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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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 FPPC investigating complaints against Patty Lopez
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 Irvine's Republicans Keep Moving Backwards
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 Tax board Chairman Jerome Horton taken from meeting via ambulance
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 VIDEO: Clean car trade-in program launches with Capitol truck demolition
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 California Awards $250M To High School Career Prep Programs
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 Guides > Medical-cannabis guide > High and active > Ngaio gets political with a breakdown of the race for the Senate and how you can get involved in pot politics.

High. I was just wondering how our U.S. senators feel about marijuana. I haven’t heard much. —Jeff I’m glad you asked. And, no, it is... »Read

In this article: Dianne Feinstein, Kamala Harris, Loretta Sanchez
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 Local Stories > Fatal flaw in lethal-force cop investigations > Local lawmaker pushes California for independent, transparent investigations of police-involved killings.

Prompted by police incidents across the country, an effort is underway to make California the first state in the nation to have its top... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Kamala Harris, Legislature, Kevin McCarty, Holly J. Mitchell
Bills: AB 86,
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 Health > Immigration movement > Future of bill to extend health coverage to undocumented immigrants in California is uncertain.

Action is forthcoming on the controversial state Senate bill that would grant health care coverage to more than 1 million undocumented immigrants. Senate Bill 4,... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Ricardo Lara, state budget
Bills: SB 4,
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 Wife of California sheriff convicted of domestic abuse to open play

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The wife of the San Francisco sheriff convicted of domestic abuse in a scandal that rocked the department is set to star in a one-woman play that allows her to tell the story as she saw it. »Read

In this article: Edwin M. Lee, Ross Mirkarimi
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 Today's cartoons: Big minimum wage boost crushes fast-food business owners

Also: No shortage of scapegoats for the drought. »Read

In this article: Drought, minimum wage
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 Feds order pipeline company to clean up Santa Barbara coastline

lSANTA BARBARA — Federal authorities Wednesday issued a cleanup order to the company whose underground pipeline spilled thousands of gallons of crude oil into the Pacific last week, marring several miles of Santa Barbara County coastline. »Read

In this article: Jared Blumenfeld, Michael Cohen, water
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 Aide to L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti hired for top post in Santa Monica

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s top advisor on financial issues is leaving to take a job running the city of Santa Monica, officials said Wednesday. »Read

In this article: Eric Garcetti, minimum wage, Richard Riordan
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 Irvine bucks the trend as council votes to repeal living wage law

When Irvine adopted a living wage ordinance nearly eight years ago, the suburban city in the heart of Orange County was cheered for its progressive effort to give its poorest wage earners a bigger paycheck. »Read

In this article: Larry Agran, Beth Krom, minimum wage
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 Irvine takes step to repeal living wage law

IRVINE, Calif. (AP) -- The only city in Orange County, California, to have a living wage ordinance has taken steps to repeal it, at a time when other cities around the nation are moving to adopt minimum wage laws.... »Read

In this article: Beth Krom, minimum wage
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 Climate Change, a Factor in Texas Floods, Largely Ignored

Climate change is taking a toll on Texas, and the devastating floods that have killed at least 15 people and left 12 others missing across the state are some of the best evidence yet of that phenomenon, state climatologist John Nielsen-Gammon ... »Read

In this article: George W. Bush, Drought, global warming, Eric Johnson, water
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 Opinion: Defining what's acceptable for Democrats

Organized labor shuns Rep. Ami Bera over his stand on free tradeDemocrats are fuming at incoming Sen. Steve Glazer over his stand on BART strikes Democrats seem to have taken a page from Republicans’ book of vengeance … Click to Continue ... »Read

In this article: Toni Atkins, Amerish Bera, Jerry Brown, California Democratic Party, Gray Davis, Steven Glazer, Isadore Hall, Gavin Newsom, Barack Obama, David A. Roberti, Senate Democrats, Steve Smith, Shawnda Westly
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 A refresher course in civics

Speakers used ‘extra’ money to fund pet projectsSpeakers bypassed budgetary checks and balances Speaker Atkins is ending the practice after AP exposed it … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Assembly Democrats, Toni Atkins, Karen Bass
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 Can Hillary Clinton Keep Her Balance Between a Primary Policy Fight and the General Election?

As the Democratic 2016 field fills in from the left, her aides say she is determined to avoid a liberal 'arms race' »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, minimum wage, Mitt Romney, Joe Trippi
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 Joe Mathews: Harris vs. Sanchez is a tale of two Californias

Kamala Harris represents the Bay Area, and Loretta Sanchez is of L.A. The candidates also show differences in income and social classNorthern California has controlled statewide elections, but L.A. has voting potential … Click to Continue ... »Read

In this article: Rocky Chavez, Kamala Harris, Loretta Sanchez
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 California awards $250M to high school career prep programs

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- California is betting big - $1.4 billion over five years - that connecting high school studies to specific careers will get more students to graduate, go on to college and find well-paying jobs.... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, technical education, Tom Torlakson
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 California Awards $250M To High School Career Prep Programs

California is betting big — $1.4 billion over five years — that connecting high school studies to specific careers will get more students to graduate, go on to college and find well-paying jobs. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, technical education, Tom Torlakson
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 Rick Santorum entering GOP race for president

Rick Santorum, who was the runner-up in the Republican primary race four years ago but has never been considered his party’s heir apparent, announced his second presidential bid on Wednesday. [...] just days before the Iowa caucuses, Santorum ... »Read

In this article: Mike Huckabee, minimum wage, Mitt Romney, Same-sex marriage
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 Controlled burns train firefighters along American River Parkway

Training burns will take place for the next month Exercises help firefighters prepare for expected busy fire season County officials have tightened control over open flames on the parkway … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Drought, Stephen Green, water
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 In return to S.C., Clinton accuses GOP of neglecting women, minorities

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton accused Republicans and business interests Wednesday of turning a blind eye to unequal pay and advancement opportunities for working women and said she isn’t “afraid to ... »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Carly Fiorina, Barack Obama, Early Primary
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 Sacramento City Council approves budget with 5 additional employees for Mayor Kevin Johnson

Council votes to add nearly $7 million to city budgetPlan puts Sacramento on track for general fund deficit by 2016-17Council will take final budget vote next month … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Kevin Johnson, John Shirey, Allen Warren
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 L.A. mayor: Minimum wage exemption for unionized firms needs study

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said Wednesday that a proposal to  exempt some unionized companies from paying a $15-per-hour minimum wage needs further scrutiny, but he stopped short of saying whether he would support or oppose it. »Read

In this article: Mike Feuer, Eric Garcetti, minimum wage, Herb Wesson
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 Democrats to Homeland Security: Free migrant families from 'jail-like' sites

A majority of House Democrats on Wednesday sent a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson demanding an end to family detention of immigrants. »Read

In this article: Zoe Lofgren, Nancy Pelosi
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 Equal pay bill unanimously passes the Senate

The state Senate unanimously passed a bill Tuesday that seeks to strengthen the law on equal pay rights for female workers while giving all California employees new legal tools to fight wage discrimination. The legislation by Sen. Hannah-Beth ... »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Carly Fiorina, Hannah-Beth Jackson, Legislature, Barack Obama
Bills: SB 358,
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 Kamala Harris cautions against 'one-size-fits-all' approach on body cameras

As numerous proposals on body cameras for police officers make their way through the Legislature, state Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris on Wednesday cautioned against using a 'one-size-fits-all' approach to regulate their use. »Read

In this article: Kamala Harris, Legislature, Shirley Weber
Bills: AB 66,
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 VIDEO: Clean car trade-in program launches with Capitol truck demolition

Programs aim to put clean cars in poorest, most polluted parts of California Cap-and-trade auction revenue will replace about 600 cars this year Senate leader Kevin de León led crushing of old pickup truck … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Air Resources Board, Mary Nichols
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 Tax board Chairman Jerome Horton taken from meeting via ambulance

Jerome Horton, chairman of the California Board of Equalization, was taken from a board meeting by ambulance to Mercy General Hospital on Wednesday. A BOE spokeswoman confirmed Horton’s departure and … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Board of Equalization, Jerome Horton
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 Are chiropractors being punished for opposing vaccination bill?

Chiropractors omitted from Medi-Cal payment increaseAssemblyman suggests retribution for opposition to vaccination billTwo medical groups continue sparring over issue … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Brian W. Jones, Brian W. Jones, Richard Pan, state budget
Bills: SB 277,
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 Analysis: Recent California newspaper editorials

May 24 … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Richard Bloom, Jerry Brown, Legislature, Richard D. Roth, water
Bills: AB 888, AB 1699,
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 Alex Rodriguez moves into third on all-time RBI list after 3-run HR

Alex Rodriguez hit a three-run homer in the third inning of Wednesday's game at Yankee Stadium, giving him 1,995 career RBIs. He passed Lou Gehrig (1,993) on the all-time list. »Read

In this article: Chris Young, Chris Young
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 To make a point about environment, de Leon smashes old truck at the Capitol (Video)

Senate leader Kevin de León said some glowing words Wednesday about California leading a revolution for clean vehicles. Then, holding a small girl in his arms, he cheered alongside a small army of environmental advocates as a forklift smashed an ... »Read

In this article: Air Resources Board, Mary Nichols, Stanley Young
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 Not I, Said the Fly

Who created the drought? »Read

In this article: Drought, Carly Fiorina, global warming
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 FPPC investigating complaints against Patty Lopez

Campaign finance watchdog examining assemblywoman’s finances Since upsetting incumbent, Lopez targeted by complaints … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Raul Bocanegra, campaign finance, Fair Political Practices Commission, David Hernandez
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 The Fix: Your online guide to Rick Santorum

Part nine in a series: Your online guide to the presidential candidates. Each time someone decides to run, we'll do something similar, helping you navigate the online world around each candidate. (Part 1: Ted Cruz. Part 2: Rand Paul. Part 3: ... »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Carly Fiorina, Mike Huckabee, James James
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 5 Taliban leaders swapped for Bergdahl could soon be free to travel

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A one-year travel ban is expiring for five senior Taliban leaders held in U.S. detention at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, until they were released last year in exchange for Sgt. »Read

In this article: John McCain, Barack Obama, Ed Royce, Adam Schiff
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 Democrats Urge End to Detention of Immigrant Families

With thousands of undocumented immigrants still seeking asylum from Central American countries, 136 House Democrats sent a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson Wednesday calling on the Obama administration to end family detention. »Read

In this article: Zoe Lofgren, Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi
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 Note to Politicians: Stop Being So Self-Centered About Medical Research Funding

Steve Benen mentions one of my pet peeves today: politicians who want to cut spending on everything except for research on one particular disease that happens to affect them personally. A couple of years ago, for example, Sen. Mark Kirk suddenly ... »Read

In this article: Mark Kirk, Maria Shriver
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 State Offering Incentives To Get Dirty Cars Off Road

When Jose Mendoza took his 1984 pickup truck to a smog check event in Stockton last February, he heard about a new pilot program. If he scrapped his truck, he could get state money to help him buy a new hybrid.  'She told me you can get this ... »Read

In this article: Air Resources Board, Mary Nichols
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 Irvine's Republicans Keep Moving Backwards

The Irvine Republican Council majority did two things last night — they repealed the city’s Living Wage ordinance and they eliminated the city’s already cheaper than cheap Business Tax license fee of $51 per business.  The Voice ... »Read

In this article: minimum wage, Loretta Sanchez
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 First William Shatner, now Moby: Celebrities' ideas for tackling California drought

Move over Capt. James T. Kirk. Now Moby wants to boldly go forward with a plan to ease California's drought. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought, water
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