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Study Finds Tripling Tobacco Tax Would Ignite Smuggling

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Minimum wage bill advances to Senate floor

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 Villaraigosa on Teachers Unions
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 Signs of donor fatigue at Obama's Bay Area fundraisers
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 AB 2171: Another Effort by Plaintiff's Lawyers to Find New Ways to Sue
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 NEW: State peddles idea that bullet train contractors are investors
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 California climate change policies to hit pocketbooks

Prices at the pump could rise as a result. [...] the state's efforts to curb emissions, boost renewable power and encourage alternative fuels haven't hit Californians in the pocketbook. Impact on prices debatedUnder the cap-and-trade system, ... »Read

In this article: Air Resources Board, Mark Baldassare, global warming, greenhouse gas, Tupper Hull, Henry Perea
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 Brown says border is humanitarian issue

Brown called the arrival of unaccompanied young migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border “a humanitarian question” rather than a political one. California First Lady Anne Gust Brown and Gov. Jerry Brown speak with Jose Antonio Meade ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Anne Gust
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 Californians Want Action on Environment

New poll shows Californians want to lead on responding to climate change by Brian Leubitz In a PPIC poll just released this evening, Californians said that they want action on the environment. As you can see from the graph, Californians think the ... »Read

In this article: global warming, Legislature, Brian Leubitz, Fabian Nunez, PPIC, Arnold Schwarzenegger
Bills: AB 32,
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 Poll: Californians support global warming rules - unless gas prices rise

Californians continue to strongly support their state’s efforts to reduce greenhouse gases – until they find out it involves higher gasoline prices, according to a new poll released Wednesday. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, global warming, greenhouse gas, Legislature, PPIC, water
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 Poll says Gov. Brown has nearly 20 point lead over challenger Kashkari

Gov. Jerry Brown has a nearly 20-point advantage over GOP challenger Neel Kashkari, according to new poll released Wednesday, which also found strong support among Californians for the state's landmark global warming law. »Read

In this article: Mark Baldassare, Jerry Brown, global warming, greenhouse gas, Legislature, PPIC, renewable energy, water
Bills: AB 32,
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 Feds propose phasing out older crude-oil train tank cars

The U.S. Department of Transportation on Wednesday proposed a two-year phase-out of older railroad tank cars used to transport crude oil, which have been involved in several serious derailments over the past year. Officials in California and ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Hill, Doris O. Matsui, Michael R. Peevey
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 Republicans Keeping Their Faith in Scott Brown

Despite polls showing him struggling to make inroads in New Hampshire, Republicans insist he'll surprise the skeptics. »Read

In this article: Mitt Romney, Bob Smith, Kathy Sullivan
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 What Happens When Extremism Becomes Mainstream?

What used to be widely seen as loony is now broadly accepted or tolerated by the Republican Party. »Read

In this article: Newt Gingrich, global warming, Legislature, John McCain, Kevin McCarthy, Barack Obama, Mike Reynolds
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 Brown praises judicial nominee’s credentials, background

Explaining his nomination of Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar to the California Supreme Court at a press conference Wednesday afternoon, Governor Jerry Brown emphasized Cuéllar’s academic credentials and noted that he was “not ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Carlos R. Moreno
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 Republican Paul Ryan to renew U.S. poverty debate with grant plan

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican Representative Paul Ryan will probably spark a new round of arguments over how to fight poverty in America on Thursday as he introduces a sweeping plan to replace long-standing social safety net programs with new ... »Read

In this article: Barbara Lee, minimum wage, Barack Obama
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 Alameda city briefs: Alameda Buddhist Temple to host Obon festival Saturday

The free event at the Alameda Buddhist Temple will begin with a mini food bazaar at 4 p.m. that will include hot dogs and hamburgers, as well as udon and teriyaki and the 'bon odori,' a dance traditionally performed during the festival, will take ... »Read

In this article: Willie Brown, Trung Nguyen, water
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 The Buzz: Brown keeps mostly mum on teacher tenure ruling

In his first public comments on the controversial Vergara v. California ruling that struck down teacher tenure laws in June, Gov. Jerry Brown offered little insight into his thinking on the ruling. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Kamala Harris, Barack Obama
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 Community Forum Wednesday Night On North Park Attacks

San Diego police are looking for at least two suspects in a series of attacks in North Park. They've released a sketch of one of the men. »Read

In this article: Toni Atkins, Todd Gloria
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 Property taxes can be hiked without voter OK to pay for $25B Delta tunnels

Urban water districts in California can raise property taxes without first getting voter approval to pay for the state's multi-billion dollar plan to build twin tunnels and export water out of the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, according to the ... »Read

In this article: Proposition 13, Jerry Brown, Legislative Analyst's Office, water
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 Brown keeps mostly mum on teacher tenure ruling

In his first public comments on the controversial Vergara v. California ruling that struck down teacher tenure laws in June, Governor Jerry Brown said only that attorney general Kamala Harris had on Monday filed a request for additional information ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, California Teachers Association, Kamala Harris
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 NEW: Tax increases boost jobs?

Do tax increases boost jobs? Or kill jobs? Here’s the take of David Cay Johnston in the Bee: Dire predictions about jobs being destroyed spread across California in 2012 as voters debated whether to enact the sales and, for those near the top ... »Read

In this article: Proposition 13, Jerry Brown, Joel Fox, Arnold Schwarzenegger
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 SF changing employee rules after Avalos affair

Officials in the city's Department of Human Resources will soon revise the employee handbook that governs the conduct of the city's workers to specify that elected officials must report affairs with subordinates to a third party. The problem is ... »Read

In this article: John Avalos, Gavin Newsom
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 Signs of donor fatigue at Obama's Bay Area fundraisers

President Obama hit the Bay Area for a fast cash-and-grab fundraising drive Wednesday, but there were signs that even in one of the nation's most reliable Democratic ATMs, donor fatigue is setting in. [...] in Los Altos Hills, the heart of Silicon ... »Read

In this article: Anna G. Eshoo, Michael Honda, Ro Khanna, George Marcu, Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi
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 California seeks final ruling on teacher tenure

California officials are asking a Los Angeles judge to finalize and justify his decision striking down tenure and other job protections for teachers, a precursor to a possible appeal. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Kamala Harris
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 Conservative groups fell Swalwell's bipartisan bill

A Bay Area House member’s bill to step up the nation’s exploration of critical elements – used in tech products, aircraft and renewable energy projects – failed this week after two conservative groups urged its defeat. Rep. Eric Swalwell’s ... »Read

In this article: Kevin McCarthy, renewable energy, Eric Swalwell
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 Oakland: Hillary Clinton launches campaign that recommends reading aloud to children from birth

Hillary Clinton helped launch a campaign aimed at encouraging parents to read aloud to infants from birth at the UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland on Wednesday. »Read

In this article: Bay Area Council, Hillary Clinton, Jim Wunderman
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 Hillary Clinton launches campaign that recommends reading aloud to children from birth

Hillary Clinton helped launch a campaign aimed at encouraging parents to read aloud to infants from birth at the UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland on Wednesday. »Read

In this article: Bay Area Council, Hillary Clinton, Jim Wunderman
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 Utilities unplugged a military 'power' play

Are military officials trying to get utility ratepayers to subsidize their operations? »Read

In this article: Legislature, Kevin Mullin, renewable energy
Bills: AB 2649,
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 President Obama leaves Bay Area after fundraising trip

President Barack Obama left the Bay Area this afternoon after a quick visit that included fundraising events in San Francisco and the South Bay earlier Wednesday. »Read

In this article: Anna G. Eshoo, George Marcu, Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi
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 Khanna knocks Honda on attendance record

Democratic challenger Ro Khanna took Rep. Mike Honda to task Wednesday for missing floor votes on four bills the day before, including two of which he’s a co-sponsor and a third by a fellow Bay Area member. “The bare minimum that’s expected of ... »Read

In this article: Michael Honda, Ro Khanna, George Marcu, Barack Obama
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 California lawmaker's bribery trial postponed until he leaves office

(Reuters) - California state Senator Ron Calderon's trial on bribery charges has been delayed until after he leaves office this year. »Read

In this article: Ron Calderon, Thomas M. Calderon, Roderick Wright, Leland Yee
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 Film, TV productions follow the money -- away from California, says report

Most film and television productions turned down for a subsidy from the state of California over a recent four-year period ended up shooting in other states or countries, according to a new report released Wednesday. »Read

In this article: Eric Garcetti, Film tax
Bills: AB 1839,
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 Mercury News editorial: Cuéllar is an excellent choice for California's Supreme Court

Gov. Jerry Brown is again re-making the state's high court, but this time he's putting a premium on exceptional scholarship, not just ideology. »Read

In this article: Marvin R. Baxter, Jerry Brown, Joyce L. Kennard
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 Eligible California immigrants not receiving healthcare, Pan says

California immigrants who are newly eligible for government health care are being rebuffed because of inadequate communication between public agencies, Assemblyman Richard Pan, D-Sacramento, and advocates warned on Wednesday. Assemblyman ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Richard Pan, Cathy Senderling, Norman Williams
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 Obama, in town to pass the collection plate, touts accomplishments

With crises abounding at home and abroad, President Barack Obama told some of Silicon Valley's richest Democratic donors Wednesday that he's proud of his presidency's economic and other accomplishments and needs a Democratic House majority with ... »Read

In this article: Amerish Bera, Julia Brownley, Lois Capps, Anna G. Eshoo, Michael Honda, George Marcu, Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Scott Peters, Raul Ruiz, water
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 Contra Costa Times editorial: Gov. Jerry Brown's court nominee is an excellent choice

Gov. Jerry Brown has always sought to be a transformational leader. In his first stint as governor, three of his appointees to the California Supreme Court were indeed transformational, but perhaps not in the way Brown had hoped. »Read

In this article: Marvin R. Baxter, Jerry Brown, Joyce L. Kennard
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 Fantasy Baseball Winners Hit a Home Run

Roughly one month after the 53rd Annual Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game, players and fans have another reason to celebrate their performances at Nationals Park. »Read

In this article: Patrick Murphy, Raul Ruiz, Eric Swalwell
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 Sanders Says Money Still Stalling VA Conference

A congressional fix for the veterans health care crisis remains stalled over the pricetag. »Read

In this article: Jeff Miller, Jeff Miller
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 White House Pool report: "You're chronicling the slow deterioration of Barack Obama"

” Note: As one of two local print pool reporters covering the President’s visit to Los Altos Hills today, we filed raw reports to the White House press pool about the Obama remarks at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee fundraiser in ... »Read

In this article: George Marcu, Carla Marinucci, minimum wage, Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi
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 Report from Obama's Los Altos Hills fundraiser

My story will be posted soon to mercurynews.com, but here’s the entire pool report I just filed from President Obama’s remarks at a Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee fundraiser at the Los Altos Hills home of real estate mogul ... »Read

In this article: Anna G. Eshoo, George Marcu, minimum wage, Nancy Pelosi, water
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 Oakland Tribune editorial: Brown's court nominee is an excellent choice

Gov. Jerry Brown has always sought to be a transformational leader. In his first stint as governor three of his appointees to the California Supreme Court were indeed transformational, but perhaps not in the way Brown had hoped. »Read

In this article: Marvin R. Baxter, Jerry Brown, Joyce L. Kennard
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 White flags that replaced American flags at Brooklyn Bridge taken down

Investigators are trying to figure out how someone swapped out two large American flags atop the Brooklyn Bridge with bleached flags. »Read

In this article: Bill Bratton, John Miller
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 Irvine Designates Land for Veterans Cemetery

The unanimous decision Tuesday night is largely credited to an organized advocacy effort by veterans. »Read

In this article: Larry Agran, Jerry Brown, Legislature
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 Lawsuit tests racial policy at California prisons

A federal judge will consider whether California's policy of locking up prisoners by race violates their constitutional rights. »Read

In this article: California prisons, Robert Mitchell
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 Claremont council rejects alternative water proposal

CLAREMONT >> The City Council unanimously rejected a proposal between a group of residents and Golden State Water Co., aimed to stop acquisition efforts of the local water system, saying it did not believe it was legally enforceable or provide a ... »Read

In this article: eminent domain, Donna Lowe, Joe Lyons, Joe Lyons, Opanyi Nasiali, Larry Schroeder, water
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 U.S. officials, lawmakers clash over Iraq policy

Officials and lawmakers are butting heads over the American response to Iraq's Sunni insurgency, and even Democrats are questioning Obama »Read

In this article: Dana Rohrabacher, Ed Royce
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 Texas Delays Rollout Of New Teacher Evaluations

Texas will take an additional year to pilot a controversial new state teacher evaluation system, Education Commissioner Michael Williams told federal education officials Wednesday. “Texas educators understand the need to update the current ... »Read

In this article: No Child Left Behind, Michael Williams
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 Judge dismisses conspiracy charges against Colonies defendants

SAN BERNARDINO -- Superior Court Judge Michael A. Smith today dismissed the conspiracy charges against all four defendants in the Upland Colonies case, saying the statute of limitations had passed.Defendant Jeff Burum's attorney, Stephen Larson, ... »Read

In this article: Paul Biane, Jeffrey Burum, Jim Erwin, Mark Kirk, Gary Ovitt
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 Judge dismisses conspiracy charge in San Bernardino Colonies corruption case

SAN BERNARDINO >> Prosecutors in San Bernardino County's Colonies corruption case suffered a major blow to their case on Wednesday when a judge dismissed conspiracy charges against all four defendants.San Bernardino Superior Court Judge Michael A. ... »Read

In this article: Paul Biane, Jeffrey Burum, Jim Erwin, Mark Kirk, Gary Ovitt, Bill Postmus
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 City Heights Residents Want A Grocery Store But Maybe Not El Super

Albertsons caused an uproar when it left the so-called food desert in February. Now, a new supermarket is coming to City Heights, but residents aren't welcoming it with open arms. »Read

In this article: Marti Emerald, sick leave
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 GovBeat: What kind of laws are you supposed to pass to convince 38 million people to conserve water during a drought?

As California continues to face the driest period in its history, lawmakers are grappling with the best way to encourage water conservation in a state of 38 million people. On Monday, Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill barring homeowner’s ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Nora Campos, Legislature, water
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 NEW: 'Six Californias' will go before voters

Its debut on a California ballot might still be two years away. But this month, supporters successfully verified the quixotic, Silicon Valley-powered Six Californias initiative obtained the necessary signatures to receive an up or down vote. As ... »Read

In this article: Debra Bowen, Jeff Denham, Doug LaMalfa, Legislature
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 Obama in Bay Area for two fundraisers; Republicans criticize trip

President Barack Obama arrived at San Francisco International Airport on Tuesday night for a fundraising trip to the Bay Area. »Read

In this article: Anna G. Eshoo, illegal immigration, George Marcu, Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi
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 NEW: State peddles idea that bullet train contractors are investors

On Jan. 11, 2010, the Legislative Analyst’s Office issued a report on the latest iteration of the business plan for the California High-Speed Rail Authority. It contained a game-changing conclusion — a predictable conclusion but still a ... »Read

In this article: Jeffrey Barker, Jerry Brown, High-Speed Rail, Chris Reed, Dan Richard
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 Jerry Brown's state Supreme Court nominee "a statement to the nation"

California may soon have its first Latino immigrant serving on the state Supreme Court, if the governor's nomination of a Standford law professor is approved. Bob Egelko reports for the San Francisco Chronicle: 'Cullar's appointment is 'a statement ... »Read

In this article: Darrell Steinberg, George Marcu, Ron Calderon, Jerry Brown, Board of Equalization, water
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 Moorlach's outsourcing initiative proposal dies

At Tuesday's Board of Supervisors meeting the proposal by lame-duck (chicken) Supervisor John Moorlach to place a ballot measure before the voters to authorize the Board to outsource county jobs on a whim failed to gain the needed support. ... »Read

In this article: Patricia Bates, John Moorlach, Todd Spitzer
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 Why California banned full-contact football practices

A new California law bans full-contact football practices for middle and high school students due to concerns over possible concussions. In Los Angeles, a high school now has mandatory baseline testing for concussions for all students. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Ken Cooley
Bills: AB 2127,
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 Villaraigosa on Teachers Unions

Former Los Angeles mayor, California Assembly Speaker, and importantly, teacher union organizer, Antonio Villaraigosa had some sharp words for teachers unions in a Wall Street Journal opinion piece. Reacting to rhetoric at two recent teacher ... »Read

In this article: Antonio Villaraigosa
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 A Claude Rains Moment On Campaign Spending

(Editor’s Note: The Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association has filed a lawsuit to remove the measure discussed below from the ballot.  More on the HJTA lawsuit can be found here.) Worried about turnout in November, Democrats have placed an advisory ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Legislature, Ted W. Lieu, Meg Whitman
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 AB 2171: Another Effort by Plaintiff's Lawyers to Find New Ways to Sue

There are many reasons that California is ranked as the #1 Judicial Hellhole in the United States, including widespread abusive ADA lawsuits,shakedown Proposition 65 lawsuits or food litigation. But if some legislators get their way, things ... »Read

In this article: Bob Wieckowski
Bills: AB 2171,
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 What Is Holding Up California Ethics Reform?

2014 has seen numerous corruption stories in California government. Suspended State Senator Rod Wright awaits sentencing for eight felony counts of perjury and voter fraud. The FBI charged state Senator Ronald Calderon with accepting bribes. And ... »Read

In this article: Ron Calderon, campaign finance, Peter DeMarco, Jerry Hill, Robert Huff, Legislature, Jessica A. Levinson, state budget, Phillip Ung, Roderick Wright, Leland Yee
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