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San Diego Cab Owners Line Up At City Hall To Oppose Open Taxi Market

"Imagine, a propped up government instituted monopoly threatened by even the notion of an open playing field for all."

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Why The Grocery Bag Bill Should Be Referred

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Dianne Feinstein pleas for GOP votes on drought bill

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Study Finds Tripling Tobacco Tax Would Ignite Smuggling

"Russian & Armenian Organized Crime Groups from Sacramento & Southern California when the Tobacco Tax was increased I think 10 years ago, created a brand new and largely uncontrolled form of smuggling where Ryder or Uhaul Trucks were driven to Indian Reservations in Las Vegas and their is nothing that Ag Inspection in Barstow could do, there is nothing illegal in hauling Cigarettes as long as there is a bill of sale."

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 The Recount Rules Guide for 2014
Roll Call - Oct. 31, 3:01 am
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 Once a crusader against big money, Gov. Brown is collecting millions
Los Angeles Times/Editorial - Oct. 31, 4:00 am
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 When Being a County Supervisor Is More Appealing Than Congress
Roll Call - Oct. 31, 3:01 am
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 Rod Wright reports to jail* Roundup - Oct. 31, 1:59 am
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 Contentious Final Debate Between Peters, DeMaio
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 Mailed ballots suggest low turnout in CA elections

California appears to be on track for another low-turnout election as elections clerks and analysts report that the number of voters mailing in their absentee ballots has declined compared with previous election cycles. »Read

In this article: Kim Alexander, Neal Kelley
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 Former State Senator Roderick Wright to begin jail sentence Friday

Former California State Senator Roderick Wright is expected to surrender to authorities in downtown L.A. Friday to begin serving his jail sentence. »Read

In this article: Ron Calderon, Roderick Wright, Leland Yee
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 Watchdog: Pulido Must Show Where His Campaign Debt Went

Shirley Grindle, Orange County’s campaign finance watchdog, filed a complaint with the Santa Ana city attorney regarding the mayor’s disappearing campaign debt. »Read

In this article: campaign finance, Fair Political Practices Commission, Shirley L. Grindle
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 California's sky-high poverty rate an issue in governor's race

In truth, neither candidate's approach to the problem is all that different -- they both favor growing jobs over boosting programs for the poor -- and advocates for low-income people fault the candidates for failing to tackle a critical question: ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, minimum wage, sick leave, Evan Westrup
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 More quake action needed on older concrete buildings, councilman says

More than a year ago, council members Bernard C. Parks and Tom LaBonge called on Los Angeles officials to review and report on the city’s older concrete buildings, which are considered a major risk to life safety during a big earthquake. In ... »Read

In this article: Eric Garcetti, Tom LaBonge
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 Paso council race almost seems civilized

By DANIEL BLACKBURN In a campaign season drenched in vitriol, the contest for two vacant city council seats in Paso Robles appears quite sanguine. And the mayor’s job there will be filled by default; former council member Steve Martin will assume ... »Read

In this article: Jim Reed, Fred Strong, water
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 Jim Moran Recounts Raucous Bipartisan Brawl

Cheers to Matt Laslo for getting retiring Rep. James P. Moran to open up about how incensed pols used to settle their differences in #ThisTown. »Read

In this article: Randy Cunningham, George P. Miller
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 Ex-California state senator to begin jail term for fraud, perjury

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A former California state senator convicted of perjury and voter fraud for lying to cover up the fact that he lived outside the district he represented was due to surrender to authorities on Friday to begin serving a 90-day ... »Read

In this article: Richard Alarcon, Ron Calderon, Roderick Wright, Leland Yee
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 NEW: Part of bullet-train legal mystery may be answered

For close followers of the bullet-train saga, one of the most basic mysteries of recent years has been what happened after Sacramento Superior Court Judge Michael Kenny’s tentative ruling in August 2013 that blocked the state from starting ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, CEQA, Kamala Harris, High-Speed Rail, Chris Reed, Dan Richard
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 Getting Out the Student Vote

UCSB and Cal Poly sign up thousands before November election. »Read

In this article: Lois Capps, Chris Mitchum, Gavin Newsom
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 NEW: Pension spikes crumbling CA roads

From roads to bridges and well beyond, California’s neglected infrastructure won’t receive relief this election cycle. For years, the state has lavished money on other projects — especially public pensions. Despite a flurry of ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, CalPERS
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 NEW: Assembly 65 swing-seat spending tops $5.2 million

Two years ago, legislative Democrats pulled off an upset in the heart of conservative Orange County. “I was a surprise win in the last election,” Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva, D-Fullerton, said in a recent interview of her ... »Read

In this article: California Democratic Party, California Republican Party, Jon Coupal, Legislature, Chris Norby, Proposition 2, Sharon Quirk-Silva, Ed Royce, water
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 Chevron money rains down on Richmond election

The oil giant's effort to influence the City Council election may be unprecedented in local politics. »Read

In this article: Thad Kousser, Justin Levitt, Eduardo Martinez, Gayle McLaughlin, Meg Whitman
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 Irvine's "Education Team"? IEs add Wallin's name to New Signs in Irvine

Irvine commuters woke up this morning to new campaign signs — a black banner with hot pink text — proclaiming Irvine’s Education Team of Steven Choi, Jeff Lalloway, Ira Glasky and Sharon Wallin.  What what?  Wallin is part of a ... »Read

In this article: Larry Agran, Jerry Brown, Steven Choi, Beth Krom, Donald P. Wagner, Mimi Walters
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 Torlakson, Tuck react to latest superintendent of public instruction poll results; still big block of undecided voters

Race for state public schools leader still largely off radar, with field poll showing incumbent Torlakson and challenger Tuck tied with 28 percent of likely voters favoring each candidate and 44 percent still undecided. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Field Poll, Tom Torlakson
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 Throngs of fans already packing Civic Center Plaza for Giants celebration

Among the crowd in orange in black was Manuel Lozano, 61, a forklift operator an dlongtime Giants fan who work up at 1 a.m. and drove from Mendota (Fresno County) with his daughter and two grandsons, ages 9 and 12. The sisters have been Giants fans ... »Read

In this article: Edwin M. Lee, Manuel Lozano
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 Biden In San Diego To Campaign For Peters In 52nd Congressional Race

Friday night Vice President Joe Biden will appear at a Democratic National Committee fundraiser and on Saturday morning he will speak at a rally. »Read

In this article: Joe Biden, Carl DeMaio, Barack Obama, Scott Peters
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 Yes on Props 1 & 2

The old expression that the perfect should not be the enemy of the good is often repeated in political debates when compromise is at hand. An application of that old saw should be applied to Propositions 1 & 2 on next week’s ballot and both ... »Read

In this article: Legislature, Proposition 2, water
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 Proposition 2: Houdini Economics

Escaping the bounds of financial reality seems to be Sacramento’s favorite magic trick.  The official forecast shows Proposition 2: adding just $1 billion a year to the state’s savings fund in each of the next three years; paying ... »Read

In this article: Loren F. Kaye, Proposition 2
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 California Choices Offers Valuable Endorsement List

One of the truisms about American politics is that some voters are uninformed when they go to the polls. This can be especially true when voters face complex ballot measures, such as those going before Californians this year. How do voters fill ... »Read

In this article: Jack Citrin
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 If Kashkari Really Cares About Kids, He Should Flip on Prop 2

Let’s do a little negative campaigning here – Neel Kashkari has endorsed Prop 2, the formula on reserve and debt payback, so Gov. Brown’s supporters should know the measure is clearly a payoff to creditors and Neel’s buddies on Wall Street! ... »Read

In this article: California Teachers Association
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 Poll: Propositions 45 and 46 going down

Following an onslaught of negative advertising, two once-popular ballot measures will most likely go down in flames on Election Day, a new Field Poll shows. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Jamie Court, Field Poll, Thad Kousser, Dan Schnur, water
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 Secretary Of State 2014: Tight Race, Cautious Candidates

It’s one of the few competitive statewide races in California. And befitting a close contest, Democrat Alex Padilla and Republican Pete Peterson share remarkably close visions for the job of secretary of state. asked the two ... »Read

In this article: Debra Bowen, Jerry Brown, campaign finance, Tim Donnelly, Bill Jones, Alex Padilla, referendum
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 Field Poll: Propositions 45 and 46 going down

Following an onslaught of negative advertising, two once-popular ballot measures will most likely go down in flames on Election Day, a new Field Poll shows. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Jamie Court, Field Poll, Thad Kousser, Dan Schnur, water
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 California's $12.3 Billion in Proposed School Bonds: Borrowing vs. Reform

“As the result of California Courts refusing to uphold the language of the High Speed Rail bonds, the opponents of any bond proposal, at either the state or local level, need only point to High-Speed Rail to remind voters that promises in a ... »Read

In this article: CalSTRS, Jon Coupal, High-Speed Rail
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 Bankruptcy Judge Explains Pension Cut Hurdles

A federal judge, who earlier ruled CalPERS pension contracts can be overturned in bankruptcy, yesterday outlined the difficulty of cutting pensions while approving Stockton’s plan to exit bankruptcy with pensions intact. U.S. Bankruptcy Judge ... »Read

In this article: CalPERS
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 California's Race For Governor A Contrast Of Styles

One candidate is trying everything he can to get your attention. The other isn’t campaigning for himself at all. Welcome to the 2014 governor's race in California. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Leo McElroy, Proposition 2, water
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 Most voters not worried about Ebola threat in California

Despite an onslaught of news bulletins and some missteps in the nation's response, a majority of California voters are unfazed by the Ebola threat and confident government officials and medical workers are prepared to handle outbreaks, a new USC ... »Read

In this article: Mike Madrid, Dan Schnur
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 How Election 2014 could create a Charlie Brown Congress

Remember when Lucy takes the ball away from Charlie Brown? That could be Congress and President Obama next year. Or maybe they take a page from President Clinton's book and actually work together. Here are three reasons for hope and for ... »Read

In this article: Charles Brown, Kevin McCarthy, Barack Obama
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 Once a crusader against big money, Gov. Brown is collecting millions

Twenty years ago, one of the first callers to Jerry Brown's radio show, 'We the People,' asked whether campaign money had influenced him as governor in the 1970s and '80s. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, John Burton, campaign finance, Derek Cressman, Rex D. Frazier, Anne Gust, Jose Mejia, Proposition 2, water, Scott W. Wetch
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 From State of Pappy and Kinky, SpicyBrown Seeks U.S. Senate Seat

Green Party candidate Emily Sanchez has few resources in her bid for U.S. Senate. She has no war chest to buy ads or television time. Her campaigning is limited because she holds a full-time job. She has no campaign staff to write speeches and set ... »Read

In this article: minimum wage, renewable energy
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 The Recount Rules Guide for 2014

After the polls close Tuesday, it's likely at least a handful of House and Senate races will be too close to call. »Read

In this article: Amerish Bera, Doug Ose, Senate Democrats
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 When Being a County Supervisor Is More Appealing Than Congress

LOS ANGELES -- Washington's lousy with politicians who decry the city's endless cycle of partisan sniping, gridlock and dysfunction. Still, every election, there they are, fighting for one more term -- unwilling to leave the nation's capital even ... »Read

In this article: Joe Baca, Curt Hagman, Legislature, Jeff Miller, Jeff Miller, Gloria Negrete McLeod, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Norma J. Torres
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 Rod Wright reports to jail*

<p>Former <b>Senator Rod Wright</b>, convicted on eight felony counts related to living outside his district, <a href=http:* <p>'The Baldwin Hills Democrat will be donning an orange jumpsuit today when he turns ... »Read

In this article: CalPERS, Field Poll, Kamala Harris, water, Roderick Wright
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 Los Angeles airport shooting lessons linger

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A year after a man walked into Los Angeles International Airport with an assault rifle and vendetta against security screeners, efforts are still underway to prepare for such attacks.... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, David Cox, water, Maxine Waters
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 Hillary Clinton praises possible primary rivals

O'Malley picked a policy fight with the Obama administration last summer over the influx of unaccompanied immigrant children crossing the southern border into Texas. Carrying signs that read 'Choose Families Over Politics,' waves of activists ... »Read

In this article: Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton, Legislature, minimum wage, Barack Obama, Same-sex marriage
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 Why Kashkari's Electoral Project Is a Total Failure

Neel Kashkari has argued throughout the 2014 that he could alter the dynamics of the party politics in California by demonstrating that a Republican who is socially moderate and economically conservative can win – or at least run competitively – ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, John Chiang, Mark DiCamillo, Field Poll, Ted Gaines, Kamala Harris, Dave Jones, Legislature, Ron Nehring, Gavin Newsom, Alex Padilla, Proposition 2, state budget, Tom Torlakson, water, Betty T. Yee
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 Contentious Final Debate Between Peters, DeMaio

Democratic Congressman Scott Peters and Republican challenger Carl DeMaio sparred over several topics, including student loans. Both want to represent San Diego's 52nd Congressional District. »Read

In this article: Carl DeMaio, Scott Peters
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