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 Republican: No pledge to Democrats on Homeland Security vote
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 Jim Brulte reelected California Republican Party chairman
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 DHS Funding Battle Reveals a Republican House Divided

Congress returns this week facing yet another Department of Homeland Security funding deadline -- but the appropriations squabble has suddenly become overshadowed by an increasingly bitter internal fight among House Republicans for the soul of the ... »Read

In this article: Devin Nunes, Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Senate Democrats
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 With the One-Week DHS Funding Bill, Republicans Again Find Themselves Mired by Distractions

The fight to come on the Hill this week will just emphasize the Republican rifts and cloud their legislative agenda. »Read

In this article: Kevin McCarthy, minimum wage, Nancy Pelosi
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 Homeland Security funding deal elusive

WASHINGTON (AP) — With a partial shutdown of the Homeland Security Department possible at week's end, Speaker John Boehner says the House wants to enter talks with the Senate on a final bill funding the agency. Congress late Friday cleared a ... »Read

In this article: Dianne Feinstein, Devin Nunes, Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Senate Democrats
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 Stockton bankruptcy's unsettled pension legacy

On the day that Stockton emerged from bankruptcy last week, ending 32 months of debt protection, the final court argument was about the “cram down” imposed on the only creditor that did not cut a deal. Is Franklin bonds getting a 12 percent ... »Read

In this article: CalPERS, Brad Pacheco
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 Pigs Fly: CA GOP OKs Gay Republicans Club

California’s Republican Party stepped into the 21st Century and onto the right side of history Sunday, with a landslide vote granting formal acceptance of the mostly gay Log Cabin Republican club within the state party. After decades of ... »Read

In this article: Ruben Barrales, James Brulte, Steve Frank, Eric Garcetti, Rudy Giuliani, Ron Nehring, Loretta Sanchez, Adam Schiff, Duf Sundheim, Antonio Villaraigosa, Bob White
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 A hydrogen highway to hell

In 2004, then-Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger outlined his vision of creating “hydrogen highways all over the state of California by the year 2010” – primarily subsidized by state taxpayers, of course. But despite tens of millions of dollars ... »Read

In this article: CalPERS, Energy Commission, Arnold Schwarzenegger
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 They're back! The Chronnie Awards CA GOP "family values" edition

With all the sparkle of a red, white and blue sequined hat emblazoned with the American flag, the California Republican Party kicked off its spring convention in Sacramento this week lead by their genial chair, former state Senator Jim Brulte, who ... »Read

In this article: James Brulte, California Republican Party
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 Dollars are scarce for railroad-crossing upgrades

It's basically impossible to prevent a driver from entering train tracks at most street-level crossings, like the one in Oxnard where a Metrolink train on Tuesday slammed into a pickup truck and derailed, or the one in New York where six people died ... »Read

In this article: Michael D. Antonovich, Francisco J. Castillo, Legislature
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 State GOP formally welcomes gays to the party

In a historic break with its past, the California Republican Party voted overwhelmingly Sunday to formally recognize a gay GOP group. »Read

In this article: John Briscoe, James Brulte, California Republican Party, Rocky Chavez, Brandon Gesicki, Abel Maldonado, Nathan Miller, Shawn Steel
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 Buffett's Successor: A Jain and Abel Story

Ajit Jain, who runs Berkshire Hathaway’s reinsurance business, and Greg Abel, who runs the conglomerate’s energy business, have emerged as favorites to succeed Warren Buffett as CEO. »Read

In this article: Charles Munger, renewable energy
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 Lawmakers tinker with crime measure recently OK'd by voters

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- Four months after California voters lowered penalties for certain crimes, state lawmakers and law enforcement officials are lining up with proposals to repeal portions of the new law that they say have created ... »Read

In this article: Cathleen Galgiani, Adam Gray, Tom Lackey, Legislature, Melissa Melendez, Henry Perea, Lois Wolk
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 5 Things To Watch In SCOTUS' Obamacare Arguments

These questions will help determine who comes out ahead in the challenge to the Affordable Care Act's insurance subsidies. »Read

In this article: John Roberts, Christopher J. Walker
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 GOP discord undercuts efforts to fund DHS

House Republican leaders will face a familiar dilemma this week when they try again to approve funding to keep the Department of Homeland Security functioning through the end of September: They know their party is too divided to resolve the crisis ... »Read

In this article: Kevin McCarthy, Devin Nunes, Senate Democrats
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 California Legislature hits a lull

SACRAMENTO — It's quiet at the California Capitol. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Legislature, renewable energy, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Darry Sragow, water, Bill Whalen, Pete Wilson
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 Facing long odds, Rocky Chávez marches toward Senate run

Perhaps Republican Rocky Chávez’s most daring belief is that he could overcome years of declining fortunes for his party and win a statewide race. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Jerry Brown, Thomas Del Beccaro, Carl DeMaio, Harmeet Dhillon, Jon Fleischman, Kamala Harris, Aaron McLear, Barack Obama, Duf Sundheim, Antonio Villaraigosa
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 James Harden, Rockets edge LeBron James, Cavaliers in OT

James Harden scored 33 points for Houston and Cleveland star LeBron James missed a pair of free throws with 4.2 seconds left in overtime, helping the Rockets hold on for a 105-103 win over the Cavaliers on Sunday. »Read

In this article: minimum wage, Rafael Nadal, water
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 California Republicans vote to charter gay political organization

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - California Republicans broke from their own platform on Sunday and voted overwhelmingly at their state party convention to give official recognition to a gay rights wing of the GOP that has long been marginalized. »Read

In this article: James Brulte, California Republican Party
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 DMV at 100: What does next century hold?

California's Department of Motor Vehicles has navigated a century's worth of changes, from horseless carriages to electric cars. But the future holds a new set of technological and efficiency challenges for the agency. »Read

In this article: James T. Beall, Chris Cochran, Carl Guardino
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 PIAA Class AAA Wrestling Pairings

First-round pairings for the PIAA Class AAA wrestling championships Thursday at the Giant Center in Hershey. Wrestlers' names are followed by school, regional finish, grade and record. (x-denotes returning champion). … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Devin Brown, Jonathan M. Ross
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 No sign of Homeland Security funding deal as lawmakers clash

House Speaker John Boehner and his lieutenants, stung by a conservative rebellion last week, pressed ahead Sunday with a strategy based on opening formal negotiations with the Senate on a compromise. Drew Hammill, a spokesman for House Democratic ... »Read

In this article: Dianne Feinstein, Nancy Pelosi, Senate Democrats
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 California GOP recognizes gay faction of party

SACRAMENTO >> The California Republican Party on Sunday officially recognized the party's organized gay wing that has fought years for formal acceptance.The Los Angeles Times reported Sunday that the 38-year-old Log Cabin Republican group received ... »Read

In this article: California Republican Party, Celeste Greig
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 California Republicans charter gay GOP group

The California Republican Party granted charter status to a gay Republican group on Sunday, after spirited – but ultimately minimal – opposition from the party’s conservative flank. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: James Brulte, California Republican Party, Shannon L. Grove, Mike Morrell, Shawn Steel
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 After decade of struggle, Log Cabin Republicans finally win CAGOP recognition

After 15 years of struggle to be allowed into the California Republican Party’s “big tent,” the LGBT group known as the Log Cabin Republicans Sunday won their battle to be chartered as an official volunteer party organization. Republican ... »Read

In this article: James Brulte, California Republican Party, Karen England, Brandon Gesicki, Celeste Greig, Shannon L. Grove, Scott Wilk
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 Gay group wins formal recognition from state Republican Party

In a historic move, the California Republican Party on Sunday officially recognized a gay GOP group. »Read

In this article: California Republican Party, Karen England, Shawn Steel
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 Supreme Court ruling could affect congressional districts in California

An old statehouse joke has it that the once-a-decade process of redrawing election districts gives politicians a right to pick their voters, rather than the other way around. »Read

In this article: Bruce E. Cain, George Deukmejian, Legislature, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Pete Wilson, Allan Zaremberg
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 Jim Brulte reelected California Republican Party chairman

California Republican Party Chairman Jim Brulte, a former state legislator who took over the party at a low point two years ago, was overwhelmingly reelected to another term Sunday. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: James Brulte, California Republican Party, Harmeet Dhillon
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 Boehner Says House Will 'Follow Regular Order'

The House will reconvene on Monday with little sense of how the dynamics will play out in the quest to fund the Department of Homeland Security through the end of the fiscal year, but Speaker John A. Boehner said he intends to follow 'regular order.' »Read

In this article: Kevin McCarthy, Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi
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 Republican: No pledge to Democrats on Homeland Security vote

WASHINGTON (AP) — There's a new deadline to avoid a Homeland Security Department shutdown and no clear sign that a deal is close at hand. An agreement allowed a one-week spending bill to pass only hours before a threatened shutdown Friday, and ... »Read

In this article: Kevin McCarthy, Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi
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