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What Happens When Extremism Becomes Mainstream?

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Dianne Feinstein pleas for GOP votes on drought bill

"Demand gun rights back: eliminate the Roster, the 10- and 30-day waits, the AWB, and 10-round magazine capacity limit as the price to help her."

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Study Finds Tripling Tobacco Tax Would Ignite Smuggling

"Russian & Armenian Organized Crime Groups from Sacramento & Southern California when the Tobacco Tax was increased I think 10 years ago, created a brand new and largely uncontrolled form of smuggling where Ryder or Uhaul Trucks were driven to Indian Reservations in Las Vegas and their is nothing that Ag Inspection in Barstow could do, there is nothing illegal in hauling Cigarettes as long as there is a bill of sale."

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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

"What happened to basic research before writing. While Assembly member Alejo's press release said the bill went to the Senate floor, that is incorrect. The bill was sent to the Senate Rules committee yesterday by the chair of the Appropriations committee. Cut and paste electeds press releases?"

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 Scaffolding purchase prompts blast from California Board of Equalization chairman
Sacramento Bee - July 24, 1:53 pm
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 The Buzz: Betty Yee’s margin fueled by green bud brigade?
Sacramento Bee - July 24, 4:30 pm
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 NEW: CA taxes have DROPPED $6 billion
CalWatchdog - July 24, 2:00 pm
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 Dan Walters: Brown’s appointees will nudge state Supreme Court leftward
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 California's party-switchers miss the vote
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 Higher Energy Costs Matter More for Some

The state’s commitment to reducing its carbon footprint by producing a greater share of its energy from renewable sources and imposing a cap-and-trade market for greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions has and will drive up the state’s energy prices. The ... »Read

In this article: California Independent System Operator, greenhouse gas, water
Bills: AB 32,
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 Why Making Policy from Polls Can Be Troublesome

It is a constant criticism of politicians; they poll test or focus group everything before making a decision. If you are one to follow politics, you’ll know that new polls on everything from election horse-races to how the public feels about ... »Read

In this article: global warming, greenhouse gas, PPIC, water
Bills: AB 32,
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 Two Tales of a City - How Detroit Transcended Ideology to Reform Pensions

“I see a beautiful city and a brilliant people rising from this abyss.” –  Charles Dickens, Tale of Two Cities Traveling through suburban Detroit, a sprawling city of 143 square miles whose population has dropped from nearly two million to ... »Read
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 They Thought We Were Crazy

In 2009 when the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce partnered with the United Way of Greater Los Angeles to end chronic and veteran homelessness in L.A. County, most people either ignored the announcement or thought we were crazy. Los Angeles was ... »Read
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 READ IN: Friday, July 25, 2014: Kerry works on cease-fire, WH considers immigration orders, everybody vs. Christie, Dems look to W.Va., Koch group aims at Braley

Don't forget to sign up for Read In and get all the political news you need delivered right to your inbox, every morning at 8 a.m.! A1: The stories you need to read before your first conference call. -- An elementary school housing hundreds of ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Field Poll, John F. Kerry, PPIC
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 AM Alert: Will gas price hikes trip up climate change efforts?

The California Air Resources Board concludes its two-day monthly meeting, 8:30 a.m. at the Cal/EPA building on I Street, with a presentation on updates to the Low Carbon Fuel Standard. One of the centerpieces of the state’s fight against ... »Read

In this article: Air Resources Board, Susan Bonilla, Tom Daly, global warming, Brian Maienschein, Adrin Nazarian, Rudy Salas, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Dan Walters, water
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 Federal Eye: Will the White House accept this Issa deposition offer?

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) on Thursday offered the White House a chance to avoid a potential contempt battle by making its top political adviser available for deposition with the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. Read full article ... »Read

In this article: Darrell Issa, Hilda L. Solis
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 'Fair Workweek' Is Latest Ploy to Organize Retail, Restaurant Employers | Commentary

On Tuesday, top Democrats and a who's who of labor activists unveiled the latest attack on American businesses. Joined by Reps. George Miller, D-Calif., and Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., a confederation of labor groups and their activist allies known as ... »Read

In this article: George P. Miller, SEIU, Ryan Williams
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 Bill Whalen: Brown takes a back seat on immigration reform

Governor is paying a lot less attention to issue as he seeks re-election. Bill Whalen Gov. Jerry Brown congratulates Assemblyman Luis Alejo last October after signing a bill that allows undocumented immigrants to get driver’s ... »Read

In this article: Luis A. Alejo, Jerry Brown, illegal immigration, state budget, Bill Whalen
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 Heald, other Corinthian-owned colleges continue to recruit students as company closes

Heald, WyoTech and other Corinthian-owned colleges have continued to recruit students as the company prepares to sell and close its campuses. »Read

In this article: Kamala Harris, water, Maxine Waters
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 Officials want to build a ‘total disaster city’ for training, complete with fires, explosions and plane crashes

Saying California’s emergency responders need better training to handle major calamities, state and local fire leaders are pitching plans to build a world-class $56 million training facility in east Sacramento County that would challenge fire ... »Read

In this article: Legislature, Fran Pavley, water, Lois Wolk
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 House, Senate fail to agree on VA spending as August recess nears

With the August break around the corner, Congress remains locked in a battle over how much to spend reshaping the tattered Veterans Affairs Department. »Read

In this article: John McCain, Jeff Miller, Jeff Miller, Senate Democrats
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 Boehner vs. Obama: House panel moves toward vote on Obama lawsuit

Over Democratic objections, Republicans cleared the way for a House vote on whether to sue President Barack Obama for failing to implement ObamaCare as it was written. »Read

In this article: No Child Left Behind, Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi
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 Changes at troubled BOE building postponed

A project to replace the scaffolding around the state Board of Equalization building at Fifth and N streets in Sacramento has been delayed. »Read

In this article: Board of Equalization, Roger Dickinson, Jerome Horton
Bills: AB 1656,
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 Comic-Con draws in superheroes and villains

Hundreds of thousands of superheroes, villains and sci-fi fans have descended in San Diego for the 45th edition of Comic-Con. »Read

In this article: Kevin Faulconer, Todd Gloria
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 Pérez campaign led the way in Sacramento-area ad buys

The Sacramento TV market’s largest broadcast stations netted more than $623,000 in ad revenue from federal, state and local campaign committees in the weeks before last month’s primary election, public filings show. Republican ... »Read

In this article: Board of Equalization, Jerry Brown, Jim Miller, Betty T. Yee
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 As bribery case continues, CalPERS reaps profits from tainted investments

It’s been one of the darkest chapters in CalPERS history, a bribery scandal that prompted a guilty plea from its former chief executive earlier this month. It’s also been rather profitable. CalPERS poured more than $4.4 ... »Read

In this article: Fred Buenrostro, CalPERS, Brad Pacheco, Gerald Parsky, Charles Valdes
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 East Bay filmmaker's powerful look at apartheid politics premieres at Jewish Film Festival

East Bay filmmaker Abby Ginzberg has won attention with her powerful focus on politics, law and justice issues — including her much-praised documentaries on California justices Thelton Henderson and Cruz Reynoso, and her recently Emmy-nominated ... »Read

In this article: Thelton Henderson
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 Flower Mart site to become offices; current tenants won't be uprooted

Big buildings might soon be sprouting at the corner of Sixth and Brannan streets in San Francisco, but don't look for the San Francisco Flower Mart to wilt any time soon. Kilroy Realty Corp., the real estate investment trust proposing to build a ... »Read

In this article: Edwin M. Lee, Gavin Newsom
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 San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee targeted by FBI in corruption case

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee was targeted by the FBI in the corruption case that led to state Senator Leland Yee's arrest. »Read

In this article: Edwin M. Lee, Leland Yee
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 Californians to receive health insurance rebates, but some call it chump change

Nearly 500,000 consumers across California will receive a piece of a $12 million refund from health insurance companies this summer as part of a provision under the Affordable Care Act, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said Thursday. »Read

In this article: Charles Bacchi, Jamie Court
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 California attorney general asks lawyers to help immigrant children

SACRAMENTO Calif. (Reuters) - California's attorney general has personally asked several major law firms to provide pro bono services to unaccompanied immigrant children flooding the U.S. border with Mexico, a signal that California views the ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Kamala Harris, illegal immigration
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 Alleged pot grower charged with starting wildfire

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) -- A suspected marijuana grower was indicted Thursday on charges that include igniting a wildfire that burned a remote part of Sequoia National Forest in Central California.... »Read

In this article: Brian Adams, Benjamin B. Wagner
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 Federal Diary: Readers speak out about IRS, VA and senior executives

The Federal Diary gets lots of reader reaction via e-mail, snail mail and online posts. Some of it is fit to print. Occasionally, we give readers a chance to speak out by publishing their opinion, edited for clarity and length. U nfortunately, ... »Read

In this article: Darrell Issa, Jeff Miller, Jeff Miller
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 California's party-switchers miss the vote

Politicians who’ve abandoned the California GOP haven’t fared well in recent elections. »Read

In this article: California Republican Party, Damon Dunn, Kevin Faulconer, Nathan Fletcher, Robert B. Garcia, Legislature, John McCain, Mitt Romney, Dan Schnur, Meg Whitman, Pete Wilson, Leland Yee
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 Put San Ysidro funding in separate bill

If all sides like the project, it shouldn't stall because of unrelated disagreements. »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Susan Davis, Dianne Feinstein, Darrell Issa, Scott Peters, Juan Vargas
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 Obama visits California nonprofit, gang members

President Barack Obama met privately Thursday with four former gang members and the head of a Los Angeles nonprofit that is helping them turn around their lives. »Read

In this article: Karen Bass, Steve Bradford, Barack Obama
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 Top-two primary means a double dose of campaign rhetoric

Rep. Mike Honda, not in Washington, greets President Obama on Wednesday at Foothill College in Los Altos. Jewel Samad/AFP Getty Images California’s top-two primary, hailed as a good-government effort to give the state’s voters a wider choice of ... »Read

In this article: Michael Honda, Ro Khanna, George P. Miller, Nancy Pelosi, Jackie Speier
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 The Buzz: Betty Yee’s margin fueled by green bud brigade?

Of the various postmortems on Board of Equalization member Betty Yee’s hair-thin second-place finish in the California state controller’s race, an East Bay Express headline was particularly eye-catching: »Read

In this article: Board of Equalization, Jerry Brown, Betty T. Yee
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 Dan Walters: Brown’s appointees will nudge state Supreme Court leftward

With two appointments and at least one more coming, Gov. Jerry Brown is nudging the state Supreme Court leftward. »Read

In this article: Marvin R. Baxter, Jerry Brown, George Deukmejian, Pete Wilson
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 Top Prosecutor To Help Immigrants Get Lawyers

Kamala Harris called the surge in young immigrants a humanitarian crisis, echoing comments made a day earlier by Gov. Jerry Brown, a fellow Democrat. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Kamala Harris
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 State Politics Roundup

In a broadcast from our Sacramento studios we'll talk state politics and examine some major bills awaiting action in the Capitol. And we'll check in with two newly elected legislative leaders. »Read

In this article: Kevin De Leon, John Myers, Kristin Olsen
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 Court upholds proposed route from SF to Central Valley

A state appeals court on Thursday upheld a proposed route for California's high-speed rail line connecting the San Francisco Bay Area to the Central Valley. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, High-Speed Rail
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 Obama visits California non-profit, gang members

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- President Barack Obama met privately Thursday with four former gang members and the head of a Los Angeles nonprofit that helped them turn around their lives.... »Read

In this article: Karen Bass, Steve Bradford, Barack Obama
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 Should Paid Sick Leave Be Required in California?

California workers who call in sick would be eligible for some pay under a bill which passed the state Assembly in May. The legislation, sponsored by Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez, would guarantee all workers a minimum of three days of paid sick ... »Read

In this article: Lorena Gonzalez, John Kabateck, John Myers, sick leave, Steve Smith
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 Editorial: Mr. DeMaio hopes to go to Washington

The race between Republican Carl DeMaio, a former San Diego city councilman and mayoral candidate, and Democratic freshman Rep. Scott Peters in the 52nd Congressional District, which covers a good portion of coastal San Diego County, has garnered... »Read

In this article: Carl DeMaio, Scott Peters
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 High-speed rail Pacheco Pass route upheld by appeals court

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- A state appeals court on Thursday upheld a proposed route for California's high-speed rail line connecting the San Francisco Bay Area to the Central Valley. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, High-Speed Rail
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 Dedication of Pacoima Wash Natural Park

Dedication of Pacoima Wash Natural Park (San Fernando, CA) – Assemblymember Raul Bocanegra (D-Pacoima), State Senator Kevin de Leon and other dignitaries gathered together to celebrate the dedication of a wonderful new green space,... From: ... »Read

In this article: Raul Bocanegra, Kevin De Leon
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 AG Kamala Harris will help immigrants get lawyers

California's attorney general said Thursday she is helping secure lawyers to represent minors from Central America during immigration hearings. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Kamala Harris
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 VA Talks at Impasse in Congress

Congressional negotiations to address problems at the Department of Veterans Affairs devolved into a public feud, amplifying concerns that lawmakers won't be able to complete legislation before their August break. »Read

In this article: Jeff Miller, Jeff Miller
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 Governor signs football practice restrictions

The State is trying to take the hits out of practice that could cause permanent brain damage. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Ken Cooley, Bob Williams
Bills: AB 2127,
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 Top prosecutor to help immigrants get lawyers

WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- California's attorney general said Thursday she is helping secure lawyers to represent minors from Central America during immigration hearings.... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Kamala Harris
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 VA bill hits deadlock in U.S. Congress over $15 billion gap

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Negotiations over legislation to ease the Veterans Affairs health-care crisis broke down on Thursday as leaders of the House and Senate veterans committees rolled out competing proposals with a $15 billion gap between them. »Read

In this article: Jeff Miller, Jeff Miller, Senate Democrats
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 Permanent scaffolding on BOE building concerns those who want to move

A decision by state officials to replace rented scaffolding outside of the faulty headquarters of the state Board of Equalization headquarters has drawn concerns from those who want to move. The last few weeks have seen a back-and-forth debate ... »Read

In this article: Board of Equalization, Roger Dickinson, Jerome Horton, Legislature
Bills: AB 1656,
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 Congressional Soccer Caucus turns eyes to Qatar

Rep. George Miller helped introduce a resolution Thursday calling for better protection for migrant workers in Qatar who are building that tiny Middle Eastern emirate’s facilities for the 2022 World Cup. Miller, D-Martinez, who co-chairs the ... »Read

In this article: George P. Miller, Eric Swalwell
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 California top prosecutor assisting young migrants

California Attorney General Kamala Harris says she is helping secure lawyers to represent minors from Central America as they undergo immigration hearings. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Kamala Harris
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 NEW: CA taxes have DROPPED $6 billion

Let me elaborate on something I mentioned in a blog yesterday: California taxes have dropped $6 billion in the last two years. That’s because Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s record, $13 billion tax increase of 2009 expired and was replaced ... »Read

In this article: Proposition 13, Jerry Brown, Arnold Schwarzenegger
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 Scaffolding purchase prompts blast from California Board of Equalization chairman

The California Board of Equalization’s chairman Thursday blasted a Brown Administration decision to erect new scaffolding around the tax-collecting agency’s headquarters, saying it signals a decision to keep employees in the troubled ... »Read

In this article: Board of Equalization, Jerome Horton, Legislature, water
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 Reward offered in mysterious Brooklyn Bridge flag switch

A new reward has been announced in connection with the mysterious Brooklyn Bridge flag switch. »Read

In this article: Bill Bratton, John Miller
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 Meet the Guy Behind 'Draft Brian Schweitzer' PAC

So what would compel someone to launch a super PAC devoted to drafting a presidential candidate who was universally seen as torpedoing his standing with a disastrous interview? »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Dianne Feinstein, Brian Schweitzer
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 Sen. Sanders offers lower-cost bill to reform Veterans Affairs

Senate VA Committee chairman Sen. Bernie Sanders said Thursday that a new proposal to improve veterans' access to health care would cost less than $25 billion over three years, $10 billion less than a bill passed by the Senate last ... »Read

In this article: Jeff Miller, Jeff Miller, Barack Obama
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