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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."

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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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Minimum wage up $3 in Oakland; may impact small businesses

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 L.A. labor leaders seek minimum wage exemption for firms with union workers
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 Once aided by courts, can Latino politicians survive Supreme Court act?
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 Around the World, Limiting Direct Democracy
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 Trading grass for cash: MWD has a winner on its hands
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 A low-key Facebook building? In Gehry's hands, Zuckerberg has it both ways
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 Rick Santorum entering GOP race for president

Rick Santorum, who was the runner-up in the Republican primary race four years ago but has never been considered his party’s heir apparent, announced his second presidential bid on Wednesday. [...] just days before the Iowa caucuses, Santorum ... »Read

In this article: Mike Huckabee, minimum wage, Mitt Romney, Same-sex marriage
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 California awards $250M to high school career prep programs

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- California is betting big - $1.4 billion over five years - that connecting high school studies to specific careers will get more students to graduate, go on to college and find well-paying jobs.... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, technical education, Tom Torlakson
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 In return to S.C., Clinton accuses GOP of neglecting women, minorities

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton accused Republicans and business interests Wednesday of turning a blind eye to unequal pay and advancement opportunities for working women and said she isn’t “afraid to ... »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Carly Fiorina, Barack Obama, Early Primary
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 L.A. mayor: Minimum wage exemption for unionized firms needs study

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said Wednesday that a proposal to  exempt some unionized companies from paying a $15-per-hour minimum wage needs further scrutiny, but he stopped short of saying whether he would support or oppose it. »Read

In this article: Mike Feuer, Eric Garcetti, minimum wage, Herb Wesson
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 Democrats to Homeland Security: Free migrant families from 'jail-like' sites

A majority of House Democrats on Wednesday sent a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson demanding an end to family detention of immigrants. »Read

In this article: Zoe Lofgren, Nancy Pelosi
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 Equal pay bill unanimously passes the Senate

The state Senate unanimously passed a bill Tuesday that seeks to strengthen the law on equal pay rights for female workers while giving all California employees new legal tools to fight wage discrimination. The legislation by Sen. Hannah-Beth ... »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Carly Fiorina, Hannah-Beth Jackson, Legislature, Barack Obama
Bills: SB 358,
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 Kamala Harris cautions against 'one-size-fits-all' approach on body cameras

As numerous proposals on body cameras for police officers make their way through the Legislature, state Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris on Wednesday cautioned against using a 'one-size-fits-all' approach to regulate their use. »Read

In this article: Kamala Harris, Legislature, Shirley Weber
Bills: AB 66,
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 VIDEO: Clean car trade-in program launches with Capitol truck demolition

Programs aim to put clean cars in poorest, most polluted parts of California Cap-and-trade auction revenue will replace about 600 cars this year Senate leader Kevin de León led crushing of old pickup truck … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Air Resources Board, Mary Nichols
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 Tax board Chairman Jerome Horton taken from meeting via ambulance

Jerome Horton, chairman of the California Board of Equalization, was taken from a board meeting by ambulance to Mercy General Hospital on Wednesday. A BOE spokeswoman confirmed Horton’s departure and … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Board of Equalization, Jerome Horton
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 Are chiropractors being punished for opposing vaccination bill?

Chiropractors omitted from Medi-Cal payment increaseAssemblyman suggests retribution for opposition to vaccination billTwo medical groups continue sparring over issue … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Brian W. Jones, Brian W. Jones, Richard Pan, state budget
Bills: SB 277,
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 Analysis: Recent California newspaper editorials

May 24 … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Richard Bloom, Jerry Brown, Legislature, Richard D. Roth, water
Bills: AB 888, AB 1699,
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 Alex Rodriguez moves into third on all-time RBI list after 3-run HR

Alex Rodriguez hit a three-run homer in the third inning of Wednesday's game at Yankee Stadium, giving him 1,995 career RBIs. He passed Lou Gehrig (1,993) on the all-time list. »Read

In this article: Chris Young, Chris Young
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 To make a point about environment, de Leon smashes old truck at the Capitol (Video)

Senate leader Kevin de León said some glowing words Wednesday about California leading a revolution for clean vehicles. Then, holding a small girl in his arms, he cheered alongside a small army of environmental advocates as a forklift smashed an ... »Read

In this article: Air Resources Board, Mary Nichols, Stanley Young
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 Not I, Said the Fly

Who created the drought? »Read

In this article: Drought, Carly Fiorina, global warming
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 FPPC investigating complaints against Patty Lopez

Campaign finance watchdog examining assemblywoman’s finances Since upsetting incumbent, Lopez targeted by complaints … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Raul Bocanegra, campaign finance, Fair Political Practices Commission, David Hernandez
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 The Fix: Your online guide to Rick Santorum

Part nine in a series: Your online guide to the presidential candidates. Each time someone decides to run, we'll do something similar, helping you navigate the online world around each candidate. (Part 1: Ted Cruz. Part 2: Rand Paul. Part 3: ... »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Carly Fiorina, Mike Huckabee, James James
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 5 Taliban leaders swapped for Bergdahl could soon be free to travel

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A one-year travel ban is expiring for five senior Taliban leaders held in U.S. detention at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, until they were released last year in exchange for Sgt. »Read

In this article: John McCain, Barack Obama, Ed Royce, Adam Schiff
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 Democrats Urge End to Detention of Immigrant Families

With thousands of undocumented immigrants still seeking asylum from Central American countries, 136 House Democrats sent a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson Wednesday calling on the Obama administration to end family detention. »Read

In this article: Zoe Lofgren, Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi
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 Note to Politicians: Stop Being So Self-Centered About Medical Research Funding

Steve Benen mentions one of my pet peeves today: politicians who want to cut spending on everything except for research on one particular disease that happens to affect them personally. A couple of years ago, for example, Sen. Mark Kirk suddenly ... »Read

In this article: Mark Kirk, Maria Shriver
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 Irvine's Republicans Keep Moving Backwards

The Irvine Republican Council majority did two things last night — they repealed the city’s Living Wage ordinance and they eliminated the city’s already cheaper than cheap Business Tax license fee of $51 per business.  The Voice ... »Read

In this article: minimum wage, Loretta Sanchez
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 First William Shatner, now Moby: Celebrities' ideas for tackling California drought

Move over Capt. James T. Kirk. Now Moby wants to boldly go forward with a plan to ease California's drought. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought, water
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 Watchdog groups ask Justice Dept to probe Jeb Bush's super PAC

Watchdog groups an investigation into whether Jeb Bush is improperly coordinating with his super PAC. »Read

In this article: campaign finance, Loretta Lynch, Mike Murphy
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 SCOTUS may upend redistricting commission

The Supreme Court is poised to rule on the constitutionality of citizen redistricting commissions such as the one approved by California voters in 2008. From Melanie Mason and Patrick McGreevy at the Los Angeles Times: 'If the court strikes down ... »Read

In this article: Roderick Wright, state budget, Barack Obama, Jim Miller, Legislature, John Casey, Toni Atkins
Bills: AB 431,
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 Travel ban for 5 Taliban leaders exchanged for Bowe Bergdahl to end

The Taliban leaders were released a year ago in exchange for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl »Read

In this article: John McCain, Barack Obama, Ed Royce, Adam Schiff
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 House Dems urge Obama to end immigrant family detention

Democrats say the Obama administration 'has not fully grasped the serious harm being inflicted upon mothers and children in custody.' »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Zoe Lofgren, Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi
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 Q&A with Allan Hoffenblum on the California Target Book

(Editor’s Note: For twenty years, The California Target Book has been the authoritative go-to guide for all interested in California elective politics. The Target Book contains detailed analysis of candidates, their supporters and background for ... »Read

In this article: California Target Book, Fair Political Practices Commission, Allan Hoffenblum, Scott M. Lay, Legislature, Paul Mitchell, Al Pross, Tony Quinn, Darry Sragow
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 It's Time to Improve California's Budget Process

Within the next 25 days, the Legislature must pass the 2015-16 state budget. During the past two decades, the process by which the budget was developed and brought to a vote became less and less open and transparent. At one time, the budget had to ... »Read

In this article: Debra Bowen, Legislature, Proposition 25, state budget
Bills: ACA 1,
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 Firms With Less than 20 Employees Created All The Net New Jobs In The U.S. From 1989 to 2012

The very small businesses, with fewer than 20 employees, have created all of the net new jobs in the United States over the period from 1989 to 2012 based on the data provided by the Office of Advocacy, U.S. Small Business Administration and the ... »Read
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 Around the World, Limiting Direct Democracy

California is not alone. Every year in California it seems, there are legislative attempts to put new regulations on direct democracy. I’m not talking about the big redesign the California initiative process needs, so that it fits better with the ... »Read

In this article: referendum
Bills: SB 1253,
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 Once aided by courts, can Latino politicians survive Supreme Court act?

The U.S. Supreme Court’s unexpected decision to take up a Texas voting case poses perhaps the most acute threat in a generation to Latino political strength in California. But how much of the threat actually materializes is decidedly less known. »Read

In this article: Bruce E. Cain, Gloria Molina, Alex Padilla, Loretta Sanchez, Antonio Villaraigosa, Betty T. Yee
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 Berkeley lab unveils solar energy center

Groundbreaking work expected to be performed at $59 million Solar Energy Research Center. »Read

In this article: Tom Bates, Steven Chu, renewable energy, water
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 L.A. labor leaders seek minimum wage exemption for firms with union workers

Labor leaders, who were among the strongest supporters of the citywide minimum wage increase approved last week by the Los Angeles City Council, are advocating last-minute changes to the law that could create an exemption for companies with ... »Read

In this article: Mike Feuer, minimum wage
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 Trading grass for cash: MWD has a winner on its hands

The drought warnings have sunk in. So many Southern Californians want to rip out their water-hogging lawns that the Metropolitan Water District nearly ran out of money for turf removal rebates. In the last year, residents, businesses and public ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought, water
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 California Budget Proposal Raises Questions Of Vaccine Bill Retaliation

Assembly Republicans want to know if Legislative Democrats are using their state budget proposals to punish a medical group that opposes California's controversial vaccine bill. In separate proposals for the fiscal year that starts in ... »Read

In this article: Assembly Republicans, Jerry Brown, Shannon L. Grove, Brian W. Jones, Brian W. Jones, Holly J. Mitchell, Kristin Olsen, state budget, Jeff Stone, Tony Thurmond, Shirley Weber
Bills: SB 277,
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 A low-key Facebook building? In Gehry's hands, Zuckerberg has it both ways

There are a couple of ways to explain how Frank Gehry came to design a very large but surprisingly plain-spoken building for Facebook in Silicon Valley. »Read

In this article: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bobby Shriver
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 14 Open House Seats, Few Takeover Opportunities

More than 90 percent of House incumbents routinely get re-elected, so open seats are a hot commodity. Five months into the 114th Congress, 14 House members have announced their departure, but just four of the seats they are leaving behind can be ... »Read

In this article: Lois Capps, Janice Hahn, John McCain, Patrick Murphy, Barack Obama, Mitt Romney, Loretta Sanchez
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 Democrats hope for Hillary coattails

Candidates expect her presence would affect their fates as well. »Read

In this article: Amerish Bera, Julia Brownley, Hillary Clinton, minimum wage, Barack Obama, Raul Ruiz, sick leave
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 Travel ban ends for Guantanamo inmates swapped for Bergdahl

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A one-year travel ban is expiring for five senior Taliban leaders held in U.S. detention at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, until they were released last year in exchange for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, raising the possibility that the five can ... »Read

In this article: John McCain, Barack Obama, Ed Royce, Adam Schiff
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 Santa Barbara Spill: Case Study of Post-MSM News

The Santa Barbara oil spill is noteworthy in part as a case study of how news is gathered and disseminated in a digital world of niche operations and fragmented audiences. Much crucial information made its way up the news food chain from small local ... »Read

In this article: water
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 Singing the summer-blend blues

Nearly two-and-half million Southern California residents hit the road over the Memorial Day weekend, according to an estimate by the Automobile Club of Southern California. That was a 5.6 percent increase from last year in car trips of at least ... »Read

In this article: Severin Borenstein, Jamie Court, Thomas F. Steyer
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 Tobacco-related bills aim to raise prices, legal smoking age

A fight over tobacco is heating up at the state Capitol, where a handful of major cigarette-related bills are being debated. »Read

In this article: Ed Hernandez, Mark Leno, Richard Pan
Bills: SB 140, SB 151, SB 591,
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 California Assembly passes two bills to deter frivolous ballot measures

Amid outrage over a proposed initiative that calls for the execution of gays and lesbians, the California Assembly on Tuesday passed two bills to discourage outlandish ballot measures. »Read

In this article: Kim Alexander, Toni Atkins, Richard Bloom, Shannon L. Grove, Kamala Harris, Legislature, Anthony Rendon, Donald P. Wagner
Bills: AB 1100, AB 775, AB 884,
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 AM Alert: Kevin de Len smash! For the environment

Senate leader taking page from Arnold Schwarzenegger's playbook ... Sea World animals return for lobby day ... Pot backers lobby regulatory measures »Read

In this article: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Alex Padilla, Mary Nichols, Legislature, Drought, Kevin De Leon, Jerry Brown, Rob Bonta, Air Resources Board, water
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