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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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 The Fix: Chuck Schumer wants the U.S. to adopt a top-two primary system. But is it working?
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 Dude, Growing Marijuana Uses 200 Times More Water Than Fracking!
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 How The Past Can Devour The Future
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 Law Professor Nominated To California High Court
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 Governor signs bill to diversify Covered California board
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 Fight inequality - schedule fair work hours

Cynthia Paredes says her part-time schedule as a cashier at Party City in San Francisco does not give her enough hours to make ends meet in the expensive city. A raise in San Francisco's minimum wage is necessary in today's economy, where working ... »Read

In this article: George P. Miller, minimum wage
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 Sugar tax makes it to ballot in narrow vote

San Franciscans will decide whether to levy a 2-cents per ounce tax on soda and other sugary beverages and spend the proceeds on health programs for children, after the Board of Supervisors in a narrow 6-4 vote Tuesday placed the tax measure on the ... »Read

In this article: David Campos, David Chiu, Eric Mar
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 Obama's Bay Area fundraising trip draws flak

Both President Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton are in the Bay Area Wednesday, but don't expect the two most prominent Democrats in the country to cross paths on their separate trips - where she's getting the buzz, and he's ... »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Gray Davis, Anna G. Eshoo, George Marcu, John McCain, Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Garry South
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 White flags that replaced American flags at Brooklyn Bridge taken down

Investigators are trying to figure out how someone swapped out two large American flags atop the Brooklyn Bridge with bleached flags. »Read

In this article: Bill Bratton, John Miller
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 Brown lawns can't draw penalties from homeowners associations under new California law

Homeowners associations can no longer fine residents who fail to water their lawns during droughts under legislation sponsored by a San Jose lawmaker. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Nora Campos, water
Bills: AB 2100,
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 Drought law says HOAs can't frown on brown lawns

The marketing executive, who lives in the tidy Vineyard Hills development, stopped watering part of his front yard this spring to reduce his water use amid citywide orders to cut back 25 percent because of the drought. [...] Santiago and other ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Nora Campos, water
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 New law bans homeowners associations for fining residents with dried lawns

Homeowners associations can no longer fine residents who fail to water their lawns during droughts under legislation sponsored by a San Jose lawmaker. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Nora Campos, water
Bills: AB 2100,
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 Delay likely in corruption trial for California Sen. Ron Calderon

The corruption trial of Democratic Sen. Ron Calderon will likely be delayed until next May, months after the suspended lawmaker is forced to leave office because of term limits. Sen. Ron Calderon, D-Montebello, right, works at his desk at the ... »Read

In this article: Ron Calderon, Thomas M. Calderon, Roderick Wright, Leland Yee
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 Brown Picks Mariano-Florentino Cuellar for Supreme Court

Stanford Law Professor is first of two picks that Brown will make by Brian Leubitz Gov. Brown will replace Justices Baxter and Kennard this year, and today he announced his first pick, Stanford law professor Mariano-Florentino Cuellar . Cuellar, 41, ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Brian Leubitz
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 Dan Walters: California’s death penalty dying of old age

Capital punishment has burned intensely as a political issue but now may be dead . »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Legislature
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 Anti-tax group sues over Citizens United measure

An anti-tax group is suing state officials in an effort to block an advisory ballot measure that seeks to overturn the U.S. Supreme Court's Citizens United campaign finance decision. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, campaign finance, Ted W. Lieu
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 Mercury News editorial: Santa Clara County leaders reach out to kids

While angry mobs protested in other parts of the state and country, this area's county supervisors, San Jose leaders and congressional representatives offered to try to help the refugee children at the border. »Read

In this article: Zoe Lofgren, Chuck Reed
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 NYC police training to be overhauled after custody death

NEW YORK (Reuters) - All New York City police officers are expected to undergo retraining in the wake of a man's death on a city sidewalk shortly after he was placed in a chokehold by officers, Bill Bratton, the police commissioner, said on Tuesday. »Read

In this article: Bill Bratton, Loretta Lynch
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 Lawsuit: Citizens United measure should be tossed off ballot

Opponents filed a lawsuit Tuesday seeking to remove from the fall ballot a non-binding question asking whether Congress should overturn the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United campaign finance decision. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, campaign finance, Jon Coupal, Legislature
Bills: SB 1272,
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 4 Big Reasons Obama's Border Funds Request Is in Trouble

The initial outcry in Washington over the scale and scope of the child migrant surge at the U.S.-Mexico border signaled this could be a moment for rare bipartisan action. »Read

In this article: Kevin McCarthy, Nancy Pelosi
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 VA nominee Robert McDonald pledges to "transform" embattled agency

Obama's nominee for Veterans Affairs secretary pledged to reform the scandal-plagued agency, saying 'systematic failures' must be addressed »Read

In this article: Joe Biden, Jeff Miller, Jeff Miller, Barack Obama
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 Critical-Minerals Bill Faces Conservative Backlash

Conservative groups are pushing against a critical-minerals bill the House is expected to vote on Tuesday evening. »Read

In this article: renewable energy, Eric Swalwell
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 White House says health care tax credits to continue for now

President Barack Obama on Tuesday sought to downplay dueling court rulings over the validity of a key provision of the Affordable Care Act, but Republicans on Capitol Hill seized on…Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Darrell Issa, Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi
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 Homeowners' associations can't fine brown lawns, but cities can

With 80 percent of the state in extreme drought, a California assemblywoman put forth a bill that would prohibit homeowners’ associations from imposing fines on residents whose lawns are less than emerald green as a result of their efforts to ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Nora Campos, Legislature, water
Bills: AB 2100,
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 NEW: Will CA groundwater regulation bring shortages?

  One area of California that largely has remained free of regulation is groundwater. Although state courts “adjudicate” groundwater rights and disputes, this longstanding system largely respects the private ownership of the water. ... »Read

In this article: Roger Dickinson, Legislature, Fran Pavley, Karen Ross, water
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 Law OKs underage wine and beer tasting in colleges

Aspiring brewers and winemakers in college can legally taste - but not swallow - their products starting winter semester. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Wesley Chesbro
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 Pelosi, Colbert talk about middle class, and naked photos of John Boehner

Pelosi returned to 'The Colbert Report' to talk about Middle Class Jumpstart. »Read

In this article: minimum wage, Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi
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 Does the Next VA Secretary Face an Impossible Task?

Senators have a long to-do list for nominee Robert McDonald, expecting him to succeed where his predecessors have failed. »Read

In this article: Jeff Miller, Jeff Miller
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 Opinion Extra: A (smart) call for California-style top-two primaries in all U.S. states.

In an op-ed piece in the New York Times today, Sen. Charles Schumer suggests that California-style top-two primary can save the country, or at least its political system. He very well could be right. But for open primaries, Assemblyman Tim ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Tim Donnelly, Michael Honda, Tom McClintock
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 President Obama coming to Bay Area tonight for fundraiser

President Barack Obama is scheduled to fly into San Francisco International Airport tonight for a short fundraising visit in the South Bay. »Read

In this article: Anna G. Eshoo, George Marcu, Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi
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 GOP Struggles With Fundraising for Women's Initiatives | Rules of the Game

It's been a promising year for Republican women who have set out to fix their party's 'woman problem,' but not good enough for their bank accounts. »Read

In this article: Carly Fiorina, Michael Murphy
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 Gov. Brown nominates law professor to high court

Gov. Jerry Brown has nominated a Mexican-born Stanford law professor to the California Supreme Court. »Read

In this article: Marvin R. Baxter, Jerry Brown, Senate Republicans
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 NEW: Minimum wage activists set sights on L.A.

The concerted push for higher minimum wages in California has spread from the East Bay to Los Angeles. On the heels of a recently approved $15 minimum wage in Seattle, advocates for dramatically increased hourly wages sensed an opportunity to ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Eric Garcetti, Todd Gloria, Wendy Greuel, minimum wage
Bills: AB 10,
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 Law professor nominated to California high court

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- Gov. Jerry Brown has nominated a Mexican-born Stanford law professor to the California Supreme Court.... »Read

In this article: Marvin R. Baxter, Jerry Brown, Senate Republicans
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 Mexican-born law professor nominated for California Supreme Court

Gov. Jerry Brown has nominated Mexican-born Stanford law professor Mariano-Florentino Cuellar to the California Supreme Court. »Read

In this article: Marvin R. Baxter, Jerry Brown, Senate Republicans
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 San Diego-area community expected to reject illegal immigrant shelter

SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - A Southern California city could find itself at the center of a nationwide debate over illegal immigration on Tuesday evening when officials there are expected to reject a bid by the U.S. government to open a shelter for ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Eric Garcetti, illegal immigration
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 Brown nominates Stanford Law school professor to California Supreme Court

Gov. Jerry Brown nominated Stanford University law professor Mariano-Florentino Cuellar on Tuesday to fill a vacancy on the California Supreme Court. [Mercury News] Cuellar, known as “Tino,” is in line to replace Justice Marvin Baxter, who ... »Read

In this article: Marvin R. Baxter, Jerry Brown, Kamala Harris
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 Brown nominates Stanford professor to state high court

In a statement, Cuéllar said, 'I am enormously honored by Gov. Brown's nomination, and if confirmed, I look forward to serving the people of California on our state's highest court.' Brown's nomination must be submitted to the State Bar's ... »Read

In this article: Marvin R. Baxter, Jerry Brown, Tani Cantil-Sakauye, Kamala Harris
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 Stanford law school professor named to California Supreme Court

Adding Latino legal scholar to California Supreme Court, Gov. Jerry Brown nominates Mariano-Florentino Cuellar to replace Justice Marvin Baxter on the state's high court »Read

In this article: Marvin R. Baxter, Jerry Brown, Kamala Harris, Joyce L. Kennard, Carlos R. Moreno
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 Six Top Democrats Who Aren't So Ready For Hillary

Some major Democrats stay distant from Clinton's presidential prospects. »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Bill Richardson, Brian Schweitzer
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 Jerry Brown names law school professor to California Supreme Court

Gov. Jerry Brown has appointed a Mexican-born Stanford Law School professor to the California Supreme Court, his office announced Tuesday. Gov. Jerry Brown speaks at a press conference at the state Capitol on Tuesday, May 13, 2014 in Sacramento. »Read

In this article: Marvin R. Baxter, Jerry Brown
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 The Fix: Chuck Schumer wants the U.S. to adopt a top-two primary system. But is it working?

The below was initially posted last month. Today, we are re-upping it in light of Sen. Charles Schumer's (D-N.Y.) op-ed calling for other states to adopt similar systems. California's primary last month left seven intra-party congressional races ... »Read

In this article: Michael Honda, Ro Khanna, Legislature, Zoe Lofgren, John McCain, Tom McClintock, Howard P. Mckeon, Robert Murray, PPIC, Dan Schnur, Tony Strickland, Leland Yee
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 How The Past Can Devour The Future

The stock market has hit record highs and public pension funds are reporting record levels of capital, yet public pension costs keep growing, leaving some observers puzzled. A new book by French economist Thomas Piketty helps clear up the confusion. ... »Read

In this article: CalPERS, Arnold Schwarzenegger
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 Dude, Growing Marijuana Uses 200 Times More Water Than Fracking!

Intent on ignoring facts and spreading hysteria, ideological opponents of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, have seized on the state’s drought as an excuse to demand a moratorium.  Never mind that fracking doesn’t even use much water. Now, ... »Read

In this article: water
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 Tim Draper vs. Southern California

To reiterate, I like the idea of the 6 Californias campaign because of the conversation it could spark about the state’s size, and our need to decentralize power from Sacramento. (I’m discounting the idea of California as six states because it ... »Read
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 Taxes, Jobs and Patriotism

What does it mean to be a “patriotic” American? I ask that question because there has been so much hullabaloo in recent weeks about American businesses leaving the U.S. and setting up factories overseas. This week, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew ... »Read
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 Governor signs bill to diversify Covered California board

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill to diversify the expertise of the board that governs Covered California, the state health benefit exchange. Senate Bill 972 by Democratic Sen. Norma Torres from Pomona seeks a board better grounded in health ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Legislature, Norma J. Torres
Bills: SB 972,
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 AM Alert: State expands recognition for Vietnam soldier memorial

California’s 5,822 soldiers killed or missing in action during the Vietnam War are honored with a memorial in Capitol Park that lists their names on 22 black granite panels. But what about veterans who returned home, only to die from wounds ... »Read

In this article: Board of Equalization, Isadore Hall, Dan Walters
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 Chaffetz on Oversight: More Results, Less Confrontation

In the past 89 years, there have been four members of Congress who became committee chairmen in their fourth term. Rep. Jason Chaffetz is trying to become the fifth. »Read

In this article: Darrell Issa, Michael Turner
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 California Halts Injection of Fracking Waste, Warning it May Be Contaminating Aquifers

This story was originally published on ProPublica. California officials have ordered an emergency shut-down of 11 oil and gas waste injection sites and a review more than 100 others in the state's drought-wracked Central Valley out of fear that ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, water, Ed Wilson
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 Seeking redemption in 2016, Rick Perry finds power in immigration standoff

CLEAR LAKE, Iowa — He came here for redemption. At the Clear Lake Evangelical Free Church, Rick Perry held his arms across his torso and swayed as the choir sang during last Sunday’s morning service. He bowed his head while the pastor preached ... »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Jeff Miller, Jeff Miller, Mitt Romney
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 Georgia Senate runoff: 5 things to watch

The winner of the GOP runoff faces Democrat Michelle Nunn this fall. »Read

In this article: Fred Davis, Fred Davis
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 Law Professor Nominated To California High Court

(AP) -- Gov. Jerry Brown has nominated a Mexican-born Stanford law professor to the California Supreme Court. Brown on Tuesday nominated 41-year-old Mariano-Florentino Cuellar (KWAY'-ahr) to be an associate justice of the state's highest court. If ... »Read

In this article: Marvin R. Baxter, Jerry Brown, Senate Republicans
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 Deportations for minor crimes are on track to be reduced*

<p>A signifaction reduction in certain deportations is expected, due to Gov. Jerry Brown's approving<a href=http:* <p><strong>Don Thompson </strong>reports for the <strong>Associated Press: ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Ken Cooley, Legislature, water
Bills: AB 2100, AB 2127,
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