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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

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Kings owners set to announce deal with labor unions on downtown arena construction

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Minimum wage bill advances to Senate floor

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 Ben Hueso, other lawmakers, photographed drinking on Capitol balcony before DUI arrest
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 How Labor Money Undermines the Financial Literacy of California's Legislators
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 State Sen. Ben Hueso 'profoundly sorry' after arrest

Democratic state Sen. Ben Hueso who was arrested on alleged drunken driving charges in Sacramento released a statement Friday apologizing for his actions. »Read

In this article: Ron Calderon, Ben Hueso, Legislature, Roger Salazar, Darrell Steinberg, Roderick Wright, Leland Yee
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 Anti-Bera ad misleads on Obamacare

Crossroads GPS, the outside group affiliated with GOP strategist Karl Rove, is out with a television ad in Sacramento County, yoking freshman Democratic Rep. Ami Bera to the federal Affordable Care Act. Criticism of the controversial health care ... »Read

In this article: Amerish Bera, Doug Ose
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 Covered California officials, insurance chief clash over Prop. 45

California's Obamacare exchange and the state insurance commissioner are on a collision course over Proposition 45, a popular ballot measure aimed at reining in health insurance rates. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Beth Capell, Jamie Court, Diana Dooley, Field Poll, Dave Jones, Susan Kennedy, Peter V. Lee, Legislature, Robert E. Ross, Robert K. Ross, Arnold Schwarzenegger
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 New California law allows dogs to dine on restaurant patios

Gov. Jerry Brown -- owner of Sutter, California's 'first dog' and an adorable Welsh corgi to boot -- has signed into law a bill making it perfectly legal to bring your dog out to dinner with you. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Mariko Yamada
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 The Buzz: Jerry Brown once wanted more debates

When Gov. Jerry Brown announced this week that he would debate Republican Neel Kashkari once – but only once – ahead of the Nov. 4 election, his campaign said Brown could make time for only one debate because of his “demanding ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Dan Newman, James Nielsen
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 Sen. Boxer: Group behind beheading must be stopped

Days after an Islamic extremist group beheaded an American journalist, U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer condemned Friday the 'brutal and barbaric murder' of James Foley and labeled the Islamic State a 'worldwide threat' that must be stopped. U.S. Sen. ... »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Susan Davis, water
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 Minimum wage fight; SeaWorld's bigger tanks

Kudos to the City Council for trying to do the right thing for our San Diegans. »Read

In this article: Air Resources Board, Sherri Lightner, minimum wage, Jerry Sanders, unemployment insurance, water
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 Hands off my sharing economy

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick announced Tuesday that the San Francisco ride-matching company had hired David Plouffe, the campaign manager for Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign, as senior vice president/campaign manager. This means war — an ... »Read

In this article: Susan Bonilla, Ted Gaines, Legislature, Ted W. Lieu, Aaron McLear, Barack Obama, Mitt Romney, Robert Stutzman
Bills: AB 2293,
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 CONCORD: Lazy Dog happy to welcome back its canine friends

Contra Costa County had reiterated its ban on dogs after a June complaint made by a diner at the Willows Shopping Center eatery. New state law means man's best friend can return to outdoor areas of the restaurant, but eateries, dog owners must take ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Mariko Yamada
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 9/11 relatives to get second shot at scholarships

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- Relatives of Californians who died in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks will get a second chance to apply for college scholarships under legislation signed by Gov. Jerry Brown after investigations found that the ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Mark DeSaulnier, Ted Gaines
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 California dog lovers drool over dining law

(08-22) 15:42 PDT SAN FRANCISCO -- Teri Marshall's black lab mix, Triniti, goes just about everywhere she does - to the park in their hometown of Napa, across the bay by ferry to San Francisco, and to her marketing job at an office near the ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Sutter Brown, water, Mariko Yamada
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 UC regents reconfirmed over criticisms of out-of-state recruiting

The state Senate overwhelmingly reconfirmed four members of the University of California Board of Regents Friday, but not before raising concerns over the university’s increasing enrollment of out-of-state and international students. ... »Read

In this article: Richard Blum, Legislature, Monica Lozano, James Nielsen, Darrell Steinberg, Mark Wyland
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 Contract talks falter between Food 4 Less, union

Contract negotiations between Food 4 Less and the United Food and Commercial Workers union are sputtering, a union representative said, increasing the likelihood that thousands of grocery workers will strike soon. »Read

In this article: minimum wage, Mike Shimpock
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 Wasserman Schultz, Pelosi split in DNC contest

Drama fills the election for the leadership of the Democratic National Committee Women's Caucus. »Read

In this article: California Democratic Party, Nancy Pelosi
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 Senate approves bill prompted by Colonies corruption case

The Senate on Friday unanimously approved proposed legislation from Sen. Norma Torres, D-Chino, that would prohibit any individual, not just public officials, from aiding or abetting in the receipt of a bribe and expands penalties for those who do ... »Read

In this article: Paul Biane, Jerry Brown, Jeffrey Burum, Jim Erwin, Mark Kirk, Gary Ovitt, Norma J. Torres
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 State Senate approves bill prompted by Colonies corruption case

The state Senate on Friday unanimously approved legislation proposed by state Sen. Norma Torres, D-Chino, that would prohibit any individual, not just public officials, from aiding or abetting in the receipt of a bribe and expands penalties for ... »Read

In this article: Paul Biane, Jerry Brown, Jeffrey Burum, Jim Erwin, Mark Kirk, Gary Ovitt, Norma J. Torres
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 'Don't Sign It' Campaign Counters Petition Drive To Overturn Minimum-Wage Hike

Backers of San Diego's minimum-wage increase launched a 'Don't Sign It' campaign to thwart a petition to place the issue before voters. »Read

In this article: Kevin Faulconer, Todd Gloria, Sherri Lightner, minimum wage, referendum
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 California lawmakers pass measure requiring testing of rape kits

(Reuters) - Amid ongoing efforts to address a backlog of unanalyzed rape kits that go untested throughout the country, California lawmakers passed a bill on Friday requiring law enforcement to process the evidence within a certain time frame. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Nancy Skinner
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 Covered California chief Peter Lee gets $52K bonus

Peter V. Lee, the head of the state’s health insurance exchange, was awarded a 20-percent bonus for his efforts in launching the federal program in California. Covered California Executive Director Peter V. Lee in his office in ... »Read

In this article: Peter V. Lee, Amy Palmer
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 African-Americans overlooked at Covered Calfiornia, lawmakers say

The board at Covered California got an earful Thursday from two African-American legislators unhappy with what they say was a lack of outreach to the African-American community during the first open enrollment for the new state health benefit ... »Read

In this article: Steve Bradford, Cheryl Brown, Peter V. Lee
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 CalPERS sparks pension-spiking bonanza

The decision by CalPERS to engage this week in a pension-spiking extravaganza is brazen. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, CalPERS, Carl DeMaio, Legislature
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 California tribal deal sailing toward ratification

A revamped casino compact between the Brown administration and a prominent San Diego County tribe seems headed for quick ratification after brief informational hearings this week and Assembly approval Friday morning. Anthony Pico, of the Viejas ... »Read

In this article: Lou Correa, Legislature, Jim Miller, Arnold Schwarzenegger
Bills: SB 1356,
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 NEW: Ridesharing foe takes 'a few bucks' from taxis

Los Angeles City Councilman Paul Koretz is one of the state’s biggest opponents of ridesharing, the relatively new service provided by such companies as Uber, SideCar and Lyft. He’s also a leading recipient of campaign contributions ... »Read

In this article: campaign finance, Gil Cedillo, Paul Koretz
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 Democratic state senator arrested after DUI stop

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- Democratic state Sen. Ben Hueso was arrested for investigation of drunken driving early Friday in Sacramento, the latest black eye for the state's majority party and the 40-member chamber.... »Read

In this article: Ron Calderon, Ed Hernandez, Ben Hueso, Roger Salazar, Darrell Steinberg, water, Roderick Wright, Leland Yee
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 NEW: Landmark water bond now faces voters

As August draws to a close, the state has seen a striking instance of successful high-level bipartisan wrangling. Sacramento secured a massive water bond package, putting $7.5 billion in bonds on the ballot as Proposition 1. Although legislators, ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Roger Dickinson, Adam Gray, Legislature, Darrell Steinberg, water
Bills: SB 1168,
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 CHP: State Sen. Hueso arrested for drunken driving

Democratic state Sen. Ben Hueso of San Diego has been arrested for investigation of drunken driving, the California Highway Patrol said Friday. »Read

In this article: Ron Calderon, Ed Hernandez, Ben Hueso, Roger Salazar, Darrell Steinberg, water, Roderick Wright, Leland Yee
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 Assemblymember Levine Supports Plea to Stop Deportation of Children Escaping Violence

Assemblymember Levine Supports Plea to Stop Deportation of Children Escaping Violence (Sacramento) – California State Assemblymember Marc Levine (D-San Rafael) stood on the Assembly Floor in strong support of Assembly Joint Resolution 49 by ... »Read

In this article: Lorena Gonzalez, Marc Levine
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 Sen. Ben Hueso 'profoundly sorry' after DUI arrest

The Sacramento County jail’s website registers a Benjamin Hueso being booked with a blood alcohol content of .08 or higher at 3:27 a.m. The arrest was made at 2:39 a.m. at 15th and X streets, according to the sheriff’s office. In ... »Read

In this article: Lorena Gonzalez, Ben Hueso, Legislature, Roger Salazar, Juan Vargas
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 Roundtable Reflects On Faulconer's Choices, Lorena Gonzalez' Bills, Riding Uber

The San Diego mayor can choose to lead on the minimum wage and convention center issues or he can sit and watch. Sacramento pols chose to support a $7.5 billion water bond in November. Lorena Gonzalez has chosen to launch a legislation barrage. ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Kevin Faulconer, Lorena Gonzalez, Legislature, minimum wage, referendum, sick leave, water
Bills: AB 2293,
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 Ben Hueso, other lawmakers, photographed drinking on Capitol balcony before DUI arrest

Hours before state Sen. Ben Hueso, D-San Diego, was arrested on Thursday night on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol, he and four other lawmakers were photographed reveling on a Capitol balcony, drinks in hand. An image of a ... »Read

In this article: Luis A. Alejo, Lorena Gonzalez, Ben Hueso, Ricardo Lara, Roger Salazar
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 Michelle Steel: Regulators blindside taxpayers with hidden tax

Just when California’s economy appears to be moving forward again, our state regulators have found yet another way to extract more dollars from consumers’ pockets and send them to Sacramento. Starting Jan. 1, 2015, the California Air Resources... »Read

In this article: Air Resources Board, Board of Equalization, greenhouse gas, Michelle Steel
Bills: AB 69,
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 Sen. Ben Hueso arrested on suspicion of DUI

Sen. Ben Hueso, D-San Diego, was arrested on Thursday night on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol. In this May 29, 2012 file photo Assemblyman Ben Hueso, D-San Diego, talks with Assemblywoman Kristen Olsen, R-Modesto. »Read

In this article: Ben Hueso, Legislature, Roger Salazar, Juan Vargas
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 California Freshman Airs First Ad in Competitive House Race

Rep. Julia Brownley, D-Calif., went up Friday with her first ad of the cycle, touting her commitment to women's issues. »Read

In this article: Julia Brownley, Jeff Gorell, Barack Obama
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 Suspect in killing cites 'stand your ground' law

A prosecutor says an Alabama man accused of stabbing his cousin to death over borrowed movies is citing the state's 'stand your ground' law in asking that the case be dismissed. »Read

In this article: Brian W. Jones, Brian W. Jones
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 NEW: CA editorial boards cool to anti-Uber power play

The editorial pages of the state’s largest newspapers largely agree about Tom Torlakson’s being undeserving of a second term as state superintendent of public instruction. Given the breadth of ideological views among these papers, ... »Read

In this article: Legislature, Chris Reed, Tom Torlakson
Bills: AB 2293,
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 Fire Authority Mulls Contract Extension for PR Consultant

Communications LAB was hired under a $100,000 contract to help the embattled Orange County Fire Authority control its messaging. Now, with the scandals piling up, the firm’s contract could nearly doub »Read

In this article: Sandy Cooney, Todd Spitzer
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 California Plans Aid To Immigrant Minors

California lawmakers will approve legislation to spend $3 million in state money to provide legal help for unaccompanied immigrant children from Central America. »Read

In this article: Luis A. Alejo, Toni Atkins, Jerry Brown, Amanda Fulkerson, Kamala Harris, Robert Huff, Legislature, Darrell Steinberg
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 Bay Area billionaire's climate-change ads leave fact-checkers cold

Negative reviews from watchdogs like PolitiFact, FactCheck.org and the Washington Post are dogging one of the nation's biggest political donors, Tom Steyer, a former hedge fund manager, who ditched his ties to fossil fuels »Read

In this article: Fair Political Practices Commission, greenhouse gas, Sabrina Demayo Lockhart, Dan Schnur, Thomas F. Steyer
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 Is Hardball A Felony?

Politics is not inherently a criminal enterprise, but you’d never know it by the headlines. Texas Governor Rick Perry’s indictment in Texas is another example of a political prosecution that seeks to criminalize common political behavior. Perry ... »Read

In this article: David Axelrod, Sherry Bebitch Jeffe, Ron Calderon, Roderick Wright, Leland Yee
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 The Illogic of Goodwin Liu

When you don’t have an idea what you’re talking about, keep your mouth shut. Goodwin Liu, unfortunately, couldn’t hold to this advice, and so the associate justice of the California Supreme Court revealed himself to be thoroughly, and ... »Read

In this article: Legislature, referendum
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 Lawmakers Don't Think Rules Apply to Them

No one would dispute that California’s diversity extends to the wide political gulf between conservative Californians and those who see themselves as liberal. From strong Tea Party interests in the more rural areas to the “Occupiers” in San ... »Read

In this article: Legislature, Pete Wilson
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 How Labor Money Undermines the Financial Literacy of California's Legislators

“In an era when we aren’t going to have tax increases, figure out how to be more efficient spending the money we’ve got, and the Republicans can help you do that if they’ll get off the philosophical cant about stuff and help you make things ... »Read

In this article: Legislature, Bill Lockyer, water
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 Fire Threat Increases, California Discourages Safety

There have been more multi-alarm house fires in California in the past six months than in the previous two years combined, according to a recent report from KCRA in Sacramento. Given that, it’s hard to believe that the state would embrace a policy ... »Read

Bills: SB 1019,
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 READ IN: Friday, August 22, 2014: Guard leaving Ferguson, Shaheen up just 2 in NH, House staffers' Wikipedia problems, Steyer parachutes into Colorado, New Hampshire, stunning number of Army recruits are overweight

A1: The stories you need to read before your first conference call. -- Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon (D) ordered the National Guard to withdraw from Ferguson beginning Friday as tensions cooled. The streets of Ferguson were quiet on Thursday, 12 days ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Chuck Hagel, Mitt Romney, Thomas F. Steyer, water
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 AM Alert: How are California counties handling prison realignment?

At a panel discussion in April hosted by the Public Policy Institute of California, lawmakers called on the state to do a better job measuring how effectively counties are carrying out prison realignment. The court-ordered unstuffing of California ... »Read

In this article: California prisons, campaign finance, Gray Davis, Cristina Garcia, Melissa Melendez, PPIC, Dan Walters
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