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 Political events in the Bay Area: town halls, protests
San Francisco Chronicle - Feb. 24, 4:32 pm
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 Activists chastise Democratic members of Congress for a lack of town halls in their districts
Los Angeles Times - Feb. 24, 4:12 pm
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 The Republicans who made Reagan president mourn the party they once knew
Los Angeles Times - Feb. 24, 4:12 pm
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 Stonewalling AUHSD and Last Fall's Anaheim Candidate Forum
The Liberal OC (blog) - Feb. 24, 3:59 pm
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 Official Says California Storm Costs $1 Billion
Capitol Public Radio - Feb. 24, 4:34 pm
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 Gorsuch sympathizes with workers, often sides with bosses

The case tugs at the heartstrings: A popular Kansas State University professor battles breast cancer, then leukemia. The school won't extend her six-month sick leave, she loses her job and she cannot get rehired. She sues for discrimination ... »Read

In this article: Michael Murphy, sick leave
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 Top Democrat has 'grave concerns' about Trump-Russia investigation

Sen. Mark Warner, the ranking member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, says he won't tolerate 'White House interference.' »Read

In this article: Darrell Issa, Devin Nunes
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 Fear and uncertainty in the heavily Latino community of Santa Paula

Good morning. It is Saturday, Feb. 25. Here’s what you don’t want to miss this weekend: TOP STORIES Fears run amok: Separating fact from fiction has induced fear in the hearts of many California immigrants who are in this country illegally. They ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought, water
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 From Measure H to Measure S and the city council to the school board, here are The Times' endorsements

The March 7 primary will test whether Los Angeles voters are still committed to fixing some of the city’s most difficult problems. In November, city voters overwhelmingly backed Measure HHH, a $1.2-billion bond measure to build housing for the ... »Read

In this article: Robert Blumenfield, Gabriel Buelna, Joe Buscaino, Gil Cedillo, Mike Feuer, Eric Garcetti, Monica Garcia, Paul Koretz, Curren Price
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 Incumbent Gil Cedillo faces a challenge in contest for his L.A. City Council seat

Los Angeles City Councilman Gil Cedillo has every advantage in his reelection campaign — incumbency and an enormous fundraising advantage over his rivals. He’s got broad support from labor, business and Democratic leaders, plus a lengthy ... »Read

In this article: Gil Cedillo, Legislature, Gloria Romero, Antonio Villaraigosa
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 California officials and the marijuana industry are ready to fight a federal crackdown

Warned of a possible federal crackdown on marijuana, California elected officials and cannabis industry leaders said Friday they were preparing for a potential showdown in the courts and Congress to protect the legalization measure approved by ... »Read

In this article: Xavier Becerra, Rob Bonta, Sam Farr, Ted W. Lieu, Gavin Newsom, Dana Rohrabacher, Alex Traverso
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 White House says chief of staff not wrong to talk to FBI

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House on Friday defended chief of staff Reince Priebus against accusations he breached a government firewall when he asked FBI Director James Comey to publicly dispute media reports that Trump campaign advisers had been ... »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Loretta Lynch, Devin Nunes, Nancy Pelosi, Adam Schiff
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 Bay Area political events: Empty chair town hall

Bay Area political events: Political events Rallies, protests and town hall events are a part of political life in the Bay Area. Hosted by anti-Trump groups in the Bay Area to discuss concerns with Sen. Dianne Feinstein, who will not be ... »Read

In this article: California Republican Party, Anna G. Eshoo, Dianne Feinstein
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 After Storms, Oroville, Brown Proposes Almost $500M In Flood Upgrades

By Ben BradfordIn response to this year’s storms and the emergency at Oroville Dam, California Governor Jerry Brown wants to expedite a half-billion dollars in funding for flood repairs and upgrades. If approved by lawmakers, the plan would ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Kathryn R. Phillips, water
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 Calif. Republicans Hope Trump Brings More Dam Construction To The State

By Bob MoffittEven though California Republicans are on the wrong end of a super majority in the State Legislature, they hope a Trump presidency will help them achieve some of their goals when it comes to water storage. State and Congressional ... »Read

In this article: Tom Berryhill, Drought, Ted Gaines, Doug LaMalfa, Legislature, Kevin McCarthy, Tom McClintock, James Nielsen, water
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 Rep. Adam Schiff hosts packed town hall in Glendale on President Trump's travel ban

Essential Politics: California Republicans gather for their state convention in Sacramento Feb. 24, 2017, 9:09 p.m. This is Essential Politics, our daily look at California political and government news. Here's what we're watching right now: The ... »Read

In this article: California Republican Party, Adam Schiff
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 GOP Rep. Darrell Issa tells Bill Maher a special prosecutor should investigate Russian election interference

Essential Politics: California Republicans gather for their state convention in Sacramento Feb. 24, 2017, 9:09 p.m. This is Essential Politics, our daily look at California political and government news. Here's what we're watching right now: The ... »Read

In this article: California Republican Party, Darrell Issa, Mitt Romney
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 White House defends contacts with FBI over Russia reports

The White House on Friday defended chief of staff Reince Priebus against accusations he breached a government firewall when he asked FBI Director James Comey to publicly dispute media reports … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Loretta Lynch, Devin Nunes, Nancy Pelosi, Adam Schiff
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 White House asked key officials to deny reports of Russian contacts after FBI refused

WASHINGTON - The Trump administration has enlisted senior members of the intelligence community and Congress in efforts to counter news stories about Trump associates' ties to Russia, a politically charged … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Devin Nunes, Adam Schiff
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 See the damage evolve: Oroville spillway erosion over time

As seen from the air and ground level, the gaping hole in the spillway was first photographed by The Bee on Feb. 8, the same day that inspectors were sent via tether down into the hole. Water was released later that same day. Since then, we have ... »Read

In this article: Assembly Republicans, Kevin Faulconer, Dianne Feinstein, Tom Hayden, water
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 Gov. Brown announces plan to deal with weakening water, flood control systems

Governor Jerry Brown announced on Friday a plan to immediately deal with some glaring weaknesses in the state's water and flood control systems, problems exposed in Oroville and other places after recent heavy storms. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought, water
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 Repair costs for California storms could top $1 billion

The bill to repair California's crumbling roads, dams and other critical infrastructure hammered by an onslaught of storms this winter could top $1 billion. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Michael Cohen, Drought, water, Vanessa Wiseman
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 Dianne Feinstein banters with protesters asking for town hall: 'I kind of enjoy it'

Republican members of Congress aren’t the only politicians getting protested in California. The San Francisco chapter of Indivisible, a liberal organizing group that has shown up in force at constituent … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Mark Baldassare, Dianne Feinstein, PPIC
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 Dianne Feinstein says banning Steve Bannon to Russia is a 'nice thought'

At an event Friday February 24, 2017, U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein answered a question about whether she would work to revoke White House chief strategist Steve Bannon's security clearance. Video courtesy of the Public Policy Institute of California. ... »Read

In this article: Assembly Republicans, Jerry Brown, Kevin Faulconer, Dianne Feinstein, Tom Hayden, water
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 Jim Brulte: Senate scuffle shows Democratic hypocrisy

California GOP chair says Democrats should not have expelled a Republican state senator. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Assembly Republicans, Jerry Brown, Kevin Faulconer, Dianne Feinstein, Tom Hayden
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 Storm-lashed California roads, dams could cost $1B to fix

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) -- The bill to repair California's crumbling roads, dams and other critical infrastructure hammered by an onslaught of storms this winter could top $1 billion, including nearly $600 million alone for damaged ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Michael Cohen, Drought, water, Vanessa Wiseman
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 Rural California levees besieged by pounding wet winter

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Billions of dollars in flood projects have eased fears of levee breaks near California's capital and some other cities, but state and federal workers are joining farmers with tractors in round-the-clock battles ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought, water
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 California Republicans see a way out of irrelevance in the era of Trump

Sen. Jeff Stone’s annual trip to the Governor’s Mansion for dinner felt different this year. In the past, the Temecula Republican said, it felt as though members of his party … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Dante Acosta, Joel Anderson, Assembly Democrats, Assembly Republicans, Jerry Brown, California Republican Party, Hillary Clinton, Jean Fuller, Legislature, Proposition 25, Anthony Rendon, Jeff Stone, water
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 Official Says California Storm Costs $1 Billion

(AP) - The Latest on the mounting costs to repair California's battered roads following a series of winter storms (all times local): 2 p.m. California Gov. Jerry Brown's chief budget adviser says state costs for responding to a winter of brutal ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Michael Cohen, Vanessa Wiseman
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 Political events in the Bay Area: town halls, protests

Political events in the Bay Area: town halls, protests Political events Rallies, protests and town hall events are a part of political life in the Bay Area. Starts at 9 a.m. at Piner High School, 1700 Fulton Road, Santa Rosa. Town hall: “A ... »Read

In this article: Environmental Justice, Anna G. Eshoo, Dianne Feinstein, Jackie Speier, Mike Thompson
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 California Assembly Republicans launch video series calling out Democrats

California Assembly Republicans crafted their own video series calling out their Democratic colleagues in the state Legislature. Video courtesy of Assembly Republicans … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Assembly Republicans, Jerry Brown, Kevin Faulconer, Tom Hayden, Legislature
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 Feinstein answers questions " still gets hard time from protesters

“We can vote no” on Trump’s programs and nominees, Feinstein told a crowd of about 250 people at the Public Policy Institute of California in San Francisco’s Financial District. With the numbers stacked against congressional Democrats, the ... »Read

In this article: Mark Baldassare, Dianne Feinstein, PPIC
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 The FBI Talked to the White House About Its Russia Probe. That Was Probably Against the Rules

Calls for investigation from Congress »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Loretta Lynch, Nancy Pelosi
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 L.A. Councilman Koretz, opponent Creed trade charges over spending by outside campaign groups

Los Angeles City Councilman Paul Koretz has lodged a complaint with state regulators accusing his opponent of violating a state law that prohibits candidates from working with campaign groups that can take in unlimited campaign contributions. ... »Read

In this article: Fair Political Practices Commission, Paul Koretz, Curren Price, Jay Alan Wierenga
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 Rep. Steve Knight will ask attendees at his town hall next week to provide ID to prove they live in his district

Essential Politics: California Republicans gather for their state convention in Sacramento Feb. 24, 2017, 3:40 p.m. This is Essential Politics, our daily look at California political and government news. Here's what we're watching right now: The ... »Read

In this article: California Republican Party, Stephen T. Knight
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 Activists chastise Democratic members of Congress for a lack of town halls in their districts

Essential Politics: California Republicans gather for their state convention in Sacramento Feb. 24, 2017, 3:40 p.m. This is Essential Politics, our daily look at California political and government news. Here's what we're watching right now: The ... »Read

In this article: Amerish Bera, California Republican Party, Dianne Feinstein
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 The Republicans who made Reagan president mourn the party they once knew

Essential Politics: California Republicans gather for their state convention in Sacramento Feb. 24, 2017, 3:40 p.m. This is Essential Politics, our daily look at California political and government news. Here's what we're watching right now: The ... »Read

In this article: California Republican Party, Dick Cheney, Pete Wilson
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 Stonewalling AUHSD and Last Fall's Anaheim Candidate Forum

This isn’t an easy story to write for a number of reasons.  I’ll start in 2002, long before this blog was a glimmer in Mike Lawson’s eye.  I was a cub scout cubmaster and the den leader for my son’s group — bears I ... »Read

In this article: Board of Equalization, Kamala Harris, Beth Krom, Jose Moreno, Loretta Sanchez
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 Some Quick Hits Before the Weekend

In the City of Kindness, there will be some sort of protest at Anaheim City Hall over President Trump’s ramped up Immigration polices that have Immigrants all over the country afraid to send kids to school, seek medical attention or even go to ... »Read

In this article: Tom Hayden, Dana Rohrabacher
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 Los Angeles Officials To ICE: Stop Identifying Yourselves As Police

The mayor of Los Angeles co-signed a letter to the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency requesting that its agents not identify themselves as 'police' during operations in the city. »Read

In this article: Mike Feuer, Eric Garcetti, Herb Wesson
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 Fontana woman affected by travel ban invited to attend Trump's address

The Fontana woman who was prohibited from boarding a flight back to the United States, and again detained when she landed in Los Angeles, during President Donald Trump's travel ban has been invited by Rep. Norma Torres, D-Ontario to join her at the ... »Read

In this article: Judy Chu, Kamala Harris, Norma J. Torres
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 The Latest: Official says California storm costs $1 billion

The Latest on the mounting costs to repair California's battered roads following a series of winter storms (all times local): 2 p.m. California Gov. Jerry Brown's chief budget adviser says … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Michael Cohen, Vanessa Wiseman
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