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 In election with a bid to boost turnout, participation may be lacking
Los Angeles Times/Editorial - March 2, 5:00 am
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 Supreme Court considers constitutionality of independent redistricting
The Politico - March 2, 2:37 am
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 READ IN: Song Of Ice And Fire Edition
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 Lumber Liquidators stock slammed by '60 Minutes' report
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 It's Apparently Not Too Soon For 2016 Election Season In San Diego
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 Is the Senate Where It's At for Ambitious House Democrats?

The next generation of House Democratic leaders sees opportunity for advancement -- in the Senate, that is. »Read

In this article: Xavier Becerra, Barbara Boxer, Hillary Clinton, Kamala Harris, Patrick Murphy, Nancy Pelosi
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 Another brawl shaping up over nonprofit hospital community benefits, charity care

The high-stakes fight over the charity care and community benefits nonprofit hospitals provide in exchange for favorable tax treatment is back at the Capitol -- but this time, the hospital association has a bill of its own. Assembly Bill 1046 by ... »Read

In this article: California Nurses Association, Legislature, Bob Wieckowski
Bills: AB 1046, AB 503, SB 346,
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 Washington House, Senate consider contrasting labor bills

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- With the Washington Legislature starting a stretch of intense work to vote on scores of policy proposals before a March 11 deadline, a series of labor and workforce bills moving through the House and Senate highlight the ... »Read

In this article: Legislature, minimum wage, Senate Republicans, sick leave
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 GOP Leaders Still Don't Have a DHS Plan. But They May Have an Escape Hatch.

Democrats could use the rules to force a clean funding bill through the House, unless the GOP decides to stop them. »Read

In this article: John Lewis, Nancy Pelosi
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 Budget standoff leaves UC applications in limbo

University of California admissions officers are sifting through a record number of applications, but they have no idea how many new students they can enroll. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Toni Atkins, Jerry Brown, Kevin De Leon, state budget
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 It's not (quite) so lonely anymore for gay California Republicans

Saturday, on the eve of the California Republican Party’s historic vote formally welcoming gay Republicans into the fold, a dapper 75-year-old named Fred Schein described his challenges. »Read

In this article: James Brulte, California Republican Party, Karen England, Shannon L. Grove, Charles Munger
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 San Bernardino County hosting public meeting on renewable energy development policy

SAN BERNARDIN0 >> The San Bernardino County Land Use Services Department is hosting a meeting Thursday to solicit public input on a renewable energy development policy the county will ultimately incorporate into its general plan.The meeting will be ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Lewis, renewable energy
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 California state worker forecast IT system would be a 'quagmire'

State employee Ganesh Kumar predicted the Department of Consumer Affairs’ BreEze system wouldn’t work. Here’s his 2013 email and the department’s response. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Denise Brown, Anna Caballero, Legislature
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 UC applications in limbo during budget standoff

New poll shows voters oppose tuition increases, side with Gov. Brown on cutting UC executive pay and offering more online classes. »Read

In this article: Toni Atkins, Jerry Brown, Kevin De Leon, state budget
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 USC Poll: Voters like Brown as governor, but favor Clinton for president

A new USC Dornsife poll shows Gov. Jerry Brown is as popular as ever — but voters want to keep him in California, not send him to the White House. With »Read

In this article: Joe Biden, Jerry Brown, Hillary Clinton, Field Poll, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Brian Schweitzer, state budget
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 Both Parties Monitoring Impact of Arizona Redistricting Case

The Supreme Court appeared divided Monday on an Arizona redistricting case that could have implications for congressional elections beyond the Southwestern state's borders. »Read

In this article: Legislature, John McCain, Nancy Pelosi, referendum, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Robert Stutzman, David G. Valadao
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 At Supreme Court, Arizona's Standoff Over Redistricting Commissions

Linda Killian: Arizona's legislature is challenging the authority of a redistricting plan devised by an independent commission created by ballot initiative and passed by voters in 2000. »Read

In this article: Legislature, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Pete Wilson
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 At Hearing, Climate Change Called a "Threat Multiplier"

Texas’ Republican leaders have called the issue of climate change a “political agenda which attempts to control every aspect of our lives” and “unsettled science.” At a House committee hearing Monday morning, though, a ... »Read

In this article: global warming, Legislature, renewable energy, Scott Turner, water
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 Budget standoff leaves California college hopefuls in limbo

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- University of California admissions officers are sifting through a record number of applications, but they have no idea how many new students they can enroll.... »Read

In this article: Toni Atkins, Jerry Brown, Kevin De Leon, state budget
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 Federal Eye: House set to allow 'clawback' of VA employee awards

The Veterans Affairs Department could recoup awards and bonuses already paid to its employees largely at the department secretary’s discretion, under a bill that could come to a House vote as soon as Monday evening.Read full article >> »Read

In this article: Jeff Miller, Jeff Miller
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 L.A. school board expanding role beyond education into 'social justice'

First it was providing free legal help to undocumented students. Then it was a resolution chiding a Central Valley fruit grower for alleged unfair labor practices. The Los Angeles Unified school board is on a new “social justice” tack these ... »Read

In this article: Tamar Galatzan, Monica Garcia
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 State redistricting plan under scrutiny at Supreme Court

Supreme Court justices raised tough questions Monday about Arizona’s use of an independent commission to draw legislative maps, in a case crucial for political operators and reformers in California and beyond. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: George Deukmejian, Legislature, referendum, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Pete Wilson
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 Treasurer Chiang talks taxes and the economy

  With the rising conversation about extending Proposition 30‘s temporary taxes, I asked state Treasurer John Chiang if he would advise that the taxes be continued. Chiang said a promise was »Read

In this article: Proposition 13, Toni Atkins, John Chiang, Proposition 2, Split roll
Bills: SB 8,
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 Officer's gun had been dislodged in altercation with Skid Row man killed in officer-involved shooting

The homeless man killed in Sunday's officer-involved shooting in downtown Los Angeles appeared to be reaching for the officer's waistband and his holstered pistol, which had been dislodged, Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck said a Monday news ... »Read

In this article: Eric Garcetti, Jackie Lacey
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 The Fix: The California GOP just formally recognized a gay group. Welcome to the future of gay politics.

The California chapter of the Log Cabin Republicans became one of the first gay groups to be formally recognized by a state Republican Party Sunday at the state party convention. It's a long time coming for the group, and if the state is any sort ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, James Brulte, California Republican Party, Proposition 8, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Meg Whitman
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 Netanyahu speech presents Hill Democrats with sensitive choice

While Capitol Hill was riven last week by the sharp divisions within the Republican Party over funding for the Department of Homeland Security, it quietly became clear that the GOP also had managed to drive a wedge of its own into the Democratic ... »Read

In this article: Dianne Feinstein, John Lewis
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 Los Angeles police kill man in struggle captured on video

Three Los Angeles police officers shot and killed a man on the city's Skid Row as they wrestled with him on the ground, a confrontation captured on video that millions viewed online. Authorities say the man was shot after grabbing for an officer's ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Earl Ofari Hutchinson
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 The GBP Interview: Kevin De León

Kevin De León is the poster child for on-the-job training. He was elected to the Assembly in 2006 as the product of a political deal, anointed by his childhood friend, then-Speaker Fabian Nuñez as the speaker in waiting. De León came to ... »Read

In this article: Cruz Bustamante, green jobs, Gloria Molina, Alex Padilla, Film tax, technical education, Antonio Villaraigosa
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 State redistricting is under scrutiny at Supreme Court

Supreme Court justices on Monday raised tough questions about Arizona’s use of an independent commission to draw legislative maps, in a case crucial for political operators and reformers in California…Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: George Deukmejian, Legislature, referendum, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Pete Wilson
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 Why Barbara Mikulski's retirement doesn't reshape the battle for the Senate

Democratic Sen. Barbara Mikulski's decision to retire promises to shake up politics in Maryland this year and next, but it doesn't appear to immediately alter the broader battle for the Senate majority in a major way.Read full article >> »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Hillary Clinton, Senate Democrats, John A. Wagner
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 2115 and Beyond

    How does this story turn out? Well, that depends. Do you prefer the utopian version? Or the dystopian version? Or the one where we muddle through in the end? In the end, it doesn’t really matter, for the future anyway. Because ... »Read
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 Waiting at the Seal

Looking backward to 2015, by Alexis Madrigal. »Read
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 Sen. Hernandez: Expand nurse practitioner duties

An influential state lawmaker is once again seeking to expand the “scope of practice” for California’s nurse practitioners, despite strong objections from the state’s leading medical organization. State Senator Ed »Read

In this article: Bay Area Council, Ed Hernandez
Bills: SB 323, SB 492, SB 493,
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 Lower home values could be result of Bonilla's proposed SB-200

Lower home values could be result of Bonilla’s proposed SB-200 by Richard Colman originally appearedon HALFWAY TO CONCORD. Lower home values in higher-income areas could be the consequence if legislation backed by State Assemblywoman Susan ... »Read

In this article: Susan Bonilla, Joan Buchanan, Mark DeSaulnier, Steven Glazer, Ricardo Lara
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 Reports or Rebellion: Aging at a Crossroads

  By Matt Perry In January, Senator Carol Liu’s office released a powerful, comprehensive report  about the crisis of aging services in our state. My advice to Gov.  Jerry Brown: Don’t read it before you go to bed. You’ll have ... »Read

In this article: Patty Berg, Jerry Brown, Legislature, Carol Liu
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 Bets placed on dueling online poker bills

This year could bring gambling to Internet users in California. For years, online poker has been legal in the United States, but not in the Golden State. Now, amidst a »Read

In this article: Mike Gatto, Adam Gray, Isadore Hall, Legislature
Bills: AB 431, SB 278,
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 State Treasurer Chiang on Taxes and the Economy

With the rising conversation about extending Proposition 30 taxes, I asked state Treasurer John Chiang if he would advise that the taxes be continued. Chiang said that a promise was made that the taxes would be temporary and circumstances would have ... »Read

In this article: Toni Atkins, John Chiang, Split roll
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 Is Texas Gov. Greg Abbott California's New Best Friend?

The new governor of Texas seems intent on making California more competitive with his own state – even though he may not realize it. Greg Abbott, as both a candidate last year and a governor this year, has been warning Texans against efforts to ... »Read

In this article: Legislature
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 LA Time Gets It Wrong - Again - on Sumps Issue

Thursday, the Los Angeles Times published an article about a number of sumps – or ponds – that exist in oil production regions in the lower San Joaquin Valley.  It’s an important issue but certainly not the scandal portrayed in the Time’s ... »Read

In this article: water
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 Electric Shock

Is Kevin de León trying to kill off what’s left of California’s manufacturing? He must. The leader of the California Senate a couple of weeks ago introduced a package of bills that call for a 50 percent reduction in petroleum use by cars and ... »Read

In this article: Tupper Hull, renewable energy
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 Inside LA County's foster care system, another LAPD shooting, Republicans visit California's money

Good morning. It is Monday, March 2.  Actor Will Smith has the number one movie in America with “Focus.” The film brought in $19.1 million but Warner Bros. executives believe it could have done even better had the weather cooperated in other ... »Read

In this article: Loretta Sanchez, Will Smith
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 Lawmaker calls to expand rebates for electric cars, renewable diesel stations

California Assemblyman Henry Perea has introduced legislation to expand rebates for clean vehicles and increase pump stations for renewable diesel. The Clean Vehicle Rebate Project, funded by the California Air Resources Board, offers rebates of up ... »Read

In this article: Air Resources Board, Legislature, Henry Perea, renewable energy, state budget
Bills: AB 1176, AB 904,
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 Sen. Mikulski said to be retiring from Senate

Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.), who has served in Congress longer than any woman in history, will announce at a news conference Monday that she is retiring from the Senate after five terms in office, three people familiar with her plans said.Read ... »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Nancy Pelosi, John A. Wagner
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 Things To Know Before San Diego Chargers Stadium Task Force Meeting

San Diegans will get their chance at a public meeting Monday night to weigh in on the Bolts' effort to get a new facility to replace Qualcomm Stadium. »Read

In this article: Martin Block, Mark Fabiani, Kevin Faulconer
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 It's Apparently Not Too Soon For 2016 Election Season In San Diego

It’s only been four months since the November 2014 election and the GOP is already targeting Democratic Rep. Scott Peters for defeat next year. »Read

In this article: Toni Atkins, Carl DeMaio, Kevin Faulconer, Tony Krvaric, Scott Peters
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 Lumber Liquidators stock slammed by '60 Minutes' report

Report alleges the U.S. retailer of hardwood flooring has installed Chinese-made wood in many American homes with higher-than-accepted levels of formaldehyde. »Read

In this article: Air Resources Board, Tom Sullivan
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 READ IN: Song Of Ice And Fire Edition

By Reid WilsonA1: Today's top stories.-- This Week On The Hill: Congress bought itself another week to solve the DHS funding crisis, and the Senate will vote on -- and block -- a motion to create a conference committee tonight. Israeli Prime ... »Read

In this article: Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton, John F. Kerry, Legislature, Loretta Lynch, Kevin McCarthy, Mitt Romney
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 San Diego consults its civic playbook on stadium situation

Officials here are accustomed to doing civic business with a high degree of caution and deliberation, careful to avoid political conflict and legal wrangling whenever possible. »Read

In this article: Carl DeMaio, Mark Fabiani, Kevin Faulconer, Jerry Sanders
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 In election with a bid to boost turnout, participation may be lacking

In an election Tuesday where voters will weigh in on an idea to boost L.A.’s low voter turnout, it remains an open question how many people will go to the polls. »Read

In this article: Robert Cole, Tamar Galatzan, Andra Hoffman, Jose Huizar, Paul Krekorian, Tom LaBonge, Nury Martinez, Gloria Molina, water, Herb Wesson
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 Supreme Court considers constitutionality of independent redistricting

Hundreds of congressional districts might have to be redrawn. »Read

In this article: Legislature, Justin Levitt, Jeanne Raya, Arnold Schwarzenegger
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 DHS Funding Battle Reveals a Republican House Divided

Congress returns this week facing yet another Department of Homeland Security funding deadline -- but the appropriations squabble has suddenly become overshadowed by an increasingly bitter internal fight among House Republicans for the soul of the ... »Read

In this article: Devin Nunes, Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Senate Democrats
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 With the One-Week DHS Funding Bill, Republicans Again Find Themselves Mired by Distractions

The fight to come on the Hill this week will just emphasize the Republican rifts and cloud their legislative agenda. »Read

In this article: Kevin McCarthy, minimum wage, Nancy Pelosi
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 Sacramento slow down*

<p>It's not politics as usual at the statehouse, and no one seems to be able to figure out why.  <b>Marc Lifsher</b> looks at the <a href=http:* <p>'Veteran state politics watchers say they're dumbfounded by ... »Read

In this article: Toni Atkins, Big Five, James Brulte, California Republican Party, Rocky Chavez, Thomas Del Beccaro, Harmeet Dhillon, Jon Fleischman, Jean Fuller, Shannon L. Grove, Legislature, Carla Marinucci, Kristin Olsen, Duf Sundheim, Robin Swanson, water
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 Stockton bankruptcy's unsettled pension legacy

On the day that Stockton emerged from bankruptcy last week, ending 32 months of debt protection, the final court argument was about the “cram down” imposed on the only creditor that did not cut a deal. Is Franklin bonds getting a 12 percent ... »Read

In this article: CalPERS, Brad Pacheco
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 Homeland Security funding deal elusive

With a partial shutdown of the Homeland Security Department possible at week's end, Speaker John Boehner says the House wants to enter talks with the Senate on a final bill funding the agency. Senate Democrats are not interested in joining those ... »Read

In this article: Dianne Feinstein, Devin Nunes, Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Senate Democrats
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 Pigs Fly: CA GOP OKs Gay Republicans Club

California’s Republican Party stepped into the 21st Century and onto the right side of history Sunday, with a landslide vote granting formal acceptance of the mostly gay Log Cabin Republican club within the state party. After decades of ... »Read

In this article: Ruben Barrales, James Brulte, Steve Frank, Eric Garcetti, Rudy Giuliani, Ron Nehring, Loretta Sanchez, Adam Schiff, Duf Sundheim, Antonio Villaraigosa, Bob White
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 A hydrogen highway to hell

In 2004, then-Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger outlined his vision of creating “hydrogen highways all over the state of California by the year 2010” – primarily subsidized by state taxpayers, of course. But despite tens of millions of dollars ... »Read

In this article: CalPERS, Energy Commission, Arnold Schwarzenegger
Bills: AB 8,
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 Josh Rogin: Can Obama's deal with Iran outlive his presidency?

With the White House reportedly trying to negotiate a 10- or 15-year deal on Iran's nuclear program, Republican leaders in Congress are threatening to unravel the agreement much sooner -Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Mark Kirk, John McCain, Barack Obama, Ed Royce
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 They're back! The Chronnie Awards CA GOP "family values" edition

With all the sparkle of a red, white and blue sequined hat emblazoned with the American flag, the California Republican Party kicked off its spring convention in Sacramento this week lead by their genial chair, former state Senator Jim Brulte, who ... »Read

In this article: James Brulte, California Republican Party
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