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 California Transportation: A New Way of Thinking, Not New Taxes
Fox & Hounds Daily - Feb. 26, 6:04 am
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 Is There A Connection Between California's Recent Low Voter Turnout And The Top-Two System?
Fox & Hounds Daily - Feb. 26, 6:03 am
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 Green groups divided on Hillary Clinton's oil interest ties
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 Will Obama's Climate Plan Really Cause Blackouts?
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 Choice for vacant Richmond council seat surprises many
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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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 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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 Obama celebrates Black History Month, ahead of Selma visit

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama is celebrating what he calls 'the central role that African Americans have played in every aspect of American life.'... »Read

In this article: John Lewis, Barack Obama, 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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 California lawmakers want to exempt diapers from sales tax

Some of California's most liberal and conservative lawmakers are joining forces to make diapers duty free. »Read

In this article: Joel Anderson, Lorena Gonzalez
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 Former California Sen. Ellen Corbett gets another six-figure job

Just a few months after being termed out of the Legislature and taking a lucrative job with a Bay Area school district, former Sen. Ellen Corbett has been named to a six-figure position on a state-government board. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Michael Allen, Roy Ashburn, Ellen Corbett, Legislature, unemployment insurance
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 LAUSD Officials Warn Potential Teachers Strike Could Mean 'Catastrophic' Layoffs

Officials with the Los Angeles Unified school district (LAUSD) are preparing for the possibility of a teachers strike amid an escalating rift over higher wages, smaller class sizes and evaluations. »Read

In this article: Ramon C. Cortines, Los Angeles Unified School District
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 California lawmaker wants to pare six-figure pay for state boards

California Senate leader Kevin de Leon (D-Los Angeles) announced Thursday the appointment of former Democratic Sen. Ellen Corbett to a $128,109 post on the state Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board, but one lawmaker is trying to put an end to such ... »Read

In this article: Ellen Corbett, Kevin De Leon, Jeff Stone, unemployment insurance
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 Kentucky's Karl-Anthony Towns might be just what the Lakers need

If Lakers followers leave just enough room between squeezed eyelids, Karl-Anthony Towns might look like a familiar player. »Read

In this article: Jerry A. Smith, Jerry Smith
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 California Islanders

Portraits, by Jean Melesaine. »Read
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 Choice for vacant Richmond council seat surprises many

Newcomer to city's political scene, Vinay Pimple, is able to break stalemate over whom to appoint to seat vacated by Tom Butt's ascension to mayor »Read

In this article: Eduardo Martinez, Gayle McLaughlin
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 Will Obama's Climate Plan Really Cause Blackouts?

Back in November, a group of Republican lawmakers fired off a stern letter to the head of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the agency that oversees electric grids. President Barack Obama's new climate plan, the letter warned, could lead to ... »Read

In this article: global warming, greenhouse gas, Legislature, Barack Obama, renewable energy, Thomas F. Steyer
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 Atkins offers affordable housing plan

State Democratic legislators unveiled a plan yesterday to increase funding for affordable housing by adding a fee to some real estate transactions, and increasing the low-income housing tax credit. Melody Gutierrez has the story at SFGate: ... »Read

In this article: Jim Miller, Field Poll, Mark DiCamillo, Toni Atkins, Air Resources Board, George Skelton, water
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 Green groups divided on Hillary Clinton's oil interest ties

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Hillary Clinton's connections to oil and gas interests has created a dilemma for some environmental groups, troubling activists for whom she would be the natural candidate to support for president. »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, global warming, Barack Obama, Thomas F. Steyer, Daniel Weiss
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 California Transportation: A New Way of Thinking, Not New Taxes

Earlier this month, Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins of San Diego made a bold proposal – add another vehicle fee to the books. Californians typically punish their elected officials for tampering with their vehicle fees. Just ask former Governor Gray ... »Read

In this article: Toni Atkins, Gray Davis, Legislature, state budget
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 Is There A Connection Between California's Recent Low Voter Turnout And The Top-Two System?

California had the greatest drop in voter turnout of any state in the November 2014 election, compared to the November 2010 election.  According to the voter turnout statistics gathered by Political Science Professor Michael P. McDonald, available ... »Read

In this article: Cindy Sheehan, Dana Walsh
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 Who Was that Man in the Taxi in Mayor Garcetti's Favorite Movie?

(Editor’s Note: Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti chose the comedy Airplane! as his favorite movie for the Zocalo Public Square/KCRW film series. It will be shown tonight at the Million Dollar Theater in Los Angeles, open to the public. After the ... »Read

In this article: Proposition 13, Eric Garcetti
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 Pope Francis, Skipping California is a Big Mistake

Dear Pope Francis, You may be infallible, but your scheduler? Not so much. The itinerary for your highly anticipated trip to the United States this September defies belief: You are only visiting the Northeast. I guess it’s understandable that ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Joe Mathews, water
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 Will School Board Ever Learn?

That nutty L.A. school board is at it again. Nearly five years ago, the school board passed a resolution saying local car washes should support any unionizing efforts by their employees. I opined back then that since the Los Angeles Unified School ... »Read

In this article: Los Angeles Unified School District
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 Document Links Cory Briggs' Wife To His San Diego Law Business

New documents provided Wednesday to inewsource say the wife of a well-known environmental lawyer was vice president of his law firm at the same time she worked on projects for government agencies he was suing. »Read

In this article: Bob Filner, Jan Goldsmith, water
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 Legislative leader proposes new fees, tax credits for affordable housing

Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins announced a sweeping affordable housing plan Tuesday that would impose new real estate fees and expand tax credits as a way to house the needy. Under forthcoming legislation, homeowners, banks and professionals would ... »Read

In this article: Toni Atkins, redevelopment agencies
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 State Assembly speaker pushes plan to fund more affordable housing

The top Democrat in California's State Assembly visited Chinatown on Wednesday to unveil a plan to boost affordable housing in the state. »Read

In this article: Toni Atkins, redevelopment agencies
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 READ IN: Snow Come On Edition

Sign up for Read In today! It's the fastest, easiest way to get all the politics news you need delivered right to your inbox!A1: Today's top stories.-- A winter weather advisory is in effect through noon for most of the D.C. metro area. The snow ... »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Legislature, Loretta Lynch, minimum wage, Mitt Romney, state budget
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 CA could tap new water regulations

Struggling to get ahead of California’s continuing drought, officials in Sacramento have turned their attention to proposals that would crack down on water use. The latest option focused on the hospitality »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Bob Hertzberg, Legislature, water
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 California Public Utilities Commission holds Comcast hearing

Consumers on Wednesday took turns praising and blasting Comcast's proposed takeover of Time Warner Cable, which would make the combined company the dominant provider of cable TV and high-speed Internet service in California. »Read

In this article: Amos Brown, Matt Friedman
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 Opinions > Letters for February 26, 2015 >

Backing down on fracking Re “Gutless” (Second & Flume, by Melissa Daugherty, Feb. 19): Gutless is the correct response to the Butte County Board of... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Legislature, Carol Liu, Ken Smith, water
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