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What Happens When Extremism Becomes Mainstream?

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Dianne Feinstein pleas for GOP votes on drought bill

"Demand gun rights back: eliminate the Roster, the 10- and 30-day waits, the AWB, and 10-round magazine capacity limit as the price to help her."

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Study Finds Tripling Tobacco Tax Would Ignite Smuggling

"Russian & Armenian Organized Crime Groups from Sacramento & Southern California when the Tobacco Tax was increased I think 10 years ago, created a brand new and largely uncontrolled form of smuggling where Ryder or Uhaul Trucks were driven to Indian Reservations in Las Vegas and their is nothing that Ag Inspection in Barstow could do, there is nothing illegal in hauling Cigarettes as long as there is a bill of sale."

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Kings owners set to announce deal with labor unions on downtown arena construction

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Minimum wage bill advances to Senate floor

"What happened to basic research before writing. While Assembly member Alejo's press release said the bill went to the Senate floor, that is incorrect. The bill was sent to the Senate Rules committee yesterday by the chair of the Appropriations committee. Cut and paste electeds press releases?"

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 Two Stories Of Impact From San Diego's Minimum Wage Increase
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 NEW: Groundwater war breaks out
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 Not Your Father & Mother's GOP A.G. Candidate
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 Where Would the 6 Capitals Be?
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 Editorial: Can open primaries save the world?
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 San Bruno mayor calls for top official's removal from blast probe

The California Public Utilities Commission's president should be removed as head of the regulatory agency in light of San Bruno explosion-related e-mails showing that state officials are 'subject to undue influence' by Pacific Gas and Electric Co., ... »Read

In this article: Michael R. Peevey, Jackie Speier
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 Emails show PG&E, regulator have 'illegal, inappropriate and unethical relationship,' San Bruno official says

San Bruno on Monday demanded that PG&E be fined and that the powerful president of the state Public Utilities Commission be removed for what the city claims is an array of improper, illegal and unethical communications between the utility and the ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Jerry Hill, Michael R. Peevey
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 $3 million state grant to support Pacific Ethanol sorghum program

Pacific Ethanol Inc., the Sacramento-based marketer and producer of low-carbon renewable fuels, has been awarded a $3 million matching grant from the California Energy Commission to develop a sorghum feedstock program. »Read

In this article: biofuels, Energy Commission, Neil Koehler
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 San Bruno demands fines against PG&E and shakeup at PUC

San Bruno on Monday demanded that PG&E be fined and that the powerful president of the state Public Utilities Commission be removed for what the city claims is an array of improper, illegal and unethical communications between the utility and ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Jerry Hill, Michael R. Peevey
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 Chuck Schumer's Dream: A Democratic Nightmare

New York Sen. Charles E. Schumer laid out his dream for a less partisan Washington recently. But the Democrat's New York Times op-ed is giving some strategists in his own party nightmares. »Read

In this article: Janice Hahn, Barack Obama, Brad Sherman
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 E-Cigarette Measures Go Before San Diego City Council On Monday

Two measures to regulate retail sales of the battery-operated electronic cigarettes and restrict their use are being considered Monday by the San Diego City Council. »Read

In this article: Kevin Faulconer, Jan Goldsmith
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 Oakland Tribune editorial: Voters should pass Prop. 44; state lawmakers should stop meddling in local school finances

Proposition 44 would impose desperately needed fiscal discipline on lawmakers. Unacceptable additions are contained in separate legislation that lawmakers can, and should, rescind. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Arnold Schwarzenegger
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 Santa Ana Police Chief Hears Concerns of Lacy Street Residents

Residents spoke up about the influence of violence, disturbances, and marijuana and alcohol use on their neighborhood. »Read

In this article: Lou Correa, Michele Martinez
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 With four days to go until recess, can Congress get it all done?

If they can't do it this week, can they do it at all? That's what many Americans might be thinking in the next few days as the House and Senate try — or at least appear to be trying — to complete work on a series of complex issues before ... »Read

In this article: Kevin McCarthy, Jeff Miller, Jeff Miller, Senate Democrats
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 Congress Might Actually Pass a Bill to Address VA Problems

Since I've been griping for a long time about Congress being unable to pass so much as a Mother's Day resolution these days, it's only fair to highlight the possibility of actual progress on something: House and Senate negotiators have reached a ... »Read

In this article: Jeff Miller, Jeff Miller
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 NEW: Bullet-train officials praise judge they called a threat to CA

The California High-Speed Rail Authority got some good news from the courts last week. The 3rd District Court of Appeal in Sacramento upheld a lower court ruling rejecting legal challenges to the routing of the bullet train in the Gilroy-Las Banos ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Kamala Harris, High-Speed Rail, Legislature, Jeff Morales, Chris Reed
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 VA bill to be unveiled

The bill would give the VA secretary the authority to fire officials accused of mismanagement. »Read

In this article: Jeff Miller, Jeff Miller, Barack Obama
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 Not Your Father & Mother's GOP A.G. Candidate

The challenger to Attorney General Kamala Harris is Republican Ron Gold, http://rongold.org/ a former California deputy attorney general whose positions don’t always line up with the stances often associated with Republican candidates. Read his ... »Read

In this article: Kamala Harris
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 Where Would the 6 Capitals Be?

Yes, yes, it won’t happen. But Six Californias is so much fun that it’s become the summer story of 2014. Proponent Tim Draper foolishly won’t let states name themselves but his initiative is silent on a crucial question: the location of ... »Read
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 Teacher Seniority Might Well Survive the Vergara Decision

Last month’s decision by a Los Angeles Superior Court judge to strike down California’s teacher tenure, seniority, and dismissal statutes may be a great victory for children, though much depends on the outcome of any appeal. This week, Attorney ... »Read

In this article: California Teachers Association, Kamala Harris, Legislature, Los Angeles Unified School District, state budget
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 Yes, the Private Sector Will Invest in California High-Speed Rail

While I am loathe to get into another round of back-and-forth, Chris Reed’s latest anti-high speed rail screed cries out for a response, not only because it is so completely off-the-wall, but also to clear up broader misconceptions about private ... »Read

In this article: High-Speed Rail, Legislature, Chris Reed
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 New CPR App Unveiled By San Diego Officials Monday

The PulsePoint app is designed to get help to victims of sudden cardiac arrest in the critical moments before paramedics arrive. Only 8 percent of such patients survive, according to county officials. »Read

In this article: Kevin Faulconer, Thomas Johnson
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 Capitol Hill's Unfinished Business (The Note)

By MICHAEL FALCONE (@michaelpfalcone) NOTABLES BOEHNER OUTLINES LAWSUIT AGAINST OBAMA: In a USA Today Op-Ed House Speaker John Boehner details his big goal for the week: “President Obama has overstepped his constitutional authority — ... »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Jeff Miller, Jeff Miller
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 Two Stories Of Impact From San Diego's Minimum Wage Increase

Here are two people who will be impacted in very different ways by San Diego's minimum wage increase. »Read

In this article: Todd Gloria, minimum wage
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 Arnold Forde: Half a Century of Big Time Politics

He’s not well known outside political circles, but GOP and Democratic leaders have relied on “Arnie” since the 1960s. »Read

In this article: Proposition 13, Larry Agran, Jerry Brown, Fair Political Practices Commission, Ross Johnson, Tony Rackauckas, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Pete Wilson
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 READ IN: Monday, July 28, 2014: VA bill done, two more big-ticket items to go before recess, N.C. budget deal reached, McDaniel election challenge likely this week, midterm ad spending to top $2 billion ad

Don't forget to sign up for Read In, your one-stop shop for the politics news you need right now. It's fast, easy and free! A1: The stories you need to read before your first conference call. -- The Ukrainian military on Sunday launched a move to ... »Read

In this article: Toni Atkins, Jerry Brown, Pamela Harris, Kevin McCarthy, Jeff Miller, Jeff Miller, Gavin Newsom, Darrell Steinberg
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 AM Alert: ¡Viva México! Jerry Brown heads south of border

Buenos días, lectores. Gov. Jerry Brown, left, and Mexican Secretary of Foreign Affairs Jose Antonio Meade Kuribrena talk during a luncheon in Sacramento held by the California Chamber of Commerce on July 23, 2014. »Read

In this article: Toni Atkins, Jerry Brown, Legislature, Gavin Newsom, Darrell Steinberg
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 The high toll of needed testing on Bay Bridge rods and bolts

More tests are still needed before officials can declare the steel fasteners safe - and the public can stop worrying about having to spend tens of millions of dollars to replace them. In San Francisco, where residents are already down to using 49 ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Larry Morse, water
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 Amash heads into homestretch confident

The Michigan congressman appears likely to fend off a Republican challenger. »Read

In this article: Howard P. Mckeon, Devin Nunes
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 Participants of California governor's Mexico trip

California Gov. Jerry Brown and a delegation of state and business officials begin three days of meetings in Mexico on Monday to discuss trade and the environment. Participants include five state senators, 10 Assembly members, nine administration ... »Read

In this article: Air Resources Board, Luis A. Alejo, Rusty Areias, Richard Bloom, Jerry Brown, California Independent System Operator, Nora Campos, Rocky Chavez, Ellen Corbett, Lou Correa, Kevin De Leon, Lucetta Dunn, Lauren Faber, Jennifer Fitzgerald, Cristina Garcia, Roger Hernandez, Chris Holden, Ben Hueso, Brian Kelly, Ricardo Lara, Jose Medina, Mary Nichols, Karen Ross, Susan Talamantes Eggman, Robert Weisenmiller
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 Gov. Brown heads south of the border to talk trade, immigration*

<p><span>Gov. Jerry Brown today starts <a href=http:* <p><b><span>Judy Lin </span></b><span>reports for the <b>Associated Press: </b>'The governor's office announced Sunday that ... »Read

In this article: Rusty Areias, Jerry Brown, Field Poll, Chris Megerian
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 Editorial: Can open primaries save the world?

Recently, Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., suggested that the California-style top-two primary can save the country, or at least its political system. He very well could be right. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Tim Donnelly, Michael Honda, Tom McClintock
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 Income Taxes Don't Kill Jobs & Tyrion's No AUH2O

You'll recall that in the fall of 2012, as Jerry Brown campaigned for Prop. 30, his tax-hike plan to balance California’s budget and boost school funding, right-wingers argued vociferously that the measure would be a disaster. “It allows the ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Tim Donnelly, Field Poll, Joel Fox, John Kabateck, Legislature, PPIC
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 Robert Loewen: The changing face of the Republican Party

Carl DeMaio returned to his Orange County roots last week to ask supporters for help in his race to unseat Scott Peters, D-San Diego, in the 52d Congressional District. Carl grew up in Orange County until his mother died of cancer, making him an... »Read

In this article: Carl DeMaio, Scott Peters
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 John Phillips: Road to Sacramento runs up the middle

Very few legislative races in California’s upcoming November election will be competitive. To be fair, this year is not an anomaly - very few are ever hotly contested. Between the power of incumbency, gerrymandered districts and the desire of... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Newt Gingrich, Kevin Spillane, Mark Standriff
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 The Buzz: Pérez campaign led the way in Sacramento-area ad buys

The Sacramento TV market’s largest broadcast stations netted more than $623,000 in ad revenue from federal, state and local campaign committees in the weeks before last month’s primary election, public filings show. Stephen Colbert, ... »Read

In this article: Board of Equalization, Jerry Brown, Betty T. Yee
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 Editorial: Indicted California senators insult voters by collecting salary

The U.S. attorney’s office in San Francisco on Friday announced new charges against Sen. Leland Yee, accusing the San Francisco Democrat of racketeering for allegedly selling his vote on bills related to professional athletes’ ability ... »Read

In this article: Legislature, Darrell Steinberg, Roderick Wright, Leland Yee
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 Stockton emerges as state's leading contender for Tesla battery factory

The San Joaquin Valley city of Stockton has had it rough. »Read

In this article: Bay Area Council, Jerry Brown, Stephen Levy, Jim Wunderman
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 S.F. voters to weigh possible $104 million in new spending

The three would account for the 'largest voter-directed increase in general fund spending in a single election in city history' if approved, the city controller wrote in a recent memo. A proposed increase in the city's minimum wage, the ... »Read

In this article: David Campos, David Chiu, Edwin M. Lee, minimum wage
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 Export-Import Bank in danger zone

Conservatives and coal-friendly Democrats put the bank's future in jeopardy. »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, John Campbell, Mark Kirk
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 The Edge -- Published July 28, 2014

Sen. Rand Paul@SenRandPaul »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Jeff Denham, Jerry McNerney, water
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 Neel Kashkari is running the best campaign that money can't buy

Republican candidate for governor Neel Kashkari is hosting radio shows, pushing for debates, even marching in parades -- anything he can do without spending his scant money, while Gov. Jerry Brown watches and waits. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Tim Donnelly, Field Poll, Dan Newman, PPIC, Meg Whitman
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 Brown to visit Mexican president

The governor's office announces he will discuss immigration with Enrique Pena Nieto. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Rocky Chavez, Kamala Harris
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 California governor to meet with Mexican president

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- Gov. Jerry Brown travels to Mexico for three days of meetings starting Monday and will discuss immigration in separate sit-downs with President Enrique Pena Nieto and Central American diplomatic and religious ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Rocky Chavez, Kamala Harris
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 NEW: Groundwater war breaks out

  Future historians might mark July 20 as the date when a full scale war broke out over California’s groundwater. On July 20 in the Los Angeles Times, George Skelton, the dean of California journalists, said it was unfair to tell him he ... »Read

In this article: Roger Dickinson, Legislature, Fran Pavley, George Skelton, water
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 Many Hurdles in the Race to Recess

Congress will try to deal with the border crisis, VA reform, and a host of other issues before adjourning for the summer on Thursday. »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Pamela Harris, Kevin McCarthy, Jeff Miller, Jeff Miller
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