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The Press-Enterprise: Sabrina Cervantes, Eloise Reyes take oaths in state Assembly

California Assembly Seal

By Jeff Horseman / Staff Writer
Published: Dec. 5, 2016 – 1:16 p.m.

The California State Legislature convened today with state senators and Assembly members taking the oath of office.

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The Sacramento Bee: Will Legislature follow or evade California’s new sunshine law?

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
December 3, 2016 – 2:00 PM

Last month, California voters approved, by a nearly 2-1 margin, Proposition 54, which if faithfully followed would shine some light on the Capitol’s dark corners.

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Christine Mai-Duc
Nov. 9, 2016, 10:38 a.m.

Assemblywoman Cheryl Brown (D-San Bernardino) has lost her long, expensive battle against fellow Democrat attorney Eloise Reyes.

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Money

By Jeff Horseman, The Press-Enterprise
Posted: 11/03/16 – 10:12 PM PDT |

Depending on where you live, the source of those political ads cramming your mailbox may be hundreds of miles away.

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The Press-Enterprise: The Abigail Medina/Marc Steinorth race is getting nastier

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By Jeff Horseman / Staff Writer
Published: Oct. 20, 2016 – 2:56 p.m.

We have a new entry in the race for the ugliest Inland political contest of 2016.

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Capitol Alert
By Jeremy B. White
jwhite@sacbee.com
October 19, 2016 – 12:01 AM

The question for California legislative races is no longer whether Democrats will secure a majority. It’s how large their margin will be.

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The Sun: This Inland Empire Assembly race features an unusual matchup

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Assemblywoman Cheryl Brown and challenger Eloise Reyes (Courtesy photos)

By Jeff Horseman, The Press-Enterprise
Posted: 10/16/16 – 2:55 PM PDT |

The dynamic that pitted Bernie Sanders against Hillary Clinton continues in California’s 47th Assembly District.

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Marc Steinorth

Marc Steinorth

By Jeff Horseman / Staff Writer
Published: Oct. 12, 2016 – Updated: 10:00 p.m.

  • If they take the seat, Democrats would be one step closer to restoring their two-thirds supermajority in the state Legislature

There’s more at stake in California’s 40th Assembly District than incumbent Marc Steinorth’s political career.

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Opponents are accusing Abigail Medina, left, and Pete Aguilar of dodging political debates. (File)

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 10/12/16 – 11:29 PM PDT |

As Election Day approaches, some candidates have been skipping the debates that give voters the chance to hear directly from them.

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DailyBulletin: How many laws did Inland Empire legislators get passed this year?

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From left: Sen. Mike Morrell, R-Rancho Cucamonga; Assemblyman Freddie Rodriguez, D-Chino; and Assemblyman Marc Steinorth , R-Rancho Cucamonga.

By Beau Yarbrough, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 10/08/16, 12:34 AM PDT |

Last Friday night at midnight, Gov. Jerry Brown dropped his still-smoking veto pen, the 2016 California legislative session at an end.

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The Sacramento Bee: Transportation, housing crises get short shrift in Legislature

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
September 22, 2016 – 7:00 PM

There are few things more fundamentally important to life in contemporary California than transportation and housing, and both are in crisis.

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The Sun (AP): California lawmakers collect thousands on top of salary while absent

Money

By Darcy Costello and Alison Noon, The Associated Press
Posted: 09/20/16 – 8:17 PM PDT |

SACRAMENTO >> In addition to their six-figure salaries and benefits, California’s 120 lawmakers are compensated for their cost of living and meals when they leave home and travel to Sacramento to write and pass bills.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
September 18, 2016 – 4:00 PM

The last night of the Legislature’s biennial session on Aug. 31 was, as usual, a hectic free-for-all.

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By Jeff Horseman / Staff Writer
Published: Sept. 6, 2016 – 10:00 a.m.

The candidates in the competitive race for California’s 40th Assembly District are using video to tout their strengths to voters ahead of the Nov. 8 election.

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The Sacramento Bee: As Legislature stalemates on State Bar bill, the fallout begins

State Bar of California

Capitol Alert
By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
September 2, 2016 – 10:49 AM

Wednesday night’s legislative stalemate on giving the State Bar permission to continue collecting dues from the state’s lawyers and, more controversially, overhauling its organization and operations, is already creating fallout.

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Liam Dillon
August 1, 2016

A major effort to overhaul the state’s energy regulator surprisingly collapsed after late legislative maneuverings led to the unraveling of the broad coalition that had pushed for changes at the scandal-ridden agency.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
September 1, 2016 – 5:16 PM

The biennial legislative session that ended very early Thursday morning amassed a very substantial record of action – some positive, some negative and much whose real effects won’t be known for years.

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State Capitol

By John Myers
August 31, 2016

California’s 120 legislators took the oath of office in December 2014 with pledges to tackle issues like the cost of a college education, the state’s minimum wage and beyond.

So how did they do?

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California Capitol

By Melody Gutierrez
Published: August 28, 2016
Updated:   August 28, 2016 – 8:37pm

SACRAMENTO — The fate of hundreds of bills will be decided by Wednesday, when state lawmakers wrap up their two-year session.

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Republican Assembly members Don Wagner, of Irvine, Beth Gaines, of Roseville, center, and Shannon Grove, of Bakersfield, in September 2015 as the legislative year came to a close. The current two-year legislative session ends Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016. (Rich Pedroncelli/AP)

By Jim Miller
jmiller@sacbee.com
August 25, 2016 – 7:07 PM

There’s nothing like a deadline to focus the mind.

That chestnut of time management holds particularly true for the California Legislature. In session for about eight months each year, the Legislature goes into overdrive in the days leading up to committee and floor deadlines.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
August 25, 2016 – 4:27 PM

As the Legislature begins the last few days of its biennial session, hundreds of measures are pending – not counting, of course, “mushroom bills” that will sprout in the dead of night and pass before anyone outside the Capitol can react.

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San Onofre Nuclear Power Plant

Beach-goers walk on the sand near the San Onofre nuclear power plant in San Clemente. A report from Consumer Watchdog alleges that Southern California Edison, which operated the plant before it was shuttered, donated $130,000 to the California Democratic Party on the same day a Public Utilities Commission official cut a deal to make ratepayers — not shareholders — cover 70 percent of the $4.7 billion cost to close the fatally flawed facility. (AP Photo, Lenny Ignelzi)

By Kevin Smith, San Gabriel Valley Tribune
Posted: 08/10/16 – 10:54 AM PDT |

Twenty-six energy companies with business before the state donated nearly $10 million to Gov. Jerry Brown and the California Democratic Party over the past eight years — donations that often were made within days or weeks of winning favors.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
July 31, 2016 – 6:00 AM

Writing a new state budget in June turned out to be, in an old saying, easy-peasy.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
July 26, 2016 – 6:54 PM

The California Assembly has shown a certain appetite for institutional reform this year – noteworthy because it happens so rarely in the Capitol.

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Patrick McGreevy
July 26, 2016 – 11:28 a.m.

A political committee funded by oil companies has launched ads on the Internet attacking state Sen. Connie Leyva of Chino for opposing the reelection of Assemblywoman Cheryl Brown of San Bernardino, a fellow Democrat, and questioning Levya’s party loyalty.

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Hand Gun open carry

Jazmine Ulloa
Patrick McGreevy
June 30, 2016 – 2:25 P.M.

Spurred by outrage over recent mass shootings, California lawmakers on Thursday sent Gov. Jerry Brown a sweeping package of gun control bills, including a ban on the sale of semi-automatic rifles with detachable magazines, background checks for those buying ammunition and new restrictions on homemade firearms.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
June 27, 2016 – 3:29 PM

  • Competing measures would require more notice on bills
  • Each side says the other’s proposal is flawed
  • Deadline for November ballot looms this week

It’s showdown time for two fiercely competitive measures that would give the public more time to see legislative bills before they are passed.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
June 23, 2016 – 4:24 PM

  • Gov. Brown wants to raise taxes for more repairs
  • However, public is opposed to paying more at pump
  • Republicans demanding CEQA reforms

California’s highways are in bad shape and getting worse every day, with a backlog of deferred maintenance totaling tens of billions of dollars.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
June 14, 2016 – 3:52 PM

  • Capitol politicians sneak measures through process
  • Ballot measure would require waiting period
  • Legislature responds with its own proposal

The timing could not have been more perfect.

As dozens of state budget “trailer bills” were being given their first public airing Monday, in another part of the Capitol legislators were mulling whether the public should be given more time to review legislation before it is passed.

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The Sacramento Bee: Bill to end daylight saving time passes California committee

Clock Strikes Twelve

Capitol Alert
By Alexei Koseff
akoseff@sacbee.com
June 13, 2016 – 3:28 PM

  • Measure would ax daylight saving time in California
  • Author notes lack of energy savings, workplace accidents
  • Voters would need to approve change

With little debate, a bill to end California’s observance of daylight saving time cleared its first committee on Monday.

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InlandPolitics: Primary election outcomes into focus

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Saturday, June 4, 2016 – 03:30 p.m.

Well the much talked about California Primary Election is before us.

Then things will get dull until the presidential nominating conventions. One can expect more policy speeches and sniping between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.

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State Bar of California

John Myers
June 2, 2016 – 4:50 P.M.

Two days of private negotiations among lawmakers resulted Thursday in brand-new legislation that would change the State Bar of California’s governing board and examine the idea of a major overhaul of the quasi-state agency.

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Debra J. Saunders

By Debra J. Saunders
Wednesday, June 1, 2016 – Updated 4:23 pm

California lawmakers seem intent on making Sacramento the place where reasonable reforms, much like runaway trains, jump the tracks. In that no-speed-limit spirit Tuesday, the California Assembly voted 41-37 to allow convicted felons to vote in jail. (Yes, you read that correctly — in jail.) If Assembly Bill 2466 becomes law, the ACLU estimates that 50,000 adults will be able to vote behind bars. The state doesn’t trust these people on the streets, but they are welcome in the voting booth.

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The Sacramento Bee: California Assembly kills bill overhauling State Bar

State Bar of California

Capitol Alert
By Jeremy B. White
jwhite@sacbee.com
May 31, 2016 – 3:39 PM

  • Critical audit cited backlog of discipline cases
  • Assembly Bill 2878 would have altered make-up of board
  • Lawmakers said more changes are needed

In a clear rebuke to California’s system for regulating attorneys, the Assembly on Tuesday decisively rejected a bill that sought to overhaul the State Bar.

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Cheryl Brown

Published: May 9, 2016
Updated:   May 11, 2016 – 6:45 a.m.

Critics of San Bernardino Democrat Cheryl Brown have a new nickname for the Inland assemblywoman – “Chevron Cheryl.”

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Los Angeles Times: Assembly GOP leader isn’t on the Trump train just yet

Chad Mayes

Melanie Mason
May 5, 2016 – 2:25 P.M.

Just six days ago, Assembly Republican leader Chad Mayes was the opening act to his preferred presidential pick, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, at the California GOP convention.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
April 28, 2016 – 2:51 PM

  • Former Sen. Joe Dunn fired as State Bar’s boss
  • Accused of deception, he’s now suing quasi-public agency

Joe Dunn’s ears must have been burning Tuesday.

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Chevron - Cheryl Brown Campaign Mailer

A campaign mailer, underwritten in part by Chevron, touts Assemblywoman Cheryl Brown, D-San Bernardino, as a champion of the environment. She failed to support major climate-change legislation last year. (Dan Smith dssmith@sacbee.com)

Capitol Alert
By Taryn Luna
tluna@sacbee.com
April 20, 2016 – 2:29 PM

  • California Environmental Justice Alliance condemns campaign mailer that lauds Brown’s environmental record
  • Brown’s camp defends the Democrat’s depiction as environmental advocate
  • Independent expenditure committee to support Brown’s re-election, largely supported by Chevron, paid for the advertisement

A California environmental group is crying foul after Chevron helped fund a campaign mailer casting Assemblywoman Cheryl Brown as an “environmental champion for us all.”

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High Speed Rail

A full-scale mock-up of a high-speed train is displayed at the Capitol in Sacramento last year. (Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press)

Ralph Vartabedian
April 18, 2016

A key state legislative committee on Monday unanimously approved a Republican-led bill to strengthen oversight of the California bullet train, a sign of growing bipartisan concern about the project.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
April 17, 2016 – 12:05 PM

  • Legislature micromanages horse racing, liquor trade
  • Approving Arabian horse races rates an ‘urgency’ bill
  • Important issues languish in preoccupation with minor matters

One might think – or at least hope –that the men and women who occupy the state Capitol would devote themselves tirelessly to resolving complex issues of a very diverse and difficult-to-govern state.

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Cheryl Brown

Assemblymember Cheryl Brown laughs on Wednesday, June 17, 2015, in Sacramento, Calif. (Andrew Seng)

Capitol Alert
By Jeremy B. White
jwhite@sacbee.com
April 14, 2016 – 12:24 PM

  • Brown under fire for environmental record
  • Faces election challenge from fellow Democrat
  • A California Democrat facing a rare challenge from the left over her environmental record has gotten a $1 million boost from Chevron.

The independent expenditure on behalf of Assemblywoman Cheryl Brown, D-San Bernardino, should sharpen the divisions in a race showcasing liberal discontent with business-friendly Assembly Democrats. Environmental and labor groups angered by Brown’s stance on climate legislation last year have backed a challenger and fellow Democrat, attorney Eloise Gomez Reyes.

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Los Angeles Times: Female politicians are losing ground in California

Nancy Pelosi

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of San Francisco, from left, talks with Democratic U.S. Reps. Janice Hahn of San Pedro, Lucille Roybal-Allard of Downey and Marcy Kaptur of Ohio on the steps of the Capitol. (Tom Williams / CQ Roll Call)

Phil Willon
April 13, 2016

The calls to Encino attorney Janice Kamenir-Reznik came every few weeks, pleading for her to run for the California state Senate seat being vacated by Democrat Fran Pavley.

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The Sacramento Bee: California soda tax bill pulled without a vote

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Capitol Alert
By Jeremy B. White
jwhite@sacbee.com
April 12, 2016 – 3:27 PM

  • Latest setback for effort to limit sugary beverage consumption
  • Year after year, the campaign has met defeat in Sacramento

Elections come and go, legislative leaders rise and fall, but one constant remains in Sacramento: Soda taxes can’t get traction.

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Cheryl Brown

Assemblywoman Cheryl Brown, D-San Bernardino

April 5th, 2016 – 11:10 am ·

The signing of a bill that will gradually raise California’s minimum wage to $15 an hour was a cause for celebration among the state’s Democrats on Monday, April 4.

But in the race between two Democrats for an Inland Assembly seat, the new wage provided more fodder for attacks. Assemblywoman Cheryl Brown, D-San Bernardino, voted for the minimum wage legislation signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown.

To read post by Jeff Horseman in The P-E Political Empire Blog, click here.

Daily Press: Certified state, county candidate lists released

Elections

By Shea Johnson, Staff Writer
Posted Apr. 3, 2016 at 3:21 PM

The California Secretary of State and San Bernardino County Election’s office released their lists of certified candidates Friday, detailing the make-up of six pivotal local races. The lists show not much changed in recent weeks with the exception of some fringe candidates not qualifying for the ballot.

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Minimum-Wage

Liam Dillon and Patrick McGreevy
March 31, 2016

In a move that puts California at the forefront of efforts to raise wages for low-income workers across the country, the Legislature approved a sweeping plan Thursday to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour over the next six years, boosting the future paychecks of millions of the state’s workers.

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Elections 2016

By Monica Rodriguez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 03/12/16 – 7:48 PM PST |

After meeting Friday’s deadline for submitting nomination papers to county Registrar of Voters offices, scores of candidates seeking seats at the local, state and federal level are gearing up for the June 7 primary election.

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Cheryl Brown

Assemblywoman Cheryl Brown (D-San Bernardino), right, speaks at a town hall meeting at San Bernardino Valley College flanked by members of the Assembly’s moderate Democratic caucus. (Christine Mai-Duc)

Christine Mai-Duc
March 12, 2016

What happens when a Democratic lawmaker strays from party leaders on a key piece of Gov. Jerry Brown’s policy agenda? One assemblywoman who held back support for a sweeping climate-change bill last year is starting to find out.

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State Capitol

Lawmakers at the State Capitol reported a big haul of gifts last year. (Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times)

Patrick McGreevy and Liam Dillon
March 2, 2016

State legislators accepted more than $892,000 in gifts last year, including foreign trips, expensive dinners, concert and sports tickets, golf games, spa treatments, Disneyland admissions and bottles of tequila and wine, according to filings released Wednesday.

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Maui

Patrick McGreevey
March 3, 2016

Twenty-one state legislators on Wednesday disclosed that they attended a conference in Maui last November that was paid for by a non-profit group funded by special interests including the oil industry and state worker unions.

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Dan Walters

 

 

 

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
March 1, 2016 – 2:59 PM

  • Governor and Legislature once made public policy
  • Ballot measures and court battles now dominate
  • Brown’s measure exemplifies their importance

There was a time, at least 40 years ago, when the governor and the Legislature made public policy for California.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
February 29, 2016 – 6:10 PM

  • Republicans provide votes for new tax on managed care organizations
  • With medical issue settled, attention turns to gas tax
  • Is there a deal on new transportation revenues?

When Republicans gained a few seats in the Legislature two years ago, they regained their power over tax increases.

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Jerry Brown

Gov. Jerry Brown speaks at the Capitol on Jan. 7. (Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press)

By Melanie Mason
February 29, 2016

Culminating a prolonged, wonky debate that has consumed the Capitol for months, legislators on Monday approved a new tax on healthcare plans that would help finance the state’s public healthcare program for the poor.

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The Sacramento Bee: Dan Walters: Are California ballot measures contracts?

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
February 28, 2016 – 4:01 PM

  • Voters told what will happen if they approve measures
  • But is officialdom duty-bound to make it happen?
  • Ignoring promises erodes trust in the system

So you, a conscientious voter, read the language, the official summary, the economic analysis and the pro and con arguments before voting on a state ballot measure.

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The Sacramento Bee: Dan Walters: California GOP ready to support a new tax

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
February 22, 2016 – 3:54 PM

  • Gov. Jerry Brown proposes tax on medical organizations
  • It would generate net gain in federal health care aid
  • Republican votes needed and likely in Assembly

Opposition to new taxes has been a bedrock stance for Republican legislators, one they can enforce because taxes require two-thirds legislative votes.

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Cheryl Brown

Assemblywoman Cheryl Brown, D-San Bernardino.

Published: Feb. 18, 2016 2:14 p.m.

Two Democrats running to represent part of San Bernardino County in the Assembly continue to gather endorsements that reflect a matchup between the Democratic establishment and liberals who want to take down a moderate incumbent.

To read post by Jeff Horseman in The P-E Political Empire Blog, click here.

Morongo Casino

The sun sets on the Morongo Casino Resort Spa in Cabazon, Calif., in 2005. The leader of the wealthy Riverside County tribe has raised concerns about fantasy sports legislation. (Glenn Koenig/AP)

Capitol Alert
By Jim Miller
jmiller@sacbee.com
February 10, 2016 – 3:33 PM

  • The Morongo and San Manuel bands question the legislation’s fairness
  • Tribes suggest daily fantasy sports games are illegal
  • Assembly Bill 1437 swept through the Assembly last month

The daily fantasy sports industry’s string of easy wins in the California Legislature may be about to end.

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The San Francisco Chronicle: Lawmakers seek to loosen encryption on smartphones

Cell Phone Encryption - NSA

By Melody Gutierrez
February 8, 2016
Updated: February 9, 2016 – 7:27am

SACRAMENTO — A fight over encryption-protected smartphone data is heating up in California and New York where lawmakers and law enforcement groups are pushing bills to enable investigators to unscramble data to obtain critical evidence in human trafficking, terrorism and child pornography cases.

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The Press-Enterprise: ASSEMBLY: Eloise Reyes gets AFL-CIO endorsement

Eloise Gomez Reyes

Democratic Assembly candidate Eloise Reyes.

Published: Feb. 5, 2016 Updated: 1:49 p.m.

After her rival won the Democratic Party’s pre-endorsement, state Assembly candidate Eloise Reyes is striking back with the AFL-CIO’s help.

To read post by Jeff Horseman in The P-E Political Empire Blog, click here.

Money

Capitol Alert
By Jim Miller
jmiller@sacbee.com
February 5, 2016 7:17 PM

  • More than $2.5 million in contributions reported in month leading up to Sept. 11 recess
  • Members of Assembly raised almost all of the money
  • Despite Senate rules restricting fundraising, some members took money

California’s campaign finance disclosure calendar means the public only now is getting a look at elected officials’ fundraising and spending during the second half of 2015.

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Calculator

Capitol Alert
By Jim Miller
jmiller@sacbee.com
February 5, 2016 2:06 PM

  • Finance reports show lawmakers have $40 million to spend in election year
  • Legislators collectively had about $3.4 million in outstanding debt Dec. 31.
  • Searchable database shows how much each member has

Members of the California Legislature began the election year with more than $40 million cash on hand after raising about $39 million last year, according to campaign reports filed this week.

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Cheryl Brown

Saxophonist Eddie M dances with Assemblywoman Cheryl Brown, D-San Bernardino, during a Sheila E. concert on the Capitol steps hosted by the Black Legislative Caucus on June 17, 2015. (Andrew Seng / The Sacramento Bee file)

Capitol Alert
By Alexei Koseff
akoseff@sacbee.com
January 30, 2016 3:23 PM

  • Assemblywoman receives 80 percent of pre-endorsement vote from local Democratic delegates
  • Brown faces controversial challenge from fellow Democrat after vote on climate change bill last session
  • In another intraparty fight, longtime Rep. Mike Honda narrowly fails to win pre-endorsement

Despite an unusual challenge from a fellow Democrat, Assemblywoman Cheryl Brown received enough support at a delegate vote in her San Bernardino-area district Saturday to secure the party’s endorsement at its upcoming convention.

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Eric Linder

Assemblyman Eric Linder, R-Corona, in 2013. SEIU California announced Friday that it has endorsed Linder, R-Corona, the first Republican endorsed by the union in 20-plus years. (Hector Amezcua hamezcua@sacbee.com)

Capitol Alert
By Jim Miller
jmiller@sacbee.com
January 29, 2016 3:07 PM

  • Linder could be Democratic target in 2016
  • Union endorses some Democratic incumbents in races but not another

Assemblyman Eric Linder could be a Democratic target this year, with at least three Democrats so far announcing candidacies for Linder’s western Riverside County district.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
January 24, 2016 – 9:02 AM

  • Jerry Brown wants to sock away extra billions
  • Democratic legislators want to spend extra billions
  • Governor warns that reserves needed to cushion recession

The single most important factor in writing a new state budget is determining how much money there is to spend.

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The Sacramento Bee: Dan Walters: Democrats nearing a big blowup

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
January 14, 2016 3:39 PM

  • Internal rivalries bubbling to surface
  • Enviros target moderate Democrats
  • Legislative leaders on the spot

There’s nothing like a family feud to expose jealousies and rivalries that have been percolating for years.

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The Press-Enterprise: 2016 ELECTION: Which Inland races will be extra-competitive?

Campaigns

Published: Jan. 7, 2016 – Updated: 10:24 p.m.

Most if not all of the elected offices on the 2016 Inland ballot will have a choice between two or more candidates.

But right now, a handful of races for assembly, state senate and congressional seats appear to be more competitive than others. Incumbents tend to have a big advantage because they can raise more money and enjoy greater name recognition than their opponents, and many legislative districts are drawn in a way that favors one party.

To read article by Jeff Horseman in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

Daily Press: Obernolte named to leadership position

Jay Obernolte

Obernolte

By Staff Reports
Posted Jan. 5, 2016

Assemblyman Jay Obernolte, R-Hesperia, was named Tuesday to a leadership position in the state Assembly.

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The Sacramento Bee: Dan Walters: California’s budget windfall could be flashpoint

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
January 4, 2016 2:37 PM

  • State getting billions of extra dollars
  • Democrats want to spend financial windfall
  • Gov. Jerry Brown remains reluctant

Halfway through the 2015-16 fiscal year, state finances are continuing to improve with billions of extra revenue dollars.

Ordinarily, that would be good news.

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California Capitol

Juliet Williams, Associated Press
Sunday, January 3, 2016 – Updated: 10:57 am

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers return to the Capitol Monday facing two of the most vexing problems from last year: a looming $1 billion hole in funding for the state’s health care program for the poor and a $59 billion backlog in road repairs needed over the next decade.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
January 3, 2016 4:01 PM

  • Democrats lost legislative supermajorities in 2014
  • Party hopes to recover lost seats in 2016
  • However, moderate bloc is more important factor

Democrats won supermajorities – more than two-thirds of the seats – in both houses of the Legislature in 2012.

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The Sacramento Bee: Dan Walters: Elections will top New Year

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
December 31, 2015 – 2:26 PM

  • U.S. Senate race will be top contest
  • California could play presidential role
  • High-dollar ballot measures abound

Since 2016 is a number divisible by 2, this is also an election year, and that biennial fact will dominate – and perhaps distort – California politics in the forthcoming months.

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The Sacramento Bee: What happened in California politics in 2015?

California Capitol

Capitol Alert
By Alexei Koseff
akoseff@sacbee.com
December 30, 2015 10:00 PM

No legislators were arrested for corruption, but 2015 was another turbulent year in California politics, full of globetrotting politicians, hours upon hours of emotional testimony at the Capitol, and the state’s first open U.S. Senate race in more than two decades. If you can’t remember it all, we’ve got you covered – from the landmark legislation to the television sitcom appearances.

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Kevin de Leon+Jerry Brown+Toni Atkins

California Gov. Jerry Brown, with Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon, D-Los Angeles, left, and Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins, D-San Diego, in June. (Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press)

John Myers
December 11, 2015

In the eyes of Martin Weil, it’s not the hard slog of political deal-making that explains why his 26-year old daughter, a quadriplegic with cerebral palsy who is unable to speak, struggles to keep the services she needs.

It’s more like political malpractice.

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The Sacramento Bee: Dan Walters: Democrats are seeing more schisms

Jerry Brown+Toni Atkins

Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins, faulted by some for not controlling her moderate faction, is being forced out of her seat by term limits but doesn’t want to retire, so she is challenging Sen. Marty Block’s bid for a second term in San Diego. (Rich Pedroncelli The Associated Press)

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
November 8, 2015

  • Dominant parties split into factions
  • More Democrat vs. Democrat duels coming
  • Legislative leaders will face big test

Thirty-six years after it erupted, Capitol old-timers still marvel at the ferocity of a historic Democrat-vs.-Democrat battle for the Assembly speakership.

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The Sacramento Bee: Dan Walters: Last hours of session can be odd

Dan Walters

Dan Walters
By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
October 26, 2015

  • Building energy bill changed at last moment
  • Legislators not told before voting
  • Energy Commission reverses itself

Odd things happen during the final hours of any legislative session as hundreds of bills are processed in what one sage accurately termed a “sausage factory.”

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The Sacramento Bee: Dan Walters: Half-a-loaf solutions fall short

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
October 25, 2015

  • California has many pending issues
  • Comprehensive approaches difficult
  • Politicians settle for patchwork

Were the El Niño phenomenon to actually generate copious rainstorms in California, it could create a dilemma for homeowners with elderly roofs – patch the leaks or spend big bucks for a new roof.

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California Highway

Democrats and Republicans alike want to fix California’s dilapidated streets, highways and bridges, but there’s not enough support for the higher taxes that Gov. Jerry Brown wants to pay for it. (Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)

Chris Megerian
October 18, 2015

A little more than a year ago, Gov. Jerry Brown was touting an outbreak of bipartisanship in the Capitol. Lawmakers from both parties backed crucial deals on water and state finances — “a high point in our work together,” the governor said.

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The Sacramento Bee: Jerry Brown veto overrides seem off the table

Jerry Brown

Capitol Alert
By Jim Miller
jmiller@sacbee.com
October 13, 2015

  • Democratic governor considered 941 bills this year, vetoing 133
  • More than 100 of those vetoed passed both houses with two-thirds vote or better
  • Lawmakers reluctant to override fellow Democrat

More than 100 of the 133 bills Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed this year cleared the Legislature with bipartisan super-majority support. That also happens to be the threshold needed for a gubernatorial veto override, should lawmakers so desire.

They probably don’t.

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Gov. Jerry Brown signs one of the hundreds of bills he has left to deal with as Garciela Castillo-Krings, right, his deputy legislative secretary, looks on Friday at his Capitol office in Sacramento. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

Gov. Jerry Brown signs one of the hundreds of bills he has left to deal with as Garciela Castillo-Krings, right, his deputy legislative secretary, looks on Friday at his Capitol office in Sacramento. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

By Jessica Calefati
jcalefati@bayareanewsgroup.com
Posted: 10/12/2015 06:02:18 AM PDT
Updated: 10/12/2015 06:03:01 AM PDT

SACRAMENTO — Gov. Jerry Brown often quotes erudite authors and ancient texts to help explain his thinking. But in a raft of vetoes issued ahead of Sunday’s midnight deadline to act on legislation, his message came through loud and clear — Legislature, you messed up.

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Carbon Tax

Illustration of global seesaw with large and small industrial polluters on either end balancing it out with transfers of cash for carbon credits. (Parra MCT)

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
October 11, 2015

  • Legislature adjourned without acting on billions in cap-and-trade funds
  • There’s no agreement on how to spend carbon-auction proceeds
  • Meanwhile, the auction program faces a lawsuit challenge

One of the chores the Legislature left undone when it adjourned was spending billions of dollars from auctioning carbon dioxide emission credits.

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The Sacramento Bee: Jerry Brown vetoes tax credit bills, warns of budget cuts

Warning

Capitol Alert
By David Siders
dsiders@sacbee.com
October 10, 2015

  • California governor cites failure of Legislature to approve healthcare tax he wanted

Gov. Jerry Brown, warning of a “precariously balanced” state budget and the prospect of more than $1 billion in spending cuts next year, on Saturday vetoed a slate of bills to create new tax credits or expand existing ones.

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Jerry Brown

California Gov. Jerry Brown speaks at a gathering of political, business and community leaders at the annual California Chamber of Commerce Host Breakfast in Sacramento in May. Brown signed several political ethics bills Saturday but vetoed another. (Rich Pedroncelli/AP)

Capitol Alert
By Jim Miller
jmiller@sacbee.com
October 10, 2015

  • Innocuously named groups currently do not reveal donors
  • Brown vetoed measure to require more information on lawmakers’ financial disclosures
  • As a candidate in 1974, governor championed Political Reform Act

Gov. Jerry Brown, offering a mixed reaction to legislative proposals to change the political-ethics law he helped pass 40 years ago, signed a bill Saturday to require nonprofit groups that pay for lawmaker travel to disclose their donors.

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California Capitol

Capitol Alert
By Jim Miller
jmiller@sacbee.com
September 25, 2015

  • Voting records show some lawmakers missed hundreds of votes
  • Democrats David Chiu and Jerry Hill had most aye votes

Lawmakers miss votes for multiple reasons.

Sometimes they are not present because of illness or have been excused from session for legislative or personal business, such as campaign meetings. Sometimes lawmakers are present yet still don’t vote.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
September 21, 2015

  • Speaker Toni Atkins will challenge Sen. Marty Block
  • She says he reneged on one-term promise, but he denies it
  • Other Democrat-vs.-Democrat challenges looming

Toni Atkins probably would prefer to remain the Democratic speaker of the state Assembly indefinitely, but she can’t.

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Doomed

By Chris Megerian and Melanie Mason
September 12, 2015

One of Gov. Jerry Brown’s most ambitious environmental goals was hanging in the balance when two powerful California lawmakers met for dinner near the Capitol.

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