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An Engineered Drought

"Now I'm not here to necessarily defend agriculture- but are you accounting for all the reductions they have had to make in recent year's prior to the Governor's executive order? I thought they were cutting before the rest of us. water crops as much as needed, water lawns sparingly."

by Avg. Joe 24 days ago   Respond   Read article

Carly Fiorina jumps in GOP presidential race: Can she win? (+video)

"The only thing Carly can aspire to is a cabinet post. So she has to decide what realistic nominee she will ultimately support. At some time, she will go with Jeb."

by jimragan796 61 days ago   Respond   Read article

An Engineered Drought

"Governor Brown is right about California’s water shortage problem, BUT does he really think that cutting our consumption by 5% is the solution? Since the farmers 80% is excluded, a 25% reduction of the remaining 20% = 5% savings overall. At the current price of water, we’re incentivized to use what we can afford of this inexpensive commodity."

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Jerry Brown, the Farmers' Friend

"Governor Brown is right about California’s water shortage problem, BUT does he really think that cutting our consumption by 5% is the solution? Since the farmers 80% is excluded, a 25% reduction of the remaining 20% = 5% savings overall. At the current price of water, we’re incentivized to use what we can afford of this inexpensive commodity."

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Lawmakers seek soda warning labels

"“STATE OF CALIFORNIA SAFETY WARNING: Drinking beverages with added sugar(s) contributes to obesity, diabetes, and tooth decay.” Once this law is passed, we can use this same warning and just insert whatever product we want into the warning. This will be the template for change! Who knew complex issues could be solved so easily?"

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San Francisco and its liberal policy toward people in the U.S. illegally were thrust into the national political debate this weekend after the fatal shooting of a woman at a popular tourist destination, allegedly by a man with a criminal record who ... »Read

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SACRAMENTO >> When word of a measles outbreak at Disneyland hit the nightly news six months ago, state Sen. Richard Pan began fielding calls from panicked parents. They worried that their children could be exposed to the infectious disease and ... »Read

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Fighting California's drought is a bit like running a political campaign, complete with carefully calibrated messages crafted with polling data. »Read

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GORHAM, N.H. — For Hillary Rodham Clinton, walking in Saturday’s July 4th parade in this mountain hamlet was supposed to showcase the sometimes stiff candidate as accessible and in touch with the people — a champion for everyday Americans, as ... »Read

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No other legislation in recent memory has consumed the Capitol quite like the vaccine bill did. But those who know him well say Sen. Richard Pan's calm demeanor and his clout as a 'citizen lawmaker' who ran for office after a career in medicine ... »Read

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California State University officials had one question in mind 18 months ago: In a state with billions of dollars in spending obligations to health and welfare services, prisons and pensions, how do we catapult our funding needs to the top tier of ... »Read

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