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 Sen. Wright spent $129,000 on legal bills through June, filing shows
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 Bernie Sanders' New Title: Dealmaker
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 NEW: The myth of California's underpaid public school employees
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 Change heartless rules to house homeless families
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 Why a Frustrated Democrat Wants a Swimming Pool in Darrell Issa's Committee Room
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 Miller faces sales job on $17B VA health care bill

Before being elected to Congress, Rep. Jeff Miller was a real estate broker. His background in sales will come in handy as the Florida Republican tries to a sell a $17 billion deal to improve veterans health care to a GOP caucus that includes tea ... »Read

In this article: Jeff Miller, Jeff Miller, Barack Obama
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 DiFi: Putin's Manhood vs. Schweitzer's Sick Fantasy

Gender bender: As a convent schoolgirl, Dianne Feinstein was a drama queen, invariably picked to play strong males leads in all-female casts because she was precociously statuesque. From Prince Rupert in “A Waltz Dream” and Peter Standish in ... »Read

In this article: Dianne Feinstein, John F. Kerry, Barack Obama, Brian Schweitzer
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 Editorial: Eastern praise for Brown's 'modestly liberal agenda'

Paul Krugman is bullish on California. He wrote as much last week in his New York Times opinion column, where he declared Gov. Jerry Brown’s “modestly liberal agenda of higher taxes, spending increases and a rise in the minimum wage” a ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, minimum wage
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 Gloria Romero: Cynicism, arrogance undoes another lawmaker

And, now, there are two. Former Los Angeles Councilman Richard Alarcon – with whom I served in the California Senate – was convicted last week on multiple counts of voter fraud and perjury. Like our former colleague, Sen. Rod Wright, D-Los... »Read

In this article: Richard Alarcon, Steve Cooley, Jackie Lacey, Gloria Romero, David Townsend, Roderick Wright
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 Ask Emily: Big bills lurk in specialty drug category

Ask Emily is a biweekly column by Emily Bazar of the CHCF Center for Health Reporting, answering questions about the Affordable Care Act. Read all her columns at sacbee.com/askemily Emily Bazar writes for the CHCF Center for Health Reporting, ... »Read

In this article: Richard S. Gordon, Janice Rocco
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 Obamacare at center of debate over California health insurance initiative

As state insurance commissioner, Dave Jones has the power to regulate rates for car and homeowner insurance. He can halt an insurer’s proposed increase if the company can’t justify the higher cost. Health insurance is another matter. ... »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Jamie Court, Diana Dooley, Dianne Feinstein, Dave Jones
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 Editorial: VA health care deal is a big chance for Congress

Our do-nothing Congress has a chance to get something vital accomplished before going on yet another vacation. At long last, a bipartisan deal emerged Monday to start fixing the scandalous health care system for veterans. Sen. Bernie Sanders, ... »Read

In this article: Jeff Miller, Jeff Miller, Barack Obama
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 Dan Walters: An obscure state agency creates big money problems

Whatever attention the public and media devote to state government is concentrated on the governor, other elected officials and the Legislature. But state government is mostly hundreds of agencies, boards and commissions that provide services, make ... »Read

In this article: Barry Broad, Legislature
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 Michele Roberts named NBPA chief

Washington, D.C., attorney Michele Roberts has been voted in as the new executive director of the National Basketball Players Association, becoming the first woman to head up a major sports union. »Read

In this article: Kevin Johnson, James P. Jones
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 West Contra Costa hospital losing workers amid uncertain future

As Doctors Medical Center in San Pablo faces an uncertain future and county health officials scramble for options to save it, skilled workers are leaving in droves, hastening the need to make a decision on how to save the hospital and what form the ... »Read

In this article: California Nurses Association, John Gioia
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 Supervisors to address tenant buyouts, retail chains' workers

Under the legislation, Campos says, landlords would have to pass on written information to tenants about their legal rights 45 days before they can begin negotiating a buyout and register details of any completed buyout with the city's Rent Board. ... »Read

In this article: David Campos, Eric Mar, water
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 Mission to Mexico lands new business partner

Gov. Jerry Brown has been promoting California business in Mexico City, where he is leading a trade delegation actively looking for Mexican companies willing to invest in the state. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Bob Roberts
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 Gov. Brown agrees to Mexico pact on climate change; environment activists wary of business ties

Gov. Jerry Brown, calling for “heroic efforts” to combat climate change, agreed with Mexican officials Monday to work together on policies to address air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. Gov. Jerry Brown, left, and ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, California Democratic Party, Energy Commission, greenhouse gas, Tom Hayden, Kathryn R. Phillips, renewable energy, Allan Zaremberg
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 San Bruno alleges misconduct, seeks removal of CPUC president

San Bruno city officials want the CPUC president to be removed from office, alleging that emails show 'illegal and illicit' private communications with PG&E. »Read

In this article: Jerry Hill, Michael R. Peevey
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 One More Clue that the Obamacare Lawsuits Are Wrong

On January 15, 2010, the Affordable Care Act wasn’t yet law. It was just two separate health care reform bills—one passed by the Senate, one passed by the House. With Martha Coakley still the presumptive winner of the upcoming special election ... »Read

In this article: Debbie Curtis, Nancy Pelosi, Fortney Pete Stark
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 Report: Stockton best site for Tesla plant

San Joaquin County would be the most likely site for Tesla's proposed $5 billion battery factory if the electric car maker decides to build it in California, regional economists agreed Monday. »Read

In this article: Stephen Levy, NUMMI
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 Veterans Affairs legislation needed now

Members of Congress have been working overtime — once again — to prove that in their world even no-brainer, badly needed legislation desired by both sides of the political aisle must have drama. »Read

In this article: Jeff Miller, Jeff Miller
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 Operation Yurok seizes thousands of marijuana plants, no arrests made

A multi-agency offensive against illegal marijuana grows on Yurok tribal lands near Weitchpec yielded several thousand plants and uncovered an array of environmental damage, but no arrests have been made, officials said Monday. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Stephen T. Knight, water
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 Deal on veterans' health care to cost at least $17 billion

WASHINGTON -- - A bipartisan deal to improve veterans' health care would authorize at least $17 billion to fix the health program scandalized by long patient wait times and falsified records covering up delays, the bill's chief supporters said ... »Read

In this article: Jeff Miller, Jeff Miller
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 The Buzz: Sen. Wright spent $129,000 on legal bills through June, filing shows

The legal defense fund of state Sen. Rod Wright, who was convicted earlier this year of felony voter fraud and perjury, spent $129,000 on attorneys and related costs from January through June, according to a new filing. Willie Brown photo ... »Read

In this article: Board of Equalization, Steve Bradford, Willie Brown, Ron Calderon, Isadore Hall, William Portanova, Darrell Steinberg, Roderick Wright, Leland Yee
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 San Bruno mayor wants top official removed from blast probe

The California Public Utilities Commission's president should be removed as head of the regulatory agency in light of San Bruno explosion-related e-mails that show state officials are 'subject to undue influence' by Pacific Gas and Electric Co., the ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Hill, Michael R. Peevey, Arnold Schwarzenegger, water
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 Marijuana prohibition doesn't work

According to Tony Newman of the Drug Policy Alliance, the Gray Lady has become the first major national newspaper to support legalizing marijuana. The Times did not celebrate marijuana use; it simply addressed the downside of prohibition - 658,000 ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Hillary Clinton, Proposition 19, Eric Swalwell
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 San Diego council approves minimum wage hike to $11.50 an hour by 2017

SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - The San Diego City Council gave formal approval on Monday to an ordinance that would incrementally raise the minimum wage in California's second-largest city to $11.50 an hour by January 2017, mostly for workers in the ... »Read

In this article: Kevin Faulconer, Todd Gloria, minimum wage, sick leave
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 Mercury News editorial: A Veterans Administration bill finally on its way to passage

Congress has to make everything look hard these days, but nearly everyone agrees on the principles for improving the VA. A bill needs to pass this week to get the changes in gear. »Read

In this article: Jeff Miller, Jeff Miller
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 California Gov. Brown: Relationship With Rep. McCarthy 'Needs Further Development'

Calif. Gov. Jerry Brown, traveling in Mexico on a trade mission Monday, commenting on his relationship with incoming House majority leader and fellow Californian Rep. Kevin McCarthy, described it as one 'that probably needs further development.' »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Kevin McCarthy, Nancy Pelosi
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 7 numbers to remember about the VA compromise plan

Can Congress pass the bipartisan plan announced Monday to fix the VA? Well, Congress's track record isn't great. But there are a few reasons to be optimistic. Seven, in fact. »Read

In this article: Jeff Miller, Jeff Miller
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 Gov. Brown knows better than to let lobbyists pay for his Mexico trip

Gov. Jerry Brown is on a four-day trip to Mexico City to talk to government officials there about trade and immigration issues. That's a reasonable thing for a California governor to do. Brown is not traveling alone: Nine administration officials ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Gray Davis, George Deukmejian, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Pete Wilson
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 Jerry Brown’s business ties trouble California climate change activists

Gov. Jerry Brown, calling for “heroic efforts” to combat climate change, agreed with Mexican officials Monday to work together on policies to address air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, California Democratic Party, Energy Commission, greenhouse gas, Tom Hayden, Kathryn R. Phillips, renewable energy, Allan Zaremberg
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 Negotiators predict easy passage of bill to overhaul Department of Veterans Affairs

A sweeping proposal to revamp the Department of Veterans Affairs and the nation’s medical care for military veterans should have enough support to pass the House and Senate this week before lawmakers leave town for a summer recess, lead ... »Read

In this article: Jeff Miller, Jeff Miller, Senate Democrats
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 VA fix 101: what the $17 billion emergency bill would do (+video)

The chairmen of the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs in the Senate and House announced an agreement Monday on a $17 billion emergency veterans bill that seeks to address a national care crisis. »Read

In this article: Jeff Miller, Jeff Miller
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 Bay Bridge scandal: Independent probe needed

Did Caltrans officials knowingly accept unsafe work from contractors? »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Mark DeSaulnier
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 NEW: Geothermal mandate could drive up energy costs

  California residents and businesses could be paying an extra $400 million annually for electricity if a geothermal energy mandate bill making its way through the Legislature becomes law. Senate Bill 1139, by Sen. Ben Hueso, D-San Diego, would ... »Read

In this article: California Independent System Operator, Ben Hueso, Legislature, renewable energy, Dave Roberts, Valerie Turella, water, Scott W. Wetch
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 VA fix 101: what the $17 billion emergency bill would do

The chairmen of the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs in the Senate and House announced an agreement Monday on a $17 billion emergency veterans bill that seeks to address a national care crisis. »Read

In this article: Jeff Miller, Jeff Miller
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 Change heartless rules to house homeless families

[...] the agency is so serious about this that, in 2011, it put out a 105-page memo detailing for local communities how severe the penalties would be for providing any services with HUD money without thoroughly documenting the eligibility of any ... »Read

In this article: Dianne Feinstein, George P. Miller
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 How the VA deal came together

Top negotiators turned to an unusual strategy: Knock-down, drag-out arguing. »Read

In this article: John McCain, Jeff Miller, Jeff Miller, Senate Democrats
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 San Diego City Council Gives Final OK To Minimum Wage Increase

An ordinance that would incrementally increase the minimum wage in San Diego to $11.50 an hour was given final approval today by the City Council. »Read

In this article: Kevin Faulconer, Todd Gloria, minimum wage, referendum, Jerry Sanders, sick leave
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 Sen. Wright spent $129,000 on legal bills through June, filing shows

The legal defense fund of state Sen. Rod Wright, who was convicted earlier this year of felony voter fraud and perjury, spent $129,000 on attorneys and related costs from January through June, according to a new state filing. State Sen. Rod ... »Read

In this article: Board of Equalization, Steve Bradford, William Burke, Ron Calderon, Isadore Hall, Jim Miller, William Portanova, Roderick Wright, Leland Yee
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 Bernie Sanders' New Title: Dealmaker

Sen. Bernard Sanders doesn't seem a likely suspect to bridge Washington's toxic partisan divide and cut one of the most significant deals in years. »Read

In this article: John McCain, Jeff Miller, Jeff Miller
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 Capitol Hill negotiators unveil deal to fix the VA

House and Senate negotiators unveiled a $17 billion compromise plan Monday to repair a Department of Veterans Affairs mired in controversy over delayed patient care and agency efforts to conceal…Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Jeff Miller, Jeff Miller
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 Meeting Congressional Candidate Chris Mitchum

Former actor looks to unseat Lois Capps in the House of Representatives. »Read

In this article: Debbie Arnold, Tab Berg, Brian Bilbray, Lois Capps, Paul Cook, Chris Mitchum
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 George Will Thinks Kashkari is Goldwater 2.0. Goldwater 1.0 Rolls Over.

by Brian Leubitz Neel Kashkari seems to be a bright man doing his best Don Quixote for the California GOP. He knows he isn't going to win without some sort of major Jerry Brown catastrophe. But, the party apparatus is thrilled that he defeated right ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Charles Brown, Tim Donnelly, Legislature, Brian Leubitz
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 Thumbs -- Published July 29, 2014

A San Joaquin County sheriff's deputy received much-deserved praise for his heroic actions. »Read

In this article: Kamala Harris, J. Clark Kelso
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 Paul in great position for 2016 election

Who will be the GOP nominee in 2016? I don't know, but I have a pretty good idea who the running mate will be: Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky. Unless Paul is the nominee. »Read

In this article: Dick Cheney, Hillary Clinton, John Dennis, minimum wage, Barack Obama
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 Twin-tunnel allies want an open tax spigot

As more Delta details emerge, the tunnel plan is likely to spark even more controversy. »Read

In this article: Proposition 13, Jerry Brown, water
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 Why a Frustrated Democrat Wants a Swimming Pool in Darrell Issa's Committee Room

The tongue-in-cheek proposal has to do with a medieval litmus test. »Read

In this article: Tony Cardenas, Darrell Issa, water
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 So You Want to Be a Political Handicapper? 2014 Edition

The thought of three candidate interviews over a four-hour period invariably fills me with dread. »Read

In this article: Pete Aguilar, Gray Davis, Barack Obama, Mitt Romney
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 San Bruno alleges misconduct, seeks removal of CPUC President

Newly released emails show top California regulators communicated often and enthusiastically with executives at PG&E, as they simultaneously presided over a case to decide how much the utility should pay for the deadly 2010 San Bruno pipeline ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Jerry Hill, Michael R. Peevey
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 VA reform deal's architects aim for speedy passage

The chairmen of the congressional veterans affairs committees are working quickly to get the bill passed before Congress' summer recess »Read

In this article: Jeff Miller, Jeff Miller
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 City: Emails show 'cozy' ties of PG&E, regulator

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Top California regulators communicated often and enthusiastically with executives at Pacific Gas & Electric Co., even offering unsolicited advice on handling the media while they presided over a case to decide how much ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Michael R. Peevey, Terrie Prosper
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 Protest delays FBI’s huge sole-source deal with Motorola

A protest by a small two-way radio manufacturer has stalled an FBI plan to hand a sole-source contract worth up to $500 million to emergency communications giant Motorola Solutions Inc.,Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Anna G. Eshoo, Henry A. Waxman
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 NEW: The myth of California's underpaid public school employees

  Eduardo Benard, a custodian at San Francisco’s Leonard R. Flynn Elementary School, received $107,912.31 in pay and benefits in 2013. He was one of 31 custodians employed by California public schools that boasted more than $100,000 in ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, California Teachers Association, Legislature, SEIU
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 Congress Reaches Pre-Recess Compromise With Deal on Veterans Affairs Scandal

House and Senate negotiators announced legislation Monday to address mismanagement of veterans' medical care. »Read

In this article: Jeff Miller, Jeff Miller, Senate Democrats
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 Judge: County lacked evidence in 2006-07 to warrant criminal inquiry into Colonies settlement

SAN BERNARDINO >> A Superior Court judge presiding over the Colonies corruption motions hearing said today that San Bernardino County prosecutors didn't have evidence in 2006 and 2007 to warrant an inquiry into criminal conduct of the landmark ... »Read

In this article: Paul Biane, Jeffrey Burum, Jim Erwin, Mark Kirk, Gary Ovitt
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 Prosecutors in Colonies corruption case given chance to prevent dismissal

SAN BERNARDINO >> A Superior Court judge on Monday ruled that prosecutors can amend the indictment in the Colonies corruption case, preventing the dismissal of a dozen more charges against the four defendants.In a lengthy address to prosecutors and ... »Read

In this article: Paul Biane, Jeffrey Burum, Jim Erwin, Mark Kirk, Gary Ovitt, Bill Postmus
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 Prosecutors in Colonies case given chance to prevent dismissal

SAN BERNARDINO >> A Superior Court judge ruled Monday that prosecutors can amend the indictment in the Colonies corruption case, preventing the dismissal of a dozen more charges against the four defendants.Responding to arguments by defense ... »Read

In this article: Paul Biane, Jeffrey Burum, Jim Erwin, Mark Kirk, Gary Ovitt, Bill Postmus
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 Emails show PG&E, regulator have 'illegal, inappropriate and unethical relationship,' San Bruno official says

San Bruno on Monday demanded the ouster of the president of the state Public Utilities Commission and sought sanctions against PG&E for what the city claims is illegal and improper contacts between the utility and the agency that oversees it. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Kamala Harris, Jerry Hill, Legislature, Michael R. Peevey
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 Contra Costa Times editorial: Congress must move on bill to reform the VA

Members of Congress have been working overtime -- once again -- to prove that in their world even no-brainer, badly needed legislation desired by both sides of the political aisle must have drama. »Read

In this article: Jeff Miller, Jeff Miller
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 Oakland Tribune editorial: Congress Must move on bill to reform the VA

Members of Congress have been working overtime -- once again -- to prove that in their world even no-brainer, badly needed legislation desired by both sides of the political aisle must have drama. »Read

In this article: Jeff Miller, Jeff Miller
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 E-mails show cozy ties between PG&E, regulator

Newly released emails show top California regulators communicated often and enthusiastically with executives at PG&E, as they simultaneously presided over a case to decide how much the utility should pay for a deadly explosion in a San Francisco Bay ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Hill, Michael R. Peevey
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 Veterans funding deal to provide $17 billion to ease medical wait times

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Leaders of the Veterans Affairs committees in Congress on Monday said they had agreed on legislation providing about $17 billion in funding to ease long waiting times for VA medical centers. »Read

In this article: Jeff Miller, Jeff Miller
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 San Bruno mayor calls for top official's removal from blast probe

The California Public Utilities Commission's president should be removed as head of the regulatory agency in light of San Bruno explosion-related e-mails showing that state officials are 'subject to undue influence' by Pacific Gas and Electric Co., ... »Read

In this article: Michael R. Peevey, Jackie Speier
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 Appeals court upholds decision overturning Virginia's same-sex marriage ban

A federal appeals court panel on Monday upheld a decision that said Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. By a 2 to 1 vote, a panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit in Richmond said that the fundamental right to ... »Read

In this article: Chad Griffin, Same-sex marriage
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 Rove: Deals happen without Obama

He says an agreement to reform the Department of Veterans Affairs may be a good lesson for Obama. »Read

In this article: Jeff Miller, Jeff Miller, Barack Obama
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 $3 million state grant to support Pacific Ethanol sorghum program

Pacific Ethanol Inc., the Sacramento-based marketer and producer of low-carbon renewable fuels, has been awarded a $3 million matching grant from the California Energy Commission to develop a sorghum feedstock program. »Read

In this article: biofuels, Energy Commission, Neil Koehler
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 San Bruno demands fines against PG&E and shakeup at PUC

San Bruno on Monday demanded that PG&E be fined and that the powerful president of the state Public Utilities Commission be removed for what the city claims is an array of improper, illegal and unethical communications between the utility and ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Jerry Hill, Michael R. Peevey
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 Chuck Schumer's Dream: A Democratic Nightmare

New York Sen. Charles E. Schumer laid out his dream for a less partisan Washington recently. But the Democrat's New York Times op-ed is giving some strategists in his own party nightmares. »Read

In this article: Janice Hahn, Barack Obama, Brad Sherman
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 E-Cigarette Measures Go Before San Diego City Council On Monday

Two measures to regulate retail sales of the battery-operated electronic cigarettes and restrict their use are being considered Monday by the San Diego City Council. »Read

In this article: Kevin Faulconer, Jan Goldsmith
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 Oakland Tribune editorial: Voters should pass Prop. 44; state lawmakers should stop meddling in local school finances

Proposition 44 would impose desperately needed fiscal discipline on lawmakers. Unacceptable additions are contained in separate legislation that lawmakers can, and should, rescind. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Arnold Schwarzenegger
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 Santa Ana Police Chief Hears Concerns of Lacy Street Residents

Residents spoke up about the influence of violence, disturbances, and marijuana and alcohol use on their neighborhood. »Read

In this article: Lou Correa, Michele Martinez
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 With four days to go until recess, can Congress get it all done?

If they can't do it this week, can they do it at all? That's what many Americans might be thinking in the next few days as the House and Senate try — or at least appear to be trying — to complete work on a series of complex issues before ... »Read

In this article: Kevin McCarthy, Jeff Miller, Jeff Miller, Senate Democrats
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 Congress Might Actually Pass a Bill to Address VA Problems

Since I've been griping for a long time about Congress being unable to pass so much as a Mother's Day resolution these days, it's only fair to highlight the possibility of actual progress on something: House and Senate negotiators have reached a ... »Read

In this article: Jeff Miller, Jeff Miller
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 NEW: Bullet-train officials praise judge they called a threat to CA

The California High-Speed Rail Authority got some good news from the courts last week. The 3rd District Court of Appeal in Sacramento upheld a lower court ruling rejecting legal challenges to the routing of the bullet train in the Gilroy-Las Banos ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Kamala Harris, High-Speed Rail, Legislature, Jeff Morales, Chris Reed
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 VA bill to be unveiled

The bill would give the VA secretary the authority to fire officials accused of mismanagement. »Read

In this article: Jeff Miller, Jeff Miller, Barack Obama
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