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Washington Post - Sept. 16, 5:01 am
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 Get Ready for More Obamacare Confusion
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 AM Alert: Jerry Brown signs historic groundwater management legislation
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 This GOP Benghazi Hearing Is Actually Worth Having
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 Jerry Brown surges ahead with the 'non-campaign' campaign

Gov. Jerry Brown has $22 million in the bank and a 21-point lead in the polls, but as he seeks a historic fourth term, he's conducting one of the most unusual re-election campaigns ever witnessed by state voters - one in which he hasn't starred in a ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Gray Davis, Legislature, Jessica A. Levinson, Dan Newman, sick leave, Bill Simon, water, Meg Whitman
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 MLS executives will meet team owners, party with fans in Sacramento

When Major League Soccer executives visit Sacramento on Thursday to discuss a potential expansion team, they’ll get high-level briefings with the corporate community – and a chance to party with fans. Sacramento has moved into ... »Read

In this article: Kevin Johnson, Chris Lehane
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 Bay Area property taxes rise as home values rebound

Property tax bills are expected to climb higher this year due to rebounding home values. »Read

In this article: Proposition 13, Proposition 8
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 The Buzz: California regulators eye lead fishing tackle

California fishermen might need to swap out the content of their tackle boxes, depending on the progress of a proposed state regulation targeting what some consider chemically hazardous weights and sinkers. »Read

In this article: Janice Hahn, Isadore Hall, Jim E. Martin, Roderick Wright
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 Dan Walters: Three obscure bills show how big policy gets buried

Mayor changes in public policy get buried in flood of late-session bills. »Read

In this article: Luis A. Alejo, James T. Beall, Jerry Brown, Loni Hancock, Legislature, redevelopment agencies, water
Bills: AB 155, SB 628, SB 1300,
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 Poverty rate posts 1st notable drop since '06; Latinos show big strides

The poorest Americans, particularly those who are Latino, finally are showing signs of joining in the economic recovery as the nation's poverty rate dropped significantly last year for the first time since 2006. »Read

In this article: minimum wage, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, Joe Biden
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 Stubborn opposition to Obama's Syria plan

Obama is asking lawmakers to quickly authorize a mission to arm and train Syrian rebels to defeat ISIL. »Read

In this article: Kevin McCarthy, Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi
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 Watch: Sacramento City Council member Steve Cohn on Assembly goals

Sacramento City Council member Steve Cohn stopped by The Bee Capitol Bureau on Tuesday to talk about the issues underlying his campaign for an open state Assembly seat. A broader transcript of the interview will be available in Wednesday’s ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Steve Cohn
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 AD-73 Candidate Bill Brough Facing Foreclosure

In 2012, we were criticized for going after AD-69 candidates Michele Martinez and Julio Perez for disclosing their then terrible personal financial failings that would cause voters to question whether they’d be a good steward of taxpayer ... »Read

In this article: Tom Daly, Diane L. Harkey, Michele Martinez, Julio Perez, water
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 NEW: Hospitals seek veto of workers' comp expansion

  California hospitals could be facing millions of dollars in increased workers’ compensation claims if a bill sponsored by the California Nurses Association is signed by Gov. Jerry Brown. As of Tuesday afternoon, Brown had not made a ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, California Nurses Association, Dave Roberts, Nancy Skinner
Bills: AB 2616,
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 Honda, Khanna spar over what it means to be an effective congressman

Democratic challenger Ro Khanna says Congressman Mike Honda is too orthodox of a liberal Democrat to get much done in Washington; Honda says he works across the aisle, but more often behind the scenes. »Read

In this article: Michael Honda, Jared Huffman, Ro Khanna, renewable energy, Fortney Pete Stark, Eric Swalwell
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 Supervisor's race: Kuehl, Shriver meet at 7 p.m. in UCLA debate

Supervisorial candidates Sheila Kuehl and Bobby Shriver face off at 7 tonight in a debate at UCLA that will focus on transportation and economic development. »Read

In this article: Sheila Kuehl, Bobby Shriver, Zev Yaroslavsky
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 Walking the dog without a leash? You could soon be fined $100 or more

If you walk your dog without a leash in Los Angeles, you could soon be slapped with a $100 fine -- or more if it happens again. »Read

In this article: Eric Garcetti, Paul Koretz
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 San Francisco to require private schools to be seismically evaluated

San Francisco is poised to become the first city in California to close a major loophole in laws that keep schoolchildren safe during earthquakes. »Read

In this article: Eric Garcetti, Edwin M. Lee
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 L.A. Chamber formally denounces Garcetti plan for $13.25 minimum wage

The Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce formally came out against Mayor Eric Garcetti's $13.25 an hour minimum wage proposal on Tuesday, saying that boosting the rate would 'reduce, not increase the number of jobs' in the city. »Read

In this article: Eli Broad, Rick J. Caruso, Eric Garcetti, minimum wage, Gary Toebben
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 Would you worry first about saving a life or an EpiPen-related lawsuit?

Good for Gov. Jerry Brown for being willing to irritate the two state teachers unions by signing legislation that would stock all public schools with epinephrine auto-injectors and require training at least one volunteer at each school to use them. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Robert Huff
Bills: SB 1266,
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 California governor OKs bills to regulate groundwater amid drought

(Reuters) - California Governor Jerry Brown signed a package of bills on Tuesday to regulate California's stressed groundwater supplies amid a drought that is expected to cost the state $2.2 billion in lost crops, jobs and other damages, with no end ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Connie Conway, water
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 Gov. signs bill to erase most of Proposition 187

Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation Monday that removes from state law provisions of anti-immigrant Proposition 187 that were ruled unconstitutional years ago. Championed by former Gov. Pete Wilson, the measure was approved by a margin of 59 ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Kevin De Leon, Pete Wilson
Bills: SB 396,
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 Valley elderberry beetle to remain a protected species

Federal officials have changed their minds about the Valley elderberry longhorn beetle: It will remain protected by the Endangered Species Act. The decision is a disappointment to developers and flood-control agencies, which had hoped to avoid the ... »Read

In this article: Jeff Miller, Jeff Miller
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 VIDEO: Jerry Brown signs groundwater legislation

Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation Tuesday enacting sweeping new regulations on groundwater pumping in California, making the state the last in the West to regulate the practice. Gov. Jerry Brown speaks at a bill signing ceremony before ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Legislature, James Nielsen, water
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 NEW: GOP banks on Silicon Valley inroads

California’s tech titans are giving the Republican Party a second look. Political and tech observers alike have agreed these are early days for a realignment of Silicon Valley voters. Nevertheless, the titans’ interest in GOP candidates ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Tim Donnelly
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 Gov. Jerry Brown signs historic groundwater management legislation

Gov. Jerry Brown signed a trio of bills Tuesday establishing a framework for statewide regulation of California's underground water sources, marking the first time in the state's history that groundwater will be managed on a large scale. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Roger Dickinson, Legislature, Jim Patterson, Fran Pavley, water
Bills: SB 1168, SB 1319,
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 Governor signs first California groundwater rules

California will no longer be the last Western state with a pump-as-you-please approach to groundwater. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Connie Conway, Roger Dickinson, Fran Pavley, water
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 Catching up with Ashley Swearengin

A barrage of attacks from her Democratic rival has Ashley Swearengin, Fresno’s mayor and the Republican candidate for state controller, convinced her campaign is running strong. Swearengin stopped by the Oakland Tribune’s office Monday afternoon ... »Read

In this article: Board of Equalization, Field Poll, Betty T. Yee
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 Opponents Of Wage High Say Enough Signatures Gathered To Force Vote

A group of businesses opposed to San Diego's minimum wage hike said Tuesday they have enough signatures to force the increase to a vote of the people. »Read

In this article: Kevin Faulconer, Todd Gloria, minimum wage, referendum, Jerry Sanders
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 Hearing set for man accused in beating of former CalPERS figure who died

The man accused of battery and other charges on a former CalPERS board member who later died made a brief court appearance today and had a preliminary hearing set for him on his pending case. »Read

In this article: Fred Buenrostro, CalPERS
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 Bipartisan Bloc Coalesces Behind CR, Syrian Rebels Amendment

Despite lingering reservations on both sides of the aisle, a coalition of Republicans and Democrats is coming together behind proposals to arm Syrian rebels and fund the government beyond Sept. 30. »Read

In this article: Howard P. Mckeon, Barack Obama, Ed Royce
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 NEW: Chamber of Commerce touts pension reform, backs pension arsonist

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce stunned a lot of people last month when it endorsed Democrat incumbent Scott Peters over Republican challenger Carl DeMaio in the 52nd congressional district race in an affluent swath of San Diego and its northeastern ... »Read

In this article: Carl DeMaio, Dick Murphy, Scott Peters, Chris Reed, Jerry Sanders
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 Sen. Wright is wrong on racism, right on unfair enforcement of residency law

State Sen. Roderick Wright announced Monday that he would give up his seat in the California Legislature, seven months after he was convicted of voter fraud and perjury for lying about living in his Inglewood district when he ran for office. »Read

In this article: Richard Alarcon, Steve Bradford, Legislature, Roderick Wright
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 Cracks emerge in GOP support for Obama's Syria strategy

House Republicans continued Tuesday to rally around the GOP leadership's plan to arm and train rebels in Syria, but tensions within the ranks over the specifics of U.S. efforts in the region were evident at a morning meeting. Read full article ... »Read

In this article: Howard P. Mckeon, Ed Royce
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 California’s toxics regulator eyes lead fishing weights

California fishermen might need to swap out the content of their tackle boxes, depending on the progress of a proposed state regulation targeting what are considered chemically hazardous weights and sinkers. A Citrus Heights man fishes for bass ... »Read

In this article: Jim E. Martin, Jeff Miller, Jeff Miller
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 Syria Measure Likely to Pass, Despite Doubts in Both Parties

Leaders gathering votes as some members question Obama's strategy. »Read

In this article: Xavier Becerra, Barbara Lee
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 Hispanic, black groups concerned about low voter turnout ahead of midterm elections

The Hispanic and black caucuses in Congress are concerned about a growing lack of interest in the midterm elections within their communities, a problem they say could complicate Democrats’ hopes of maintaining control of the Senate. Read full ... »Read

In this article: John Lewis, Nancy Pelosi, Senate Democrats
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 'Think Big' leaders reassembling to seek MLS franchise

Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson is reassembling the 'Think Big' team that saved the Kings to pursue a Major League Soccer franchise, reports Marcos Breton in the Sacramento Bee this morning. The team will include political operative Chris Lehane, ... »Read

In this article: Kevin Johnson, Chris Lehane
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 Medi-Cal chief Toby Douglas stepping down

State Medi-Cal chief Toby Douglas has announced plans to step down by the end of the year. His message Friday comes amid huge expansion of the government health-care program for the poor. A Schwarzenegger appointee kept on by Gov. Jerry Brown, ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Diana Dooley
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 PG&E officials leave posts over improper emails

Emails showing California regulators and Pacific Gas & Electric Co. appearing to negotiate which judge would be assigned to hear one of the utility's rate cases led the state's top regulator to remove himself from two PG&E cases and four senior ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Michael Florio, Michael R. Peevey
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 No better Reason for an Ethics Commission

Santa Ana Mayor Miguel Pulido's long-time political consultant Dennis DeSnoo maxed out in a first time campaign contribution of $1,900 to DA Tony Rackauckas two months after Voice of OC exposed his property swap which ultimately led him to be placed ... »Read

In this article: campaign finance, Shirley L. Grindle, Tony Rackauckas
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 More Transparency Needed in the Ballot Initiative Transparency Act

The good government coalition backing SB 1253 argues that the bill represents significant ballot initiative reform – it does not, as I’ve explained here and here previously – by emphasizing the provisions to improve transparency in the ... »Read

In this article: Jon Coupal, Legislature, state budget
Bills: SB 1253,
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 A Very Important Election

Despite the virtual certainty that Governor Brown will win his bid for reelection, voter’s voices at the ballot box in November will count more than they have in a very long time. First, because passage of Proposition 1, the Water Bond, is ... »Read

In this article: California Teachers Association, Proposition 2, state budget, water
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 Budget Busting Police Contract

The City and the Police Protective League, the union that represents the 10,000 sworn members of our Police Department, are at an impasse over salary negotiations. The PPL is asking for a 3 step, 8% raise over the next two years while the City is ... »Read

In this article: Eric Garcetti, Herb Wesson
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 Something Good from the California Legislature

The phone call was from a frightened older woman in the Central Valley. “I can’t afford to pay my property taxes and I may lose my home by the end of the year if nothing is done in Sacramento.” While this call was eerily reminiscent of the ... »Read

In this article: Proposition 13, Legislature, state budget
Bills: AB 2231,
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 California's groundwater law will get governor's OK Tuesday

Tuesday's signing of groundwater legislation will represent the most significant water law passed in California in nearly 50 years. It aims to slow the dangerous decline in water tables, caused by decades of intense pumping. But the measure will ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Roger Dickinson, Fran Pavley, water
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 Angel City Jazz Festival lineup looks to past, present and future

Roberto Miranda and the Interstellar Quintet kick off the eight-day Angel City Jazz Festival on Friday. Other acts at the festival include Anthony Braxton, Matana Roberts and Toshiko Akiyoshi Trio.Roberto Miranda and the Interstellar Quintet kick ... »Read

In this article: Steven Adams, Mike Brown
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 Get Ready for More Obamacare Confusion

Today the government releases some important information about who has health insurance and who doesn’t. But the data is sure to create a lot of confusion, particularly when it comes to Obamacare.The first set of data came out at midnight, when ... »Read

In this article: Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, George P. Miller
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 READ IN: Please Choose Hawaii Edition

Do you Read In? Sign up today for the only political tip sheet  you'll ever need and get the top news of the day delivered to your inbox at 8 a.m. sharp! A1: The stories you need to read before your first conference call. Read full article ... »Read

In this article: Julia Brownley, Jeff Gorell, referendum, water
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 AM Alert: Jerry Brown signs historic groundwater management legislation

As this year’s legislative session drew to a close, groundwater regulation – and whether California would become the last state in the West to implement oversight for drilling and pumping wells – emerged as one of the major ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, CalPERS, Lorena Gonzalez, Legislature, Dan Walters, water
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 This GOP Benghazi Hearing Is Actually Worth Having

Benghazi! It's back. On Wednesday, the select committee on Benghazi set up by House Speaker John Boehner—who yanked this conservative crusade from Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) and handed it to Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.)—will stage its ... »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Darrell Issa, John McCain, Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Adam Schiff
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 Why March in the Biggest Climate Change Demonstration Ever?

This story first appeared on the TomDispatch website. On Sunday, September 21st, a huge crowd will march through the middle of Manhattan. It will almost certainly be the largest rally about climate change in human history, and one of the largest ... »Read

In this article: Environmental Justice, global warming, renewable energy, water
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 Wanted: Lawmakers to Invest in the Future | Commentary

This sign should be plastered all over Washington, D.C., as lawmakers return from summer break. Congress has had the past five weeks to visit their homes and travel on America's crumbling highway system. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Jim Madaffer
Bills: SB 1077,
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 5 Vacancies on Next Year's 50 Richest List

There are at least five lawmakers topping Roll Call's 50 Richest Members of Congress list for the final time. They are the wealthiest retirees who also happen to be on our Casualty List. »Read

In this article: Pete Aguilar, John Campbell, Mimi Walters
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 CPUC under fire over more "inappropriate" emails*

<p><span>A high-level staffer with the California Public Utilities Commission has agreed to resign after the unearthing of another batch of <a href=http:* <p><b><span>Dan Breke ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Kevin De Leon, Jan Goldsmith, Legislature, Darrell Steinberg, Mark Toney, Roderick Wright
Bills: SB 396,
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