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Dianne Feinstein pleas for GOP votes on drought bill

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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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Minimum wage bill advances to Senate floor

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 Business money and arena fight shape two Sacramento Assembly races
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 GovBeat: For a fleeting moment today, California will have its first openly gay governor
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 Editorial: One week, four California governors and (please) no mischief
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 Gov. Brown signs two key agreements in Mexico

Before heading back to California, Gov. Jerry Brown signed an agreement in Mexico that he hopes will have be a lasting legacy for worker rights. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Karen Ross
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 Roger Williams Makes Play for NRCC Chairman (Updated)

Updated 2:10 p.m. | Freshman Rep. Roger Williams of Texas is gunning to challenge current National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Greg Walden's bid for a second term and is actively seeking meetings with members for his bid, CQ Roll ... »Read

In this article: Carl DeMaio, Kevin McCarthy, Nancy Pelosi
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 Roger Williams Makes Play for NRCC Chairman

Freshman Rep. Roger Williams of Texas is gunning to challenge current National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Greg Walden's bid for a second term and is actively seeking meetings with members for his bid, CQ Roll Call has learned. »Read

In this article: Carl DeMaio, Kevin McCarthy, Nancy Pelosi
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 CA GOP Lt. Gov. candidate Ron Nehring's campaign — hunkering down in Israeli bomb shelters

Ron Nehring, California’s GOP candidate for Lt. Governor, has forgone the usual 2014 campaign swings for something far riskier — he’s huddled down in in Israeli bomb shelters today, tweeting just miles from the Gaza border. “Last night…you ... »Read

In this article: Ron Nehring, Gavin Newsom
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 Governor Joins Latino Caucus for Community Celebration

Governor Joins Latino Caucus for Community Celebration (Los Angeles) – The California Latino Legislative Caucus, chaired by Senator Ricardo Lara, held a community celebration with Governor Jerry Brown at the Pico House in Los Angeles to ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Ricardo Lara
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 In Mexico, a ‘new Jerry Brown’ on free trade

MEXICO CITY – Gov. Jerry Brown, who once opposed the North American Free Trade Agreement and criticized the “insertion of Mexico into our economy,” pushed back his chair at a breakfast here Wednesday and looked on from the head ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Lou Correa
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 Contra Costa Times editorial: Emails show Brown must fire PUC chief Peevey

The state Attorney General and the federal Department of Justice should immediately investigate the connection between Peevey and the utility. At a minimum, the conduct appears to violate the PUC's own rules. The public trust, already worn thin, is ... »Read

In this article: Kamala Harris, Jerry Hill, Michael R. Peevey, Jackie Speier
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 Oakland Tribune editorial: Emails show Brown must fire PUC chief Peevey

The state Attorney General and the federal Department of Justice should immediately investigate the connection between Peevey and the utility. At a minimum, the conduct appears to violate the PUC's own rules. The public trust, already worn thin, is ... »Read

In this article: Kamala Harris, Jerry Hill, Michael R. Peevey, Jackie Speier
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 NEW: Schools case fuels Kashkari campaign

The historic Vergara school liberty ruling has handed a campaign issue to Neel Kashkari, Republican candidate for California Governor. In the ruling, as described by education reformer and former state Sen. Gloria Romero, Los Angeles Superior Court ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Tim Donnelly, Gloria Romero
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 McCarthy, Scalise Fill Out Leadership Staff Rosters

The new House majority leader and majority whip have assembled their new teams of aides. »Read

In this article: Dick Cheney, Wally Herger, Kevin McCarthy
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 LA Times Editorial; Great Park Investigation Should Be Independent

The Los Angeles Times has an editorial in Wednesday’s paper that addresses the Great Park that recognizes the Forensic Audit is basically what we’ve been saying all along — a partisan witch hunt.  And the paper is calling for an ... »Read

In this article: Larry Agran, Steven Choi, redevelopment agencies
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 North Carolina editorial roundup

Recent editorials from North Carolina newspapers:Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Jeff Miller, Jeff Miller
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 Steinberg discusses ambitions after leaving the Legislature

Senate leader Darrell Steinberg said Tuesday that he has mentioned his interest in being appointed to the California Supreme Court to Gov. Jerry Brown, but downplayed the likelihood that he would land such a position immediately after leaving the ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Kevin De Leon, Kevin Johnson, Legislature, Gavin Newsom, Darrell Steinberg
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 Correa Considering a Run for Mayor of Santa Ana

Multiple political insiders are reporting that the state senator might enter the race just as 20-year Mayor Miguel Pulido mulls retiring from office. »Read

In this article: Claudia Alvarez, Hillary Clinton, Lou Correa, Fair Political Practices Commission, Michele Martinez, Loretta Sanchez
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 Protection Racket: Supervisor Bates pulls former assistant Probolsky back into her nest

On July 1, Voice of OC reported that Supervisor Bates’ former executive assistant Brian Probolsky, a manager with OC Community Resources department and also an elected member of the Moulton Niguel Water District – has come under fire ... »Read

In this article: Patricia Bates, Carlos Bustamante, Tom Mauk, water
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 Confused about potential Tesla Gigafactory locations? Here's what we know

The last few weeks have seen competing claims over where Tesla Motors will locate its mammoth $5 billion battery factory, dubbed the Gigafactory. Residents across the Western states have publicly claimed that they are in discussions with the ... »Read

In this article: Rob Leonard, Darrell Steinberg
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 NEW: Big blow to bullet train: Fresno County supes now oppose project

Fresno has long been a hotbed of bipartisan support for the California High-Speed Rail Authority’s plans to build a bullet-train network linking Northern and Southern California. The county Board of Supervisors endorsed the project five years ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, High-Speed Rail, Legislature, Debbie Poochigian, Chris Reed, Dan Richard
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 AM Sacramento: What you need to know for Wednesday

Good morning. Here’s what you need to know today: Late in the afternoon, long shadows cast as a cyclist rides through vineyards along Lower Sacramento Road outside of Lodi. »Read

In this article: Gary Davis, Kevin Johnson
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 Taxes and Jobs

A column by journalist David Cay Johnston in the Sacramento Bee re-visited arguments made by opponents of the Proposition 30 tax increases – including me – that jobs would be killed if the taxes were increased. As pointed out in the article, ... »Read

In this article: Board of Equalization, George Runner
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 The Last Days of Heavy Manufacturing in California

In 1993, novelist and California native Joan Didion traveled to the City of Lakewood in Southern California to report on its changing employment and culture. Her essay, “Trouble in Lakewood”, published 21 years ago this week, detailed a ... »Read
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 California Businesses Ally To Ensure Robust Water Policy

If you’re looking for a high-profile manufacturer that for sure depends on water, New Belgium Brewing seems like a good one to highlight. As they say on the advocacy page, “You can’t make great beer without clean water.” And ... »Read

In this article: greenhouse gas, PPIC, water
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 From All L.A.'s Residents-Hollywood's Battle Is Our Battle

Hollywood’s neighborhoods and residents are under attack by big time real estate developers who are investing billions in too many to count high rise residential and commercial buildings along the three mile stretch of Hollywood, Sunset, and Santa ... »Read

In this article: Tom LaBonge, water
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 AM Alert: Jerry Brown closes out trip to Mexico with trade pact

Gov. Jerry Brown wraps up his trip to Mexico today with a focus on economic issues. Miniature national flags representing Mexico and the United States stand side by side as Gov. Jerry Brown, right background, and Mexico's Energy Secretary Pedro ... »Read

In this article: Toni Atkins, Jerry Brown, Henry Perea, Dan Walters
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 GovBeat: For a fleeting moment today, California will have its first openly gay governor

If everything plays out as scheduled, California will see its first-ever openly gay governor on Wednesday, albeit briefly. The state this week is cycling through four Democratic governors as official after official leaves for scheduled travel. Gov. ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Gavin Newsom, Darrell Steinberg
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 Is Raiders stadium roof proposal over the top?

Planners for a new, largely privately financed Oakland Raiders stadium are considering something even more ambitious than the towering seats of Mount Davis - a retractable or transparent roof. Sources involved in putting a proposal together tell us ... »Read

In this article: Michael R. Peevey, Chuck Reed, Leland Yee
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 MICRA initiative gathers millions for November election battle*

<p>You should expect a bombardment of <a href=http:* <p><strong>John Howard </strong>reports in <strong>Capitol Weekly: </strong>"Foes are raising campaign cash 10-to-1 over ... »Read

In this article: Board of Equalization, Jerry Brown, Chuck Reed, water, Betty T. Yee
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 EPA hears praise, criticism of new air rules

To retired coal miner Stanley Sturgill, the Environmental Protection Agency's proposed rules limiting pollution from power plants doesn't do enough to protect the public's health. »Read

In this article: global warming, Barack Obama, renewable energy, water, Mike Zimmerman
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 Caging the Captive Tiger Problem | Commentary

If your neighbor has a tiger in his backyard, he might not have to tell you. »Read

In this article: Howard P. Mckeon, Loretta Sanchez
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 Richmond approves massive Chevron refinery project with $90 million in community benefits

The Richmond City Council approved the $1 billion modernization at the Chevron refinery after the company agreed to cap emissions and give $90 million over the next decade in community investments. »Read

In this article: green jobs, greenhouse gas, Kamala Harris, Gayle McLaughlin, George P. Miller
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 House set to take up $17B VA overhaul bill

With a new Veterans Affairs secretary in place and an August recess looming, Congress is likely to move quickly to approve a compromise bill to refurbish the VA and improve…Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Jeff Miller, Jeff Miller
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 Elk Grove mayor pours cups for a cause

Ten percent of this coffee house’s profits go to Courage Worldwide, a Rocklin-based organization that provides shelter and aid to victims of sex trafficking and child prostitution. The shop’s slogan: “Drink great coffee. Change ... »Read

In this article: John Barrett, Gary Davis
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 Editorial: One week, four California governors and (please) no mischief

None of the acting governors this week can really do anything dramatic, unless, of course, they do. Acting Gov. Mike Curb with tax crusader Paul Gann on February 26, 1979. »Read

In this article: Toni Atkins, Board of Equalization, Debra Bowen, Jerry Brown, Michael Curb, Kamala Harris, Jerome Horton, Gavin Newsom, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Darrell Steinberg
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 Viewpoints: Oil companies should conserve water, too

Bill would force oil well operators to disclose more information about the water they use. Fran Pavley »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Legislature, Fran Pavley, water
Bills: SB 1281,
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 S.F. supes put housing goals, minimum wage hike on ballot

San Francisco voters will weigh in on aggressive housing development goals and a minimum wage hike that would bring the city's base pay to $15 an hour by 2018, the highest in the nation, after the Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to place both ... »Read

In this article: David Campos, David Chiu, Edwin M. Lee, minimum wage
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 Business money and arena fight shape two Sacramento Assembly races

Both Sacramento City Councilman Cohn and Elk Grove City Councilman Cooper are Democrats. They are vying with fellow Democrats, Sacramento City Councilmen Kevin McCarty and Darrell Fong, to claim two Assembly seats currently held by Democrats, ... »Read

In this article: campaign finance, Steve Cohn, Roger Dickinson, Kevin Johnson, Legislature, Dave Low, Kevin McCarty, minimum wage, Richard Pan, Steve Smith, David Townsend
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 The Buzz: California sticks with tougher stance on employee transfers

Despite heavy lobbying from departments and unions, California’s personnel panel has stood its ground: If you’re applying for a state job, you have to meet the minimum qualifications – even if you’re already a state ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Gavin Newsom, Darrell Steinberg
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 Potential candidates can still file papers for city offices

The window to file papers to run for city office in Humboldt County is beginning to close, according to officials. The following city offices and ballot measures will be on the November ballot: Eureka The office of mayor and the 1st, 3rd and 5th »Read

In this article: Shane Brinton, minimum wage, Alexandra Stillman, Mark Wheetley
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 Jerry Brown says he would support more shelters for immigrant minors

With tension flaring on the U.S.-Mexico border over the illegal crossing of thousands of young immigrants from Central America, Gov. Jerry Brown said after meeting with religious leaders here Tuesday that he would support additional shelters for the ... »Read

In this article: Luis A. Alejo, Jerry Brown, Gray Davis, Barack Obama, Pete Wilson
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 Social Security Could Decide Who Controls Congress

The narrative has become all too familiar. What legislators might once have treated as a routine vote to extend the solvency of a pre-existing government fund becomes a polarizing issue. (Just see last year’s federal government shutdown.) And ... »Read

In this article: Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, Darrell Issa
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 Activist will fight delay of vehicle fuels in cap-and-trade system

Billionaire environmental activist Tom Steyer, who has pledged to spend $100 million in the midterm elections to push his climate change agenda across the nation, announced Tuesday that he would fight efforts to delay a key element of California's ... »Read

In this article: Sabrina Demayo Lockhart, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Thomas F. Steyer
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 Lawmakers, FCC chairman urge arbitration over Dodgers channel

Political pressure is mounting on Time Warner Cable to bring an end to the bitter standoff that has prevented many Dodgers fans from watching the team on television this season. »Read

In this article: Tony Cardenas, Brad Sherman
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 Solano County letter critiques governor's water plan

Solano County leaders held nothing back in their assessment of Gov. Jerry Brown's proposed 'twin tunnels' water plan and how it will impact the area. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, John Garamendi, greenhouse gas, John Laird, water
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 PUC president's unethical behavior laid bare

We knew Michael Peevey was PG&E's biggest ally in fending off accountability for the deadly San Bruno explosion. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Kamala Harris, Jerry Hill, Michael R. Peevey, Jackie Speier
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 Road to Nowhere?

It remains to be seen whether this Congress will do the right thing by acting to replenish the Highway Trust Fund. »Read

In this article: Jeff Miller, Jeff Miller, water
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 Jones: Fearful of voters, insurers will temper health rate hikes

California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones, who is pushing a ballot measure to give him the power to regulate health insurance rates, released an analysis Tuesday showing that health insurance costs for individuals increased dramatically over the ... »Read

In this article: Charles Bacchi, Dave Jones, Robin Swanson
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