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 Appeals court upholds decision overturning Virginia's same-sex marriage ban
Washington Post - 11:04 am
A federal appeals court panel on Monday upheld a decision that said Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. By a 2 to 1 vote, a panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit in Richmond said that the fundamental right to ... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Chad Griffin,

 Emails show PG&E, regulator have 'illegal, inappropriate and unethical relationship,' San Bruno official says
Contra Costa Times - 10:58 am
San Bruno on Monday demanded that PG&E be fined and that the powerful president of the state Public Utilities Commission be removed for what the city claims is an array of improper, illegal and unethical communications between the utility and the ... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Michael Peevey,

 Rove: Deals happen without Obama
The Politico - 10:54 am
He says an agreement to reform the Department of Veterans Affairs may be a good lesson for Obama. »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Barack Obama,

 $3 million state grant to support Pacific Ethanol sorghum program
Sacramento Bee - 10:30 am
Pacific Ethanol Inc., the Sacramento-based marketer and producer of low-carbon renewable fuels, has been awarded a $3 million matching grant from the California Energy Commission to develop a sorghum feedstock program. »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: biofuels, Energy Commission, Neil Koehler,

 San Bruno demands fines against PG&E and shakeup at PUC
San Jose Mercury News - 10:23 am
San Bruno on Monday demanded that PG&E be fined and that the powerful president of the state Public Utilities Commission be removed for what the city claims is an array of improper, illegal and unethical communications between the utility and the ... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Michael Peevey,

 Chuck Schumer's Dream: A Democratic Nightmare
Roll Call - 10:21 am
New York Sen. Charles E. Schumer laid out his dream for a less partisan Washington recently. But the Democrat's New York Times op-ed is giving some strategists in his own party nightmares. »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Janice Hahn, Barack Obama, Brad Sherman,

 E-Cigarette Measures Go Before San Diego City Council On Monday
KPBS San Diego public broadcasting / News radio (MP3) podcast - 9:56 am
Two measures to regulate retail sales of the battery-operated electronic cigarettes and restrict their use are being considered Monday by the San Diego City Council. »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Kevin Faulconer, Jan Goldsmith,

 Oakland Tribune editorial: Voters should pass Prop. 44; state lawmakers should stop meddling in local school finances
Bay Area News Group - East Bay / Opinion - 9:55 am
Proposition 44 would impose desperately needed fiscal discipline on lawmakers. Unacceptable additions are contained in separate legislation that lawmakers can, and should, rescind. »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Arnold Schwarzenegger,

 Santa Ana Police Chief Hears Concerns of Lacy Street Residents
Voice of OC - 9:24 am
Residents spoke up about the influence of violence, disturbances, and marijuana and alcohol use on their neighborhood. »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Lou Correa, Michele Martinez,

 With four days to go until recess, can Congress get it all done?
Washington Post - 9:02 am
If they can't do it this week, can they do it at all? That's what many Americans might be thinking in the next few days as the House and Senate try — or at least appear to be trying — to complete work on a series of complex issues before ... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Kevin McCarthy,

 Deal on veterans' health care costs at least $15B
Yahoo - 8:59 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — A bipartisan deal to improve veterans health care would authorize at least $15 billion in emergency spending to fix a veterans health program scandalized by long patient wait times and falsified records covering up delays. »Read  »E-mail story

 Congress Might Actually Pass a Bill to Address VA Problems
Mother Jones / Kevin Drum - 8:38 am
Since I've been griping for a long time about Congress being unable to pass so much as a Mother's Day resolution these days, it's only fair to highlight the possibility of actual progress on something: House and Senate negotiators have reached a ... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Jeff Miller,

 NEW: Bullet-train officials praise judge they called a threat to CA
CalWatchdog - 8:15 am
The California High-Speed Rail Authority got some good news from the courts last week. The 3rd District Court of Appeal in Sacramento upheld a lower court ruling rejecting legal challenges to the routing of the bullet train in the Gilroy-Las Banos ... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Kamala Harris, High-Speed Rail, Legislature, Jeff Morales,

 VA bill to be unveiled
The Politico - 7:43 am
The bill would give the VA secretary the authority to fire officials accused of mismanagement. »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Barack Obama,

 Recent editorials published in Iowa newspapers
Merced Sun-Star - 7:03 am

   Not Your Father & Mother's GOP A.G. Candidate
Fox & Hounds Daily - 7:02 am
The challenger to Attorney General Kamala Harris is Republican Ron Gold, http://rongold.org/ a former California deputy attorney general whose positions don’t always line up with the stances often associated with Republican candidates. Read his ... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Kamala Harris,

   Where Would the 6 Capitals Be?
Fox & Hounds Daily - 6:49 am
Yes, yes, it won’t happen. But Six Californias is so much fun that it’s become the summer story of 2014. Proponent Tim Draper foolishly won’t let states name themselves but his initiative is silent on a crucial question: the location of ... »Read  »E-mail story

   Teacher Seniority Might Well Survive the Vergara Decision
Fox & Hounds Daily - 6:45 am
Last month’s decision by a Los Angeles Superior Court judge to strike down California’s teacher tenure, seniority, and dismissal statutes may be a great victory for children, though much depends on the outcome of any appeal. This week, Attorney ... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: California Teachers Association, Kamala Harris, Los Angeles Unified School District,

 Yes, the Private Sector Will Invest in California High-Speed Rail
Fox & Hounds Daily - 6:33 am
While I am loathe to get into another round of back-and-forth, Chris Reed’s latest anti-high speed rail screed cries out for a response, not only because it is so completely off-the-wall, but also to clear up broader misconceptions about private ... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: High-Speed Rail, Legislature,

   New CPR App Unveiled By San Diego Officials Monday
KPBS San Diego public broadcasting / News radio (MP3) podcast - 6:16 am
The PulsePoint app is designed to get help to victims of sudden cardiac arrest in the critical moments before paramedics arrive. Only 8 percent of such patients survive, according to county officials. »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Kevin Faulconer, Tom Johnson,

 Capitol Hill's Unfinished Business (The Note)
ABC News - 6:00 am
By MICHAEL FALCONE (@michaelpfalcone) NOTABLES BOEHNER OUTLINES LAWSUIT AGAINST OBAMA: In a USA Today Op-Ed House Speaker John Boehner details his big goal for the week: “President Obama has overstepped his constitutional authority — ... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Hillary Clinton,

   Arnold Forde: Half a Century of Big Time Politics
Voice of OC - 6:00 am
He’s not well known outside political circles, but GOP and Democratic leaders have relied on “Arnie” since the 1960s. »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Proposition 13, Larry Agran, Fair Political Practices Commission, Ross Johnson, Tony Rackauckas, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Pete Wilson,

   Two Stories Of Impact From San Diego's Minimum Wage Increase
KPBS San Diego public broadcasting / News radio (MP3) podcast - 6:00 am
Here are two people who will be impacted in very different ways by San Diego's minimum wage increase. »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Todd Gloria, minimum wage,

 READ IN: Monday, July 28, 2014: VA bill done, two more big-ticket items to go before recess, N.C. budget deal reached, McDaniel election challenge likely this week, midterm ad spending to top $2 billion ad
Washington Post - 5:07 am
Don't forget to sign up for Read In, your one-stop shop for the politics news you need right now. It's fast, easy and free! A1: The stories you need to read before your first conference call. -- The Ukrainian military on Sunday launched a move to ... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Toni Atkins, Kevin McCarthy, Gavin Newsom, Darrell Steinberg,

 AM Alert: ¡Viva México! Jerry Brown heads south of border
Sacramento Bee - 5:00 am
Buenos das, lectores. Gov. Jerry Brown, left, and Mexican Secretary of Foreign Affairs Jose Antonio Meade Kuribrena talk during a luncheon in Sacramento held by the California Chamber of Commerce on July 23, 2014. »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Toni Atkins, Legislature, Gavin Newsom, Darrell Steinberg,

 The high toll of needed testing on Bay Bridge rods and bolts
San Francisco Chronicle - 3:44 am
More tests are still needed before officials can declare the steel fasteners safe - and the public can stop worrying about having to spend tens of millions of dollars to replace them. In San Francisco, where residents are already down to using 49 ... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Larry Morse,

 Federal Eye: The new VA-reform deal, and how the costs shrank over time
Washington Post - 3:01 am
After a weekend of talks, House and Senate negotiators say they have reached a deal to help the troubled Department of Veterans Affairs address extensive wait times at VA medical centers, one of the root causes of the agency’s recent scheduling ... »Read  »E-mail story

 Amash heads into homestretch confident
The Politico - 2:02 am
The Michigan congressman appears likely to fend off a Republican challenger. »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Devin Nunes,

 After 6 weeks, finally a deal on VA health care
Merced Sun-Star - 12:53 am
After more than six weeks of sometimes testy talks, House and Senate negotiators have agreed on a compromise plan to fix a veterans health program scandalized by long patient wait…Click to Continue »Read  »E-mail story

   Participants of California governor's Mexico trip
San Diego Union-Tribune - 12:31 am
California Gov. Jerry Brown and a delegation of state and business officials begin three days of meetings in Mexico on Monday to discuss trade and the environment. Participants include five state senators, 10 Assembly members, nine administration ... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Air Resources Board, Luis Alejo, Rusty Areias, Richard Bloom, California Independent System Operator, Nora Campos, Rocky Chavez, Ellen Corbett, Lou Correa, Larry Dick, Lucy Dunn, Energy Commission, Lauren Faber, Jennifer Fitzgerald, Cristina Garcia, Roger Hernandez, Chris Holden, Ben Hueso, Brian Kelly, Ricardo Lara, Jose Medina, Mary Nichols, Michael Ross, Karen Ross, Susan Talamantes Eggman, Robert Weisenmiller,

 Gov. Brown heads south of the border to talk trade, immigration*
AroundTheCapitol.com / The Roundup - 7:19 am
Gov. Jerry Brown today starts »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Rusty Areias, Chris Megerian,

   Editorial: Can open primaries save the world?
Sacramento Bee / Opinion - 12:16 am
Recently, Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., suggested that the California-style top-two primary can save the country, or at least its political system. He very well could be right. »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Tim Donnelly, Mike Honda, Tom McClintock,

 Income Taxes Don't Kill Jobs & Tyrion's No AUH2O
Calbuzz - 12:01 am
You'll recall that in the fall of 2012, as Jerry Brown campaigned for Prop. 30, his tax-hike plan to balance California’s budget and boost school funding, right-wingers argued vociferously that the measure would be a disaster. “It allows the ... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Tim Donnelly, Field Poll, Joel Fox, John Kabateck, Legislature, PPIC,

 Editorial: Indicted California senators insult voters by collecting salary
Sacramento Bee / Opinion - 12:00 am
The U.S. attorney’s office in San Francisco on Friday announced new charges against Sen. Leland Yee, accusing the San Francisco Democrat of racketeering for allegedly selling his vote on bills related to professional athletes’ ability ... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Darrell Steinberg, Roderick Wright, Leland Yee,

 The Buzz: Pérez campaign led the way in Sacramento-area ad buys
Sacramento Bee - 12:00 am
The Sacramento TV market’s largest broadcast stations netted more than $623,000 in ad revenue from federal, state and local campaign committees in the weeks before last month’s primary election, public filings show. Stephen Colbert, ... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Board of Equalization, Jim Miller, Betty Yee,

 John Phillips: Road to Sacramento runs up the middle
Orange County Register / Editorial - 12:00 am
Very few legislative races in California’s upcoming November election will be competitive. To be fair, this year is not an anomaly - very few are ever hotly contested. Between the power of incumbency, gerrymandered districts and the desire of... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Newt Gingrich, Kevin Spillane, Mark Standriff,

 Robert Loewen: The changing face of the Republican Party
Orange County Register / Opinion - 12:00 am
Carl DeMaio returned to his Orange County roots last week to ask supporters for help in his race to unseat Scott Peters, D-San Diego, in the 52d Congressional District. Carl grew up in Orange County until his mother died of cancer, making him an... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Carl DeMaio, Scott Peters,

 Tentative deal reached to reform Veterans Affairs health care
San Francisco Chronicle - July 27, 11:29 pm
The chairmen of the House and Senate Veterans Affairs committees have reached a tentative agreement on a plan to reform a veterans' health program scandalized by long patient wait times and falsified records covering up delays. The plan set to be ... »Read  »E-mail story

 Congress agrees on VA reform: What will they fix?
CBS News - July 27, 10:14 pm
On the eve of their five-week summer recess, House and Senate negotiators hammered out a deal to reform the embattled Veterans Affairs Department »Read  »E-mail story

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