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 Beer samples could be on tap at California farmers markets
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 Ex-House Candidate Will Take Top Role in Likely Clinton Campaign
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 GOP lines up to take on California Reps. Peters, Ruiz
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 Assembly subcommittee flunks UC budget
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 The future of net neutrality is now a political waiting game

The future of net neutrality is now a political waiting game »Read

In this article: Michael Glover, Frederick Hill, Legislature
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 Proposals Aim To Reverse Low Voter Turnout In LA

Voter turnout for local elections in L.A. has gotten so bad that officials are proposing having city and school board elections on the same day as presidential and statewide elections. »Read

In this article: Jessica A. Levinson, Bernard Parks, Dan Schnur
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 LA teachers, union leaders rally amid stalled talks

Dressed in red and raising signs into the air, thousands of teachers filled a downtown Los Angeles park on Thursday in demand of higher wages and smaller class sizes amid stalled contract negotiations. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Ramon C. Cortines, No Child Left Behind
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 GOP Confab Highlight: Condi Drinking Game

Tony V has totally wimped out on California’s Senate race, leaving state political writers in desperate need of a story -- and reduced to downing shots each time someone says, “I wish Condi would run” at this weekend’s Republican convention. ... »Read

In this article: Sherry Bebitch Jeffe, Barbara Boxer, Jerry Brown, James Brulte, Dianne Feinstein, Field Poll, Jon Fleischman, Kamala Harris, Legislature, Antonio Villaraigosa
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 Special exemptions for the high-speed rail project

Gov. Jerry Brown has twisted himself into a series of contradictions, opposing state environmental rules that he previously supported, and selectively deferring to the federal government – all in the name of keeping the state high-speed rail... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, CEQA, global warming, High-Speed Rail, Kathryn R. Phillips
Bills: AB 52,
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 Obama celebrates Black History Month, ahead of Selma visit

President Barack Obama is celebrating what he calls "the central role that African Americans have played in every aspect of American life." … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: John Lewis, Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi
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 Mayor Eric Garcetti's silence on L.A. issues helps no one

Averse to controversy and hesitant to take sides, Mayor Eric Garcetti has often avoided staking out positions on divisive issues over his 19-month tenure. But finally, he has taken an unambiguous stand, telling Angelenos that … his favorite movie ... »Read

In this article: Eric Garcetti, minimum wage
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 High-density development on voters' radar in L.A.'s Council District 6

Jim Stein stands before a wooded lot across from Birmingham High School and describes a 187-unit apartment complex that a builder hopes to put there. »Read

In this article: Roy Behr, campaign finance, Nury Martinez, Cindy Montanez
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 Los Angeles teachers, union leaders rally amid stalled talks

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Dressed in red and raising signs into the air, thousands of teachers filled a downtown Los Angeles park Thursday to demand higher wages and smaller class sizes amid stalled contract negotiations.... »Read

In this article: Ramon C. Cortines, No Child Left Behind
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 Teachers union rally in downtown L.A. draws thousands in call for contract demands

The sign hanging around Luis Blazer's neck listed the reason he was standing outside with thousands of teachers Thursday evening, calling on the country's second-largest school district to accept the demands of United Teachers Los Angeles. »Read

In this article: Ramon C. Cortines, Los Angeles Unified School District
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 Lawmakers band together to fight drive-by ADA lawsuits

California lawmakers are teaming up to fight predatory lawsuits against small businesses. »Read

In this article: Big Five, Jeff Denham, Cathleen Galgiani, Adam Gray, Kristin Olsen
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 Metro trains ran 83 red lights in four years, study finds

Los Angeles County light-rail and subway trains ran 83 red lights in the last four years, according to agency data. »Read

In this article: Michael D. Antonovich, Laura Nelson
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 House GOP Faces Another Whip Test on DHS Punt

When in doubt, punt. That's the latest plan from House Republicans, but even trying to pass such a tried-and-true congressional maneuver might be a tall order for the GOP's fractured conference. »Read

In this article: Kevin McCarthy, Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Senate Democrats
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 Amid drought, a turf war between residents and homeowners associations

Rancho Pacifica, a gated community of spectacular multimillion dollar homes in the hills east of Del Mar, is not immune to the ravages of the California drought. Residents, who can easily afford massive water bills, have sought to reduce their water ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Lorena Gonzalez, water
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 Net neutrality decision cheered by tech, decried by telecoms

Silicon Valley tech firms lauded the Federal Communications Commission’s decision Thursday to preserve equal access online, while cable companies that stood to profit from a cloistered Internet warned that regulating the Web like a utility will ... »Read

In this article: Anna G. Eshoo, Darrell Issa
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 L.A. City Council president blasts 'smear' mailers by Fresno grower

Months after the Los Angeles City Council took a stand in a labor dispute involving a Fresno fruit grower, the company is spending more than $12,000 on election mailers claiming that Council President Herb Wesson 'works hard to keep Mexicans from ... »Read

In this article: Eric Garcetti, Herb Wesson
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 A new fight over judging K-12 schools

There’s a new skirmish in California’s long-running battle over public school accountability as a broad coalition criticizes proposed “evaluation rubrics” for Gov. Jerry Brown’s Local Control Financing Formula. … ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, California Teachers Association
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 Homeland Security funding still up in the air

House Republican leaders on Thursday floated a plan to pass a short-term bill that would fund the Department of Homeland Security, avert a partial shutdown and prompt negotiations with the Senate, which is poised to pass its own measure to fund the ... »Read

In this article: Darrell Issa, Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi
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 Homeland security funding still in doubt as deadline nears

House Republican leaders on Thursday floated a plan to pass a short-term bill that would fund the Department of Homeland Security, avert a partial shutdown and prompt negotiations with the…Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Darrell Issa, Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi
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 Hoyer Calls McCarthy a 'Coward' Over DHS Funding

Tensions build on House floor over GOP plan to move short-term bill to avert shutdown. »Read

In this article: Kevin McCarthy, Nancy Pelosi
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 Black caucus steps up Lynch confirmation push

The CBC is preparing a forceful lobbying push. »Read

In this article: John Lewis, Loretta Lynch, Barack Obama, Senate Democrats
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 Leno: More info before more cash for flawed California IT project

A key budget committee has rejected a request for more money for the troubled BrEZe computer system at the Department of Consumer Affairs. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Michael Cohen, Legislature, Mark Leno
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 GOP's shutdown mess a 'comedy of errors,' Pelosi says

WASHINGTON — House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi paid an unusual visit to the Senate on Thursday to make clear that House and Senate Democrats will refuse to bail out Republicans hurtling toward a partial shutdown of the Department of Homeland ... »Read

In this article: John Garamendi, Zoe Lofgren, Kevin McCarthy, Devin Nunes, Nancy Pelosi, Senate Democrats, Senate Republicans
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 Ontario suffers legal setback in bid to regain control of its airport

In Ontario’s legal effort to take back its commercial airport, a Riverside County judge on Thursday rejected the city’s bid to nullify decades-old agreements that gave control and ownership to the city of Los Angeles. »Read

In this article: Eric Garcetti, Alan Wapner
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 Californians sharply divided over hiking state gas tax

California voters think the government should spend more money to help maintain roads, but they offer mixed views on how to pay for it, according to the new Field Poll. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Toni Atkins, Jerry Brown, Mark DiCamillo, Field Poll, renewable energy
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 Slam the brakes on gas tax hike

It’s easy for politicians to hide the effect of higher gas taxes while prices are low, but the same can’t be said when gas gets more expensive. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Toni Atkins, Board of Equalization, Jerry Brown, state budget
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 California GOP can find lessons in Illinois, Wisconsin

If long-suffering GOP wants to retake governor’s office, it must think outside the box. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: California Republican Party, Kamala Harris
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 School psychologists, CSU, Senate, drought

School psychologists needed … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Dianne Feinstein, Nancy Pelosi, Arnold Schwarzenegger, water
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 Congressional Republicans continue to fight over Homeland Security funds

With money for the Department of Homeland Security set to run out at midnight Friday, Republican leaders in Congress struggled to convince their followers to fund the huge department now and fight President Obama's immigration policies later. »Read

In this article: Mark Kirk, Nancy Pelosi
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 Daughters of Charity Health System sues union that opposed sale to Prime Healthcare

As a controversial Southern California hospital chain weighs state-imposed conditions on its proposed $843 million purchase of the Daughters of Charity Health System, Daughters is suing a handful of entities it says have interfered with the deal ... »Read

In this article: Kamala Harris, SEIU
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 Loretta Lynch's attorney general nomination goes to full Senate

WASHINGTON — The Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday approved Loretta Lynch to be the next attorney general, sending her nomination to the full Senate for what is likely to be a contentious vote. The panel voted 12-8 to advance Lynch, ... »Read

In this article: Dianne Feinstein, Loretta Lynch
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 CPAC to Walker: 'Run, Scott, Run'

He says taking on labor unions in Wisconsin has prepared him for the role of commander in chief. »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Carly Fiorina, minimum wage, Barack Obama
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 Speaker's bill would allow businesses to cash out unused R&D tax credits

Small businesses would be able to cash out tax credits from a research and development program that has been underused, under legislation introduced this week by Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins, a San Diego Democrat. The bill has early support from ... »Read

In this article: Toni Atkins, John Kabateck, Legislature
Bills: AB 437,
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 In party-line vote, FCC decides to regulate Internet to keep it free, open

In a victory for online companies and tech activists, the Federal Communications Commission voted 3-2 Thursday to approve net neutrality rules that allow for the federal regulation of broadband Internet…Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Reed Hastings, Doris O. Matsui, Kevin McCarthy, Barack Obama
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 Beer samples could be on tap at California farmers markets

A new bill would allow beer vendors to offer tastes of their products at farmers markets in California … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Legislature, Marc Levine
Bills: AB 774,
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 Q&A: What's next for Prime Healthcare, Daughters of Charity hospitals

Six struggling Catholics hospital in California are up for sale, and their future is in the hands of a fast-growing hospital chain based in the Inland Empire.  »Read

In this article: Kamala Harris, SEIU
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 Loretta Lynch passes key Senate hurdle. Set to be next attorney general?

The Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday approved the nomination of Loretta Lynch, sending it to the full Senate for consideration. The vote was 12 to 8, with three Republicans voting in favor. »Read

In this article: Mark Kirk, Loretta Lynch
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 Speaker Atkins Announces Affordable Housing Plan

Speaker Atkins Announces Affordable Housing Plan (Los Angeles) – During a news conference on a rooftop patio of an affordable housing development on Los Angeles, Speaker Toni G. Atkins, joined by California Treasurer John Chiang, Los ... »Read

In this article: Toni Atkins, John Chiang
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 Lynch gets panel’s nod for attorney general; full Senate vote next

A divided Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday moved federal prosecutor Loretta Lynch a key stop closer to the attorney general’s office, in a vote that could foreshadow a narrow confirmation…Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Joe Biden, Dianne Feinstein, Loretta Lynch, Barack Obama
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 Carly Fiorina, eyeing 2016, reboots, takes aim at Hillary Clinton at CPAC

Technology mogul Carly Fiorina muscled her way into the crowded field of Republicans positioning for a 2016 White House bid with a blistering attack Thursday on Hillary Rodham Clinton and an appeal to Republicans to consider nominating a woman. »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Hillary Clinton, Carly Fiorina
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 House, Senate Republicans still stalled on DHS funding measure

House and Senate Republican leaders remained at an impasse Thursday afternoon over how to fund the Department of Homeland Security and avoid a looming partial shutdown of the agency. Facing a Friday night-into-Saturday morning shutdown deadline, ... »Read

In this article: Nancy Pelosi, Senate Democrats, Senate Republicans, Brad Sherman
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 Ex-House Candidate Will Take Top Role in Likely Clinton Campaign

Amanda Renteria, the former Capitol Hill aide who unsuccessfully ran for Congress in 2014, is poised to be named the national political director of Hillary Rodham Clinton's likely presidential campaign, according to two sources with knowledge of the ... »Read

In this article: Juan Arambula, Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, David G. Valadao
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 GOP lines up to take on California Reps. Peters, Ruiz

Three months after being elected to their second terms, a pair of California Democratic congressmen are already hearing footsteps. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Brian Bilbray, Carl DeMaio, Brian Nestande, Scott Peters, Guadalupe Ramos Watson, Raul Ruiz
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 Silicon Valley sheriffs push cellphone surveillance

It’s not just the immense amount of information collected by such tech giants as Apple, Google and Facebook that is riling privacy advocates. Now the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Department is »Read

In this article: Mark Kirk, Joe Simitian, Laurie Smith
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 Carly Fiorina Just Offered the Harshest Criticism of Hillary Clinton at CPAC So Far

'Hillary may like hashtags, but she does not know what leadership means.' #CPAC2015 »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Carly Fiorina, Shane Goldmacher
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 Assembly subcommittee flunks UC budget

Tuition hikes marched to the head of the class at a recent hearing of California Assembly Budget Subcommittee No. 2 on Education Finance. Assembly members balked at a 28 percent tuition hike advanced »Read

In this article: Toni Atkins, Jerry Brown, Legislature, Kevin McCarty
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