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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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An Engineered Drought

"Governor Brown is right about California’s water shortage problem, BUT does he really think that cutting our consumption by 5% is the solution? Since the farmers 80% is excluded, a 25% reduction of the remaining 20% = 5% savings overall. At the current price of water, we’re incentivized to use what we can afford of this inexpensive commodity."

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Jerry Brown, the Farmers' Friend

"Governor Brown is right about California’s water shortage problem, BUT does he really think that cutting our consumption by 5% is the solution? Since the farmers 80% is excluded, a 25% reduction of the remaining 20% = 5% savings overall. At the current price of water, we’re incentivized to use what we can afford of this inexpensive commodity."

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Lawmakers seek soda warning labels

"“STATE OF CALIFORNIA SAFETY WARNING: Drinking beverages with added sugar(s) contributes to obesity, diabetes, and tooth decay.” Once this law is passed, we can use this same warning and just insert whatever product we want into the warning. This will be the template for change! Who knew complex issues could be solved so easily?"

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Minimum wage up $3 in Oakland; may impact small businesses

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 Old tactics don't work in new era
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 Measures to alter Prop. 47 held back in Assembly committee
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 Just in time for House trade debate, opponents find new ammunition
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 California bill would legalize motorcycle lane-splitting
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 CA17: Honda attacks Khanna's 'usual suspects'
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 Congress should give president trade promotion authority, two capital business leaders say (guest opinion)

Exports make the difference between feast and famine for regional economies in today’s global marketplace. As the 2007 recession demolished nearly 140,000 jobs and unemployment shot up to 12 percent in the Sacramento region, leadership from both ... »Read

In this article: Peter Tateishi, Renée Taylor
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 Merits of ballot initiatives best left in hands of voters

The wonderful thing about California's direct democracy process is that any citizen with an idea and $200 can propose a new law for the statewide ballot. »Read

In this article: Richard Bloom, Legislature, Proposition 8, Anthony Rendon
Bills: AB 1100, AB 884,
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 Wife of convicted San Francisco sheriff defends him in play

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The wife of San Francisco's sheriff delivered a sharp rebuke to his critics on Thursday when she performed a preview of her one-woman show about his conviction for domestic abuse in 2012. »Read

In this article: Edwin M. Lee, Ross Mirkarimi
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 Will Baltimore’s troubles handicap O’Malley’s White House hopes?

Former Baltimore Mayor Martin O’Malley fashions himself as a no-nonsense crime fighter, but his city has not only become a national monument to urban devastation, but it is experiencing one…Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, minimum wage, Early Primary
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 Assisted suicide bill advances in California legislature

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - California lawmakers on Thursday revived a bill that would allow physician-assisted suicide in the most populous U.S. state, after a renewal of debate on end-of-life issues prompted by the death of 29-year-old Brittany ... »Read

In this article: Legislature, William W. Monning, Lois Wolk
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 Affordable housing key to county's economic success

Orange County’s “Walk of Honor,” which cuts through the county’s Civic Center in Santa Ana, was designed to be a tribute to the men and women who sacrificed their lives fighting for our freedoms. Instead, it’s now the place where many... »Read

In this article: Toni Atkins, minimum wage
Bills: AB 1335,
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 California agency set to vote on water limits for new lawns

California regulators are expected to vote Friday on water limits for new lawns as the historic drought persists in parched California. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought, water
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 California May Soon Become First State To Legalize Lane-Splitting

California may become the first state to explicitly allow motorcycles to weave between stalled cars in traffic. »Read

In this article: Tom Lackey, Bill Quirk
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 California State Assembly Bill 51 would legalize motorcycle lane-splitting

California may become the first state to explicitly allow motorcycles to weave between stalled cars in traffic. »Read

In this article: Tom Lackey, Bill Quirk
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 Usual Suspects Khanna, Honda renew battle for 17th Congressional seat

Usual Suspects Khanna, Honda renew battle for 17th Congressional seat by Bill Gram-Reefer originally appearedon HALFWAY TO CONCORD. The gloves have come off even before Ro Khanna announces he will once again challenge incumbent Mike Honda for ... »Read

In this article: Michael Honda, Ro Khanna
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 L.A. labor leaders agree to delay minimum wage exemption for unions

A union official said Thursday night that two prominent Los Angeles labor groups would not oppose the passage of a citywide minimum wage increase that omits an exemption for unionized businesses. »Read

In this article: Eric Garcetti, minimum wage
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 List of bills sent to Senate and Assembly floors

The Senate Appropriations Committee on Thursday rejected a quarter of the 283 bills it considered. The Assembly committee rejected a third of the 421 bills on its agenda. »Read

In this article: Air Resources Board, James T. Beall, Martin Block, CalPERS, CalSTRS, cigarette tax, Kevin De Leon, greenhouse gas, Ed Hernandez, Jerry Hill, Ricardo Lara, Mark Leno, minimum wage, Holly J. Mitchell, Richard Pan, Fran Pavley, renewable energy, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Lois Wolk
Bills: SB 140, SB 674,
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 Hastert indictment shocks former colleagues

Hastert was popular with rank-and-file members and worked hard at the politics of the speakership. »Read

In this article: Randy Cunningham, Newt Gingrich, Nancy Pelosi
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 Senators call Santa Barbara oil spill response 'insufficient'

Three U.S. senators are raising concerns about a Texas-based company’s “insufficient” response to a pipeline failure last week that released thousands of gallons of crude into the ocean and fouled the Santa Barbara County coastline. »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Dianne Feinstein, water
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 California bills reinstating penalties for some crimes fail

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- A key legislative panel on Thursday shelved several attempts to scale back a ballot measure that California voters approved to reduce penalties for some crimes, including stalling a bill that would have made stealing ... »Read

In this article: Luis A. Alejo, Cathleen Galgiani, Tom Lackey, Kevin McCarty, Melissa Melendez, Shirley Weber
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 Response by owner of broken oil pipeline faces scrutiny

(AP) — Firefighters, emergency workers and officials from Plains All American Pipeline had gathered last week at a fire station preparing to train for the worst — an oil spill — when a 911 call came in reporting a noxious smell in the air at a ... »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Dianne Feinstein, water
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 CA17: Honda attacks Khanna's 'usual suspects'

With Ro Khanna about to launch his second campaign to unseat Rep. Mike Honda on Saturday, Honda’s campaign has fired a shot across his bow – a website taking potshots at Khanna’s deep-pocketed campaign contributors, including some of Silicon ... »Read

In this article: Amerish Bera, Michael Honda, Ro Khanna, Ernie Konnyu, minimum wage, Barack Obama, Mitt Romney
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 Senators Demand Answers About Refugio Response Delays

Boxer, Feinstein, and Markey question lack of automatic shutoff valves on ruptured pipeline. »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Dianne Feinstein
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 California's real looming disaster. (Hint: It's not 'San Andreas.')

Dwayne Johnson's 'San Andreas' conjures up yet another disaster for the Golden State. But it's the state's man-made disasters that bear watching, such as its massive unfunded liabilities.  »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought
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 California bill would legalize motorcycle lane-splitting

California may become the first state to explicitly allow motorcycles to weave between stalled cars in traffic. »Read

In this article: Tom Lackey, Bill Quirk
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 Scaled-back immigrant health care bill advances to Senate floor

Under new version, Medi-Cal expansion would be limited to children under 19 … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Ricardo Lara, Legislature
Bills: SB 128, SB 4,
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 Balboa Park's Plaza De Panama Project Can Move Forward

A three-justice panel of the state 4th District Court of Appeal reversed a Superior Court ruling that derailed a plan to remove cars from the center of Balboa Park. City Attorney Jan Goldsmith acknowledged it may be a 'hollow victory' since the idea ... »Read

In this article: Bob Filner, Jan Goldsmith
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 California carbon auction brings in another $1 billion

Emissions program has raised more than expected, remains controversial … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Air Resources Board, Jerry Brown, Legislature
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 Yvonne Walker wins SEIU Local 1000 presidential reelection

Former Marine remains atop state’s largest union Turnout down 50 percent from 2011 election Are members dissatisfied – or happy? … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: minimum wage, SEIU, Yvonne Walker
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 Court again sides with owners planning large Berkeley home

The California Supreme Court has left intact a ruling limiting environmental review of large single-family homes, such as the nearly 10,000-square-foot house a Berkeley couple want to build on a steep hillside. The project has been on hold since ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Ming W. Chin, Kathryn Mickle Werdegar
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 Ro Khanna plans another crack at unseating fellow Democrat Mike Honda

Former Obama administration official Ro Khanna is planning a rematch with veteran Rep. Mike Honda (D-San Jose), setting up a possible repeat of last year's close, high-spending and often-bitter contest between members of the same party. »Read

In this article: Michael Honda, Ro Khanna, Tom Lantos, Fortney Pete Stark, Eric Swalwell
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 Old tactics don't work in new era

About $10 million was spent on special Senate raceThe spending didn’t change the outcomeAntiquated political tactics don’t work in new election system … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Susan Bonilla, Mark DeSaulnier, Steven Glazer
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 Bills on sick days, Uber drug tests, independent police prosecutor die in Assembly

Assembly Appropriations Committee announces which bills advance Suspense file decision key to fate of costly or controversial bills … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, CalPERS, Lorena Gonzalez, sick leave
Bills: AB 11, AB 1240, AB 1410, AB 1483, AB 24, AB 266, AB 334, AB 34, AB 619, AB 65, AB 86,
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 Measures to alter Prop. 47 held back in Assembly committee

Two measures seeking to restore tough penalties for crimes that were downgraded to misdemeanors after Proposition 47 passed last year were shelved in the California Assembly on Thursday. »Read

In this article: Cathleen Galgiani, Tom Lackey, Melissa Melendez
Bills: AB 150, AB 46, SB 333,
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 Study of views on gay marriage retracted by journal Science

A high-profile study that purported to show that gay people could change skeptics' minds about same-sex marriage by talking to them for about 20 minutes on their doorsteps was retracted Thursday by the journal Science. »Read

In this article: Donald C. Green, Same-sex marriage
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 Lane-splitting bill moves closer to becoming law

The California Assembly has approved a controversial bill to sanction and regulate lane-splitting by motorcyclists. »Read

In this article: Tom Lackey, Bill Quirk
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 Just in time for House trade debate, opponents find new ammunition

Debate over country-of-origin meat labeling complicates passage of the Obama administration’s Pacific trade pact.Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Amerish Bera, Dianne Feinstein, minimum wage, Barack Obama, Mike Thompson, water
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