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 Support for Obama on Gaza blockade: Lee, 2 others

There’s some measurable support in Congress for President Obama’s call to lift Israel’s blockade of Gaza as part of a peace agreement between Israelis and Palestinians. Until last week, the measure was exactly two: Democratic Reps. Keith ... »Read

In this article: Sam Farr, Michael Honda, John F. Kerry, Barbara Lee, George P. Miller, Jackie Speier, Fortney Pete Stark, Lynn Woolsey
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 GovBeat: Jerry Brown's campaign has $22 million and he hasn't even aired any ads. If he wanted, this is how much he could buy.

California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) has $22 million for his reelection campaign, but he doesn’t seem interested in spending it. Brown, who leads his Republican opponent Neel Kashkari by 21 points in the latest poll, hasn’t appeared in any ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Legislature, Dan Newman, Meg Whitman
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 VA Watchdog Denies It Watered Down Phoenix Report

The department's inspector general pushed back against lawmakers who are questioning final report. »Read

In this article: Jeff Miller, Jeff Miller
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 How Lawmakers Are Celebrating Constitution Day

From tweeting out the entire Constitution to handing out pocket-sized ones. »Read

In this article: Darrell Issa, Kevin McCarthy
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 FAQs: The Times' endorsement process for the Nov. 4 elections

It's not official but certainly feels true: California will have more elections this year than rainy days. The current downpour lasts from the first week in October, when vote-by-mail ballots for the statewide general election become available, ... »Read

In this article: Board of Equalization, Jerry Brown, indian gaming, Sheila Kuehl, Legislature, Gloria Molina, Proposition 2, referendum, Bobby Shriver, Hilda L. Solis, water, Zev Yaroslavsky
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 Grover Norquist's Burning Man Dream Team

Anti-tax advocate Grover Norquist so enjoyed his time at Burning Man this year that he'd like to return next summer with a 'Dream Team' of Republican lawmakers. »Read

In this article: Darrell Issa, Kevin McCarthy, Dana Rohrabacher
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 Marijuana industry battling stoner stereotypes

DENVER (AP) -- Tired of Cheech & Chong pot jokes and ominous anti-drug campaigns, the marijuana industry and activists are starting an ad blitz in Colorado aimed at promoting moderation and the safe consumption of pot.... »Read

In this article: Steve Fox, Nancy Reagan
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 Will Irvine City Council Majority Move to Violate First Amendment?

Many people misunderstand the First Amendment of the US Constitution.  The nut of it is government cannot restrict free speech.  Free speech can be censored or restricted in a newspaper, a magazine, a TV program, radio show (try getting past Rush ... »Read

In this article: Larry Agran, Steven Choi, Greg Smith
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 House Democrats, DNC Pledge Millions for Midterms

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee picked up $1.7 million in member pledges at its quarterly caucus dinner Tuesday night. »Read

In this article: Alan Lowenthal, Nancy Pelosi, Loretta Sanchez, Eric Swalwell
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 Giants rumors are making life hard for GOP hopeful

Chukchansi Park in Fresno when it opened in 2002. Lance Iversen/The Chronicle It’s tough for a big-city mayor to be elected to statewide office, and Republican Ashley Swearengin of Fresno is finding out exactly why. The San Francisco Giants are ... »Read

In this article: Board of Equalization, Legislature, Betty T. Yee
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 Congress poised to approve Obama's Iraq-Syria military strategy amid skepticism

Congress is poised to approve President Obama’s plan to train and equip moderate Syrian rebels to counter the growing threat of the Islamic State terrorist organization, but many lawmakers in both parties remain deeply skeptical about its chances ... »Read

In this article: Nancy Pelosi, Brad Sherman
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 Dovish Democrats resigned to Syria plan passage " but sound a warning note about the lame duck

Liberal Hill Democrats are still taking aim at President Obama's Syria policy ahead of a House vote on a provision to arm and equip foreign forces battling the Islamic State -- but they seem resigned to the measure's likely passage. Read full ... »Read

In this article: Barbara Lee, Nancy Pelosi, Brad Sherman
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 Nancy Pelosi Says NFL Player Under Investigation For Domestic Abuse Should Be Benched

The House minority leader weighs in on the multiple scandals engulfing the NFL. »Read

In this article: Gavin Newsom, Nancy Pelosi
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 Nancy Pelosi: "I will not vote for combat troops" against ISIS

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-California, says she and most of her caucus oppose the use of U.S. ground troops against extremists in Iraq and Syria. »Read

In this article: Steve Jobs, Nancy Pelosi
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 California water bond, budget reserve campaign committee raises $650,000

A campaign committee to pass a $7.5 billion water bond and budget reserve ballot measure championed by Gov. Jerry Brown received its first infusion of money late Tuesday. Gov. Jerry Brown holds up the measure he signed to place a $7.5 billion ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Connie Conway, Jim Miller, Proposition 2, Darrell Steinberg, water
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 Feuer to co-chair new national group Prosecutors Against Gun Violence

Los Angeles City Atty. Mike Feuer and Manhattan Dist. Atty. Cyrus Vance Jr. will lead a new coalition of nearly two dozen prosecutors as they explore policies to reduce gun violence, officials announced Wednesday. »Read

In this article: Mike Feuer, Jackie Lacey
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 Drought boosts political will at the Capitol

Californias first set of groundwater regulations were singed into law yesterday, which Gov. Jerry Brown admitted wouldnt have been possible without extreme drought. John Myers reports for KQED: 'The new laws signed by Brown in a state Capitol ... »Read

In this article: water, Marie Waldron, Film tax, John Myers, Carla Marinucci, Jessica A. Levinson, Legislature, Jerry Brown
Bills: AB 1447, AB 1839,
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 Peters, DeMaio In Dead Heat In Latest Poll

The two candidates in one of the most hotly contested November congressional races in the nation are virtually tied, according the latest poll released Tuesday by KGTV and U-T San Diego. »Read

In this article: Carl DeMaio, Bob Filner, Scott Peters
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 Governor inks local water bill

Expressing concern over California’s future water supplies, Gov. Jerry Brown Tuesday signed legislation to create a structure for formation of a “hybrid” district to manage the Paso Robles basin, as well as a package of bills aimed at ... »Read

In this article: Khatchik Achadjian, Jerry Brown, water
Bills: AB 2453,
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 MLS schedule includes meetings and stops at railyard, block party in midtown

Major League Soccer representatives have a packed itinerary this week. They will visit Sacramento's downtown railyard and Bonney Field, meet with Elk Grove officials and visit a Sacramento Republic FC pre-game party in midtown during their two-day ... »Read

In this article: Gary Davis, Kevin Johnson
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 Brown signs bill to let pharmacy technicians do more

Pharmacy technicians will be able to do more — under direct supervision of a pharmacist — in a bill signed by Gov. Jerry Brown this week. New duties may include packaging emergency supplies, sealing emergency containers, performing monthly ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Ed Hernandez
Bills: SB 1039,
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 Video Derides Findings of Great Park Audit

A video produced by Gafcon, the San Diego-based firm targeted by forensic auditors examining the finances of Irvine’s Great Park, claims the auditors' findings are false and/or misleading. »Read

In this article: Ken Smith, George Urch, George Urch
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 NEW: Absurd Prop 2 provision shows extent of teacher unions' clout

If you want an example of just how powerful the teachers unions are in Sacramento, consider Proposition 2. The measure was placed on the November ballot by the Legislature at the urging of Gov. Jerry Brown, who depicts it with about 70 percent ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Legislature, Proposition 2, Chris Reed, Pete Wilson
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 Governor Brown Signs Groundwater Sustainability Bills

It’s going to become more difficult to drill a well in California. Jerry Brown signed a package of groundwater legislation signed into law Tuesday. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Legislature, Kristin Olsen, water
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 San Diego Minimum Wage Referendum in for Tough Fight

The San Diego Small Business Coalition said they have enough signatures to freeze the new San Diego minimum wage law and force a vote on the issue in 2016. The business coalition better put away whatever savings they gain from the wage freeze ... »Read

In this article: Kevin Faulconer, Field Poll, minimum wage, referendum, Jerry Sanders
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 Governor Signs Draconian Groundwater Laws

Governor Jerry Brown today signed a package of groundwater legislation – Assembly Bill 1739, Senate Bill 1168 and Senate Bill 1319 – that were put together in the back rooms of the Capitol. These bills were continually amended and ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, James Nielsen, water
Bills: SB 1168, SB 1319,
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 Crises as Catalyst for Policy Change

Today Governor Brown signed three bills that require portions of the state to start managing groundwater sustainably. These bills are historic. Until today, California was the only western state that did not regulate groundwater, typically the ... »Read

In this article: PPIC, water
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 Lowe's Lawsuit: The Definition of Insanity

Recently, a Superior Court Judge named Paul M. Haakenson (Republican, appointed by Governor Schwarzenegger) in Marin County laid out the terms of a settlement order and final judgment against Lowe’s on how it must label building products in ... »Read
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 Proposition 47 Does Not Put Public Safety First

Californians are facing one of our most serious public safety threats in recent memory. The threat is Prop 47 — a ballot initiative that would flood the streets with thousands of dangerous felons and soften penalties to make misdemeanors out of ... »Read
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 AM Alert: Political Reform Act turns 40 amid burst of campaign finance changes

It’s been a big year for the Political Reform Act. A record-setting fine for a lobbyist who hosted fundraisers in his home and two state senators indicted on bribery charges prompted the Legislature to pass a series of bills strengthening ... »Read

In this article: John Burton, California Democratic Party, campaign finance, Edwin Chau, Fair Political Practices Commission, Field Poll, Beth Gaines, Legislature, Jim Miller, Alex Padilla, Richard Pan, Darrell Steinberg, Dan Walters, water
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 Gov. Jerry Brown to sign California film tax credit bill

Gov. Jerry Brown is poised to put his signature to a bill that would triple annual funding for California's film and TV tax credit program. »Read

In this article: Raul Bocanegra, Jerry Brown, Eric Garcetti, Mike Gatto, Film tax
Bills: AB 1839,
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 In the Loop: A House divided over Scottish independence

Like the Scots themselves, members of Congress are split over Scotland’s future. At the start of the August recess, House lawmakers introduced a resolution expressing support for a “united, secure, and prosperous United Kingdom.” Read full ... »Read

In this article: John Duncan, referendum, Ed Royce, Brad Sherman
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 To Improve Decision-Making, Lighten Up on Lobbyists | Commentary

As Congress prepares to leave town and disillusioned voters get ready to trudge toward the midterm elections, party leaders on both sides of the aisle are making the usual promises that if elected, they will do things better. House Majority Leader ... »Read

In this article: Kevin McCarthy, Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi
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 Obamacare: From game-changer to background noise

The health care law is taking a back seat to economic anxiety and new crises this election season. »Read

In this article: Fred Davis, Fred Davis, Barack Obama
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 Kuehl, Shriver square off in L.A. County supervisor race debate

Sheila Kuehl and Bobby Shriver came out swinging and sought to draw policy contrasts Tuesday night in the first major debate of the November runoff campaign to fill a Westside-San Fernando Valley seat on the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. »Read

In this article: Eric Garcetti, Sheila Kuehl, minimum wage, Gloria Molina, Bobby Shriver, Hilda L. Solis, Zev Yaroslavsky
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 Kuehl, Shriver Face Off In Debate For LA County Board Of Supervisors Seat

Bobby Shriver and Sheila Kuehl took part in the first debate in the 3rd District race in Westwood, where transportation and economic development were the main issues at hand. »Read

In this article: Sheila Kuehl, Legislature, Bobby Shriver, Zev Yaroslavsky
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 Marcos Breton: Kevin Johnson seeks to strengthen his office – does Sacramento care?

Despite national acclaim, Mayor Kevin Johnson faces his most formidable foe of all right now – one with the power to pour cold water on him and his political legacy. Marcos Breton »Read

In this article: Kevin Johnson, John Shirey, water
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 Brown signs bill to regulate pumping of underground water

For the first time in its history, California will establish statewide management of water pumped from the ground, under legislation signed Tuesday by Gov. Jerry Brown. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Roger Dickinson, Jimmy Gomez, Ben Hueso, Daniel R. Logue, Jim Patterson, Fran Pavley, water
Bills: AB 2321, AB 2450, SB 1168, SB 1319, SB 1383,
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 Supervisors Turn Down Independent Ethics Oversight

The Board of Supervisors’ ultimate vote on its reply to the grand jury’s recommendation was confusing, even to top county officials. »Read

In this article: Patricia Bates, campaign finance, Fair Political Practices Commission, Shirley L. Grindle, Legislature, John Moorlach, Todd Spitzer
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