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 Trump wrongly blames fraud for loss of popular vote
Associated Press - Jan. 23, 7:43 pm
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 Assembly speaker taps former Obama spokesman for communications strategy
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 Jerry Brown forgives $2.4 million loan to no-on-53 campaign
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 Jerry Brown to deliver annual 'State of the State' address
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 A tribute to the governor's fallen dog before the State of the State speech
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 Skelton on Gov. Brown's State of the State address: 'Most fiery' speech to date

Live updates: Gov. Brown delivers State of the State address, Xavier Becerra to be sworn in as California's new attorney general Jan. 24, 2017, 10:52 a.m. This is Essential Politics, our daily look at California political and government news. Here's ... »Read

In this article: Xavier Becerra, Jerry Brown
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 Gov. Jerry Brown defiantly tells lawmakers 'California is not turning back' in face of Trump and GOP proposals

Live updates: Gov. Brown delivers State of the State address, Xavier Becerra to be sworn in as California's new attorney general Jan. 24, 2017, 10:52 a.m. This is Essential Politics, our daily look at California political and government news. Here's ... »Read

In this article: Xavier Becerra, Jerry Brown, illegal immigration, Legislature
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 Governor ends State of the State address by saying California's 'truth is marching on'

Live updates: Gov. Brown delivers State of the State address, Xavier Becerra to be sworn in as California's new attorney general Jan. 24, 2017, 10:52 a.m. This is Essential Politics, our daily look at California political and government news. Here's ... »Read

In this article: Xavier Becerra, Jerry Brown
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 Gov. Jerry Brown says Planned Parenthood has been 'unfairly attacked'

Live updates: Gov. Brown delivers State of the State address, Xavier Becerra to be sworn in as California's new attorney general Jan. 24, 2017, 10:36 a.m. This is Essential Politics, our daily look at California political and government news. Here's ... »Read

In this article: Xavier Becerra, Jerry Brown
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 Update on: Live updates: Gov. Brown delivers State of the State address, Xavier Becerra to be sworn in as California's new attorney general

Live updates: Gov. Brown delivers State of the State address, Xavier Becerra to be sworn in as California's new attorney general Jan. 24, 2017, 10:36 a.m. This is Essential Politics, our daily look at California political and government news. Here's ... »Read

In this article: Xavier Becerra, Jerry Brown
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 Governor defends Planned Parenthood in State of the State address

Live updates: Gov. Brown delivers State of the State address, Xavier Becerra to be sworn in as California's new attorney general Jan. 24, 2017, 10:36 a.m. This is Essential Politics, our daily look at California political and government news. Here's ... »Read

In this article: Xavier Becerra, Jerry Brown
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 Governor Brown Withholds Prop. 51 Funds Until Better Use Of School Bonds Are Established

By Chris NicholsGov. Jerry Brown is in no rush to spend money from Proposition 51 until the Legislature approves plans for stronger, independent audits of school bond spending. H.D. Palmer, deputy director for External Affairs at the California ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Legislature, H.D. Palmer
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 California governor speech comes amid shifting politics

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- Jerry Brown is coming off a blockbuster year of liberal wins: He secured an extension of landmark climate change legislation, signed off on an increase in California's minimum wage, expanded family leave ... »Read

In this article: Xavier Becerra, Jerry Brown, Drought, Family Leave, greenhouse gas, minimum wage
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 Gov. Jerry Brown promises to protect immigrant rights

Live updates: Gov. Brown delivers State of the State address, Xavier Becerra to be sworn in as California's new attorney general Jan. 24, 2017, 10:52 a.m. This is Essential Politics, our daily look at California political and government news. Here's ... »Read

In this article: Xavier Becerra, Jerry Brown
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 Gavin Newsom: California is the 'antidote' to federal politics

Live updates: Gov. Brown delivers State of the State address, Xavier Becerra to be sworn in as California's new attorney general Jan. 24, 2017, 10:36 a.m. This is Essential Politics, our daily look at California political and government news. Here's ... »Read

In this article: Xavier Becerra, Jerry Brown
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 Xavier Becerra takes oath of office, is first Latino to become California attorney general

Live updates: Gov. Brown delivers State of the State address, Xavier Becerra to be sworn in as California's new attorney general Jan. 24, 2017, 10:36 a.m. This is Essential Politics, our daily look at California political and government news. Here's ... »Read

In this article: Xavier Becerra, Jerry Brown, Kamala Harris
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 Xavier Becerra sworn in as California's first Latino attorney general

Xavier Becerra has been sworn in as California's attorney general in Sacramento on Tuesday, becoming the first Latino to serve as the state's top lawyer and law enforcement official. »Read

In this article: Xavier Becerra, Barbara Boxer, Kamala Harris
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 Xavier Becerra is officially sworn in as California's new attorney general

Live updates: Gov. Brown delivers State of the State address, Xavier Becerra to be sworn in as California's new attorney general Jan. 24, 2017, 10:36 a.m. This is Essential Politics, our daily look at California political and government news. Here's ... »Read

In this article: Xavier Becerra, Jerry Brown
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 Watch live: Gov. Jerry Brown delivers his State of the State address

Live updates: Gov. Brown delivers State of the State address, Xavier Becerra to be sworn in as California's new attorney general Jan. 24, 2017, 9:48 a.m. This is Essential Politics, our daily look at California political and government news. Here's ... »Read

In this article: Xavier Becerra, Jerry Brown
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 A tribute to the governor's late dog before the State of the State speech

Essential Politics: Gov. Brown to deliver State of the State address, swear in Xavier Becerra as California's new attorney general Jan. 24, 2017, 9:34 a.m. This is Essential Politics, our daily look at California political and government news. ... »Read

In this article: Xavier Becerra, Jerry Brown
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 A tribute to the governor's fallen dog before the State of the State speech

Live updates: Gov. Brown delivers State of the State address, Xavier Becerra to be sworn in as California's new attorney general Jan. 24, 2017, 9:48 a.m. This is Essential Politics, our daily look at California political and government news. Here's ... »Read

In this article: Xavier Becerra, Jerry Brown
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 Xavier Becerra's resignation from Congress took effect at 9:15 a.m.; he calls serving a 'distinct honor'

Essential Politics: Gov. Brown to deliver State of the State address, swear in Xavier Becerra as California's new attorney general Jan. 24, 2017, 9:34 a.m. This is Essential Politics, our daily look at California political and government news. ... »Read

In this article: Xavier Becerra, Jerry Brown
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 Xavier Becerra's resignation from Congress took effect at 9:15 am, calls service "distinct honor."

Live updates: Gov. Brown delivers State of the State address, Xavier Becerra to be sworn in as California's new attorney general Jan. 24, 2017, 9:48 a.m. This is Essential Politics, our daily look at California political and government news. Here's ... »Read

In this article: Xavier Becerra, Jerry Brown
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 Trump, Aging and the Wayback Machine

  President Donald Trump. By Matt Perry What does Donald Trump’s presidency mean for aging? After declaring on his first full day in office “I feel young, I feel like I’m 30, 35, 39,” a poll of aging experts illuminates just how far ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Bill Thomas
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 Gov. Brown Set to Swear In New State Attorney General

We're not sure if Governor Jerry Brown will address the drought at his annual State of the State speech today. But we do know that during that speech in Sacramento, Brown will swear in the state's new Attorney General. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought
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 4 Dead, 3 Missing In Powerful Storm That Slammed California

At least four people died, three were missing and others were rescued from raging floodwaters during the storms that left behind frigid temperatures, pockets of hail and icy mountain roads in Southern California. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought, water
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 2017 Oscars: List of nominees

List of nominees for the 89th annual Academy Awards presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.Best Picture: 'Arrival,' 'Fences,' 'Hacksaw Ridge,' 'Hell or High Water,' 'Hidden Figures,' 'La La Land,' 'Lion,' 'Manchester by the ... »Read

In this article: Robert Murray, David Parker, water
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 The California Report

Gov. Brown Set to Swear In New State Attorney General. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought
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 Appeals court to decide future of California carbon auctions

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- Businesses looking to invalidate California's fee for carbon pollution take their arguments to a state appeals court Tuesday in a case that could determine the future of one of California's ... »Read

In this article: Air Resources Board, Jerry Brown, Legislature
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 Sen. Kamala Harris moves into some familiar digs on Capitol Hill

Essential Politics: California Senate votes to confirm Becerra as AG, state lawmakers watch Trump's inauguration Jan. 24, 2017, 6:30 a.m. This is Essential Politics, our daily look at California political and government news. Here's what we're ... »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Dianne Feinstein, Kamala Harris
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 Strong January storms stir destruction from coast-to-coast

NEW YORK (AP) -- From California to the Deep South to the Northeast, millions of Americans were contending with death and destruction from damaging January weather. Flooding, high winds and suspected tornadoes have rousted people from their ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought, Patrick L. Marsh
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 Why California's EPA waivers matter: The air we breathe

Here are four reasons why Californians – and everyone else in America who breathes oxygen – should be alarmed that Scott Pruitt, the Trump Administration’s nominee to become EPA secretary, testified last week he may not grant waivers for ... »Read

In this article: Air Resources Board, global warming, greenhouse gas
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 Appellate court hears arguments on cap-and-trade auction

A Sacramento appellate court will hear oral arguments this morning on a closely-watched lawsuit filed by CalChamber concerning the California Air Resources Board’s cap-and-trade auction. In 2012, CalChamber sued the ARB seeking to invalidate the ... »Read

In this article: Proposition 13, Air Resources Board, greenhouse gas, Legislature
Bills: AB 32,
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 Local Governments Have the Power to Approve More Housing

Recently, pundits have suggested – even here on these pages – that but for the absence state involvement, California wouldn’t be suffering its worst housing crisis ever.  One pro-industry advocacy group in particular has been touting its ... »Read

Bills: AB 1170,
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 California: Venezuela on the Pacific

Check out the nearby photo, which I took yesterday, Jan. 22, at 4:57 pm during the weekend deluge. The men in yellow slickers are filling in large potholes in Atlanta Avenue just east of Beach Boulevard, California Highway 39. The yellow light is a ... »Read

In this article: Proposition 13, Jerry Brown, Hillary Clinton, Gray Davis, Steve Jobs, state budget, Thomas F. Steyer
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 Jerry Brown to deliver annual 'State of the State' address

Welcome to the AM Alert, your morning run-down on California policy and politics. To receive it regularly, please sign up for it here. Gov. Jerry Brown delivers his annual State … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Xavier Becerra, Jerry Brown, Kamala Harris, Legislature, John Moorlach, Senate Democrats
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 'Alternative' facts, tax cuts for rich folks and Mexico City Policy

On behalf of The Sacramento Bee’s editorial board, welcome to The Take, your opinion-politics newsletter. Please sign up for it here. Our take Editorials Sorry, Team Trump, but there are … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: campaign finance, Abel Maldonado, Kevin McCarthy, Matt Rexroad, Dan Walters, Daniel Weintraub
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 How Scientology's neighborhood in L.A. voted for Trump

Good morning. It’s Tuesday, Jan. 24, and here’s what’s happening across California: TOP STORIES Scientology and the election In a sea of Hillary Clinton blue last November, it turns out a little chunk of Hollywood best known for the Church of ... »Read

In this article: Xavier Becerra, Hillary Clinton, Drought, Arnold Schwarzenegger, water
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 Court appeal argues California emissions trading plan akin to 'illegal tax'

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Parties in a four-year-old legal challenge to California's emissions trading program will head to court in Sacramento on Tuesday with a business group arguing the billions the program collected amounts to an 'illegal tax' ... »Read

In this article: Air Resources Board, Denise Davis, greenhouse gas, Legislature
Bills: AB 32,
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 Today: Trump's Directives, an El Niño Hangover and Oscar Nominations

I’m Davan Maharaj, editor-in-chief of the Los Angeles Times. Here are some story lines I don’t want you to miss today. TOP STORIES In Week One, the Chief Executive Uses His Pen Donald Trump has set out to remake U.S. trade and tax policy through ... »Read

In this article: Xavier Becerra, Jerry Brown, Hillary Clinton, Drought, water
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 Rushing a police discipline measure to the May ballot would be a cynical ploy

In addition to the Los Angeles city election coming up on March 7, there will be a runoff on May 16, and thankfully it should be the last of its kind. Participation is so low in odd-year city elections that the few people who did show up in 2015 ... »Read

In this article: Mike Feuer, Eric Garcetti, Herb Wesson
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 In six months, L.A. went from high and dry to wet and wild. Here's how it happened

At the end of June, Los Angeles had recorded its driest five-year period since record-keeping began almost 140 years ago. The announcement seemed like an ominous milestone, especially after an El Niño-fueled weather pattern that was supposed to ... »Read

In this article: MICHAEL N. ANDERSON, Jerry Brown, Drought, water
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 Capital Journal Daybreak: Trump Dives In

HERE’S A LOOK AT THE DAY AHEAD TRUMP ADMINISTRATION: President Donald Trump meets with representatives from major auto companies at the White House at 9 a.m. The president is expected to sign an executive order at 11 a.m., hold a call with Indian ... »Read

In this article: Heather D. Wilson, Heather Wilson
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 If Brown phases out college scholarships for middle-class students, stressed parents wonder: 'How are we going to make this work?'

Jill Cohen-Sandler tosses and turns at night, her mind filled with anxiety over how she and her husband will pay for their daughter to attend the University of California. She’s a state rehabilitation counselor. He’s a retired teacher. Together, ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, David Lopez, David P. Lopez, Kevin McCarty
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 Jerry Brown forgives $2.4 million loan to no-on-53 campaign

The effort to defeat Proposition 53 last November relied heavily on money from Gov. Jerry Brown, whose re-election committee gave the no-on-53 campaign more than $4.1 million in the weeks … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Dan Newman, water
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 Is Big Oil warming up to Jerry Brown's climate-change effort?

Gov. Jerry Brown predicted last fall that new legislation and administrative actions essential to preserving the state’s ambitious climate strategy would give him leverage to negotiate a cap-and-trade extension. “They’re … Click to ... »Read

In this article: Air Resources Board, Jerry Brown, Cristina Garcia, Eduardo Garcia, global warming, greenhouse gas, Legislature, Nancy McFadden
Bills: AB 32, SB 32,
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 Should California call off drought emergency?

As California mops up after the recent rainstorms, the state faces a decision. Is it time for state leaders to lift the emergency policies meant to encourage water conservation during the multi-year drought? That’s our Question of the Week for... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought, water
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 President Donald Trump wrongly blames fraud for loss of popular vote

President Donald Trump asserted in a private meeting Monday night that he would have won the popular vote in the election if 3 million to 5 million immigrants living in the country illegally hadn't voted. »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Kevin McCarthy, Nancy Pelosi
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 Becerra confirmed as new state A.G.*

<p><strong><a href=http:* <p><strong>The Chronicle's MELODY GUTIERREZ</strong>: "Rep. Xavier Becerra will be sworn in as California's first Latino attorney general Tuesday after the state Legislature gave ... »Read

In this article: Xavier Becerra, Jerry Brown, Kamala Harris, Thelton Henderson, Legislature, Kevin McCarthy, Nancy Pelosi, Dan Walters, water
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 Trump wrongly blames fraud for loss of popular vote

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump asserted in a private meeting with congressional leaders Monday night that he would have won the popular vote in the 2016 election if 3 million to 5 million immigrants living in the country illegally ... »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Kevin McCarthy, Nancy Pelosi
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 Sacramento leaders consider resolution on equal pay and advancement for women

Forget the pink hats. When it comes to women, Sacramento is focusing on greenbacks. Three days after hundreds of thousands marched for women’s rights in home-knitted cat caps across the … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Shirley Concolino, Darrell Steinberg
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 Becerra on his way to becoming first Latino California attorney general

Rep. Xavier Becerra, a longtime Democratic congressman from Los Angeles, coasted through his final confirmation hearing Monday on his way to becoming California’s attorney general, a high-profile post in which … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Xavier Becerra, Jerry Brown, Kamala Harris, Legislature, John Moorlach
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 CA Senate Confirms Xavier Becerra As State Attorney General

Becerra will be sworn in by Gov. Jerry Brown Tuesday and will replace Kamala Harris. »Read

In this article: Xavier Becerra, Jerry Brown, Kamala Harris
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 At White House, Trump tells congressional leaders 3-5 million illegal ballots cost him the popular vote

There is no evidence of widespread illegal voting in the 2016 election. »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Kevin McCarthy, Nancy Pelosi
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 Becerra Confirmed As California Attorney General

By Ben AdlerCalifornia lawmakers have given final approval to Gov. Jerry Brown’s nominee for state Attorney General. The state Senate voted to confirm Rep. Xavier (“Javier”) Becerra (D-Los Angeles) Monday. The Assembly confirmed ... »Read

In this article: Steve Bradford, Jerry Brown, Jean Fuller, Legislature
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 Assembly speaker taps former Obama spokesman for communications strategy

Essential Politics: State lawmakers watch Trump's inauguration, De León has harsh words for the new president Jan. 23, 2017, 5:18 p.m. This is Essential Politics, our daily look at California political and government news. Here's what we're ... »Read

In this article: Cristina Garcia, Isadore Hall, Linda T. Sanchez
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