Archive for March 11th, 2016

InlandPolitics: GOP contest rolling Donald Trump’s way

Donald Trump

Friday, March 11, 2016 – 10:30 a.m.

All the political cards are falling Donald Trump’s way this week.

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Sharon Runner

Sharon Runner

Capitol Alert
By Alexei Koseff
akoseff@sacbee.com
March 10, 2016 – 1:55 PM

  • Lancaster Republican returned to state Senate last year after double lung transplant
  • Previously served from 2011-12 but left to undergo operation
  • Runner cites ‘medical challenges during the cold and flu season’ and stress of campaign

Sharon Runner, the Lancaster Republican who returned to the state Senate last year after undergoing a life-saving double lung transplant, will leave the Capitol again this fall when her term ends.

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Joe Baca

Then California State Sen. Joe Baca, center, and his wife react after being told Baca took an early lead over Elia Pirozzi for the U.S. Congressman 42nd District seat in 1999. (File Photo)

By Beau Yarbrough, The Sun
Posted: 03/09/16 – 10:24 PM PST |

“Working Joe” Baca wants his job back.

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Prosecutorial-Misconduct1

Paige St. John
March 11, 2016

A study of more than 600 overturned felony convictions in California calculates the cost of those botched cases to taxpayers at more than $220 million over two decades.

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Kevin McCarthy

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy

Capitol Alert
By Christopher Cadelago
ccadelago@sacbee.com
March 10, 2016 – 3:09 PM

  • Majority leader says turnout higher among Republicans
  • Says electorate frustrated with President Barack Obama
  • Wants House of Representatives to become ‘place of ideas’

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy on Thursday rejected the possible calamitous effects a Donald Trump nomination could have on the Republican Party, arguing instead that the businessman and political newcomer may improve the chances of GOP House challengers in November.

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Defense attorney James Crawford, who recently won a victory in a court case connected to the ongoing informant scandal, said he was attacked by a District Attorney’s investigator.

Defense attorney James Crawford, who recently won a victory in a court case connected to the ongoing informant scandal, said he was attacked by a District Attorney’s investigator on Wednesday. (Courtesy of Jerry Steering)

By Sean Emery, Tony Saavedra and Scott Schwebke / Staff Writers
March 11, 2016 – Updated 8:04 a.m.

SANTA ANA – An Orange County defense attorney on Thursday launched an online petition calling for the arrest of a district attorney’s investigator involved in a courthouse altercation with Orange lawyer James Crawford.

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By Melody Gutierrez
Updated: March 10, 2016 – 3:57pm

SACRAMENTO — Dying Californians can ask their doctors for a lethal prescription to end their lives beginning June 9.

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Cigarette

Capitol Alert
By Alexei Koseff
akoseff@sacbee.com
March 10, 2016 9:52 AM

  • California legal tobacco purchase age would shift to 21 from 18
  • E-cigarettes would be regulated as tobacco
  • Fate with Democratic governor unknown

California is one step away from enacting some of its most significant tobacco legislation in decades.

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Money

Julie Makinen
March 11, 2016

Los Angeles is now the eighth most expensive city in the world for tourists and foreign businesspeople, a study released Thursday said, as a rising U.S. dollar has pushed the City of Angels ahead of pricey metropolises including Tokyo and Shanghai.

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water-dam

Ed Joyce
Thursday, March 10, 2016 | Sacramento, CA |

The early March storms offset three dry weeks in February, in terms of precipitation, and helped fill some California reservoirs. But the U.S. Drought Monitor says warm temperatures did not build snowpack at lower elevations in the Sierra Nevada.

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