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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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 Sen. Wright spent $129,000 on legal bills through June, filing shows
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 Bernie Sanders' New Title: Dealmaker
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 Why a Frustrated Democrat Wants a Swimming Pool in Darrell Issa's Committee Room
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 Meeting Congressional Candidate Chris Mitchum
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 The Republicans Best Chance in 2014

Republicans are looking around for a chance to snag one statewide office this fall, and most attention has focused on Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin running for Controller.  But the GOP should really focus on Pete Peterson, their candidate for ... »Read

In this article: Board of Equalization, Debra Bowen, Jerry Brown, campaign finance, John Chiang, Steve Cooley, David Evans, Kamala Harris, Dave Jones, Bill Lockyer, Gavin Newsom, Alex Padilla, John A. Perez, Tom Torlakson, Betty T. Yee
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 Twin Tunnels Project Threatens Property Owners

You’d think that with all the well deserved bad press heaped on the High Speed Rail debacle that Governor Brown would be a little more circumspect about mega-infrastructure projects which, presumably, he wishes to be the cornerstone of his legacy. ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, John Laird, water
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 Don't Be So Dense About Housing

Southern California faces a crisis of confidence. A region that once imagined itself as a new model of urbanity – what the early 20th century minister and writer Dana Bartlett called “the better city” – is increasingly being told that, to ... »Read
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 Detroit-Style Pension Cuts: Could It Happen Here?

Bankrupt Detroit announced last week that current workers and retirees voted overwhelmingly to cut many pensions by 4.5 percent and to trim or eliminate cost-of-living adjustments. If the plan to exit bankruptcy had been rejected, a federal judge ... »Read

In this article: CalPERS
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 Mission to Mexico lands new business partner

Gov. Jerry Brown has been promoting California business in Mexico City, where he is leading a trade delegation actively looking for Mexican companies willing to invest in the state. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Bob Roberts
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 Opponents of Toll Lanes on the 405 Fight State Plan

OC taxpayers shouldn’t pay to widen the 405 only to see the state add toll lanes, speakers tell transportation directors. »Read

In this article: Patricia Bates, Jerry Brown, Ryan Chamberlain, Terry Francke, Legislature, Gary G. Miller, John Moorlach
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 Bates Hires County Exec Under Investigation

Supervisor Pat Bates has hired a top county government executive currently under investigation by the human resources department to become her new chief of staff and may be leaning on auditors to look »Read

In this article: Patricia Bates, Todd Spitzer, water
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 Brown, Mexican leaders sign environmental partnership pact

On the first work day of Gov. Jerry Brown’s trade trip to Mexico, the governor signed an environmental pact with Mexican officials promising that the two governments would work together on promoting clean vehicles, air quality and other climate ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, greenhouse gas, Anne Gust, renewable energy
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 Top NFL Players Who Didn't Report To Training Camp

Some players don't show up to NFL training camp, because of contract issues or maybe they just hate it. These are their stories. »Read

In this article: Fred Davis, Fred Davis
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 Braley reboot starts with attack

The Iowa Democratic Senate candidate's ad targets opponent Joni Ernst's minimum wage views. »Read

In this article: Larry Grisolano, minimum wage
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 AM Alert: Jerry Brown addresses education, energy, immigration in Mexico

Education, energy and the border crisis are the big topics for day two of Gov. Jerry Brown’s trip to Mexico. Gov. Jerry Brown, left, and Mexico's Secretary of Foreign Affairs Jose Antonio Meade answer questions from journalists during a ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, CalPERS, greenhouse gas, Legislature, Richard Pan, Dan Walters, water
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 Dan Walters Daily: Jerry Brown shares governorship while in Mexico

With Gov. Jerry Brown away in Mexico, Dan takes a look back at how acting governors have fared in the past. Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom is one of three acting governors this week while Gov. Jerry Brown is in Mexico on a trade trip. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Gavin Newsom
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 Federal Eye: The VA bill would make firings easier. Is that a good thing?

The Department of Veterans Affairs would have greater authority to fire senior executives under a broad proposal announced Monday to help the VA address the root causes of its recent record-keeping scandal. Read full article >> »Read

In this article: Jeff Miller, Jeff Miller
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 Climate Battle Plan Shifts to Bottom Line

Democrats hope to shift the politics of climate change by highlighting what they say are the massive costs of failing to curb greenhouse-gas emissions. »Read

In this article: global warming, greenhouse gas, Robert R. Rubin, Thomas F. Steyer
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 Politicking off impeachment chatter

Democrats keep alive the idea that John Boehner is mulling impeachment though he insists he isn't. »Read

In this article: Kevin McCarthy, Devin Nunes, Barack Obama
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 Miller faces sales job on $17B VA health care bill

Before being elected to Congress, Rep. Jeff Miller was a real estate broker. His background in sales will come in handy as the Florida Republican tries to a sell a…Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Jeff Miller, Jeff Miller, Barack Obama
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 DiFi: Putin's Manhood vs. Schweitzer's Sick Fantasy

Gender bender: As a convent schoolgirl, Dianne Feinstein was a drama queen, invariably picked to play strong males leads in all-female casts because she was precociously statuesque. From Prince Rupert in “A Waltz Dream” and Peter Standish in ... »Read

In this article: Dianne Feinstein, John F. Kerry, Barack Obama, Brian Schweitzer
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 Editorial: Eastern praise for Brown's 'modestly liberal agenda'

Paul Krugman is bullish on California. He wrote as much last week in his New York Times opinion column, where he declared Gov. Jerry Brown’s “modestly liberal agenda of higher taxes, spending increases and a rise in the minimum wage” a ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, minimum wage
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 Gloria Romero: Cynicism, arrogance undoes another lawmaker

And, now, there are two. Former Los Angeles Councilman Richard Alarcon – with whom I served in the California Senate – was convicted last week on multiple counts of voter fraud and perjury. Like our former colleague, Sen. Rod Wright, D-Los... »Read

In this article: Richard Alarcon, Steve Cooley, Jackie Lacey, Gloria Romero, David Townsend, Roderick Wright
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 Ask Emily: Big bills lurk in specialty drug category

Ask Emily is a biweekly column by Emily Bazar of the CHCF Center for Health Reporting, answering questions about the Affordable Care Act. Read all her columns at sacbee.com/askemily Emily Bazar writes for the CHCF Center for Health Reporting, ... »Read

In this article: Richard S. Gordon, Janice Rocco
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 Obamacare at center of debate over California health insurance initiative

As state insurance commissioner, Dave Jones has the power to regulate rates for car and homeowner insurance. He can halt an insurer’s proposed increase if the company can’t justify the higher cost. Health insurance is another matter. ... »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Jamie Court, Diana Dooley, Dianne Feinstein, Dave Jones
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 Editorial: VA health care deal is a big chance for Congress

Our do-nothing Congress has a chance to get something vital accomplished before going on yet another vacation. At long last, a bipartisan deal emerged Monday to start fixing the scandalous health care system for veterans. Sen. Bernie Sanders, ... »Read

In this article: Jeff Miller, Jeff Miller, Barack Obama
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 Dan Walters: An obscure state agency creates big money problems

Whatever attention the public and media devote to state government is concentrated on the governor, other elected officials and the Legislature. But state government is mostly hundreds of agencies, boards and commissions that provide services, make ... »Read

In this article: Barry Broad, Legislature
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 Michele Roberts named NBPA chief

Washington, D.C., attorney Michele Roberts has been voted in as the new executive director of the National Basketball Players Association, becoming the first woman to head up a major sports union. »Read

In this article: Kevin Johnson, James P. Jones
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 West Contra Costa hospital losing workers amid uncertain future

As Doctors Medical Center in San Pablo faces an uncertain future and county health officials scramble for options to save it, skilled workers are leaving in droves, hastening the need to make a decision on how to save the hospital and what form the ... »Read

In this article: California Nurses Association, John Gioia
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 Supervisors to address tenant buyouts, retail chains' workers

Under the legislation, Campos says, landlords would have to pass on written information to tenants about their legal rights 45 days before they can begin negotiating a buyout and register details of any completed buyout with the city's Rent Board. ... »Read

In this article: David Campos, Eric Mar, water
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 Gov. Brown agrees to Mexico pact on climate change; environment activists wary of business ties

Gov. Jerry Brown, calling for “heroic efforts” to combat climate change, agreed with Mexican officials Monday to work together on policies to address air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. Gov. Jerry Brown, left, and ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, California Democratic Party, Energy Commission, greenhouse gas, Tom Hayden, Kathryn R. Phillips, renewable energy, Allan Zaremberg
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 San Bruno alleges misconduct, seeks removal of CPUC president

San Bruno city officials want the CPUC president to be removed from office, alleging that emails show 'illegal and illicit' private communications with PG&E. »Read

In this article: Jerry Hill, Michael R. Peevey
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 One More Clue that the Obamacare Lawsuits Are Wrong

On January 15, 2010, the Affordable Care Act wasn’t yet law. It was just two separate health care reform bills—one passed by the Senate, one passed by the House. With Martha Coakley still the presumptive winner of the upcoming special election ... »Read

In this article: Debbie Curtis, Nancy Pelosi, Fortney Pete Stark
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 Report: Stockton best site for Tesla plant

San Joaquin County would be the most likely site for Tesla's proposed $5 billion battery factory if the electric car maker decides to build it in California, regional economists agreed Monday. »Read

In this article: Stephen Levy, NUMMI
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 Veterans Affairs legislation needed now

Members of Congress have been working overtime — once again — to prove that in their world even no-brainer, badly needed legislation desired by both sides of the political aisle must have drama. »Read

In this article: Jeff Miller, Jeff Miller
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 Operation Yurok seizes thousands of marijuana plants, no arrests made

A multi-agency offensive against illegal marijuana grows on Yurok tribal lands near Weitchpec yielded several thousand plants and uncovered an array of environmental damage, but no arrests have been made, officials said Monday. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Stephen T. Knight, water
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 Deal on veterans' health care to cost at least $17 billion

WASHINGTON -- - A bipartisan deal to improve veterans' health care would authorize at least $17 billion to fix the health program scandalized by long patient wait times and falsified records covering up delays, the bill's chief supporters said ... »Read

In this article: Jeff Miller, Jeff Miller
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 The Buzz: Sen. Wright spent $129,000 on legal bills through June, filing shows

The legal defense fund of state Sen. Rod Wright, who was convicted earlier this year of felony voter fraud and perjury, spent $129,000 on attorneys and related costs from January through June, according to a new filing. Willie Brown photo ... »Read

In this article: Board of Equalization, Steve Bradford, Willie Brown, Ron Calderon, Isadore Hall, William Portanova, Darrell Steinberg, Roderick Wright, Leland Yee
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 San Bruno mayor wants top official removed from blast probe

The California Public Utilities Commission's president should be removed as head of the regulatory agency in light of San Bruno explosion-related e-mails that show state officials are 'subject to undue influence' by Pacific Gas and Electric Co., the ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Hill, Michael R. Peevey, Arnold Schwarzenegger, water
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 Marijuana prohibition doesn't work

According to Tony Newman of the Drug Policy Alliance, the Gray Lady has become the first major national newspaper to support legalizing marijuana. The Times did not celebrate marijuana use; it simply addressed the downside of prohibition - 658,000 ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Hillary Clinton, Proposition 19, Eric Swalwell
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 George Skelton: Scrap California's dysfunctional death penalty policy

Taxpayers are dumping big money into a death row where, for years, no one has been executed. Rather, hundreds of murderers have been living out their lives in relative comfort compared with inmates who committed lesser crimes. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Legislature, George Skelton
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 San Diego council approves minimum wage hike to $11.50 an hour by 2017

SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - The San Diego City Council gave formal approval on Monday to an ordinance that would incrementally raise the minimum wage in California's second-largest city to $11.50 an hour by January 2017, mostly for workers in the ... »Read

In this article: Kevin Faulconer, Todd Gloria, minimum wage, sick leave
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 Mercury News editorial: A Veterans Administration bill finally on its way to passage

Congress has to make everything look hard these days, but nearly everyone agrees on the principles for improving the VA. A bill needs to pass this week to get the changes in gear. »Read

In this article: Jeff Miller, Jeff Miller
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 California Gov. Brown: Relationship With Rep. McCarthy 'Needs Further Development'

Calif. Gov. Jerry Brown, traveling in Mexico on a trade mission Monday, commenting on his relationship with incoming House majority leader and fellow Californian Rep. Kevin McCarthy, described it as one 'that probably needs further development.' »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Kevin McCarthy, Nancy Pelosi
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 7 numbers to remember about the VA compromise plan

Can Congress pass the bipartisan plan announced Monday to fix the VA? Well, Congress's track record isn't great. But there are a few reasons to be optimistic. Seven, in fact. »Read

In this article: Jeff Miller, Jeff Miller
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 Gov. Brown knows better than to let lobbyists pay for his Mexico trip

Gov. Jerry Brown is on a four-day trip to Mexico City to talk to government officials there about trade and immigration issues. That's a reasonable thing for a California governor to do. Brown is not traveling alone: Nine administration officials ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Gray Davis, George Deukmejian, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Pete Wilson
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 Jerry Brown’s business ties trouble California climate change activists

Gov. Jerry Brown, calling for “heroic efforts” to combat climate change, agreed with Mexican officials Monday to work together on policies to address air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, California Democratic Party, Energy Commission, greenhouse gas, Tom Hayden, Kathryn R. Phillips, renewable energy, Allan Zaremberg
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 Negotiators predict easy passage of bill to overhaul Department of Veterans Affairs

A sweeping proposal to revamp the Department of Veterans Affairs and the nation’s medical care for military veterans should have enough support to pass the House and Senate this week before lawmakers leave town for a summer recess, lead ... »Read

In this article: Jeff Miller, Jeff Miller, Senate Democrats
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 VA fix 101: what the $17 billion emergency bill would do (+video)

The chairmen of the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs in the Senate and House announced an agreement Monday on a $17 billion emergency veterans bill that seeks to address a national care crisis. »Read

In this article: Jeff Miller, Jeff Miller
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 Bay Bridge scandal: Independent probe needed

Did Caltrans officials knowingly accept unsafe work from contractors? »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Mark DeSaulnier
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 NEW: Geothermal mandate could drive up energy costs

  California residents and businesses could be paying an extra $400 million annually for electricity if a geothermal energy mandate bill making its way through the Legislature becomes law. Senate Bill 1139, by Sen. Ben Hueso, D-San Diego, would ... »Read

In this article: California Independent System Operator, Ben Hueso, Legislature, renewable energy, Dave Roberts, Valerie Turella, water, Scott W. Wetch
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 VA fix 101: what the $17 billion emergency bill would do

The chairmen of the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs in the Senate and House announced an agreement Monday on a $17 billion emergency veterans bill that seeks to address a national care crisis. »Read

In this article: Jeff Miller, Jeff Miller
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 Change heartless rules to house homeless families

[...] the agency is so serious about this that, in 2011, it put out a 105-page memo detailing for local communities how severe the penalties would be for providing any services with HUD money without thoroughly documenting the eligibility of any ... »Read

In this article: Dianne Feinstein, George P. Miller
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 How the VA deal came together

Top negotiators turned to an unusual strategy: Knock-down, drag-out arguing. »Read

In this article: John McCain, Jeff Miller, Jeff Miller, Senate Democrats
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 San Diego City Council Gives Final OK To Minimum Wage Increase

An ordinance that would incrementally increase the minimum wage in San Diego to $11.50 an hour was given final approval today by the City Council. »Read

In this article: Kevin Faulconer, Todd Gloria, minimum wage, referendum, Jerry Sanders, sick leave
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 Sen. Wright spent $129,000 on legal bills through June, filing shows

The legal defense fund of state Sen. Rod Wright, who was convicted earlier this year of felony voter fraud and perjury, spent $129,000 on attorneys and related costs from January through June, according to a new state filing. State Sen. Rod ... »Read

In this article: Board of Equalization, Steve Bradford, William Burke, Ron Calderon, Isadore Hall, Jim Miller, William Portanova, Roderick Wright, Leland Yee
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 Bernie Sanders' New Title: Dealmaker

Sen. Bernard Sanders doesn't seem a likely suspect to bridge Washington's toxic partisan divide and cut one of the most significant deals in years. »Read

In this article: John McCain, Jeff Miller, Jeff Miller
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 Capitol Hill negotiators unveil deal to fix the VA

House and Senate negotiators unveiled a $17 billion compromise plan Monday to repair a Department of Veterans Affairs mired in controversy over delayed patient care and agency efforts to conceal…Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Jeff Miller, Jeff Miller
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 Meeting Congressional Candidate Chris Mitchum

Former actor looks to unseat Lois Capps in the House of Representatives. »Read

In this article: Debbie Arnold, Tab Berg, Brian Bilbray, Lois Capps, Paul Cook, Chris Mitchum
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 George Will Thinks Kashkari is Goldwater 2.0. Goldwater 1.0 Rolls Over.

by Brian Leubitz Neel Kashkari seems to be a bright man doing his best Don Quixote for the California GOP. He knows he isn't going to win without some sort of major Jerry Brown catastrophe. But, the party apparatus is thrilled that he defeated right ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Charles Brown, Tim Donnelly, Legislature, Brian Leubitz
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 Thumbs -- Published July 29, 2014

A San Joaquin County sheriff's deputy received much-deserved praise for his heroic actions. »Read

In this article: Kamala Harris, J. Clark Kelso
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 Paul in great position for 2016 election

Who will be the GOP nominee in 2016? I don't know, but I have a pretty good idea who the running mate will be: Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky. Unless Paul is the nominee. »Read

In this article: Dick Cheney, Hillary Clinton, John Dennis, minimum wage, Barack Obama
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 Twin-tunnel allies want an open tax spigot

As more Delta details emerge, the tunnel plan is likely to spark even more controversy. »Read

In this article: Proposition 13, Jerry Brown, water
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 Why a Frustrated Democrat Wants a Swimming Pool in Darrell Issa's Committee Room

The tongue-in-cheek proposal has to do with a medieval litmus test. »Read

In this article: Tony Cardenas, Darrell Issa, water
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