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Study Finds Tripling Tobacco Tax Would Ignite Smuggling

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Minimum wage bill advances to Senate floor

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 FBI tried to ensnare Mayor Ed Lee in corruption case, sources say
San Francisco Chronicle - July 24, 4:37 am
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 New PPIC poll says Californians view drought as a priority
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 Californians Want Action on Environment
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 Calderon corruption trial delayed until May 2015
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 Sen. Sanders offers lower-cost bill to reform Veterans Affairs

Senate VA Committee chairman Sen. Bernie Sanders said Thursday that a new proposal to improve veterans' access to health care would cost less than $25 billion over three years, $10 billion less than a bill passed by the Senate last ... »Read

In this article: Jeff Miller, Jeff Miller, Barack Obama
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 The Fix: The eternal and irresistible appeal of Obama campaign experience

Good news for those with short experience and deep pockets: 270 Strategies, a political consulting company founded by veterans of Obama's 2008 and 2012 campaigns, will train you and find you a slot on a campaign for only $5,000, as BuzzFeed reported ... »Read

In this article: Michael Honda, Ro Khanna, Anthony Williams
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 Federal Eye: The VA's 2-page justification for a $17 billion funding request

Negotiations over how much money to inject into the troubled Department of Veterans Affairs grew more tense on Thursday as the Democrats and Republicans leading the talks essentially rejected each other’s offers. Read full article >> »Read

In this article: Jeff Miller, Jeff Miller, Senate Democrats
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 With big lead in poll, Jerry Brown is also raising big bucks

The donations to the governor during the most recent reporting period included a $27,200 check from Cisco Systems head John Chambers, who gave more than $50,000 in 2010 to Brown's Republican opponent, Meg Whitman. Kashkari has not filed his reports ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Dan Newman, Meg Whitman
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 Local Dem Politicians Get Campaign Funds Back

First California Bank has agreed to pay $4 million to Democratic politicians, including three from Orange County, who were the victims of a multi-million dollar campaign fund embezzlement scam run by »Read

In this article: Wylie Aitken, Lou Correa, Kinde Durkee, Fair Political Practices Commission, Loretta Sanchez, Jose Solorio
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 Miller Fires Back at Sanders After VA Talks Stall Over Money (Video) (Updated)

Updated 3:21 p.m. | House Veterans' Affairs Chairman Jeff Miller, R-Fla., took issue with charges from Senate Veterans' Affairs Chairman Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., that Miller was seeking to ram through a GOP plan to reduce wait times for medical care ... »Read

In this article: Jeff Miller, Jeff Miller, Senate Democrats
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 Ex-Redskin turns himself in to face assault case

Former Washington Redskins tight end Fred Davis has turned himself in to police in a domestic violence case. »Read

In this article: Fred Davis, Fred Davis
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 Miller Fires Back at Sanders After VA Talks Stall Over Money (Video)

House Veterans' Affairs Chairman Jeff Miller, R-Fla., took issue with charges from Senate Veterans' Affairs Chairman Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., that Miller was seeking to ram through a GOP plan to reduce wait times for medical care at the Veterans ... »Read

In this article: Jeff Miller, Jeff Miller, Senate Democrats
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 San Bernardino Colonies corruption case has hearing a day after conspiracy charges dismissed

SAN BERNARDINO >> A second motion hearing is scheduled to get underway today in the Colonies corruption case, this time on the initial grand jury instructions that prompted the criminal case in the first place. »Read

In this article: Jeffrey Burum, Jim Erwin, Mark Kirk, Gary Ovitt
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 NEW: McClintock: Border mess shows government can't be trusted

The current influx of illegal immigrants along the Texas border has ramped up the immigration debate and sharply increased media coverage of the issue. But that coverage has mostly been on human interest angles relating to the kids coming from ... »Read

In this article: illegal immigration, Tom McClintock, Chris Reed
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 Cuellar: "Failure is Not an Option" on Border Crisis

The U.S. government must take decisive steps to address the humanitarian crisis on Texas’ southern border or risk sending a message to smugglers that it isn’t taking the crisis seriously, says a Texas congressman who recently filed ... »Read

In this article: Doug Miller, Nancy Pelosi, Senate Democrats, water
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 Jerry Brown adds to campaign war chest

Gov. Jerry Brown continues to expand his massive financial advantage over Republican Neel Kashkari in his bid for re-election, reporting Thursday that he had $22.4 million on hand as of June 30. Gov. Jerry Brown, accompanied by first lady Anne ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Tim Donnelly, Anne Gust
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 VA reform negotiations hit a snag

Democrats charged Republicans were engaging in a political stunt after congressional talks broke down »Read

In this article: John McCain, Jeff Miller, Jeff Miller, Senate Democrats
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 Democratic Poll: Freshman Holds Minor Lead Over Carl DeMaio

Freshman Rep. Scott Peters, D-Calif., holds a slight lead over his GOP challenger, former San Diego City Councilmember Carl DeMaio, more than three months from Election Day, in a new poll conducted for House Majority PAC and provided first to CQ ... »Read

In this article: Brian Bilbray, Carl DeMaio, Barack Obama, Scott Peters
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 Slumlord Millionaires

Jeanette, a single mother with four children, rented a house in South Los Angeles with a rotting fence. When she finally asked her landlord to fix it, she was informed that the fence’s poor condition was actually her dog’s fault, and that she ... »Read

In this article: Mark Takano, water, Maxine Waters
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 Democrat Poll: Freshman Barely Leads Carl DeMaio in California

Freshman Rep. Scott Peters, D-Calif., holds a slight lead over his GOP challenger, former San Diego City Councilmember Carl DeMaio, more than three months from Election Day, in a new poll conducted for House Majority PAC and provided first to CQ ... »Read

In this article: Brian Bilbray, Carl DeMaio, Barack Obama, Scott Peters
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 House, Senate chairs offer competing bill on VA

With Congress scheduled to recess in a week, the chairmen of the House and Senate Veterans Affairs committees offered competing new proposals Thursday to fix a veterans health care program scandalized by long waits and falsified records covering up ... »Read

In this article: Jeff Miller, Jeff Miller, Barack Obama, Senate Democrats
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 GOP Presidential Hopefuls Position Themselves for 2016

Potential GOP presidential candidates have been busy talking to various audiences as they try to position themselves for 2016. »Read

In this article: John McCain, minimum wage, John Weaver
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 Found in Space: Congressional Collegiality

Congress is ignoring crises at home and abroad, but at least it has a close eye on the thermosphere. »Read

In this article: Dana Rohrabacher, Eric Swalwell
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 Jerry Brown's traveling party to include donors, old friends

When he leaves next week for Mexico for talks on trade and the environment, Gov. Jerry Brown will be accompanied by more than 100 administration officials, lawmakers and business delegates, including many of his political donors and a handful of old ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, John Vasconcellos
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 VA Talks Collapse (Updated)

Updated 1:08 p.m. | Talks on a fix for the Department of Veterans Affairs' health care crisis have collapsed, after the lead Senate Democratic negotiator accused the top House GOP negotiator of a 'take-it-or-leave-it gambit.' »Read

In this article: John McCain, Jeff Miller, Jeff Miller, Senate Democrats
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 VA Talks Collapse (Updated) (Video)

Updated 1:08 p.m. | Talks on a fix for the Department of Veterans Affairs' health care crisis have collapsed, after the lead Senate Democratic negotiator accused the top House GOP negotiator of a 'take-it-or-leave-it gambit.' »Read

In this article: John McCain, Jeff Miller, Jeff Miller, Senate Democrats
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 VA talks teeter on collapse

The legislation appears on the verge of collapse amid deep partisan divides over cost. »Read

In this article: John McCain, Jeff Miller, Jeff Miller, Senate Democrats
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 VA Talks on Verge of Collapse

Talks on a fix for the Department of Veterans Affairs' health care crisis are on the verge of collapse, after the lead Senate Democratic negotiator accused the top House GOP negotiator of a 'take-it-or-leave-it gambit.' »Read

In this article: John McCain, Jeff Miller, Jeff Miller
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 Sanders offers lower-cost bill to reform VA

The Obama administration says it needs about $17.6 billion to hire thousands of doctors, nurses and other health professionals, lease new facilities and upgrade its computers to reduce a backlog of veterans awaiting care at VA hospitals and clinics. ... »Read

In this article: Jeff Miller, Jeff Miller
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 How Much Does It Cost to Fix the VA?

With the August recess looming, lawmakers sparred across the Hill over proposals to fix the embattled Veterans Affairs Department. »Read

In this article: Jeff Denham, John McCain, Jeff Miller, Jeff Miller
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 Metro Plan Could Link Light Rail Systems In San Fernando, San Gabriel Valleys

Metro officials were scheduled Thursday to vote on a proposal for a light rail system that would connect the San Fernando and San Gabriel Valleys. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Paul Krekorian, Zev Yaroslavsky
Bills: AB 577,
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 New PPIC poll says Californians view drought as a priority

Drought related concerns are a top priority for Californians, according to a new PPIC poll. Craig Miller reports for KQED: 'All this fretting about the drought may be driving support for a big water bond that may appear on November’s ballot. More ... »Read

In this article: California prisons, Jerry Brown, Chris Megerian, PPIC, water
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 Pow! Bang! Batman Takes Center Stage At Comic-Con On Thursday

Several events are on tap for the popular 'Batman' franchise that started 75 years ago as a dark comic strip, became a children's television show and later spawned a hugely successful series of films on the big screen. »Read

In this article: Kevin Faulconer, Todd Gloria
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 Cost An Issue in Environmental Friendly CA

The new Public Policy Institute of California poll on the environment shows that Californians continue to be strong for environmental protections, but standing up for the environment weakens when a price tag is attached. While the poll covered a ... »Read

In this article: Mark Baldassare, PPIC, renewable energy
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 California's Roads: Why Pay More But Get Less?

Next time you’re stuck in traffic on the way home from work, think about what sitting in traffic is costing you and other drivers. Our state’s population is booming but the availability of roads is simply not keeping pace with growing demand. ... »Read

In this article: Bill Ford
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 Be Nice, Murrieta, You Need Immigrants

To: The People of Murrieta, Calif. From: Joe Mathews Re: Recent Damage to Your Global Reputation You can still be “The Future of Southern California,” as your city’s motto promises, but it won’t be easy after these past few weeks. There’s ... »Read

In this article: Joe Mathews, redevelopment agencies
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 State Peddles Idea that Bullet Train Contractors are Investors

On Jan. 11, 2010, the Legislative Analyst’s Office issued a report on the latest iteration of the business plan for the California High-Speed Rail Authority. It contained a game-changing conclusion — a predictable conclusion but still a crucial ... »Read

In this article: Jeffrey Barker, Jerry Brown, High-Speed Rail, Dan Richard
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 READ IN: Thursday, July 24, 2014: Israel signals escalation in Gaza, Social Security's IT 'boondoggle,' apparent plagiarism in Sen. Walsh's thesis, Gov. Walker tied with Dem opponent, FBI donates to S.F. mayor

Don't forget to sign up for Read In and get all the political news you need to read delivered to your inbox, every day at 8 a.m. Click here to sign up! A1: The stories you need to read before your first conference call. Read full article ... »Read

In this article: Chuck Hagel, Pamela Harris, John F. Kerry, Edwin M. Lee, Leland Yee
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 AM Alert: Obama wraps up California travels

President Barack Obama concludes his west coast fundraising swing today, following another big-donor event in Los Angeles and some policy talk this afternoon at a southland community college before jetting back to Washington. »Read

In this article: Air Resources Board, Richard Bloom, Jerry Brown, Rob Lapsley, Kevin McCarthy, Jim Miller, Barack Obama, PPIC, Dan Walters
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 FBI tried to ensnare Mayor Ed Lee in corruption case, sources say

The probe - for which the FBI brought in agents from around the West Coast and beyond - culminated with the indictments in March of Democratic state Sen. Leland Yee of San Francisco, Chinatown tong leader Raymond 'Shrimp Boy' Chow and 27 others on ... »Read

In this article: Edwin M. Lee, Leland Yee
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 Congress Is Almost as Dysfunctional as Ever

The foreign policy crises ongoing in Israel and Ukraine have rightfully dominated the news over the past week. But back in the United States, Congress is hurriedly trying to pass three pieces of legislation before the August recess—two to combat ... »Read

In this article: Kevin McCarthy, minimum wage, Barack Obama
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 Associated Press Sacramento Daybook

Associated Press Sacramento Daybook for Thursday, July 24. »Read

In this article: California Lottery, Lynda Gledhill, water, Vicky Waters
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 For Californians, higher costs dampen support for clean energy

BERKELEY Calif. (Reuters) - An overwhelming majority of California residents support the state's mandate for reducing heat-trapping greenhouse gas emissions, so long as they do not bear the higher costs of cleaner energy themselves, a new public ... »Read

In this article: Mark Baldassare, greenhouse gas, renewable energy
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 Minimum-Wage Advocates Begin 'Live the Wage' Challenge

The campaign marks five years to the day since the last federal minimum-wage hike   »Read

In this article: George P. Miller, minimum wage, Ron Paul, Mitt Romney, water
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 Local Stories > Rising up, again: Occupy, 99Rise and activism > Sacramento to host Occupy National Gathering on heels of 99Rise's protests against big money in politics at California's Capitol.

After the so-called death of the Occupy movement, political activism is making a comeback in Sacramento. In June and July, law enforcement arrested 47... »Read

In this article: Roger Dickinson, Environmental Justice, Darrell Steinberg, water
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 Editorial: State’s tower of horror in downtown Sacramento is nice for bats, but not humans

The Board of Equalization building has been plagued by a long list of problems, including plummeting sheets of glass and bats in the belfry. The Board of Equalization headquarters on N Street has become California’s unofficial state ... »Read

In this article: Board of Equalization, CalPERS, Roger Dickinson, water
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 Editorial: A missed opportunity to save money

A proposal by Orange County Supervisor John Moorlach that would have amended the county charter to allow more opportunities for contracting out county services won’t be making it on the November ballot after three supervisors abstained from ... »Read

In this article: John Moorlach, Todd Spitzer
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 Mangy Dog or Dog in the Manger?

The ABCs of district elections and other corruptions that might be good for you. »Read

In this article: Douglas Johnson, Abel Maldonado, Gavin Newsom
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 Calderon corruption trial delayed until May 2015

LOS ANGELES >> A federal judge moved the corruption trial for state Sen. Ron Calderon and his brother Tom Calderon from September to May 19, 2015 after prosecutors and the Calderons’ attorneys asked for a continuance because of the ... »Read

In this article: Ron Calderon, Thomas M. Calderon
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 California climate change policies to hit pocketbooks

Prices at the pump could rise as a result. [...] the state's efforts to curb emissions, boost renewable power and encourage alternative fuels haven't hit Californians in the pocketbook. Impact on prices debatedUnder the cap-and-trade system, ... »Read

In this article: Air Resources Board, Mark Baldassare, global warming, greenhouse gas, Tupper Hull, Henry Perea
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 Brown says border is humanitarian issue

Brown called the arrival of unaccompanied young migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border “a humanitarian question” rather than a political one. California First Lady Anne Gust Brown and Gov. Jerry Brown speak with Jose Antonio Meade ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Anne Gust
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 Californians Want Action on Environment

New poll shows Californians want to lead on responding to climate change by Brian Leubitz In a PPIC poll just released this evening, Californians said that they want action on the environment. As you can see from the graph, Californians think the ... »Read

In this article: global warming, Legislature, Brian Leubitz, Fabian Nunez, PPIC, Arnold Schwarzenegger
Bills: AB 32,
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 Poll: Californians support global warming rules - unless gas prices rise

Californians continue to strongly support their state’s efforts to reduce greenhouse gases – until they find out it involves higher gasoline prices, according to a new poll released Wednesday. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, global warming, greenhouse gas, Legislature, PPIC, water
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 Poll says Gov. Brown has nearly 20 point lead over challenger Kashkari

Gov. Jerry Brown has a nearly 20-point advantage over GOP challenger Neel Kashkari, according to new poll released Wednesday, which also found strong support among Californians for the state's landmark global warming law. »Read

In this article: Mark Baldassare, Jerry Brown, global warming, greenhouse gas, Legislature, PPIC, renewable energy, water
Bills: AB 32,
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 Feds propose phasing out older crude-oil train tank cars

The U.S. Department of Transportation on Wednesday proposed a two-year phase-out of older railroad tank cars used to transport crude oil, which have been involved in several serious derailments over the past year. Officials in California and ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Hill, Doris O. Matsui, Michael R. Peevey
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