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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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 High-speed rail Pacheco Pass route upheld by appeals court
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 'Fair Workweek' Is Latest Ploy to Organize Retail, Restaurant Employers | Commentary
Roll Call - July 25, 3:00 am
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 AM Alert: Will gas price hikes trip up climate change efforts?
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 Officials want to build a ‘total disaster city’ for training, complete with fires, explosions and plane crashes
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 Higher Energy Costs Matter More for Some
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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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 Simas Ignores Subpoena Again as White House Defies Issa (Updated)

Updated 12:13 p.m. | Top White House political adviser David Simas refused again Friday to honor a congressional subpoena, prompting Republicans on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee to vote to rebuke the administration. »Read

In this article: Darrell Issa, Nancy Pelosi
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 Simas Ignores Subpoena Again as White House Defies Issa (Updated) (Video)

Updated 12:27 p.m. | Top White House political adviser David Simas refused again Friday to honor a congressional subpoena, prompting Republicans on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee to vote to rebuke the administration. »Read

In this article: Darrell Issa, Nancy Pelosi
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 Obama lawsuit clears committee, full House to vote soon

Despite Democratic objections, House Republicans cleared the way for a vote on a bill authorizing Speaker John Boehner to sue the president »Read

In this article: No Child Left Behind, Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi
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 GovBeat: This animation shows how awful the California drought is this year

For the first time since 2000, air pollution is not the top environmental concern among Californians, according to a Public Policy Institute of California survey. It’s water. A full 35 percent of the survey’s respondents cited drought or water ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, global warming, PPIC, water
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 Corinthian Colleges accused of deceptive ads in recruitment push amid collapse

Corinthian Colleges Inc., the owner of dozens of U.S. higher-education campuses like Heald College, continues to recruit more students, some say deceptively, as the company is waist deep in financial troubles that could close all its campuses unless ... »Read

In this article: Kamala Harris, water, Maxine Waters
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 High-speed rail Pacheco Pass route upheld by appeals court

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- A state appeals court on Thursday upheld a proposed route for California's high-speed rail line connecting the San Francisco Bay Area to the Central Valley. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, High-Speed Rail
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 Higher Energy Costs Matter More for Some

The state’s commitment to reducing its carbon footprint by producing a greater share of its energy from renewable sources and imposing a cap-and-trade market for greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions has and will drive up the state’s energy prices. The ... »Read

In this article: California Independent System Operator, greenhouse gas, water
Bills: AB 32,
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 Why Making Policy from Polls Can Be Troublesome

It is a constant criticism of politicians; they poll test or focus group everything before making a decision. If you are one to follow politics, you’ll know that new polls on everything from election horse-races to how the public feels about ... »Read

In this article: global warming, greenhouse gas, PPIC, water
Bills: AB 32,
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 Two Tales of a City - How Detroit Transcended Ideology to Reform Pensions

“I see a beautiful city and a brilliant people rising from this abyss.” –  Charles Dickens, Tale of Two Cities Traveling through suburban Detroit, a sprawling city of 143 square miles whose population has dropped from nearly two million to ... »Read
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 They Thought We Were Crazy

In 2009 when the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce partnered with the United Way of Greater Los Angeles to end chronic and veteran homelessness in L.A. County, most people either ignored the announcement or thought we were crazy. Los Angeles was ... »Read
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 READ IN: Friday, July 25, 2014: Kerry works on cease-fire, WH considers immigration orders, everybody vs. Christie, Dems look to W.Va., Koch group aims at Braley

Don't forget to sign up for Read In and get all the political news you need delivered right to your inbox, every morning at 8 a.m.! A1: The stories you need to read before your first conference call. -- An elementary school housing hundreds of ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Field Poll, John F. Kerry, PPIC
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 AM Alert: Will gas price hikes trip up climate change efforts?

The California Air Resources Board concludes its two-day monthly meeting, 8:30 a.m. at the Cal/EPA building on I Street, with a presentation on updates to the Low Carbon Fuel Standard. One of the centerpieces of the state’s fight against ... »Read

In this article: Air Resources Board, Susan Bonilla, Tom Daly, global warming, Brian Maienschein, Adrin Nazarian, Rudy Salas, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Dan Walters, water
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 Federal Eye: Will the White House accept this Issa deposition offer?

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) on Thursday offered the White House a chance to avoid a potential contempt battle by making its top political adviser available for deposition with the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. Read full article ... »Read

In this article: Darrell Issa, Hilda L. Solis
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 'Fair Workweek' Is Latest Ploy to Organize Retail, Restaurant Employers | Commentary

On Tuesday, top Democrats and a who's who of labor activists unveiled the latest attack on American businesses. Joined by Reps. George Miller, D-Calif., and Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., a confederation of labor groups and their activist allies known as ... »Read

In this article: George P. Miller, SEIU, Ryan Williams
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 Bill Whalen: Brown takes a back seat on immigration reform

Governor is paying a lot less attention to issue as he seeks re-election. Bill Whalen Gov. Jerry Brown congratulates Assemblyman Luis Alejo last October after signing a bill that allows undocumented immigrants to get driver’s ... »Read

In this article: Luis A. Alejo, Jerry Brown, illegal immigration, state budget, Bill Whalen
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 Officials want to build a ‘total disaster city’ for training, complete with fires, explosions and plane crashes

Saying California’s emergency responders need better training to handle major calamities, state and local fire leaders are pitching plans to build a world-class $56 million training facility in east Sacramento County that would challenge fire ... »Read

In this article: Legislature, Fran Pavley, water, Lois Wolk
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 House, Senate fail to agree on VA spending as August recess nears

With the August break around the corner, Congress remains locked in a battle over how much to spend reshaping the tattered Veterans Affairs Department. »Read

In this article: John McCain, Jeff Miller, Jeff Miller, Senate Democrats
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 Boehner vs. Obama: House panel moves toward vote on Obama lawsuit

Over Democratic objections, Republicans cleared the way for a House vote on whether to sue President Barack Obama for failing to implement ObamaCare as it was written. »Read

In this article: No Child Left Behind, Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi
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 Changes at troubled BOE building postponed

A project to replace the scaffolding around the state Board of Equalization building at Fifth and N streets in Sacramento has been delayed. »Read

In this article: Board of Equalization, Roger Dickinson, Jerome Horton
Bills: AB 1656,
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 Heald, other Corinthian-owned colleges continue to recruit students as company closes

Heald, WyoTech and other Corinthian-owned colleges have continued to recruit students as the company prepares to sell and close its campuses. »Read

In this article: Kamala Harris, water, Maxine Waters
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 Comic-Con draws in superheroes and villains

Hundreds of thousands of superheroes, villains and sci-fi fans have descended in San Diego for the 45th edition of Comic-Con. »Read

In this article: Kevin Faulconer, Todd Gloria
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 Pérez campaign led the way in Sacramento-area ad buys

The Sacramento TV market’s largest broadcast stations netted more than $623,000 in ad revenue from federal, state and local campaign committees in the weeks before last month’s primary election, public filings show. Republican ... »Read

In this article: Board of Equalization, Jerry Brown, Jim Miller, Betty T. Yee
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 As bribery case continues, CalPERS reaps profits from tainted investments

It’s been one of the darkest chapters in CalPERS history, a bribery scandal that prompted a guilty plea from its former chief executive earlier this month. It’s also been rather profitable. CalPERS poured more than $4.4 ... »Read

In this article: Fred Buenrostro, CalPERS, Brad Pacheco, Gerald Parsky, Charles Valdes
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