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Study Finds Tripling Tobacco Tax Would Ignite Smuggling

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Minimum wage bill advances to Senate floor

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 Who Was That Fellow on the Train?
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 In the Loop: Cory Booker (D-Tinseltown)
Washington Post - April 23, 4:58 pm
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 Are Californians becoming Lebowskis?
San Diego Union-Tribune/Opinion - April 23, 4:55 pm
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 Capitol Alert: California car data bill stalls in first committee
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 The Spread Of 'Debate Is Over' Syndrome
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 Solar project criticism comes from several sides

Silurian Valley Solar Project would provide needed electricity but also disrupt wildlife and natural area. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, global warming, renewable energy, water
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 Momentum building to legalize online poker in California

A legislative committee on Wednesday heard suggestions for setting up an Internet poker system that would best serve consumers and taxpayers. »Read

In this article: indian gaming, Legislature, Jose Medina, Brian Nestande
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 GOP gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari attacks affirmative action

The recent effort to restore affirmative action in public university admissions 'should've been called the 'There are too many Asians at Berkeley' bill,' he told several hundred Cal students Wednesday. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Tim Donnelly, Legislature, Arnold Schwarzenegger
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 Retail jobs a prelude to 32nd assembly forum

In a classic case of peculiar political pairings, Thursday night's 32nd Assembly District forum begins with an hour-long presentation from officials at the Outlets of Tejon, the eagerly-awaited shopping center due in August. It's perhaps ... »Read

In this article: Jean Fuller, Pedro Rios, Rudy Salas, Andy Vidak, water
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 WH nutrition adviser praises Sac's farm-to-fork movement

Sacramento's farm-to-fork movement got a boost Wednesday from a White House nutrition adviser invited to town by Mayor Kevin Johnson. »Read

In this article: CalPERS, Kevin Johnson, water
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 Failure of Warriors' waterfront arena the latest in a long line of bay development defeats

Since the 1970s, environmental opposition has made it nearly impossible for any major project that would fill or block San Francisco Bay to win approval »Read

In this article: Art Agnos, Willie Brown, Dianne Feinstein, David Lewis, water
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 Governor appoints judge to oversee watchdog agency

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- Gov. Jerry Brown appointed a fellow Democrat and judge to lead California's campaign watchdog agency on Wednesday, in the wake of ethics scandals that have led to federal charges against two Democratic state senators ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, John Burton, California Democratic Party, Fair Political Practices Commission, Barack Obama, Ann Ravel
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 Climate change threatens California's air quality, report says

Climate change and extreme weather could set back decades of improvement in California’s air quality, a new report by the state’s pollution control officers says. »Read

In this article: Air Resources Board, Eric Garcetti, global warming, greenhouse gas, water
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 Oakland resident to lead political watchdog agency

PrintGov. Jerry Brown appointed Judge Jodi Remke to lead the California Political Practices Commission, his office announced Wednesday. Remke, who lives in Oakland, is the presiding judge at the State Bar Court of California, which oversees ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Ann Ravel, Leland Yee
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 Astros fail to sweep Seattle, fall 5-3 in 9th

Josh Fields knew he wasn't as sharp as the previous two nights, when he saved games against the Mariners. »Read

In this article: Chris Young, Chris Young
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 Gov. Brown Appoints Judge To Oversee Watchdog Agency

Gov. Jerry Brown has appointed a judge to lead California's campaign watchdog agency. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Fair Political Practices Commission, Barack Obama, Ann Ravel
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 Assemblymember Holden Announces Major Reforms to CA Massage Parlor Law

Assemblymember Holden Announces Major Reforms to CA Massage Parlor Law (Sacramento) - Assemblymember Chris Holden (D-Pasadena) joined Assemblymembers Susan Bonilla (D-Concord) and Jimmy Gomez (D-Los Angeles) and the League of Ca... From: ... »Read

In this article: Susan Bonilla, Jimmy Gomez, Chris Holden
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 Letters: Laura's law complicates legal system

ORANGE, Susan Cooper: As a school teacher, I am appalled at the idea that the O.C. Board of Supervisors would consider the implementation of Laura’s Law, which was Protesters come together in Hollywood on Feb. 8 for Monday Midnight ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Gloria Romero
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 California's lopsided politics yield little election intrigue

Secretary of state candidates' debate is more geekfest than slugfest — and it's one of the more interesting contests in the 'top two' primary era. SACRAMENTO — It has come to this: California politics have become so one-sided that the ... »Read

In this article: Debra Bowen, Jerry Brown, California Target Book, campaign finance, Derek Cressman, Field Poll, Kamala Harris, Allan Hoffenblum, Alex Padilla, Dan Schnur, George Skelton, Leland Yee
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 The Buzz: Romney picks a favorite in south state House race

As part of his return to politics, Mitt Romney is choosing sides in the race to succeed retiring Rep. Buck McKeon in Southern California. »Read

In this article: Stephen T. Knight, Howard P. Mckeon, Mitt Romney, Tony Strickland
Bills: SB 994,
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 All the Big Shots showed up for Internet poker hearing

While the Senate had its Day of Reflection to contemplate ethical obligations, the Assembly turned its attention to the task at hand, whether to legalize Internet poker in California. Internet poker could be coming to California. »Read

In this article: Willie Brown, Gray Davis, Jack Gribbon, Isadore Hall, Legislature, Claudia Morain, Dan Morain, water
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 Calif. secretary of state candidates tout reform

Four candidates challenging to be the next secretary of state offered competing visions on Wednesday for controlling political fundraising and how they would best improve access and transparency for California elections. »Read

In this article: Ron Calderon, campaign finance, Derek Cressman, Field Poll, Legislature, Alex Padilla, Dan Schnur, state budget, Leland Yee
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 In the Loop: Cory Booker (D-Tinseltown)

Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) is a Hollywood favorite, and he’s rumored to be romantically involved with a Los Angeles-based lawyer, so we’d expect he frequents the other coast. On Thursday, he returns to the City of Angels for a starring role at a ... »Read

In this article: Ronald Burkle, campaign finance, Hillary Clinton, Lawrence Lessig, Eric Swalwell
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 Are Californians becoming Lebowskis?

There are signs that the Lebowski character is no longer the outsider in California. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Field Poll, Joe Mathews
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 Regulators pave way for Internet "fast lane" with net neutrality rules

Federal regulators plan to propose new rules Thursday that would allow Internet providers to create a "fast lane" for certain websites and services. »Read

In this article: Reed Hastings, minimum wage
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 Northern California SWAT teams train in Butte County

It was about 3:30 p.m. on Jan. 29, 2013, when a man boarded a school bus, killed its driver and took a a-year-old hostage for several days. »Read

In this article: Brian W. Jones, Brian W. Jones
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 Capitol Alert: California secretary of state candidates promise break from Bowen

Would-be successors to Secretary of State Debra Bowen made their cases Wednesday that they would inject new energy into an office they said has become technologically inept and disengaged. »Read

In this article: Debra Bowen, Jerry Brown, campaign finance, Derek Cressman, Fair Political Practices Commission, Field Poll, Legislature, Jim Miller, Alex Padilla, Dan Schnur, Leland Yee
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 Capitol Alert: Jerry Brown appoints Jodi Remke new FPPC chair

Gov. Jerry Brown has appointed Jodi Remke, presiding judge of the State Bar Court of California, chairwoman of the state's Fair Political Practices Commission, his office announced Wednesday. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Fair Political Practices Commission, Ann Ravel
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 Minimum-wage hike: Alarming start to a crucial debate

No, sharply raising the minimum wage is not a pro-growth initiative backed by business. »Read

In this article: Bob Filner, Todd Gloria, minimum wage, Jerry Sanders
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 Community Editorial: Protecting Marine Life is Crucial for Economy

California's coastal economy and communities depend on protecting the coastal marine environment, argues local activist Rose Tingle. »Read

In this article: Patricia Bates, Legislature, Todd Spitzer
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 Excluded Green Party hopeful seethes in debate audience

Four candidates hoping to be the state's chief elections officer engaged in the 90-minute debate about how make government more accountable and campaign finance more transparent - all under protest from Green Party candidate David Curtis, who said ... »Read

In this article: campaign finance, Derek Cressman, Fair Political Practices Commission, Field Poll, Legislature, Carla Marinucci, Alex Padilla, Dan Schnur, Roderick Wright, Leland Yee
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 Capitol Alert: Mitt Romney backs Tony Strickland in California House race

As part of his return to politics, Mitt Romney is choosing sides in the contest to succeed retiring Rep. Buck McKeon in Southern California. »Read

In this article: Julia Brownley, Stephen T. Knight, Howard P. Mckeon, Mitt Romney, Tony Strickland, Meg Whitman
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 Capitol Alert: VIDEO: California Senate pauses for ethics training

The California Senate paused its normal routine of committee hearings today for a special training on the ethics of two essential duties that politicians are not supposed to mix: making laws and raising money. »Read

In this article: Tom Berryhill, Ron Calderon, Fair Political Practices Commission, Robert Huff, Jason Kinney, Legislature, Mitt Romney, Kevin H. Sloat, Darrell Steinberg, Tony Strickland, Dan Walters, Roderick Wright, Leland Yee
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 Administration Opens Clemency Door for Thousands of Low-level Drug Offenders

In a dramatic move aimed at restoring equal justice, the administration announced on April 23rd an initiative under which President Barack Obama could grant clemency to hundreds, even thousands of…Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Barack Obama, Ron Rogers, Ron Rogers
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 Candidates tout reform in secretary of state race

Four candidates vying to be the next secretary of state are offering competing visions for improving access and transparency to California elections. »Read

In this article: campaign finance, Derek Cressman, Legislature, Alex Padilla, Dan Schnur, Leland Yee
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 Oakland Tribune editorial: Barbara Halliday best for Hayward mayor; Marvin Peixoto, Rodney Loché for Hayward City Council

Voters should back candidates who best understand the city's fiscal plight, will continue holding the line and aren't afraid to make more tough decisions. »Read

In this article: Rocky Fernandez, SEIU
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 Mercury News editorial: Californians deserve clear labeling of genetically engineered food

Sen. Noreen Evans' SB 1381 is a big improvement on the poorly written Proposition 37, which voters defeated in 2012 »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Noreen Evans, Legislature
Bills: SB 1381,
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 San Diego Council President Proposes Raising Minimum Hourly Wage To $13

San Diego City Council President Todd Gloria wants to raise the city's minimum wage to $13 over three years staring July 2015. »Read

In this article: Todd Gloria, minimum wage
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 California lawmakers, bruised by scandal, turn to ethics training

SACRAMENTO, California (Reuters) - California lawmakers, their reputation tarnished by fraud and corruption scandals, on Wednesday took a break from normal business to attend ethics training, the latest step by the state Senate to repair its image ... »Read

In this article: Ron Calderon, campaign finance, Field Poll, Legislature, Darrell Steinberg, Roderick Wright, Leland Yee
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 Fight Schedule

At Osaka, Japan, Shinsuke Yamanaka vs. Stephane Jamoye, 12, for Yamanaka's WBC bantamweight title; Kiko Martinez vs. Hozumi Hasegawa, 12, for Martinez's IBF junior featherweight title. »Read

In this article: Francisco Estrada, Robert B. Garcia
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 Capitol Alert: California car data bill stalls in first committee

Legislation requiring car manufacturers to open access to the data streaming out of computerized cars stalled in committee on Tuesday. »Read

In this article: William W. Monning, Kevin Mullin, Fran Pavley, Dan Walters
Bills: SB 994,
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 CA17: Tammy Duckworth coming to Honda's aid

War hero Rep. Tammy Duckworth will visit Silicon Valley on Friday to do a veteran’s roundtable and some phone-banking for Rep. Mike Honda’s re-election campaign. Honda, D-San Jose, and Duckworth, D-Ill., have worked together since 2006 when ... »Read

In this article: Michael Honda, Ro Khanna, SEIU
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 Contra Costa Times editorial: Catharine Baker best of two good choices for state Assembly

Independent voters will determine the outcome, which is as it should be because the district's constituency is generally centrist. Of the four candidates, two, Catharine Baker and Steve Glazer, are well-prepared, moderate and fiscally responsible. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Joan Buchanan, Steven Glazer, Legislature
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 Now Republicans Are Upset Obamacare Doesn't Help More People

More than 8 million people have signed up for private insurance plans through the Affordable Care Act, several million more have gotten coverage through Medicaid, and polling from several independent organizations suggests that the number of ... »Read

In this article: Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, Kevin McCarthy
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 Spy plane outlasts Cold War, but not defense cuts

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U-2 spy plane outlasted the Cold War, outlived its successor and proved crucial a half-century ago when two superpowers were on the brink of nuclear war. The Air Force says the unmanned aerial vehicle Global Hawk can do the ... »Read

In this article: John Garamendi, Howard P. Mckeon
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 State Lawmakers Take Ethics Training In Wake Of Corruption Scandals

State senators in Sacramento are receiving a refresher in ethics as part of the fallout from a series of legal cases involving two Southland lawmakers this year. »Read

In this article: Ron Calderon, Darrell Steinberg, Roderick Wright, Leland Yee
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 California bill reignites affirmative action fight

Nearly 20 years after California became the first state to ban the use of race and ethnicity in college admissions, a proposal to reinstate affirmative action has sparked a backlash that is forging a new divide in the state's powerful Democratic ... »Read

In this article: Kevin De Leon, Ed Hernandez, Legislature, Ted W. Lieu, Darrell Steinberg, water, Pete Wilson
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 NEW: San Bernardino bankruptcy shows pensions crowding out services

  In his novel “The Sun Also Rises,” California novelist Ernest Hemingway wrote, “How do you go bankrupt? Two ways: Gradually, then suddenly.” Case in point: the City of San Bernardino, which filed for bankruptcy in 2012. The pace of ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, CalPERS, CalSTRS, David Crane
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 NEW: Kashkari unveils education overhaul plan

Neel Kashkari, the Republican candidate for governor who promised to campaign on 'jobs and education, that's it,' delivered on half of that platform Tuesday, with the release of a bold plan for overhauling the state's failing schools. In a detailed ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Dan Newman, Scott Wilk
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 Sec. of State Candidates Disagree on Fundraising Ban

Four candidates for California’s Secretary of State covered issues from vote by mail elections to business licenses in a debate today. And they didn’t disagree on much.All four candidates agreed on several things. Elections held entirely by ... »Read

In this article: Debra Bowen, Derek Cressman, Legislature, Alex Padilla, Dan Schnur, Leland Yee
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 McNerney, Denham to host town hall on Veterans Health Clinic expansion

FRENCH CAMP — U.S. Reps. Jerry McNerney, D-Stockton, and Jeff Denham, R-Turlock, will be conducting a town hall meeting this week for all veterans and members of the public interested in the expansion of the Veterans Health Clinic in French ... »Read

In this article: Jeff Denham, Jerry McNerney
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 The U.S. Middle Class Cedes Gold to Canada

The Canadian middle class has surpassed that of the U.S. as the world's wealthiest »Read

In this article: minimum wage, Marianne Williamson
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 California State Senators To Receive Refresher On Ethics

Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg canceled committee hearings Wednesday and ordered senators and their top aides to devote the day to ethics training. »Read

In this article: Ron Calderon, Senate Democrats, Darrell Steinberg, Roderick Wright, Leland Yee
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 Gloria To Release Details On San Diego Minimum Wage Ballot Proposal

Gloria has not previously specified an amount for the lowest wage workers but has said he wants a "meaningful'" increase in the minimum wage for all people working in San Diego. »Read

In this article: David Alvarez, Marti Emerald, Kevin Faulconer, Todd Gloria, Sherri Lightner, minimum wage, sick leave
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 Irvine Committee Will Identify Veterans Cemetary Site

The decision was accompanied by political bickering as the council's Democrats, with support from some veterans, complaining of being railroaded out of the process. »Read

In this article: Larry Agran, Steven Choi, Beth Krom, Todd Spitzer, Mimi Walters
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 Nurses push for better hospital safety after stabbings

Weekend stabbings of two registered nurses at two separate Los Angeles hospitals heighten the need for stronger safety measures in California hospitals, nurses say. The first incident occurred at Olive View-UCLA Medical Center in Sylmar early ... »Read

In this article: California Nurses Association, Legislature, Alex Padilla
Bills: SB 1299,
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 California Needs A Bright-Line Test for Determining Residency for Tax Purposes

'Where do you live?' This seemingly straightforward question has been the source of major contention between taxpayers and the Franchise Tax Board for many years, resulting in time-consuming appeals, exhausting searches for documents and witnesses, ... »Read

In this article: Bill Leonard, David Kline, Board of Equalization
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 Who Was That Fellow on the Train?

Did I see a unicorn? Or was that really a California petition circulator being paid hourly? I was riding the Gold Line, one of the Metro trains in Los Angeles, in Little Tokyo with my son last month when I was approached by a petition circulator, ... »Read

In this article: SEIU, Joe Mathews
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 CA Fwd Releases Report On How To Build Stronger Budget Reserve

By calling a special legislative session today to focus lawmakers' attention on creating a more robust budget reserve, Gov. Brown has demonstrated his commitment to strengthening California's fiscal condition--and to ensuring the state, with years ... »Read

In this article: state budget, Proposition 98, Jim Mayer, Legislature
Bills: ACA 4,
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 The Spread Of 'Debate Is Over' Syndrome

The ongoing trial involving journalist Mark Steyn -- accused of defaming climate change theorist Michael Mann -- reflects an increasingly dangerous tendency among our intellectual classes to embrace homogeneity of viewpoint. Steyn, whose column has ... »Read

In this article: Proposition 8, Barack Obama, Joel Kotkin
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 State senators to receive refresher on ethics

State senators are receiving a refresher in ethics as part of the fallout from a series of legal cases involving Democratic lawmakers this year. »Read

In this article: Ron Calderon, Darrell Steinberg, Roderick Wright, Leland Yee
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 State Senators' day of ethical reflection*

<p><span>State Senators are spending the day <a href=http:* <p><b><span>Judy Lin </span></b><span>reports for the <b>Associated Press: </b>'Senate President Pro Tem Darrell ... »Read

In this article: California Democratic Party, Legislature, Dean Logan, Darrell Steinberg
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