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Key Committee Fails To Take Up California Minimum Wage Bill

"A wise move considering the wage will go up automatically this coming January. Not to mention this bill would have come at a hefty price tag to the state government- over $4 Billion according to the Department of Finance."

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Despite Side Deal Report, Support Lines Up for Iran Deal

"Support lines up? One NY Congressman. Seems like two key northeastern Senators (both Dems) in two weeks is more compelling evidence of an anti-deal groundswell."

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Mandating a 50-Percent Reduction in Oil--at What Cost?

"California’s 100,000 electric vehicles are the most electric vehicles in any state, however, the other 97% of California’s 30 million vehicles that DO NOT run on electricity or other alternative fuels are consuming more than 40 million gallons of transportation fuels, gasoline and diesel, excluding jet fuel, EVERY DAY. Sounds like a lot of fuel, but it equates to just more than 1 gallon per day per vehicle. California motorists and businesses are major consumers of fossil fuel products. Even though there is a both projected growth in population from our current 38 million citizens, AND an increase in vehicle registrations from our current 30 million, the fuel demand is projected to decline slightly from the current 40 million gallons per DAY of gasoline and diesel, mostly as a result of continuous improvements in fuel efficiencies, and a slight impact by the 3% of vehicles that run on electricity or other alternative fuels. We already have AB32 and the LCFS in effect to control GHG emissions. REQUIRING California’s 38 million citizens to change their lifestyle appears to be bad public policy and possibly unenforceable on abusers that do not reduce their usage by 50%. It appears that a reduction from the current 40 million gallons of transportation fuels down to 20 million a day in just 15 years would be a drastic lifestyle change that could severely impact one of the world’s largest economies."

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An Engineered Drought

"Now I'm not here to necessarily defend agriculture- but are you accounting for all the reductions they have had to make in recent year's prior to the Governor's executive order? I thought they were cutting before the rest of us. water crops as much as needed, water lawns sparingly."

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Carly Fiorina jumps in GOP presidential race: Can she win? (+video)

"The only thing Carly can aspire to is a cabinet post. So she has to decide what realistic nominee she will ultimately support. At some time, she will go with Jeb."

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 Rand Paul: Trump third party run "could give us another Clinton"

The Kentucky senator talked about the GOP loyalty pledge, Donald Trump, and the Kentucky clerk who refuses to issue marriage licenses to gay couples »Read

In this article: Kim Davis, Carly Fiorina, Ron Paul
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 Kentucky Clerk Kim Davis Headed to Court Over Refusal to Issue Gay Marriage Licenses

Kim Davis, the defiant Rowan county clerk who cites 'God's authority' in refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, is set to appear in court Thursday morning in Kentucky. U.S. District Judge David Bunning will decide whether Davis can ... »Read

In this article: Kim Davis, Same-sex marriage
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 What's in a Name?

President Barack Obama stirred up a minor controversy authorizing a name change for Alaska’s Mt. McKinley back to an older name, Denali. California has had debates over place names. In the last decade, there was an effort to change the name of ... »Read

In this article: Barack Obama
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 California Here He Comes

Let’s stipulate that the GOP’s Trump boom may fizzle long before California’s June 2016 Presidential primary rolls around —remember Michele Bachmann and the pizza man?  But The Donald has the resources, the bravado and the profile, ... »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Jerry Brown, Carly Fiorina
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 Send California Your Anchor Babies

You better anchor me, baby. Because I find it impossible to write with restraint when politicians start using babies – babies using babies! – to prey on prejudice and misinform the public in the service of winning votes. That’s exactly ... »Read
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 Teachers Unions and Media Try to Make Hay of Teacher Shortage Myth

For years, teachers unions have been moaning that nearly half of all new educators leave the profession within the first five years. They and others have repeated the claim so many times that it has taken on the mantle of truth. But like so much ... »Read
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 Top Five Tax Traps Small Business Owners Need to Avoid

As Vice Chair of the California State Board of Equalization (BOE), I regularly hear from small business owners who are caught off guard by tax liabilities. This isn’t surprising given the complexity of California’s tax laws. Even the most ... »Read

In this article: Board of Equalization
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 Congressman Mike Honda grapples with ethics report's release

As the House ethics watchdog's report on alleged office-campaign coordination is about to be made public, Congressman Mike Honda insists he did nothing wrong and that staff problems have been adequately addressed. »Read

In this article: Michael Honda, Ro Khanna
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 CA settles prison suit, curbing solitary

Thomas Hawk / flickr A momentous court settlement has given new shape to California’s multi-year struggle with the courts over its criminal justice system, rolling back the state’s reliance on solitary confinement as a way of dealing ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Mark Leno
Bills: SB 124,
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 Survey: Voters want more police oversight, reform

This year, Californians wanted more police reform than they’ve gotten. The results of a new poll, touted by activist groups, revealed a constituency for continued re-adjustments in the balance between what law enforcement can do and what ... »Read

In this article: Holly J. Mitchell, Shirley Weber
Bills: AB 953, SB 443,
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 Making the most of a cigarette tax hike

A bill that would more than triple the California cigarette tax was gaining little traction in the Legislature until it received a push forward from Gov. Jerry Brown's special legislative session on funding healthcare for the poor. The ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, cigarette tax, Legislature
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 Can Californians' privacy be protected in a wired world?

State lawmakers have been trying for four years to provide Californians with more protection against warrantless snooping into their Internet-connected lives. The Legislature is about to take up the issue again, voting on a bill, SB 178, that would ... »Read

In this article: Joel Anderson, Legislature, Mark Leno
Bills: SB 178,
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 As Trump and Sanders rise, the two major parties fall

Does the 2016 presidential campaign seem chaotic? For good or ill, that's because it is. The rise of Donald Trump on the right and Bernie Sanders on the left is proof that the country's two major political parties have lost their grip on the ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, Joe Trippi
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 Essential California: Life in solitary confinement

Good morning. It is Thursday, Sept. 3. Why did the chicken cross the road? The road here being the Bay Bridge - and in rush hour traffic, no less. Here's what else is happening in the Golden State: Subscribe to the newsletter TOP STORIES  Crime ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought, Steve Pougnet, water
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 Today: Children of the Border

I'm Davan Maharaj, editor of the Los Angeles Times. Here are some story lines I don't want you to miss today. Subscribe to the newsletter TOP STORIES A Done Deal, but … President Obama's nuclear deal with Iran has the green light after a 34th ... »Read

In this article: Drought, George Skelton, Will Smith
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 Fighting talk

The disputatious diaspora ACCORDING to the Talmud, the Romans were able to conquer Jerusalem and drive the Jews into exile because of the debilitating rifts among them. Some aghast rabbis have cited this ancient warning to temper the rancour among ... »Read

In this article: David Harris, Rick Jacobs, Barack Obama
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 California Is About to Do Something Great That No State Has Ever Done Before

Back in January, California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) made a promise. His state, he said, would pursue a new package of climate goals that are the most ambitious in the nation (and among the most ambitious in the world). California was already a leader ... »Read

In this article: Air Resources Board, biofuels, Jerry Brown, Kevin De Leon, global warming, greenhouse gas, Legislature, Barack Obama, Arnold Schwarzenegger
Bills: SB 350,
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 Kentucky clerk's defiance is a test for GOP rivals

ATLANTA (AP) — The Kentucky clerk who is defying a federal court order to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples is putting Republican presidential contenders on the spot as they try to mollify social conservatives without alienating the ... »Read

In this article: Kim Davis, Carly Fiorina, Mike Huckabee
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 Room for Debate: Is Immigration Really a Problem?

Is unauthorized immigration as much of a problem for the U.S. as some claim? »Read

In this article: Daniel Costa, minimum wage
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 Mitchum Must Pay Capps Attorney's Fees

Judge Donna Geck ordered former congressional challenger Chris Mitchum to pay $37,757 in attorney’s fees for the defamation lawsuit he filed against Rep. Lois Capps that was thrown out of court earlier this year. »Read

In this article: Lois Capps, Chris Mitchum
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 Some Democrats wary of bill cutting gasoline use

The debate in the Legislature over a Draconian climate bill shows how California’s Republican Party still matters. Senate Bill 350, by Senate President pro Tem Kevin de León, D-Los Angeles, would, among other things, mandate a 50 percent cut in... »Read

In this article: Toni Atkins, Jerry Brown, greenhouse gas, Legislature
Bills: SB 350,
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 Nasty Bug Appears as County Slashes Top Pest, Plant Jobs

Farmers worry over citrus psyllid discoveries in Goleta and Carpinteria. »Read

In this article: Drought, Paul Van
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 AM Alert: As special session wanes, disability advocates fight for funding increase

Advocates for developmentally disabled call on lawmakers to raise provider rates … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Steven Glazer, Legislature, minimum wage, Richard Pan
Bills: SB 539,
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 Australia under fire for lobbying on California kangaroo trade

SYDNEY (Reuters) - The Australian government is under fire for lobbying the California legislature to stop a ban on the sale of kangaroo products in the U.S. state, a restriction the industry argues would cripple exports of the marsupials' meat and ... »Read

In this article: Fair Political Practices Commission, Jennifer Fearing, Mike Gipson, Legislature
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 U.S. judge approves $415 million settlement in tech worker lawsuit

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A U.S. judge on Wednesday granted final approval to a $415 million settlement that ends a high profile lawsuit in which workers accused Apple, Google and two other Silicon Valley companies of conspiring to hold down ... »Read

In this article: Steve Jobs, Dan Levine
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 Sony, back in the crosshairs, defends 'Concussion'

A year after the devastating hacking attack, Sony Pictures again finds itself trying to justify its own inner dealings, this time over the upcoming film about head trauma and the NFL, 'Concussion.' »Read

In this article: Jeff Miller, Jeff Miller, Will Smith
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 California bills on guns, police video and pension funds await governor's signature

State lawmakers on Wednesday sent the governor bills that would ban concealed guns from schools and college campuses in California, make it a felony for police officers to alter or delete video evidence, and require the state's public pension funds ... »Read

In this article: Rob Bonta, Ben Hueso, Legislature, Mark Leno, Jeff Stone, Lois Wolk
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 Drivers need a fix for battered roads, and Republicans should learn from history

Long for the good old days when California enjoyed the smoothest highways in America? Well, back then, there wasn't a roadblock on taxes to finance them. »Read

In this article: Proposition 13, Toni Atkins, James T. Beall, Jerry Brown, George Deukmejian, Jim Frazier, global warming, greenhouse gas, Brian Kelly, Legislature, George Skelton
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 Public can now see California data on arrests and deaths in police custody

Saying that increased transparency can help ease tensions between police and the public, California Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris on Wednesday unlocked state databases on police killings and arrests, while saying law enforcement agencies should be ... »Read

In this article: Karen Bass, Kamala Harris
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 DNA database imperiled by Prop. 47 ruling on juveniles, San Diego D.A. says

The California Supreme Court should overturn a lower court ruling that juvenile offenders have the same rights as adults to reduced sentences under Proposition 47, according to an appeal filed by the San Diego County district attorney. »Read

In this article: California Democratic Party, Bonnie Dumanis
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 California law enforcement data shows racial disparity in arrests, deaths

The California Department of Justice on Wednesday unveiled a state-run website to provide data on law enforcement's interactions with the public in an attempt to improve transparency and government accountability. »Read

In this article: Karen Bass, Kamala Harris
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 Is L.A. County government saving water? It's hard to say

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors wants to know how much water is consumed by the county government's roughly 1,200 facilities -- parks, museums, office buildings and other properties -- and what officials are doing to conserve during the ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought, water
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 Serena Williams follows familiar pattern in U.S. Open victory

Serena Williams did her locomotive routine again in the second round of the U.S. Open here Wednesday, and eventually completed two-sevenths of her Grand Slam quest. »Read

In this article: Steve Johnson, Rafael Nadal
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 Teen partly responsible for her sex abuse by teacher, L.A. Unified tells appeals court

Los Angeles Unified continues to argue that a 14-year-old girl should be partly responsible for sexual abuse by her eighth-grade teacher. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Ricardo Lara
Bills: SB 14,
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 LA24 Olympic bid has something different: optics but no delusions

A dozen or so young women arrived at Santa Monica State Beach shortly before noon and split into groups to play volleyball on the sand. »Read

In this article: Eric Garcetti, Herb Wesson
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 L.A. Councilman: Residents deserve apology over trash pickup response

The head of the Los Angeles City Hall committee overseeing citywide trash issues apologized Wednesday to Angelenos following media reports that some of the city's poorest neighborhoods saw longer wait times for the removal of abandoned couches, ... »Read

In this article: Gil Cedillo, Felipe Fuentes, Eric Garcetti
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 Task force recommends $12.50 minimum wage in Sacramento

The city of Sacramento announced it is looking to raise the minimum wage by 2020. »Read

In this article: Kevin Johnson, minimum wage
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 Southern California lawmakers polarized after Iran nuclear deal survives

Southland lawmakers' responses ranged from cautious optimism to outrage after President Barack Obama on Wednesday secured the last Senate vote needed to ensure the survival of the proposed Iran nuclear deal in Congress.Senate Democrats clinched the ... »Read

In this article: Pete Aguilar, Judy Chu, John F. Kerry, Barack Obama, Dana Rohrabacher, Adam Schiff, Senate Democrats, Brad Sherman
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 The new face of Democrats who support education reform

Shavar Jeffries, an attorney who lost his bid to be mayor of Newark, N.J., is the new president of Democrats for Education Reform, the Los Angeles Times has learned. »Read

In this article: Ramon C. Cortines, Barack Obama, Gloria Romero
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 Racial profiling bill draws hundreds to Capitol

Hundreds of people demanding an end to what they contend is police profiling of racial minorities, rallied Wednesday around the state Capitol. »Read

In this article: Tom Lackey, John McGinness, Shirley Weber
Bills: AB 953,
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 Pension fund CalSTRS weighs shift to safety

NEW YORK - The California State Teachers' Retirement System, the nation's second-largest public pension system, is considering a new strategy that would shift up to 12% of its $191-billion portfolio into safer investments, such as long-term Treasury ... »Read

In this article: CalPERS, CalSTRS, Paul Rosenstiel
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 California lawmakers pass sweeping ivory ban to curb elephant poaching

California made it illegal to sell ivory in 1977, but state law still permits the sale of older ivory imported more than four decades ago. If signed into law, Assembly Bill 96 would close that loophole and deter more poaching, says Assembly Speaker ... »Read

In this article: Toni Atkins, Jerry Brown, Ricardo Lara, Jeff Stone
Bills: AB 96,
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 New Ferguson report offers lessons on police's handling of mass protests

On Thursday, the Justice Department will release a report that highlights the missteps of law enforcement's handling of mass demonstrations following the Aug. 9, 2014, shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. »Read

In this article: Ronald L. Davis, Loretta Lynch
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 Kentucky clerk seeks same-sex marriage license reprieve

MOREHEAD, Ky. (Reuters) - A county clerk in Kentucky sought an emergency injunction on Wednesday to temporarily block a federal court order requiring her to issue same-sex marriage licenses as she prepares to go to court on Thursday to face contempt ... »Read

In this article: Kim Davis, Same-sex marriage
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 Protesters "die-in" at the Capitol*

<p><a href=http:* <p>'Chanting 'Black lives matter!' and staging a massive 'die-in,' scores of people rallied Wednesday at the state Capitol in support of legislation that seeks to stamp out racial profiling by law ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Kevin Johnson, Legislature, minimum wage, Alex Padilla, Henry Perea, Shirley Weber, Lois Wolk
Bills: AB 953,
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 News of the day from across the nation, Sept. 3

1 Defiant clerk: Maintaining her stand against same-sex marriage, a Kentucky clerk Wednesday rejected a gay couple’s request for a marriage license and braced for a Thursday morning hearing before the federal judge who will ... »Read

In this article: Kim Davis, Same-sex marriage
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 Caltrans proposes wildlife overpass on 101 Freeway

Mountain lions, bobcats and other wildlife would have less chance of becoming roadkill if the state adopts a plan to build a landscaped bridge over the 101 Freeway in Agoura Hills, supporters of the proposal said Wednesday. »Read

In this article: Richard Bloom, Drought, Sheila Kuehl, Ted W. Lieu, Linda Parks, Fran Pavley
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 Mayor's panel reveals recommended minimum wage for Sacramento

Just in time for Labor Day, Mayor Kevin Johnson's task force on Wednesday recommended a plan to create a local minimum wage that would rise to $12.50 an hour by 2020. After a closed session before its final meeting, task force leaders and the mayor ... »Read

In this article: Kevin Johnson, minimum wage
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 State Senate panel approves three for UC regents board

A state Senate committee on Wednesday unanimously approved the confirmation of three appointees to the UC Board of Regents, with senators noting the unusual circumstance that all three nominees are minorities. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Kevin De Leon, Gareth Elliott
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 307,000 vets died awaiting VA care, report says

Hundreds of thousands of veterans listed in the Department of Veterans Affairs enrollment system died before their applications for care were processed, according to a report issued Wednesday. »Read

In this article: Jeff Miller, Jeff Miller
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 Lawyer for Palm Springs mayor expects 'swift conclusion' to FBI probe

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A lawyer for the mayor of Palm Springs said on Wednesday that his client was willing to cooperate with authorities who raided city hall this week and expected any probe of his client's activities would be 'swiftly closed.' »Read

In this article: Fair Political Practices Commission, Steve Pougnet
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 Casino deal is good enough, given constraints

Federal courts have restricted the state’s ability to tax Indian casinosJerry Brown and United Auburn Indian Community have reached a reasonable accordBrown seeks payments to offset casino impacts and help less fortunate Indians … Click to ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Legislature, renewable energy, Arnold Schwarzenegger
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 Harris, Padilla shine light; citizens rejoice

Kamala Harris is taking the significant step of providing access to death-in-custody dataAlex Padilla is providing voters with a new search tool to examine campaign donationsHarris and Padilla prove not all California computer projects turn into ... »Read

In this article: campaign finance, Kamala Harris, Alex Padilla
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 California Assembly members limit speechmaking

Long hours. Hundreds of bills. Few words. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Rocky Chavez, Kevin Mullin, Bill Quirk
Bills: AB 413,
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 New Ferguson report offers lessons on handling protests

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The police response to unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, last summer offers lessons in how not to handle mass demonstrations, according to a Justice Department report that warns such problems could happen in other places roiled by ... »Read

In this article: Ronald L. Davis, Loretta Lynch
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 California ivory ban moves one step closer to law

SACRAMENTO — California lawmakers voted Wednesday to expand a ban on elephant ivory so it could no longer be bought or sold in the state regardless of when it was first imported. The legislation removes an exemption that has ... »Read

In this article: Toni Atkins, Jerry Brown, Ricardo Lara
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 'Power search' offers new tool to follow California campaign money

Secretary of State Alex Padilla unveiled the search tool WednesdayNon-profit MapLight built the toolPower search is alternative to confusing Cal-Access web site … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Debra Bowen, Jerry Brown, campaign finance, Fair Political Practices Commission, Legislature, Dan Newman, Alex Padilla, Phillip Ung
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 Protesters back bill spurred by recent police shootings

California lawmakers took up bills to regulate videos of police activities and law enforcement's acquisition of surplus military on Wednesday as hundreds of Black Lives Matter protesters demonstrated outside the governor's office urging the ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Ben Hueso, Legislature, Connie Leyva, James Nielsen, Shirley Weber
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 Legislation extends injury benefits to Cal Fire firefighters

‘Gut-and-amend’ measure gives injured state firefighters up to 12 months payWages received in lieu of disability benefitsSimilar benefit already received by local firefighters, CHP officers, others … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Adam Gray, Legislature
Bills: AB 1282,
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 Bill expanding access to experimental drugs sent to Gov. Jerry Brown

‘Right to Try’ measure part of nationwide movement … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Ian Calderon, California Nurses Association
Bills: AB 159,
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 Politicians' job claims clash with facts: Dan Walters

By Dan WaltersThe term 'voodoo economics' was lodged in the political lexicon 35 years ago by George H.W. Bush, referring to presidential rival Ronald Reagan.The two later reconciled enough for Bush to became Reagan's vice presidential running mate, ... »Read

In this article: Toni Atkins, Jerry Brown, Dan Walters, water
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 House to Vote Next Week on Iran Disapproval Resolution

The House returns next week from a month-long recess, and before it starts to tick off any of the other items on its lengthy September to-do list, it will tackle the pending nuclear deal with Iran. »Read

In this article: Kevin McCarthy, Nancy Pelosi, Senate Democrats
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 Corrections, Sept. 3

Lee must make enemies to combat homelessness, Aug. 30, Bay Area, Page C3 In Willie Brown’s Willie’s World column that started on C1, Lloyd Dean’s title was incorrect. He is the CEO of Dignity Health. »Read

In this article: Willie Brown, Lloyd Dean
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 Scott Walker Backs Aways From Canada Border Wall

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker continued to climb down from his apparent support for a wall on the U.S. border with Canada, in the face of skepticism from fellow Republican candidates, many of whom have embraced other means to deter illegal immigration ... »Read

In this article: Carly Fiorina, Mike Huckabee, illegal immigration, Mike Murphy
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