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Why The Grocery Bag Bill Should Be Referred

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 Assembly Subcommittee Flunks UC Budget
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 The Glass Jaw of Pension Funds is Asset Bubbles
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 Razing Anti-Business Roadblocks, In Reagan's Name
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 State Senate panel launches inquiry into PUC's oversight of utilities
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 Bill would double federal funds to restore S.F. Bay

WASHINGTON — San Francisco Bay is big, beautiful and beset by environmental problems, but it gets nowhere near the federal aid bestowed on other big bodies of water such as the Great Lakes or Chesapeake Bay. The Chesapeake also is near Washington ... »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Dianne Feinstein, Jackie Speier, water
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 A nimble comeback by unions?

One consequence of the steady decline of unions in America is that we've forgotten what little we used to know about what organized labor even means. »Read

In this article: John Lewis, minimum wage
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 California GOP alive, but struggling for a vision

California Republicans achieved their modest goals last year of preventing Democrats from securing a two-thirds majority in both houses of the state Legislature and rescuing the party from debt. Those gains don't add up to a lot, but at least the ... »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, James Brulte, California Republican Party, Harmeet Dhillon, Field Poll, Kamala Harris, Legislature, Jessica A. Levinson, Kristin Olsen, Pete Wilson
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 Dispute over leaked corruption document going to Los Angeles

A dispute over who leaked an affidavit detailing a corruption probe involving a state senator is heading to federal court in Los Angeles after a judge's action on Friday. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Ron Calderon, Kevin De Leon, Darrell Steinberg
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 House Democrats Save DHS From Shutdown, Republicans From Themselves

With just hours to go before a midnight deadline, Congress passed a one-week extension to fund the Department of Homeland Security and prevent sending 30,000 government employees home on furlough. The vote ended a tumultuous day in the House as ... »Read

In this article: Xavier Becerra, Darrell Issa, Mark Kirk, Nancy Pelosi
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 Assemblyman introduces Ontario Airport transfer legislation

A bipartisan Assembly bill introduced Friday would allow Ontario to issue revenue bonds to finance the acquisition of L.A./Ontario International Airport from Los Angeles.Assemblyman Freddie Rodriguez, D-Chino, and Assemblyman Jimmy Gomez, D-Los ... »Read

In this article: Jimmy Gomez, Jose Medina
Bills: AB 1455,
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 Brown continues trailblazing judicial appointments

Gov. Jerry Brown, a trailblazer in his judicial appointments, set some new milestones last year. A report from Brown’s office Friday said 35 of his 76 judicial appointees in 2014, or 46 percent, were racial or ethnic minorities. The figures ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Jim Humes
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 California bill would reduce sales tax on green cars

The California Legislature is considering a bill that would cut the state sales tax on green cars by more than half in an effort to spur sales of clean vehicles. »Read

In this article: Air Resources Board, Jerry Brown, Legislature, Phil Ting
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 Emails show PG&E helped PUC official write safety directive

In the months after the deadly 2010 San Bruno gas pipeline explosion, California regulators scrambled to order Pacific Gas & Electric Co. to improve the safety of its aging infrastructure. »Read

In this article: Paul Clanon, Loretta Lynch, Michael R. Peevey, Terrie Prosper, Mark Toney
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 New California water legislation might be on tap

California water legislation is starting to trickle across Capitol Hill. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Jerry Brown, Jim Costa, Dianne Feinstein, John Garamendi, Jared Huffman, Doug LaMalfa, Kevin McCarthy, David G. Valadao, water
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 La Verne, San Dimas will count their own ballots Tuesday

Residents of La Verne and San Dimas who want a close-up view of the election process can go to both City Council Chambers after polling places close at 8 p.m. Tuesday.La Verne City Clerk Jeannette Vagnozzi and San Dimas Deputy City Clerk Debra Black ... »Read

In this article: Chris Holden, Roberto Rodriguez, water
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 California Senators introduced fewer bills this year

The number of bills introduced by members of the California Senate by Friday’s deadline was the lowest number in the first year of a biennial session going back to 1989. »Read

In this article: Kevin De Leon, Lorena Gonzalez, Mark Leno
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 California department confronts $86 million IT bill for 'nothing'

State lawmakers’ want more information before they’ll put another $17.5 million into a struggling computer project. The Department of Consumer Affairs – which is implementing the BreEZe system – says the delay will trigger ... »Read

In this article: CalPERS, Michael Cohen, Loni Hancock, Legislature, Mark Leno
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 California Republicans gather for biannual convention

Hundreds of California Republican leaders and their guests gathered Friday in Sacramento for their biannual convention, with plans to celebrate their legislative victories in 2014 that blocked Democratic supermajorities in the Legislature and to ... »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, James Brulte, Rocky Chavez, Thomas Del Beccaro, Harmeet Dhillon, Legislature, Shawn Steel, Duf Sundheim
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 You won't have Villaraigosa to kick around anymore

Before Antonio Villaraigosa announced this week that he would not run for California's open U.S. Senate seat in 2016, some were framing a contest between the ex-Los Angeles mayor and state Atty. Gen. Kamala D. Harris, previously San Francisco's ... »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Eric Garcetti, Antonio Villaraigosa
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 Congress goes to brink on Homeland Security shutdown debate

A partial shutdown of the Department of Homeland Security loomed ever closer Friday evening as the House of Representatives failed to pass a short-term bill to finance the agency by…Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Kevin McCarthy, Devin Nunes, Barack Obama, Senate Democrats
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 California GOP alive but struggling for a vision, candidates

California Republicans achieved their modest goals last year of preventing Democrats from securing a two-thirds majority in both houses of the state Legislature and saving the party from financial ruin. Those gains don't add up to a lot, but at ... »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, James Brulte, California Republican Party, Harmeet Dhillon, Field Poll, Kamala Harris, Legislature, Jessica A. Levinson, Pete Wilson
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 Adam Hill running for reelection, not the assembly

By KAREN VELIE San Luis Obispo County Supervisor Adam Hill filed an intention to run for supervisor in 2016 with the clerk recorder on Feb. 9. Hill had been considering a run for the 35th District Assembly seat, according to several union ... »Read

In this article: Khatchik Achadjian, Debbie Arnold, Sam Blakeslee, John Shoals
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 Speaker Atkins Announces Affordable Housing Plan

Speaker Atkins Announces Affordable Housing Plan (Los Angeles) - Speaker Toni G. Atkins was joined by California Treasurer John Chiang, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Assemblymembers Ed Chau, Jimmy Gomez, and David Chiu, and other ... From: ... »Read

In this article: Toni Atkins, Edwin Chau, John Chiang, David Chiu, Eric Garcetti, Jimmy Gomez
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 House rejects temporary DHS funding bill

A Washington fight over immigration is poised to cut off funding for the Department of Homeland Security and leave border agents, TSA screeners and tens of thousands of other federal workers charged with keeping the homeland safe working without pay ... »Read

In this article: Kevin McCarthy, Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi
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 Republicans attack Clinton from every angle

The sheer number of distinct anti-Clinton attack lines is raising eyebrows. »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Carly Fiorina, Chris Lehane, Barack Obama
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 Feinstein bill could end ethanol mandate

A bipartisan bill co-written by Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., could end the federal mandate to add ethanol to gasoline. She’s teaming with Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa. The senator’s website reported yesterday they »Read

In this article: Air Resources Board, biofuels, Dianne Feinstein, global warming, greenhouse gas
Bills: AB 32,
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 Malcolm Boyd dies at 91; Episcopal priest took prayer to the streets

The Rev. Malcolm Boyd, the Episcopal priest whose book 'Are You Running With Me, Jesus?' took prayer out of church onto the city streets in a slangy vernacular not found in Sunday missals, has died. He was 91. »Read

In this article: Proposition 8, Bob Williams
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 Ex-leader of panel that cut pay, perks for California lawmakers steps down

Charles Murray, the controversial official who led the move to cut the salaries of the governor and Legislature by 18% in 2009 and to take away lawmakers’ district cars two years later, resigned Friday from the state Citizens Compensation ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Legislature, Charles Murray, Arnold Schwarzenegger, state budget
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 After DHS Vote, Democrats Publicly Bash One of Their Own

David Scott caught an earful after voting with the GOP on a short-term funding extension. »Read

In this article: John Lewis, Nancy Pelosi
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 Democrats caught between Obama, Netanyahu on speech

Jewish House Democrats personally offered Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a chance to lower the political temperature after he accepted a Republican invitation to speak to Congress next week on Iran — a less provocative, closed-door ... »Read

In this article: Joe Biden, Dianne Feinstein, Barack Obama, Adam Schiff
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 Fresno Mayor Swearengin passes on race for Barbara Boxer's Senate seat

Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin, who received the most support among potential Republican candidates for U.S. Senate in a new poll, has decided not to run in the 2016 contest, said advisor Tim Clark. »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Tim Clark, Kamala Harris, Antonio Villaraigosa
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 Gavin Newsom banks more than $700,000 for 2018 gubernatorial bid

In the two weeks since he launched his 2018 gubernatorial bid, Democratic Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom has raised nearly $727,000 for the contest, according to a financial disclosure statement filed with the California secretary of state’s office. »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Jerry Brown, Gavin Newsom, Thomas F. Steyer, Antonio Villaraigosa, Meg Whitman
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 Real TIME: Rand Paul Bashes Hillary Clinton At CPAC

Rand Paul touched on Hillary Clinton, Obamacare, and his proposed reforms for Congress in his speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Friday. Watch #RealTIME to hear what he had to say, and read more here. »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Carly Fiorina, Early Primary
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 I Underestimated Carly Fiorina. Here's How.

After watching her CPAC stump speech, it's clear she's got more potential than many have given her credit for. »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Hillary Clinton, Carly Fiorina
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 Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin declines U.S. Senate run

Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin, considered a rising star of the Republican Party, has chosen not to run for the U.S. Senate. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Jerry Brown, Tim Clark, Kevin Faulconer, Dianne Feinstein, Kamala Harris
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 Gun safety legislation comes under fire from unusual suspects

Whatever their enthusiasm or seriousness, California gun users have a new set of obstacles, thanks to fresh legislation intended to increase firearm safety. Both changes have raised pointed questions about naivety »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Kamala Harris, Legislature, Arnold Schwarzenegger
Bills: SB 199,
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 Federal Eye: This bill would halt Congress's pay if Homeland Security shuts down

A potential Department of Homeland Security shutdown would directly affect lawmakers’ pocketbooks under a bill introduced in the House this week.The Democratic measure, sponsored by Reps. Brad Ashford (Neb.), Gwen Graham (Fla.), Scott Peters ... »Read

In this article: Amerish Bera, Scott Peters
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 CPAC: Republicans Rediscover Their Old Hawkish Message On Foreign Policy

The threat of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria looms large »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Carly Fiorina, Early Primary
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 The Fix: GQ made a list of 'craziest politicians.' Republicans revolted.

GQ got plenty of angry reader feedback following its January list of the 'craziest' politicians in America. The reason? It was dominated by Republicans.Only three people on the 20-person list were Democrats: Rep. Hank Johnson (Ga.), Rep. Sheila ... »Read

In this article: Dianne Feinstein, Barbara Lee, minimum wage
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 With Conservative Opposition, DHS Funding Vote Looks Tight

Amid dissension in the conservative ranks, House GOP leaders are furiously whipping the Department of Homeland Security funding bill in an attempt to get it to the Senate with hardly any help from Democrats. »Read

In this article: Tom McClintock, No Child Left Behind, Barack Obama, Senate Democrats
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 Jersey tale: Christie's family ties with..a Genovese crime boss?

Call it an overlooked footnote in the life of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie – those family ties with Tino Fiumara, whom the New York Times once described as “a fearsome and ranking member of the Genovese crime family: twice convicted of ... »Read

In this article: California Republican Party, Legislature
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 Newsom already has $700k on hand to run for governor

Just 10 days into his 2018 run for governor, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom has collected more than $700,000 in contributions, including donations from some of the Bay Area’s top tech luminaries, according to the campaign finance reports on file with the ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, campaign finance, John Chiang, Carla Marinucci, Dan Newman, Gavin Newsom, Thomas F. Steyer, Antonio Villaraigosa, Steve Westly
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 Gavin Newsom raising money for 2018

Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom reported Friday that he has raised about $727,000 in the two weeks since announcing his candidacy for governor in 2018, touching off an unusually early fundraising effort in a wide open race. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Gavin Newsom, Thomas F. Steyer, Antonio Villaraigosa
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 House Republicans put off No Child Left Behind vote

It's not clear when a vote on the bill will take place. »Read

In this article: Kevin McCarthy, No Child Left Behind, Barack Obama
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 "Tom Steyer Is the Devil"

Tom Steyer, the Democratic billionaire donor, didn't get a lot for his money in the 2014 midterms, but the $67 million he spent last year did win him a title previously held by Al Gore: The Most Hated Environm »Read

In this article: global warming, renewable energy, Mitt Romney, Thomas F. Steyer
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 Republicans Scramble for DHS Votes, Without Democrats' Help

GOP tries to put out fires as agency shutdown nears. »Read

In this article: Patrick Murphy, Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi
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 Watch: Carly Fiorina Accuses Hillary Clinton of Playing an 'Imitation' Game

The prospective 2016 GOP candidate positions herself as the anti-Hillary at CPAC. »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Carly Fiorina, Nancy Pelosi
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 Podcast: Villaraigosa bows out; bag ban on hold; equal pay on the agenda

In this weeks podcast, Villaraigosa begs off a 2016 campaign, and the debate over equal pay heats up in Sacramento and perhaps on the presidential campaign trail? Meanwhile, the states plastic bag ban is on hold until voters have their say in ... »Read

In this article: Antonio Villaraigosa
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 Senate passes Homeland Security bill as House GOP works on stopgap measure

House Republicans are hoping to pass a stopgap funding bill Friday that would avert a partial shutdown of the Department of Homeland Security at midnight, as the Senate passed its own bill that would fund the agency through September.Read full ... »Read

In this article: Nancy Pelosi, Brad Sherman
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 California, GOP on same page in bid to curb U.S. role in schools reform

California may be a blue state, but a Republican-led effort to scale back federal intervention in educational reform is drawing support here. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Erika K. Hoffman, Hilary McLean, No Child Left Behind, Mark Takano, Dean Vogel, Edgar Zazueta
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 The Impossibility of a Republican US Senator

Democratic Attorney General Kamala Harris is becoming more and more the inevitable successor to Sen. Barbara Boxer, but one thing will assure Harris’s election, and that is if a Republican ends up in the top two runoff against her.  It is ... »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Rocky Chavez, Field Poll, Bonnie Garcia, global warming, Kamala Harris, Duf Sundheim, Phil Wyman
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 Will the 2016 Tax-apalooza Force the Chargers Out of California?

Two stories, one statewide and one local, are about to intersect. The statewide one is the now familiar scheming and debate over what sorts of tax-related initiatives and measures should go on the November 2016 ballot. One way or another, California ... »Read
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 Razing Anti-Business Roadblocks, In Reagan's Name

For most of us, the trip from California to Nevada can be a hassle-free jaunt. Not for small-business owner Steven Saxon.  He has hit a surprising regulatory roadblock at the state line.  His fight to raze it bears watching if you think ... »Read
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 The Glass Jaw of Pension Funds is Asset Bubbles

“Calpers argued that the California constitution’s guarantee of contracts shielded pensions from cuts in bankruptcy. The fund also asserted sovereign immunity and police powers as an ‘arm of the state,’ including a lien on municipal ... »Read

In this article: CalPERS, CalSTRS
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 Assembly Subcommittee Flunks UC Budget

Tuition hikes marched to the head of the class at a recent hearing of California Assembly Budget Subcommittee No. 2 on Education Finance. Assembly members balked at a 28 percent tuition hike advanced by UC President Janet Napolitano and approved ... »Read

In this article: Toni Atkins, Jerry Brown, Legislature, Kevin McCarty
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 State Senate panel launches inquiry into PUC's oversight of utilities

Already under investigation by state and federal law enforcement officials, cozy relations between the Public Utility Commission and the state's investor-owned electricity and natural gas companies are getting more attention in Sacramento. »Read

In this article: Ben Hueso, Michael R. Peevey
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 What You Missed and What's Coming Up At CPAC

By MICHAEL FALCONE NOTABLES BOBBY JINDAL PITCHES HIMSELF AS A ???FULL SPECTRUM CONSERVATIVE???: Louisiana governor and likely 2016 candidate Bobby Jindal says voters are looking for the next Republican presidential nominee to be ???a fighter.??? And ... »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Matthew Dowd, Carly Fiorina, Mike Huckabee, Nancy Pelosi
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 READ IN: Frank Underwood Is Your Everything Edition

Sign up for Read In today and get all the political news delivered right to your inbox for FREE!A1: Today's top stories.-- House Republican leaders proposed a three-week continuing resolution for the Department of Homeland Security on Thursday, a ... »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Carly Fiorina, Rudy Giuliani, illegal immigration, Loretta Lynch, David G. Valadao
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 Senate candidate Kamala Harris unknown to more than 50% of voters

California Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris, the only major candidate for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Barbara Boxer, is unknown by more than half the state's registered voters, according to a new USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll. »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Kamala Harris, Dan Schnur, Antonio Villaraigosa
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 Internal audit slams DHS for canceling technology to fight bio-threats

Ever since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 and the anthrax letters that followed, the government has struggled to develop a reliable and easy way to detect pathogens that could signal a devastating biological attack. Read full article ... »Read

In this article: Dianne Feinstein, Jackie Speier
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