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 Election officials question financial reports of Darrell Issa's opponent
Los Angeles Times/Top of the Ticket - Feb. 27, 8:34 am
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 The true legacy of Gov. Jerry Brown: Joel Kotkin
L.A. Daily News/Opinion - Feb. 27, 8:13 am
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 Does California want single-payer healthcare?
Cal Coast News - Feb. 27, 11:10 am
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 How much will you pay to fix California roads? Comparing the plans
Sacramento Bee - Feb. 27, 12:16 pm
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 Why Rep. Darrell Issa is breaking with his fellow Republicans on the Russian hacking probe

Over the weekend, Darrell Issa did something that no other Republican congressman has done. Sitting for an interview with HBO’s Bill Maher, the longtime Vista Republican said he believed that a prosecutor needed to investigate Russia’s ... »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Darrell Issa, Barack Obama, Dan Schnur
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 Uffer, Ovitt testify Monday in Colonies corruption trial

Testimony in the San Bernardino County Colonies corruption case focused heavily Monday on friends and enemies a decade ago in the Government Center that houses the Board of Supervisors and county agencies.While the case is about how three county ... »Read

In this article: Paul Biane, Jeffrey Burum, Jim Erwin, Mark Kirk, Gary Ovitt, Bill Postmus
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 NorCal astronaut hopes business won't compromise safety for SpaceX

The new frontier of space travel is one step closer to reality as SpaceX and Elon Musk plan to send two civilians, wealthy ones, on a trip to the moon in late 2018. »Read

In this article: Jose Atilio Hernandez, Jose Hernandez
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 As high-profile incidents fade from the headlines, California lawmakers move away from police accountability bills

In the nearly three years since nationwide protests erupted after a Ferguson, Mo., police officer shot and killed teenager Michael Brown, state lawmakers introduced multiple bills designed to overhaul how much Californians are allowed to know about ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Legislature, Mark Leno, Holly J. Mitchell, state budget
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 How Los Angeles Sen. Holly Mitchell went from the Legislature's 'moral compass' to a top budget crafter

Two years ago, Holly J. Mitchell stood on the state Senate floor and, in a crisp, deliberate voice, laced into the budget that her fellow Democrats were poised to approve.  The plan 'picks winners and losers,' the state senator from Los Angeles ... »Read

In this article: Toni Atkins, Legislature, Mark Leno, Nancy McFadden, Frank J. Mecca, Holly J. Mitchell, water, Diane Watson
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 Green groups say Brown is living down to his name

From the day Republican President Donald Trump won last fall’s election, Gov. Jerry Brown has worked to position himself as the leader of the loyal opposition, saying time and again that he will fight for the liberal agenda so popular in... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Dianne Feinstein, global warming, greenhouse gas, renewable energy, water, Evan Westrup
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 Bay Area astronaut hopes business won't compromise safety for SpaceX

The new frontier of space travel is one step closer to reality as SpaceX and Elon Musk plan to send two civilians, wealthy ones, on a trip to the moon in late 2018. »Read

In this article: Jose Atilio Hernandez, Jose Hernandez
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 House probe into Russia ties to Trump off to rocky start

The House and Senate intelligence committees are conducting separate investigations. »Read

In this article: Darrell Issa, Devin Nunes, Adam Schiff
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 Calif. Senate Addresses GOP Senator's Removal

By Ben BradfordPartisan rancor remains as the California Senate deals with fallout from last Thursday—when the Democratic senator overseeing debate ordered a Republican colleague removed from the chamber. Security escorted Senator Janet Nguyen ... »Read

In this article: Patricia Bates, Tom Hayden
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 Calif. Lawmakers Seek Answers On Recent Immigration Raids

The top Democratic state lawmakers say they want more transparency about recent immigration raids in California. They filed a Freedom of Information Act request Monday with the Department of Homeland Security. The top Democratic state lawmakers say ... »Read

In this article: Kevin De Leon, Anthony Rendon
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 Lawmakers seek public records on Trump immigration crackdown

SACRAMENTO — In an unusual move, leaders of the California Legislature filed a Freedom of Information Act request to force the Trump administration to release details about recent immigration raids, including data on the people detained and ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Kevin De Leon, Legislature, Charles B. Reed, Anthony Rendon
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 The House Probe into Trump's Russia Ties Is off to a Rocky Start

Signs of a partisan divide are emerging amid concerns over political influence »Read

In this article: Darrell Issa, Devin Nunes, Adam Schiff
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 Measure S campaign bucks Sheriff's Dept. demands on 'eviction' mailers

Backers of Measure S refused Monday to comply with county demands tied to a campaign mailer that mimics an eviction notice, arguing that concerns about misleading tenants are “quite overblown.” The mailers are emblazoned with the ... »Read

In this article: Mike Feuer, Jackie Lacey, Elena Popp
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 California Senate's removal of lawmaker to be investigated

California's Senate leader said Monday that he takes full responsibility after a senator was removed from the chamber last week — a stunning and extraordinarily unusual move that raised questions … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Kevin De Leon, Jean Fuller, Tom Hayden, Ricardo Lara, Legislature
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 Los Angeles County sues California over 'partisan' redistricting law

The next remap of California’s political lines is more than four years away, but some legal fights already have begun. Monday, Los Angeles County asked a judge to block a … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Ricardo Lara, Legislature
Bills: SB 958,
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 Election cops, the Oscars, and revisiting the First Rule of Holes

Good morning. On behalf of The Sacramento Bee’s editorial board, welcome to The Take, your opinion-politics newsletter. Please sign up for it here. Take a number: $595,425 California’s Fair Political … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: campaign finance, Hillary Clinton, Fair Political Practices Commission, Tom Hayden, Darrell Issa, Ricardo Lara, Jim Miller, Ann Ravel, Senate Democrats, Dan Walters, water
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 Dems cry WH interference as House Intel committee probes Trump-Russia ties

House Intelligence chairman Devin Nunes says “We just cannot go on a witch hunt,” »Read

In this article: Devin Nunes, Adam Schiff
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 Does Trump know that he's in office?

The Trump administration so far has been smoke and mirrors, sound and fury, self-proclaimed victimhood and angry tweets. Where is the substance? Where is the competence? And where – increasingly … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Darrell Issa, Nancy Pelosi
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 LAX breaks ground on a $1.6 billion midfield terminal that will add 12 gates for aircraft

Marking another milestone in the massive renovation of Los Angeles International Airport, city officials broke ground Monday on a $1.6-billion midfield passenger terminal that will have a dozen gates for aircraft. The project, which is scheduled to ... »Read

In this article: Eric Garcetti, James K. Hahn
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 De León takes responsibility for ejection of Janet Nguyen as GOP demands probe

California Senate President Kevin de León on Monday took full responsibility for a Republican senator’s controversial ejection from the floor in the Senate’s first session since the incident occurred last … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: James Brulte, California Republican Party, Tom Hayden, Ricardo Lara, Daniel Reeves, Senate Republicans
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 Ann Ravel doesn't go quietly, which is good

No one can accuse Ann Ravel of fading quietly from her job as one of six members of the Federal Election Commission. That’s not her style, to her credit. Barack … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, campaign finance, Fair Political Practices Commission, Barack Obama, Ann Ravel
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 Green groups say Brown is living down to his name: Thomas Elias

From the day Republican President Donald Trump won last fall's election, Gov. Jerry Brown has worked to position himself as the leader of the loyal opposition, saying time and again that he will fight for the liberal agenda so popular in California, ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Thomas D. Elias, Dianne Feinstein, global warming, greenhouse gas, renewable energy, water, Evan Westrup
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 Letters: Transgender students, Tower Bridge, Mayor Steinberg

An offense against humanity Re “Trump officials roll back transgender student policy” (Page 10A, Feb. 23): The action by President Donald Trump and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos against protection for … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Dianne Feinstein, Tom Hayden, Legislature
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 Democrats invite immigrants and refugees to Trump's first speech to Congress

It took Sil Ganzo a moment to grasp what Rep. Alma Adams was saying. Ganzo, founder and executive director of ourBRIDGE for kids, thought that Adams’ telephone call was an … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Kamala Harris, Nancy Pelosi
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 GOP Rep. Issa backtracks on call for Trump special prosecutor

California congressman had said a special prosecutor is needed to investigate president's ties to Russia »Read

In this article: Darrell Issa, Devin Nunes
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 LAX breaks ground on new airport terminal

Eds: Mayor Eric Garcetti's press office can be reached at (213) 978-0741.LOS ANGELES (CNS) - Construction officially began today on a $1.6 billion terminal at Los Angeles International Airport.Mayor Eric Garcetti and other city leaders helped break ... »Read

In this article: Robert Blumenfield, Eric Garcetti, water
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 LAX breaks ground on new airport concourse near Bradley terminal

Golden shovels in hand, city leaders and airport officials broke ground Monday on the latest multibillion-dollar expansion of Los Angeles International Airport. Mayor Eric Garcetti touted the project as a source of jobs and a move to expand L.A.'s ... »Read

In this article: Robert Blumenfield, Joe Buscaino, Eric Garcetti, water
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 California's campaign finance and lobbying violations are down, but total fines are up

Essential Politics: Trump provides excitement for California Republicans, elections officials digging into campaign reports of Issa opponent Feb. 27, 2017, 12:18 p.m. This is Essential Politics, our daily look at California political and government ... »Read

In this article: campaign finance, Tony Mendoza, Jodi Remke
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 How much will you pay to fix California roads? Comparing the plans

Gov. Jerry Brown and Democratic legislative leaders have set an April 6 deadline to reach any agreement on a package to raise billions of dollars for road maintenance, repairs, goods … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Assembly Republicans, Jerry Brown
Bills: AB 1,
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 House probe into Trump's ties to Russia off to rocky start

WASHINGTON >> A simmering dispute between leaders of the House intelligence committee spilled into the public Monday over an investigation into whether President Donald Trump has ties to Russia, even as they pledged to conduct a bipartisan probe.The ... »Read

In this article: Darrell Issa, Devin Nunes, Adam Schiff
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 Does California want single-payer healthcare?

With Republican lawmakers and President Donald Trump planning to repeal some, if not all, of Obamacare, California’s Democrat-controlled state government is considering the idea of instituting a state-run single-payer system that would operate ... »Read

In this article: Bay Area Council, Ricardo Lara, Legislature, Arnold Schwarzenegger, universal health care
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 House Intel Chair says Trump-Russia ties can't become witch hunt

Chairman Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., says he knows of know evidence Trump campaign associates were in contact with Russian agents »Read

In this article: Darrell Issa, Devin Nunes
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 5 ways Donald Trump could block legal marijuana in California

The Trump administration has made clear that it will not look the other way when it comes to de facto state legalization of marijuana, as the Obama administration did. Instead, »Read

In this article: Xavier Becerra, Gavin Newsom
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 Trump provides excitement for California Republicans, but at home there's less to cheer about

Essential Politics: California Republicans gather for their state convention in Sacramento Feb. 27, 2017, 9:13 a.m. This is Essential Politics, our daily look at California political and government news. Here's what we're watching right now: The ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, James Brulte, California Republican Party, Rocky Chavez, Tim Clark, Hillary Clinton, Tim Donnelly, Kevin Faulconer, Jon Fleischman, Darrell Issa, Legislature, Devin Nunes
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 Election officials question financial reports of Darrell Issa's opponent

Essential Politics: California Republicans gather for their state convention in Sacramento Feb. 27, 2017, 8:34 a.m. This is Essential Politics, our daily look at California political and government news. Here's what we're watching right now: The ... »Read

In this article: California Republican Party, Darrell Issa
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 Essential Politics: No special prosecutor for Russia investigation, Trump's team says

The White House on Sunday again smacked down calls for a special prosecutor to look into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential campaign, and President Trump dismissed coverage of Russia-related queries as 'FAKE NEWS.' Meanwhile, Rep. ... »Read

In this article: Xavier Becerra, Jerry Brown, James Brulte, California Republican Party, Duncan Hunter, Darrell Issa, Stephen T. Knight, John Myers, Gavin Newsom, Devin Nunes, Dana Rohrabacher, Linda T. Sanchez, Adam Schiff, water
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 The true legacy of Gov. Jerry Brown: Joel Kotkin

The cracks in the 50-year-old Oroville Dam, and the massive spillage and massive evacuations that followed, shed light on the true legacy of Jerry Brown. The governor, most recently in Newsweek, has cast himself as both the Subcomandante Zero of the ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought, greenhouse gas, Joel Kotkin, state budget, water
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 State Republicans embrace key Trump policies

The California Republican Party wrapped up its annual spring convention by re-electing former state Sen. Jim Brulte, R-Rancho Cucamonga, to his third term as state chairman – but while also moving »Read

In this article: James Brulte, Cruz Bustamante, California Republican Party, Steve Cooley, Gray Davis, Steve Frank, Kamala Harris, Steve Poizner, Arnold Schwarzenegger
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