidies for millions of Americans. And a summer decision from the justices leaves little time for backup planning. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Jim Evans, Legislature, Barack Obama
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 GOP lawmaker in California launches bid for US Senate

A two-term Republican legislator who has sought to broaden the appeal of the party with Hispanics launched an uphill campaign Thursday to become the next U.S. senator from California, a state that hasn't sent a GOP senator to Washington since the ... »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, California Republican Party, Rocky Chavez, Thomas Del Beccaro, Harmeet Dhillon, Steve Frank, Kamala Harris, Legislature, Barack Obama, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Duf Sundheim, Bill Whalen
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 More Than 300 Republicans Call on Supreme Court to Recognize Gay Marriage Nationally

Signers include former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, Sens. Susan Collins and Mark Kirk and Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker »Read

In this article: Rudy Giuliani, Mark Kirk, Proposition 8, Mitt Romney
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 Has California's Leading Latino Politician Missed His Moment?

Antonio Villaraigosa decided not to run for Senate and may run for governor in 2018. But his path might be blocked by newer rising stars. »Read

In this article: Xavier Becerra, Barbara Boxer, Hillary Clinton, Eric Garcetti, Robert B. Garcia, Kamala Harris, Gavin Newsom, Alex Padilla, Antonio Villaraigosa
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 Feds should back off, let state trim pension costs

The U.S. Department of Labor is threatening to cut federal aid for transit systems as it sides with public employees over California’s effort to trim pension costs. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Jerry Brown, Jeff Denham, Dianne Feinstein, Legislature, Barack Obama, sick leave
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 Lawmaker becomes first Republican to enter California's U.S. Senate race

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - California state lawmaker Rocky Chavez on Thursday became the first Republican to jump into the race for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated next year by Democrat Barbara Boxer. »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Brian Brokaw, Rocky Chavez, Field Poll, Kamala Harris, Legislature, Antonio Villaraigosa
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 Christie blasts back to defend Exxon settlement

He tries to counter the claims that his administration gave Exxon Mobil a sweetheart deal. »Read

In this article: John Hess, Kevin Roberts, water
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