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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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 Governor - time to reinvest in Californians
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 Obamacare's Success Is Destroying the GOP's Midterm Strategy

If you're a decent person, or someone who hasn't contracted a political bug, the most satisfying thing about the Affordable Care Act's enrollment total is the knowledge that it's improved many people's lives, and contributed to a sizable reduction ... »Read

In this article: Darrell Issa, minimum wage
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 California drought: Food banks drying up, too

The effects of California's drought could soon hit the state's food banks, which serve 2 million of its poorest residents. Fresh produce accounts for more than half the handouts at Bay Area food banks, but with an estimated minimum of 500,000 acres ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Mark Chapin Johnson
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 Judge Vaughn Walker tells his side of Prop. 8 trial

The trial that led to the legalization of same-sex marriage in California included harrowing testimony by a gay man who had undergone "conversion" therapy to try to turn him straight. Inside the Fight for Marriage Equality describes ... »Read

In this article: Proposition 8, Same-sex marriage, Vaughn R. Walker
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 News of the Day From Across the Nation, April 21

Four-year-old half siblings have died in an accidental blaze caused by the children playing with fire at their New York City home, fire officials said. The driver - Roberto Rodriguez, 20 - was treated for minor injuries and booked on suspicion of ... »Read

In this article: Roberto Rodriguez, Leland Yee
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 S.F. spending on homeless exceeds many departments' budgets

With spring in the air and the homeless tents once again popping up under San Francisco's freeways, it's worth noting that the city is spending about $458,000 per day to house and help homeless people. The annual $167 million price tag is $20 ... »Read

In this article: John Avalos, Michael Honda, Edwin M. Lee, Andrew Ross
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 Election 2014 Q&A: Secretary of state candidates on partisanship, fraud, Cal-Access

The Bee’s editorial board met with the four leading candidates seeking to replace termed-out Secretary of State Debra Bowen. The secretary of state is California’s chief elections officer. We asked the candidates about whether the job ... »Read

In this article: Debra Bowen, campaign finance, Derek Cressman, Legislature, Steven R. Maviglio, Dan Morain, Alex Padilla, Dan Schnur
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 Bob Williams: Why it's time for the feds to raise the minimum wage

Bob Williams ways there are good reasons behind the president's push for a hike in the federal minimum wage. »Read

In this article: minimum wage, Bob Williams
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 Tech Giants Discussed Hiring, Say Documents

New details on class action against Apple, Google, Intel and Adobe show how Facebook rejected the alleged hiring circle. »Read

In this article: Sergey Brin, William Campbell, Steve Jobs
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 Fighting season for Brown, lawmakers

The governor and legislative leaders are about to begin an intense period of bartering on cap-and-trade, the bullet train and a rainy-day fund.SACRAMENTO — High-stakes bargaining is about to begin in California's Capitol. »Read

In this article: Toni Atkins, Jerry Brown, Legislature, redevelopment agencies, George Skelton, state budget, Darrell Steinberg
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 The Buzz: Democratic super PAC reserves TV airtime in California

A Democratic super PAC announced Friday that it has reserved more than $800,000 in television time for the home stretch of the November general election in California. Rep. Ami Bera, D-Elk Grove, can expect some help in the weeks before the ... »Read

In this article: Amerish Bera, California Teachers Association, Carl DeMaio, Tim Donnelly, Legislature, Dan Morain, Brian Nestande, Doug Ose, Scott Peters, Raul Ruiz
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 Income inequality: The fix that doesn't fix anything

How far, how fast, will Council President Gloria go with his minimum-wage proposal? »Read

In this article: Todd Gloria, minimum wage
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 Governor - time to reinvest in Californians

Big Oil is perhaps the poster child of this quasi-legal corruption - deeply feared in Sacramento and fiercely committed to making sure California remains the only major-oil-producing state that allows our natural resources to be exploited without ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Budget Project, Ron Calderon, state budget, Leland Yee
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 What the Legislature can do to restore the public's trust

California already has enacted new fees on lobbyists and campaign committees to pay for a system upgrade, but no project upgrade has been initiated. The governor, the Legislature and the secretary of state should make modernizing Cal-Access a ... »Read

In this article: Legislature, Kristin Olsen, Lois Wolk, Leland Yee
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 CalPERS board member under scrutiny again for late financial reports

Priya Mathur has been fined $13,000 for previous reporting violations. She says the problem was improperly filed paperwork.SACRAMENTO — A longtime board member of the country's largest public pension fund is in trouble again with California's ... »Read

In this article: CalPERS, Fair Political Practices Commission, Holly J. Mitchell, water, Gary Winuk
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 Cards defense, bullpen falter in 3-2 loss to Nats

The Cardinals managed to score twice against Stephen Strasburg while starter Shelby Miller kept the Nationals offense quiet. Nine outs away from taking yet another series from Washington, St. Louis' defense and bullpen couldn't finish the job. »Read

In this article: Matt Adams, Matt Williams
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 Barnidge: Common Core is coming to public schools, whether your like it or not

Will it bring student engagement and critical thinking or a lot of unnecessary change? »Read

In this article: Craig Cheslog, Tom Torlakson
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 Span's sacrifice fly in 9th lifts Nats over Cards

Denard Span's approach with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth inning proves math pays off. »Read

In this article: Anthony Rendon, Matt Williams
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 Lawmakers face hundreds of bills, special session

Lawmakers return from their spring recess this week focusing on hundreds of bills that have to pass from one house to the other by the end of May. »Read

In this article: Lorena Gonzalez, sick leave
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 Sleeping girl killed in alleged drunk driver crash

A 16-year-old Southern California girl was killed while sleeping in her bed after an alleged drunken driver crashed his SUV into her home. »Read

In this article: Dan Morain, Roberto Rodriguez
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 Probe could complicate Rick Perry's prospects

[...] with eight months left on the job and a decision to make about the 2016 presidential race, the long-serving governor known for his Texas swagger is now the focus of a grand jury investigation that could cause more difficulty than any adversary ... »Read

In this article: Ray Sullivan, Leland Yee
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 NEW: On energy resources, will CA ignore lessons of North Dakota?

It was just less than two years ago that City Journal had the first high-profile story laying out the enormous economic potential of certain of California's natural resources: 'The biggest onshore story is the potential of the Monterey Formation ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Joel Kotkin, Chris Reed
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