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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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 Recent editorials published in Iowa newspapers

Telegraph Herald. July 27, 2014.Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, illegal immigration, renewable energy, water
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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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 California governor to meet with Mexican president

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 leaders. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Rocky Chavez, Kamala Harris
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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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 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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 Dan Walters: Legality of advisory ballot measures needs judicial clarity

Nothing in California’s Constitution or statute law authorizes the Legislature or the initiative process to place nonbinding advisory measures on the ballot, soliciting voter sentiment on some issue. Despite the lack of legal authority, the ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Legislature
Bills: SB 1402,
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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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 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
Bills: AB 3030,
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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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 Gov. Brown under pressure to open a trade office

Tourism is an important component of Jerry Brown's mission to Mexico, where the California governor is seeking new pathways to enhance commerce. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Lou Correa, Robert Huff, Allan Zaremberg
Bills: SB 928,
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 Issa orders former Export-Import Bank employee to appear at Oversight hearing

A House committee has subpoenaed a former Export-Import Bank employee in a widening investigation that could complicate efforts to reauthorize the lender two months before its charter expires. The worker is being ordered to testify Tuesday to the ... »Read

In this article: Darrell Issa, Kevin McCarthy
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 California agencies can't say if they are meeting water conservation goals

The sprinklers outside the California's state Capitol are off and the lawn is withering, the lemon- and cucumber-infused 'water stations' at the state pension building are gone, and prison inmates are taking shorter showers while campers at some ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, James Nielsen, unemployment insurance, water
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 In Mexico, everyone knew Schwarzenegger; math professor knows Brown

MEXICO CITY – Arnold Schwarzenegger? Jaime Grabinsky, a mathematician, buys a snack in Mexico City on July 27, 2014 »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Arnold Schwarzenegger
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 APNewsBreak: Tentative deal reached on VA reform

The chairmen of the House and Senate Veterans Affairs committees have reached a tentative agreement on a plan to improve veterans' health care.Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Jeff Miller, Jeff Miller
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 5 Hot Issues to Watch This Week

Santa Ana’s proposed gang injunction goes before a judge, and Huntington Beach considers limiting rent increases at mobile home parks. »Read

In this article: Proposition 13, Jose Moreno
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 Neighbors to Sand Fire evacuees provide clothes, animal shelters

With 1,200 El Dorado and Amador county residents leaving their homes this weekend because of the Sand Fire, neighboring communities have stepped in to provide clothing and shelter evacuees and their animals. Flames from the Sand fire, envelop ... »Read

In this article: Karen Spencer, Rodney Stanhope
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 California governor kicks off Mexico trade mission

Gov. Jerry Brown travels to Mexico for three days of meetings starting Monday aimed at increasing direct investments in California, promoting university exchanges and forming environmental partnerships to combat climate change. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Rocky Chavez, Kamala Harris
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