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 Dan Morain: Pan-Dickinson race is a fight over the biggest business of all, health care
Sacramento Bee/Opinion - Sept. 21, 12:00 am
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 California Republicans plotting path beyond 2014
Sacramento Bee - Sept. 20, 10:28 pm
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 Kevin McCarthy ribs Jerry Brown, backs Kashkari
Sacramento Bee - Sept. 20, 10:14 pm
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 49er player not IDd in Santa Clara City Council controversy
San Francisco Chronicle - Sept. 21, 4:30 am
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 4 of 5 escaped Madera County inmates captured
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 Gov. Jerry Brown signs bills to boost purchases of electric cars

Gov. Jerry Brown signed a package of bills Sunday boosting the state's market for electric cars, including a measure to make such vehicles more affordable for low-income residents. »Read

In this article: Air Resources Board, Jerry Brown, Jim Evans, Albert Y. Muratsuchi
Bills: AB 2013, SB 1275,
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 California authorities catch 4 of 5 jail escapees

Four of five men have been recaptured a day after their escape from a central California jail, authorities said. The fifth man remained at large. This undated booking photo provided by the Madera, Calif., County Jail shows Ricardo Cendejas, 19. ... »Read

In this article: Juan Lopez, Jorge Lopez
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 Kashkari Aims To Unify GOP After Weekend Divisions

Republican gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari is making the most of his low-profile speaking slot at the party's convention. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, California Republican Party
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 U.S. senator says no place for violence in NFL

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Women of the U.S. Senate have taken notice and will speak up about how the National Football League has handled domestic abuse cases involving its players, a leading lawmaker said on Sunday. »Read

In this article: Dianne Feinstein, Nancy Pelosi
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 Inmate still at large after California jail escape; 4 others captured

Four inmates were recaptured and one remains on the loose after their Friday night escape from Madera County jail, officials said. »Read

In this article: Juan Lopez, Jorge Lopez
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 Thousands pack New York's streets to march against climate change

Thousands of peaceful demonstrators, including Native Americans in traditional clothing, politicians and top environmental activists, descended on Manhattan to draw attention to climate change Sunday. »Read

In this article: global warming, renewable energy, Thomas F. Steyer, water
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 VIDEO: Neel Kashkari calls candidacy ‘transformational moment’ for GOP

Neel Kashkari, proud of his speech to the California Republican Party and weary of questions about two Republican statewide candidates’ refusal to endorse him, said Sunday he has “set an example” for other Republican candidates ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, California Republican Party, Steve Poizner, Mitt Romney, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Meg Whitman
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 Lawmakers Express Reservations About Obama's Islamic State Strategy

Lawmakers on Sunday expressed reservations about the president’s Islamic State strategy and questioned whether the operation to defeat the extremist militants would ultimately require boots on the ground. »Read

In this article: Dianne Feinstein, Barack Obama, Adam Schiff
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 1 inmate at large after Madera County jail escape; 4 others captured

Four inmates were recaptured and one remains on the loose after their Friday night escape from Madera County jail, officials said. »Read

In this article: Juan Lopez, Jorge Lopez
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 California GOP endorses water bond, rainy-day fund

California Republicans have given their blessing to a pair of measures on the Nov. 4 ballot heavily favored by Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative Democrats. California GOP delegates listen as chairman Jim Brulte speaks at the ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, James Brulte, Connie Conway, Legislature, Charles Munger, Kristin Olsen, Proposition 2, water
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 Jerry Brown signs bill for bike lane fee

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill that would allow local voters to consider a yearly fee on vehicle registrations to build bike lanes, bike lockers and other bicycle facilities. Bicyclists and pedestrians walk or ride on the Golden Gate Bridge ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Mark DeSaulnier, Legislature
Bills: SB 1183,
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 NEW: Minimum wage kills minimum-wage jobs

As I noted six weeks ago, I’ve been noticing higher restaurant prices since California boosted its minimum wage on July 1, to $9 from $8 an hour; with a $10 increase coming in 2016. A new study by the Heritage Foundation shows how minimum-wage ... »Read

In this article: minimum wage, SEIU
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 4 of 5 escaped Madera County inmates captured

Four of the five inmates who escaped from the Madera County Jail are back in custody. Investigators are still searching for Roel Soliz. »Read

In this article: Juan Lopez, Jorge Lopez
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 How I Made It: California Fashion Assn. president Ilse Metchek

The gig: Ilse Metchek is president of the California Fashion Assn., which puts her in the perfect spot to be the connector and self-described 'class historian' for the Southland's fashion and retail industry. Metchek oversees a roster of more than ... »Read

In this article: minimum wage, Richard Riordan
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 Strong reasons to retain state justices

California voters will see the names of three state Supreme Court justices and numerous Court of Appeal justices on their Nov. 4 ballots, a result of the state's hybrid system for keeping politics to a minimum in the court system while still ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, campaign finance, Gray Davis, George Deukmejian, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Kathryn Mickle Werdegar, Pete Wilson
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 49er player not IDd in Santa Clara City Council controversy

At issue is a resolution proposed by Next Door, a South Bay domestic violence nonprofit, calling on the 49ers to bench defensive lineman Ray McDonald until the issues surrounding his August arrest on suspicion of domestic violence are resolved. 'No ... »Read

In this article: Edwin M. Lee, Leland Yee
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 Endorsement: Measure L is a balanced plan to grant more power to Sacramento’s mayors

Whether you support Kevin Johnson or not, it’s time for the city charter to be updated. Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson pumps up the crowd before the game as Republic FC hosts LA Galaxy II in the second round of the USL Pro playoff at ... »Read

In this article: Kevin Johnson, John Shirey
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 Rand Paul Serves Thin Gruel to GOP Convention

California Republicans hoping to be fired up and inspired by U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, the keynote speaker at Saturday's GOP convention, instead were given a limp, meandering ramble, in which the prospective presidential candidate took recycled shots at ... »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Robert Huff, John McCain, universal health care
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 Red-light camera contractor spent thousands on meals for Sacramento County and CHP employees

Sacramento County sheriff’s deputies and California Highway Patrol officers accepted free meals totaling thousands of dollars from the private company that operates the county’s red-light intersection cameras, then recommended that the ... »Read

In this article: Jessica A. Levinson, Robert Stern
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 Dan Morain: Pan-Dickinson race is a fight over the biggest business of all, health care

California's health care battle is playing out in the race between Richard Pan and Roger Dickinson. Dan Morain »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, California Nurses Association, Roger Dickinson, Steven Glazer, Ed Hernandez, Dan Morain, Richard Pan, SEIU, Darrell Steinberg
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 Viewpoints: Martins Beach property rights fight affects us all

Government coercion is wrong, even if the target is rich. Paul J. Beard »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, eminent domain, Jerry Hill, Vinod Khosla, Legislature
Bills: SB 968,
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 Amid tense California Republican Party convention, chairman calls privately for fewer gatherings

California Republican Party Chairman Jim Brulte said in an e-mail to party leaders Saturday that he never thought the party should hold a convention so close to the general election and that he wants fewer conventions in the future. California ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, James Brulte, California Republican Party, Tim Clark, Harmeet Dhillon, Aaron McLear, Ron Nehring
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 California Republicans plotting path beyond 2014

Republican Rand Paul, the Kentucky senator and probable presidential candidate, urged a fundamental transformation of his party Saturday, challenging California’s GOP leaders to swell their ranks with diverse candidates that embrace a broad ... »Read

In this article: Proposition 13, Jerry Brown, James Brulte, California Republican Party, Legislature, Steven R. Maviglio, referendum, Susan Shelley, Jose Solorio, Shawn Steel
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 Kevin McCarthy ribs Jerry Brown, backs Kashkari

After two statewide Republican candidates refused to commit to their gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of Bakersfield on Saturday left little doubt who he’s voting for in November. House Majority ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, California Republican Party, Kevin McCarthy, water
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