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 Letters: 'Great Library' is a great fiasco

Re: “Irvine has a plan for new library” [Opinion, Feb. 22]: So, it’s settled. This city doesn’t really honor its veterans. Instead of giving our veterans a small plot of ground for their final rest at the former base where many of them... »Read

In this article: Steven Choi, Will Kempton, John Moorlach, Donald P. Wagner, Mimi Walters
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 Video: Debate flares over gay California Republican group

California Republican activists will decide Sunday on whether to grant charter status to a gay organization that has long been part of its ranks. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Karen England, Shannon L. Grove
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 Jerry Brown must enforce California's environmental laws

To the editor: I am floored. Article after article in The Times and other news outlets in the state keep exposing ways that the oil industry is cutting corners and putting our health and our water — particularly in the Central Valley — at risk. ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Daniel Jacobson, water
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 Teachers want LAUSD to ignore state law, 2012 ruling

The United Teachers Los Angeles held a large rally Thursday showing strong rank-and-file support for the union’s demands that the giant Los Angeles Unified School District provide an 8.5 percent »Read

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 Gay GOP group may get formal recognition by state party

California Republicans will decide Sunday whether to officially recognize a gay GOP group, setting the stage for a divisive family-values fight at their biannual convention here. »Read

In this article: Rocky Chavez, Karen England, Celeste Greig, Aaron F. Park
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 Silicon Valley increasing its lobbying in California's Capitol

When ride-hailing companies Uber and Lyft made their lobbying debut in Sacramento last year, they were playing defense — fending off efforts by the taxi industry and other interest groups demanding the upstarts be regulated. »Read

In this article: Assembly Republicans, Susan Bonilla, John Doherty, Mike Gatto, Carl Guardino, Isadore Hall, Adrin Nazarian
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 Chris Christie hugs Ronald Reagan, ignores Jerry Brown

No matter what they felt about his politics or presidential prospects, one thing California Republicans could always look forward to when New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie came around was a jab or two at California Gov. Jerry Brown. He didn’t ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, California Republican Party
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 Opinion: State GOP's new motto: 'We get it'

The California Republican Party has been in decline, but staged a modest comeback in the 2014 elections. Its leaders say they understand the need to realign it with the state’s much-changed demographics. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Jerry Brown, James Brulte, California Republican Party, Robert Huff, Kristin Olsen
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 Christie urges GOP activists not to let "pundits" pick nominee

SACRAMENTO — Portraying himself as a tough conservative fighter from an overwhelmingly blue state, a defiant New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie appeared to edge closer to a White House run Saturday, urging California Republicans not to allow the party ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, California Republican Party, Carla Marinucci, Charles Munger, Meg Whitman
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 Assemblyman Chavez hints he will announce U.S. Senate bid on Thursday

GOP Assemblyman Rocky Chavez told supporters that he would have a “great announcement” about his potential U.S. Senate bid on Thursday, and strongly hinted that he was planning to run. »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Rocky Chavez, Thomas Del Beccaro, Kamala Harris, Duf Sundheim
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 Poor need more than handouts

Debate over “welfare queen” law should not derail discussion of the larger issues, that California has the highest rate of children living in poverty. … Click to Continue » »Read

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 What we learned from CPAC 2015

Here are POLITICO's takeaways from CPAC. »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Carly Fiorina, minimum wage, Barack Obama
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 Fierce fight for donors brings early money primary to California

California is a major source of presidential campaign financing, and in the early race for money, Republicans are streaming into a state where fierce competition is already underway. Months before closely watched caucuses and elections in early ... »Read

In this article: California Republican Party, Hillary Clinton, Field Poll, Dean Haddock, Barack Obama, Early Primary, Mitt Romney, Tom Ross, Duf Sundheim, Meg Whitman, Marty Wilson
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 Christie to GOP: Don't Write Me Off Yet

Speaking to the fervent believers of the California Republican Party on Saturday, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie offered a muted paean to Ronald Reagan and presented himself as a humble but 'passionate guy' who doesn't fight just for the sake of ... »Read

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 Sunday Talk Preview: Divisive Speech

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's controversial speech to Congress on Tuesday and the approval of a bill to extend funding for the Department of Homeland Security by one week are expected to be discussed on this Sunday's news shows. Here ... »Read

In this article: Dianne Feinstein, Mike Huckabee, John F. Kerry, Kevin McCarthy
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 Chris Christie to Republicans: 'Take a deep breath'

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, laboring to remain relevant in the presidential race, urged Republican activists Saturday to embrace a long nominating process – presumably one benefiting a potential candidate, such as Christie, lagging in ... »Read

In this article: California Republican Party, Mark DiCamillo, Field Poll, Barack Obama, Meg Whitman
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 National monument supporters in California get antsy

WASHINGTON >> California lawmakers and advocacy groups are ramping up efforts to win national monument designation for four scenic vistas in the state, from vast stretches of the Mojave Desert to redwood stands along the Pacific Coast Highway to ... »Read

In this article: Dianne Feinstein, Tom McClintock, Barack Obama, Mike Thompson
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 Republicans: We've Got No Plans to Oust Boehner

Reports of Speaker John Boehner's demise have been greatly exaggerated. »Read

In this article: Newt Gingrich, Kevin McCarthy, Devin Nunes, Barack Obama
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 Gay group seeks official recognition from California Republican Party

A gay GOP group is seeking official recognition by the California Republican Party at its biannual gathering in Sacramento this weekend, potentially setting the stage for a divisive floor fight on Sunday. »Read

In this article: California Republican Party, Rocky Chavez, Karen England
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 Democrats: Boehner promised us a vote on a clean DHS bill next week

Deal or no deal, House leadership will be tested next week. »Read

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