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Why The Grocery Bag Bill Should Be Referred

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Study Finds Tripling Tobacco Tax Would Ignite Smuggling

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 Agents search Michael Peevey's home in PG&E judge-shopping case
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 What's ahead for state health benefits
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 Keystone vote: Senate's new openness comes at a price: time and patience

The GOP-controlled Senate has voted on more amendments on the Keystone bill than Democrats allowed in all of last year. But at this pace, it's not clear that essential Senate business will get done.  »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, minimum wage
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 The Senate Has Confirmed Loretta Lynch Is Not Eric Holder. Will It Confirm Her?

Nine witnesses testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee on the attorney general nominee on Thursday. »Read

In this article: Dianne Feinstein, Loretta Lynch
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 The Single Biggest Reason Mitt Romney Won't Be President

For Hillary Clinton, too: The unique challenges and opportunities of authenticity in the 21st century. »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, John McCain, minimum wage, Mitt Romney, Stem cell research
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 Santa Clara County: First steps suggested to start fixing beleaguered election system

Officials said that with an upgrade to outdated equipment years away, there's no fast fix to Santa Clara County's beleaguered election system but they hope that some core malfunctions learned from the last cycle can be remedied in the meantime. »Read

In this article: Joe Simitian, Ken Yeager
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 Organizers cancel California crime victims rally over security concerns

An annual crime victims rally that has drawn law enforcement, governors and other dignitaries to the state Capitol has been canceled this year over worries about rising anti-police sentiment. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Evan Westrup
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 Report: State agents search homes of former CPUC chair, PG&E executive

State investigators searched the homes of former California Public Utilities Commission President Michael Peevey and a former PG&E executive Tuesday, seizing computers and other devices in an investigation of possible judge-shopping, bribery and ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Hill, Carol Liu, Michael R. Peevey
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 Brown's Popularity Key to Prop 30's Future

Governor Jerry Brown’s job approval ratings are sky high in the recent Public Policy Institute of California Poll, which means the fate of Prop 30 could hang on a word from the governor. Brown continues to remind those who want to see Proposition ... »Read

In this article: Mark Baldassare, Jerry Brown, Joel Fox, PPIC
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 Is A Mileage Fee In California Drivers' Future?

Seeking a creative and long-term solution for financing highway and road construction and upkeep, a new commission kicked off its investigation of a “Road User Charge” as a possible replacement for the well-traveled gasoline tax. Created by 2014 ... »Read
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 To Improve L.A. Voter Turnout: Experiment

Like a man who bangs his head against the wall to cure a headache, Los Angeles will hold more municipal elections this March. The certain result: another low-turnout embarrassment that draws the usual lamentations about how our democracy is in ... »Read

In this article: Eric Garcetti, Dean Logan, Alex Padilla
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 The State Of The Presidency And Defining Victory

Vince Lombardi may have spoken the bald truth: “Winning is not everything it is the only thing.” But how do you define victory? Technically Barack Obama has won far less than what he sought at the onset of his presidency and the odds of ... »Read

In this article: Barack Obama, Mitt Romney
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 Capital Journal Daybreak: The New Politics of the Keystone Pipeline | Few Fireworks at Lynch Hearing | GOP Split on Defense Outlays

The Journal's morning rundown of the biggest news stories and exclusive features from Washington on politics, policy, financial regulation, defense and more. »Read

In this article: Joe Biden, Barbara Boxer, John F. Kerry, Liquefied natural gas, Loretta Lynch, Barack Obama, Ron Paul, Nancy Pelosi, Mitt Romney
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 READ IN: Retreating To Philly Edition

Sign up for Read In today and get all the political news you need delivered right to your inbox every morning! It's fast, easy and free!A1: Today's top stories.-- President Obama will announce a proposal to roll back the budget sequester when he ... »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, John F. Kerry, Loretta Lynch, Nancy Pelosi
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 Sen. Feinstein's anti-marijuana stance shows she's too old school for California

It has been suggested -- by a majority of California voters -- that Dianne Feinstein has served long enough in the U.S. Senate.  Some thought  it was time for some new blood;  others thought she is simply too old to keep in touch with one of the ... »Read

In this article: Dianne Feinstein, Kamala Harris
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 GOP Senators Seek to Put Focus Back on VA Scandal

A group of Republican senators hopes to return attention to accountability issues at the Veterans' Affairs Department that have disappeared from the headlines. »Read

In this article: John McCain, Jeff Miller, Jeff Miller
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 Investigators search home of ex-PUC chief Michael Peevey*

<p>State investigators <a href=http:* <p>From <b>Jaxon van Derbeken</b> at <b>SFGate</b>: 'The search warrant covering Peevey's and Cherry's homes said investigators were looking for evidence of improper ... »Read

In this article: Proposition 13, Barbara Boxer, Kamala Harris, Stephen T. Knight, Carol Liu, John Myers, Michael R. Peevey, Sharon Runner, Loretta Sanchez, George R. Steffes
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 Local Stories > Will a divided marijuana community jeopardize > California marijuana legalization in 2016 looks anything but certain.

California marijuana legalization in 2016 looks anything but certain after a major January meeting where leading activists showed how divided they remain. The possibility... »Read

In this article: Tom Ammiano, Jerry Brown, campaign finance, Lou Correa, Jim Gonzalez, Kamala Harris, Legislature, Proposition 19, Bill Quirk, Joe Trippi
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 State Reps Bring Home the Water Bacon

Das Williams and Hannah-Beth Jackson secure $2 million for Lake Cachuma pump. »Read

In this article: Hannah-Beth Jackson, Randall M. Ward, water
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 Poll: Californians in a good mood about Jerry Brown, future

Weeks into his fourth and final term, Gov. Jerry Brown enjoys record-high approval ratings from Californians who express more optimism about the future than they have in years, according to a new poll. Sixty-one percent of Californians surveyed ... »Read

In this article: Proposition 13, Mark Baldassare, Jerry Brown, Legislature, Carla Marinucci, Split roll, state budget
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 AM Alert: Kevin de León shares policy priorities for 2015

State Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León, who has previously identified green jobs and higher education funding as major focuses, will discuss his priorities for the year with the Sacramento Press Club. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, green jobs, Dan Walters, water
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 Cal State students to get more say in creation and use of 'success fees'

California State University trustees Wednesday moved to place tighter controls on controversial student fees that have drawn criticism as a backdoor way to raise tuition. »Read

In this article: Toni Atkins, Jerry Brown, Steven Glazer, Legislature
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 PPIC poll: Happy times are here again

Optimism about California's growing economy and healthy state budget has yielded record-high approval ratings for Gov. Jerry Brown, the state Legislature and even President Barack Obama, a new survey shows. »Read

In this article: Proposition 13, Mark Baldassare, Barbara Boxer, Jerry Brown, California Teachers Association, Dianne Feinstein, Thad Kousser, Legislature, Barack Obama, PPIC, state budget, water, Evan Westrup
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 PPIC: Obama, Brown, Immigration Popular in CA

After the November election, when some partisan and media hysterics were running around like chickens with their heads cut off because the Republicans had picked up seats in Congress – as the out-party always does in the sixth year of a ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Legislature, PPIC
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 High marks for Jerry Brown in new poll

California voters are happier than ever with Gov. Jerry Brown and less concerned about the state budget than they have been in years, according to a new poll released Wednesday night. »Read

In this article: Mark Baldassare, Jerry Brown, Legislature, PPIC, state budget
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 Poll: High approval for Gov. Jerry Brown, support for budget

Californians are more optimistic than they have been in years, which is translating into high job approval ratings for Gov. Jerry Brown and bipartisan support for his budget plan to pay down debt, according to a new statewide poll released ... »Read

In this article: Mark Baldassare, Jerry Brown, PPIC
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 Organizers cancel crime victims rally over security concerns

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- An annual crime victims rally that has drawn law enforcement, governors and other dignitaries to the state Capitol has been canceled this year over worries about rising anti-police sentiment.... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Evan Westrup
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 What's ahead for state health benefits

Jerry Brown wants to cut the state’s cost for employee and retiree health coverage, but there’s more at work than simple math. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Arnold Schwarzenegger, SEIU
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 Agents search Michael Peevey's home in PG&E judge-shopping case

State investigators seized computers and other items from the homes of former California Public Utilities Commission President Michael Peevey and an ousted Pacific Gas and Electric Co. executive at the heart of the judge-shopping controversy that ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Paul Clanon, greenhouse gas, Kamala Harris, Jerry Hill, Carol Liu, Michael R. Peevey
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 Most who enrolled through Covered California last year stayed with health carriers

Of the more than 1 million people who signed up for health care plans through Covered California last year, 92 percent were eligible for enrollment and most of them stayed with their insurance carrier, according to preliminary figures released ... »Read

In this article: Charles Bacchi, Peter V. Lee
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 Covered California renewal rate tops 90%

California officials say more than 90% of Obamacare customers renewed their policy for 2015, but the state still faces an uphill climb to reach its goal of 1.7 million enrolled before next month's sign-up deadline. »Read

In this article: Charles Bacchi, Peter V. Lee
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 San Diego Council Members Ask Mayor To Prove Neighborhoods Is Focus In Budget

Budget season has arrived in San Diego. The City Council kicked off the six-month-long process Wednesday with a call for an investment in neighborhoods south of Interstate 8. »Read

In this article: David Alvarez, Marti Emerald, water
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 The Kochs Ride Again

It was interesting while it lasted, but the 2016 election is now officially 'bought.' »Read

In this article: campaign finance, Lawrence Lessig, Nancy Pelosi
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 NEW: Assisted suicide back from the dead

Physician-assisted suicide has returned to California’s political agenda. After years off the table, the issue gained new life in the wake of Brittany Maynard’s high-profile decision to end her life. Maynard, 29, an assisted-suicide ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Legislature, William W. Monning, Lois Wolk
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 Loretta Lynch's Mission to Convince Congress She's Not Eric Holder Is Working. So Far.

After one day of hearings, the potential attorney general is winning over some Republicans. »Read

In this article: Dianne Feinstein, Loretta Lynch
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 In the Loop: Loretta Lynch knows her name " and it's not Holder

Memories of Eric Holder loomed over Loretta Lynch’s confirmation hearing as Republicans reminded the nominee for attorney general over and over that one of her most appealing qualities is that she’s not him.Read full article >> »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Newt Gingrich, John F. Kerry, Loretta Lynch, Adam Schiff
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 Keystone foes to dog Obama in Philly

A local chapter of a climate activist group has organized a rally during Obama's speech. »Read

In this article: green jobs, Barack Obama, renewable energy
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