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 Ferret owners petition California to legalize their pets
Sacramento Bee - April 26, 6:00 am
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 What's with Oroville Dam secrecy; Congress' crummy ratings; and legislators anger at UC
Sacramento Bee/Opinion - April 26, 5:31 am
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 Crowding Out the Housing Agenda
Fox & Hounds Daily - April 26, 6:02 am
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 Nuking San Francisco
Fox & Hounds Daily - April 26, 6:03 am
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 The Impact of Minimum Wage Increases
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 Plan to give health care to every Californian moves forward

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- California lawmakers pushed forward Wednesday with a proposal that would substantially remake the health care system of the nation's most populous state by eliminating insurance companies and guaranteeing ... »Read

In this article: Charles Bacchi, Jerry Brown, California Nurses Association, Chuck Idelson, Legislature, Barack Obama, Arnold Schwarzenegger
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 'I don't want to be a bad guy coming from Korean culture': Lawmaker pulls soju bill

American manufacturers of a traditional Korean distilled spirit came to Sacramento this year seeking equal footing with their foreign competitors. They got a lesson that some things at the Capitol … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Steven Choi, David Kim, Legislature
Bills: AB 1046,
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 Despite drought's end, conservation rules were still in place in California - until now

First the drought ended. Now the last vestiges of mandatory conservation rules are over, too. California’s main water regulatory agency ended mandatory conservation regulations for urban residents Wednesday, following Gov. … Click to ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought, water
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 Rams are expected to try to improve offense through draft

A deep dive into analytics is not required to identify the Rams’ needs going into the NFL draft. For the last two seasons, the Rams ranked last in the league in offense. Last year, they tried to remedy the problem by trading to the top of the ... »Read

In this article: John Sullivan, Robert A. Woods
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 The wrong way for California to modernize voting

A new proposal to borrow $450 million to modernize voting equipment in California is the wrong plan at the wrong time.Assembly Bill 668, by Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher, D-San Diego, would put a $450 million general obligation bond before ... »Read

In this article: Lorena Gonzalez, Legislature, Alex Padilla
Bills: AB 668,
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 California considers remaking health care to dump insurers

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- A proposal considered by California lawmakers would substantially remake the health care system of the nation's most populous state by eliminating insurance companies and guaranteeing coverage for ... »Read

In this article: Toni Atkins, Charles Bacchi, Jerry Brown, Ricardo Lara, Legislature, Barack Obama
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 Assembly speaker calls on UC to reverse planned tuition increase after scathing audit

A day after the state auditor blasted the University of California for raising tuition while its administration sat on a secret $175 million reserve, Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon became the … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Legislature, Gavin Newsom, Anthony Rendon
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 Bill would allow beer and wine at art galleries

Jessica Fry said there is no reason why she can enjoy a glass of wine while getting her hair done, but not while browsing paintings or sculptures inside an art gallery. Fry, director of The Signature Gallery in Laguna Beach, hopes to change that ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Tom Daly, Scott Wilk
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 Remember, the drought could come back next year

When it comes to emergencies and disasters, people tend to have short memories.Much of this is human nature. When something bad happens and we're in the thick of it we generally do whatever's necessary to deal with the situation. But once the crisis ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought, water
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 Trump backs down: Obamacare subsidies can stay - for now

With barely two days to go before the federal government runs out of money, lawmakers remain at odds over a few details, although one major sticking point between the White … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Linda T. Sanchez
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 California seeks solutions to higher energy costs

Amid a shifting landscape of growing consumer choices and increasingly exacting emissions regulations, state utilities and regulators have pressed ahead with a variety of initiatives designed to prevent energy shortages, »Read

In this article: Energy Commission, greenhouse gas, renewable energy
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 "It's Not Your Grandfather's LAPD"" And That's A Good Thing

'It was bad for the city. It was bad for business. You can't have a city going up twice in thirty years in flames because of its police department.' »Read

In this article: Rudy Giuliani, Bernard Parks, Constance Rice
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 California Editorial Roundup

April 23 The Press-Enterprise on an overabundance of charter schools in California: A new labor-backed study charges that California charter schools are opening schools where they aren't needed, but parents … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, California Teachers Association, Richard Garcia, Elaine Howle, Legislature, Gavin Newsom, state budget, Mark Stone, Phil Ting, water, Pete Wilson
Bills: AB 748,
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 Unleashing data to help reduce our carbon footprint

Unlike Gov. Jerry Brown, I don’t “like to think about catastrophe” when considering how the world is addressing climate change. However, I second his statement made at a climate change … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Air Resources Board, Jerry Brown, Energy Commission, greenhouse gas, renewable energy
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 Case for a Republican governor? Not so fast

My good friend, Jim Brulte, the chairman of the California Republican Party, in a recent opinion piece stated that previous generations of political leadership accomplished great things, but now a … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, James Brulte, California Republican Party, George Deukmejian, Legislature, minimum wage, Arnold Schwarzenegger, water, Pete Wilson
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 Rep. Dana Rohrabacher's former campaign treasurer gets year in jail for embezzlement

A onetime volunteer campaign treasurer for Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Costa Mesa) who embezzled more than $250,000 from his ex-employer and the congressman’s reelection committee was sentenced Tuesday to a year in county jail and five years’ ... »Read

In this article: Paul Meyer, Dana Rohrabacher, water
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 When issue is immigration, GOP's position on states' rights shifts: Erwin Chemerinsky

Throughout American history conservatives have been the champions of states' rights. But apparently, at least for President Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions, that is only for when states' rights serve their ideological agenda.On April 21, ... »Read

In this article: Erwin Chemerinsky, illegal immigration, John Roberts
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 Trump review of federal lands worries supporters of San Gabriel Mountains National Monument

President Donald Trump's sweeping order initiating a review of 24 national monuments for possible de-listing or shrinking hit home Wednesday, eliciting swift condemnation from supporters of the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument.Those who ... »Read

In this article: Judy Chu, Robert B. Garcia, Barack Obama
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 $155 Billion a Year in Higher Taxes and Fees Proposed in First Four Months of Legislative Session

In the first four months of the 2017-18 legislative session, California lawmakers introduced $155 billion in higher taxes and fees – a staggering amount that will give pause to every business owner when considering expansion, and cause families to ... »Read

In this article: Proposition 13, Legislature
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 The Impact of Minimum Wage Increases

The debate over the minimum wage did not end when the state followed the lead of a number of local governments in agreeing to boost the minimum wage to $15 an hour. Now we are watching the impact of the increase. Even before workers achieve the $15, ... »Read

In this article: minimum wage
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 Nuking San Francisco

It’s hard to know how to react to North Korean video showing a nuclear missile attack on downtown San Francisco. With a look on the housing market benefits? Finally, middle-class people will be able to afford to the live in the city again. With ... »Read
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 Crowding Out the Housing Agenda

Housing expert and friend Carol Galante has drunk the Kool-Aid. She’s bought into the theory that things other than California’s profound undersupply of housing should determine state policy. In this case, of course, it’s environmental policy. ... »Read

In this article: CEQA, global warming, greenhouse gas
Bills: AB 32, SB 32, SB 375,
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 Ferret owners petition California to legalize their pets

Welcome to the AM Alert, your morning rundown on California policy and politics. To receive it regularly, please sign up here. Will Californians finally be able to declare, loud and … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Assembly Republicans, Toni Atkins, California Nurses Association, Todd Gloria, Ricardo Lara, Legislature, Marc Levine, Arnold Schwarzenegger
Bills: SB 179, SB 562,
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 What's with Oroville Dam secrecy; Congress' crummy ratings; and legislators anger at UC

On behalf of The Sacramento Bee’s editorial board, welcome to The Take, your opinion-politics newsletter. Please sign up for it here. Jack Ohman shows Ann Coulter’s view of free speech … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Eric Garcetti, Ricardo Lara, Eric Swalwell, Dan Walters, water
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 Essential California: More L.A. residents think another riot is likely

Good morning, and welcome to the Essential California newsletter. It’s Wednesday, April 26, and here’s what’s happening across California: TOP STORIES The riots this time Nearly 6 out of 10 Angelenos think another riot is likely in the next ... »Read

In this article: Eric Garcetti, Stephen T. Knight, Ted W. Lieu, Ed Royce, water
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 Plenty of presidencies have been family affairs

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Donald Trump is far from the first president to enlist his children and in-laws in the work of the White House. Look back through history, and it turns out that plenty of presidencies have been a family affair.... »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Andrew Johnson, Nancy Reagan
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 Higher graduation rates sound good, but what do they really tell us?

State schools Supt. Tom Torlakson had some good news this month about California schools: The high school graduation rate rose to 83%, up 8.5 percentage points since 2010. That means brighter prospects for at least some of the newly minted ... »Read

In this article: Los Angeles Unified School District, Tom Torlakson
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 Why the United States Government Embraced the Occult

In 1952, the US Army asked Duke University to help them develop a program to determine if dogs were psychic. Specifically, they wondered, could dogs use extrasensory perception (ESP)? To this end, researchers carried out a series of 48 tests on a ... »Read

In this article: Energy Commission, Paul A. Smith, Paul Smith, water
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 Sanders and 21 Democrats introduce bill to raise minimum wage to $15 an hour

The legislation would hike the minimum wage for the first time in a decade, raising it to $9.25 immediately, and inching it up to $15 by 2024. »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, minimum wage, SEIU
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 Essential Politics: A waiting wall, a scathing audit

It might not be too much of a stretch to conclude that the biggest political news at midweek, from Washington and Sacramento, comes down to stories about problems of time and money. And in between, a whole lot of questions for politicians in ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Hillary Clinton, Elaine Howle, Ricardo Lara, Legislature, John Myers, Devin Nunes, Barack Obama, Ed Royce
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 Study: California drought increased electricity bills and air pollution

California's brutal five-year drought did more than lead to water shortages and dead lawns. It increased electricity bills statewide by $2.45 billion and boosted levels of smog and greenhouse gases, … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought, Peter H. Gleick, greenhouse gas, Kathryn R. Phillips, renewable energy, James Sweeney, water
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 California lawmakers consider dumping health insurers

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- California lawmakers are considering an audacious proposal that would substantially remake the state's health care system by eliminating insurance companies and guaranteeing coverage for everyone.... »Read

In this article: Toni Atkins, Charles Bacchi, Jerry Brown, Ricardo Lara, Legislature, Barack Obama, universal health care
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 Lawmakers: Former Trump aide Flynn may have broken US law

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, appeared to violate federal law when he failed to seek permission or inform the U.S. government about accepting tens of thousands of dollars from Russian ... »Read

In this article: Dianne Feinstein, Kamala Harris
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