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California employers added just 3,700 jobs in December, according to the state Employment Development Department. That was less than a third of the 13,600 jobs that were added the previous month. (Photo by Neil Nisperos, SCNG/File)

By Kevin Smith, San Gabriel Valley Tribune
Posted: 01/20/17 – 11:38 AM PST |

California employers scaled back their hiring in December with just 3,700 jobs added, the state Employment Development Department reported Friday.

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Calpensions: State pension costs doubled after rate increases

By Ed Mendel
Monday, January 17, 2017

State payments to CalPERS next fiscal year are expected to total $6 billion, nearly double the $3.2 billion paid six years ago before a wave of employer rate increases.

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Politico: Peter Thiel considering bid for California governor

The outspoken Silicon Valley billionaire and Trump supporter has been discussing a prospective run with advisers.

By Alex Isenstadt
01/14/17 – 06:25 PM EST

Peter Thiel, the Silicon Valley billionaire and outspoken Donald Trump supporter, is considering a 2018 bid for California governor, according to three Republicans familiar with his thinking.

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California’s bullet train could cost taxpayers 50% more than estimated — as much as $3.6 billion more – according to a confidential federal report obtained by the Los Angeles Times.

Ralph Vartabedian
January 13, 2017

California’s bullet train could cost taxpayers 50% more than estimated — as much as $3.6 billion more. And that’s just for the first 118 miles through the Central Valley, which was supposed to be the easiest part of the route between Los Angeles and San Francisco.

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Associated Press
January 13, 2017 – 11:05 AM

The first chamber of the California Legislature has confirmed U.S. Rep. Xavier Becerra to be the state’s next attorney general.

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Gov. Jerry Brown, seen discussing his 2016-17 state budget last year, will release his new spending plan next week in Sacramento. (Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press)

John Myers
January 6, 2017

In the six years since Gov. Jerry Brown returned to the state Capitol, his relatively parsimonious approach to state budgets has been consistent enough to leave few watchers expecting major surprises.

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President-elect Donald Trump speaks during a rally last year in Hershey, Pa. (Evan Vucci AP)

Capitol Alert
By Christopher Cadelago
ccadelago@sacbee.com
January 4, 2017 – 4:42 PM

With his party solidly out of power in Washington, a Democratic state lawmaker said he plans to introduce a bill that would again move up the presidential primary in California.

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Holder, leading a team of attorneys from the firm Covington & Burling, will cover potential conflicts between California and the federal government.

Melanie Mason
January 4, 4016

Bracing for an adversarial relationship with President-elect Donald Trump, the California Legislature has selected former U.S. Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. to serve as outside counsel to advise on the state’s legal strategy against the incoming administration.

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The Sacramento Bee: Xavier Becerra formally nominated as California attorney general

Gov. Jerry Brown, joined Monday, Dec. 5, 2016, by his nominee for Attorney General, Xavier Becerra, said California would collaborate where possible with President-elect Donald Trump but also uphold the state’s values.

Capitol Alert
By Christopher Cadelago
ccadelago@sacbee.com
January 3, 2017 – 10:28 AM

Gov. Jerry Brown formally entered his nomination of Rep. Xavier Becerra for California attorney general on Tuesday, setting the 90-day clock for the Legislature to act.

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By one estimate, CalPERS has missed out on $3 billion in financial returns by refusing to buy tobacco stocks. But the pension giant decided Monday to stick with the ban despite a recommendation from its staff that the ban be relaxed.

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
January 2, 2017 – 12:01 AM

It’s very rare, but always welcome, when reality intrudes on political decision making.

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The Sacramento Bee: A tax cut for Californians? Yes, really

Business & Real Estate
By Dale Kasler
dkasler@sacbee.com
December 30, 2016 12:13 PM

Californians are about to enjoy a rare tax cut.

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California Supreme Court Justice Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar, seen in January, wrote the 4-3 ruling that said a government agency’s legal bills are generally public record in cases that have been resolved. (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)

Maura Dolan
December 30, 2016

A government agency’s legal bills for a case that has been resolved are generally public record, a divided California Supreme Court ruled Thursday.

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Clockwise from top left: Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Rep. Grace Napolitano (Lauren Victoria Burke, Mark Wilson, Bill Clark/ AP, Getty Images, Roll Call)

Sarah D. Wire
December 28, 2016

So far, none of California’s 55 senators and representatives have announced plans to retire ahead of the 2018 election. But after weeks at home with family during the holidays to talk about the future, such declarations could come soon.

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By Carla Marinucci
12/22/16 – 06:00 AM EST

SAN FRANCISCO — Jim Brulte, the current chair of the California Republican Party, once served as a high-profile backer of National Popular Vote, a movement that supports the elimination of the Electoral College.

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Pension costs for state and local government will begin to rise in 2017 after CalPERS officials voted to throttle back the expectations on profits earned from its $299 billion portfolio.

By John Myers
Dec. 21, 2016

In the four years since California’s largest pension fund recalibrated its investment projections, the annual contribution from state and local governments — in effect, the money paid by taxpayers — has slowly been on the rise.

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By Dale Kasler
Business & Real Estate
dkasler@sacbee.com
December 20, 2016 – 5:17 PM

The cost of that government pension is about to go up again, for California taxpayers as well as some public employees.

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Voters passed Proposition 66, a ballot measure that aims to speed up the death penalty. No one has been executed in California since 2006 because of legal challenges to the lethal injection protocol. (Manny Crisostomo/Sacramento Bee file)

By Alexei Koseff
Capitol Alert
akoseff@sacbee.com
December 20, 2016 – 3:04 PM

A new voter-approved law intended to speed up California’s fractured death penalty system will not take effect while a court considers a lawsuit from its opponents.

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Patrick McGreevy
California politics
Dec. 20, 2016 – 3:23 p.m.

Los Angeles County had more cases of politicians and others successfully prosecuted for violating campaign finance and ethics rules than any other county in California this year, the state Fair Political Practices Commission reported Tuesday.

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By Kevin Smith, San Gabriel Valley Tribune
Posted: 12/16/16 – 5:32 PM PST |

California employers added 13,600 jobs in November, marking the weakest showing since March.

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Los Angeles Times: CPUC considering modifications to San Onofre nuclear deal

Rob Nikolewski
December 14, 2016

In a ruling made just before the close of business hours Tuesday, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) directed Southern California Edison and San Diego Gas & Electric to meet with groups critical of a 2014 agreement that calls on utility ratepayers to shoulder about 70 percent of the costs from shutting down the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station.

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Capitol Alert
By Christopher Cadelago
ccadelago@sacbee.com
December 13, 2016 – 4:37 PM

Steve Schmidt, the Republican strategist who advised John McCain’s presidential bid and helped elect Arnold Schwarzenegger governor of California, imagines a not-too-distant future where the GOP here ceases to wield the influence of a major party and instead becomes the state’s largest interest group.

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By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
December 12, 2016 – 4:30 PM

Well, we saw the first major impact last week, without Trump even lifting a finger.

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Capitol Weekly: California vs. Trump bout shaping up

Chuck McFadden
December 12, 2016

Any hope that California would soon settle into some sort of accommodation with a Trump Administration is fading rapidly.

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Sarah D. Wire and Bettina Boxall
December 9, 2016

Over Sen. Barbara Boxer’s objections, the Senate voted 78 to 21 Friday evening to pass sweeping water infrastructure legislation that changes how much water is pumped from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to San Joaquin Valley farmers and Southern California.

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Capitol Alert
By Christopher Cadelago
ccadelago@sacbee.com
December 9, 2016 – 11:37 AM

The Field Poll, which for more than a half-century has been the gold standard for public opinion research, is ceasing operations Friday, leaving behind a fabled track record of accurately reflecting the highs and lows of California’s biggest players and issues.

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Capitol Alert
By Christopher Cadelago
ccadelago@sacbee.com
December 8, 2016 – 9:00 PM

With tuition hikes being discussed for California’s public universities, a new poll shows a strong majority of residents identifying college affordability as a big problem, including at least half of adults across wide partisan, income, and age groups.

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California National Guardsmen line up at Fort Irwin in San Bernardino County. (Los Angeles Times)

David S. Cloud
December 9, 2016

The Senate overwhelmingly approved a $619-billion defense authorization bill Thursday that includes direct help for thousands of California National Guard soldiers and veterans facing repayment demands for long-ago enlistment bonuses.

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By Teri Sforza / Staff Columnist
Dec. 6, 2016 – Updated 10:50 p.m.

Law enforcement seized nearly $2.6 billion worth of airplanes, houses, cash, jewelry, cars and other items from suspected wrongdoers last year, according to data from the U.S. Department of Justice.

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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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The State Worker
By Adam Ashton
aashton@sacbee.com
December 3, 2016 – 12:07 PM

A day after halting plans for a strike, state government’s largest employee union announced that it had reached a tentative agreement for a new contract.

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The Sacramento Bee: California state worker union cancels strike set for Monday

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The State Worker
By Alexei Koseff
akoseff@sacbee.com
December 2, 2016 – 2:47 PM

A one-day strike by California’s largest state employee union, set for Monday, has been called off.

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Jeff McDonald
November 30, 2016

The judge who until a few weeks ago was in charge of the long-running San Onofre case before the California Public Utilities Commission has taken a job with a contractor to plant owner Southern California Edison.

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Politico: California’s brewing battles with Trump get a new face

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Rep. Xavier Becerra. | AP Photo/Andrew Harnik

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By Carla Marinucci
12/01/16 – 05:17 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO — With his nomination to become California’s first Latino attorney general, Rep. Xavier Becerra is now primed to be the public face of the Democratic resistance to Donald Trump on issues like climate change, health care and, most visibly, immigration.

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Rep. Xavier Becerra, D-Los Angeles, grew up in Sacramento, the son of Mexican immigrants.

Capitol Alert
By Jeremy B. White
jwhite@sacbee.com
December 1, 2016 – 9:00 AM

Gov. Jerry Brown has tabbed Rep. Xavier Becerra to serve as California’s interim attorney general, selecting the Los Angeles Democrat to fill a vacancy opened by the imminent departure of outgoing Attorney General Kamala Harris to the U.S. Senate.

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The Sacramento Bee: California Democrats got their supermajority. Now what?

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Capitol Alert
By Jeremy B. White
jwhite@sacbee.com
November 28, 2016 – 5:35 PM

Broadening the path to long-sought deals on affordable housing, transportation infrastructure and climate change, California Democrats have again captured a two-thirds supermajority in both houses of the Legislature.

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California Supreme Court

Jeff McDonald
November 28, 2016

The California Supreme Court has declined to take up a lawsuit seeking release of dozens of emails to and from the Governor’s Office regarding the San Onofre nuclear plant failure.

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The Associated Press: California considers ban on sex between lawyers and clients

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By Sudhin Thanawala
November 28, 2016

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The nation’s largest state bar association is overhauling ethics rules for attorneys for the first time in 30 years, and some lawyers are unhappy about a proposal that would open them up to discipline for having sex with clients.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
Observations on California and its politics
dwalters@sacbee.com
November 28, 2016 – 12:01 AM

While other, more pejorative, terms could be used to describe California’s massive legal system these days, let’s just say it’s in disarray, and count the ways.

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By Ed Mendel
November 28, 2016

The state Supreme Court last week agreed to hear an appeal of a groundbreaking ruling that allows cuts in the pensions earned by current state and local government workers, including judges.

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The Sacramento Bee: How California became a very blue state

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Capitol Alert
By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
November 27, 2016 – 12:01 AM

Demography, it’s been said, is destiny – and the outcome of California’s election this month proves it again.

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The State Worker
By Jim Miller
jmiller@sacbee.com
November 22, 2016 – 5:53 PM

California’s largest state-employee union announced Tuesday that it will go on strike Dec. 5 in response to what union leaders complain is “unlawful conduct and egregious unfair labor practices” during negotiations for a new contract.

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Los Angeles Times: California’s top court will review major public pension ruling

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The California Supreme Court will review a case that gave state and local government new authority to reduce public employee pensions.

Maura Dolan
November 22, 2016

The California Supreme Court decided Tuesday to review a ruling that would give state and local governments new authority to cut public employee pensions.

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The Sacramento Bee: Brown probably won’t leave budget deficit, but future cloudy

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
November 20, 2016 2:44 PM

California’s gubernatorial transitions have included a less-than-stellar tradition in recent decades – outgoing governors leaving budget deficits to successors.

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Calpensions: CalPERS, CalSTRS considering more rate increases

Pensions

Ed Mendel
November 21, 2016

The state’s two largest public pension systems never recovered from huge investment losses during the deep recession and stock market crash in 2008. CalPERS lost about $100 billion and CalSTRS about $68 billion.

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By Melody Gutierrez
Published: November 18, 2016
Updated:   November 19, 2016 – 6:33pm

SACRAMENTO — As Kamala Harris prepares to take the job held by U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer, it’s anyone’s guess who will take Harris’ place as California’s attorney general.

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The Sacramento Bee: California unemployment is stalled at 5.5 percent; here’s why

Jobs

Business & Real Estate
By Dale Kasler
dkasler@sacbee.com
November 18, 2016 – 9:00 AM

California employers added 31,200 more jobs to the state’s economy in October, although the unemployment rate held steady at 5.5 percent, state officials said Friday.

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State Bar of California

Capitol Alert
By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
November 18, 2016 – 10:30 AM

Reacting to a legislative stalemate over the State Bar’s future, the California Supreme Court late Thursday authorized the legal profession’s regulatory agency to collect $297 in dues from each state-licensed attorney next year – enough to cover its basic functions but less than it wanted.

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The Union Democrat (AP): California analyst projects $2.8 billion budget surplus

California Money

AP Nation / World
By Jonathan J. Cooper
Associated Press
Nov 16, 2016 – 6:35 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California’s nonpartisan legislative analyst said Wednesday he’s forecasting a $2.8 billion budget surplus next year and says California should be able to weather a mild recession without major budget cuts or tax increases over the next four years.

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Capitol Public Radio

Ben Adler
Wednesday, November 16, 2016 | Sacramento, CA

It’s often said that “as California goes, so goes the nation.” But that’s rarely been less true than in last week’s election.

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InlandPolitics: Darrell Issa to retain his seat in Congress

Darrell Issa

Wednesday, November 16, 2016 – 09:15 p.m.

GOP Congressman Darrell Issa will retain his seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.

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Capitol Weekly: In CA, some winners and losers

Capitol Weekly

By Chuck McFadden
November 15, 2016

It’s all over and, with a few exceptions, it will stay that way for two more years.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
November 15, 2016 – 3:27 PM

Let’s assume that California’s bullet train project never gets beyond the current work in the San Joaquin Valley – about 100 miles of track and a few stations.

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By Jeff Horseman, The Press-Enterprise
Posted: 11/14/16 – 3:44 PM PST |

San Bernardino County District Attorney Mike Ramos said Monday that he’s interested in being appointed to serve the remainder of Kamala Harris’ term as California attorney general now that she’s been elected to the U.S. Senate.

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California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom leads the field of potential candidates for governor in 2018. (Jae C. Hong/The Associated Press)

Capitol Alert
By Christopher Cadelago
ccadelago@sacbee.com
November 14, 2016

California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom is the early favorite to succeed fellow Democrat Jerry Brown in the 2018 gubernatorial race, as the state’s second-in-command holds large advantages among Democrats and independents, according to a new Field Poll.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
November 14, 2016 – 8:00 PM

A new poll indicates that Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom is, by a wide margin, the leading candidate for governor two years hence – which shouldn’t surprise anyone.

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The Sacramento Bee: California’s 58 counties need governance reform

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
November 14, 2016 – 12:01 AM

State Sen. Bob Hertzberg puts it succinctly, albeit accurately: “58 counties in California are accidents of history.”

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A history teacher at Mountain View High School has been put on leave after comparing President-elect Donald Trump to Adolf Hitler. (Getty Images)

Makeda Easter and Dakota Smith
November 11, 2016 – 07:00 p.m.

California is quickly becoming a battleground for immigration policy as a cross-section of leaders across the state vowed to fight any plans by President-elect Donald Trump to deport thousands of people in the U.S. illegally.

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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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Hand Out

David S. Cloud and Sarah D. Wire
October 24, 2016

The California National Guard told the state’s members of Congress two years ago that the Pentagon was trying to claw back reenlistment bonuses from thousands of soldiers, and even offered a proposal to mitigate the problem, but Congress took no action, according to a senior National Guard official.

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Capital Public Radio

Ben Bradford
Monday, October 24, 2016 | Sacramento, CA

California voters who oppose the death penalty and those who want to challenge the plastic bag industry may accidentally cast ballots against their views.

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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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Natalie Kitroeff
October 21, 2016

California’s unrelenting economy refused to slow in September, amassing another 30,000 new jobs even as more people seeking work opted into the labor market, according to state data released Friday.

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The Sacramento Bee: Money from Jerry Brown, others pours into anti-Prop. 53 effort

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Gov. Jerry Brown, in his office at the State Capitol in June. Brown has given millions to the effort to defeat Proposition 53 on Nov. 8. Manny Crisostomo mcrisostomo@sacbee.com

Capitol Alert
By Jim Miller
jmiller@sacbee.com
October 19, 2016 – 3:40 PM

The campaign against Proposition 53 has sharply picked up its fundraising in recent days, with Gov. Jerry Brown putting millions of dollars into the effort to defeat the Nov. 8 measure that would require a vote on state revenue bonds and potentially cripple the Brown-championed Delta water tunnel and bullet train projects.

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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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High-Speed Train

Gov. Jerry Brown’s $68 billion high speed rail project could be forced to go before voters again for approval if Proposition 53 passes.

By Paul Rogers | progers@bayareanewsgroup.com
Published: October 18, 2016 at 1:56 pm |
Updated: October 19, 2016 at 6:36 am

With less than three weeks until Election Day, Gov. Jerry Brown and his political allies are suddenly pumping money into the campaign to defeat Proposition 53, a previously low-profile measure that could be the death knell of Brown’s high-speed rail and Delta tunnels projects.

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The Sacramento Bee: Legislative stalemate on State Bar dues morphs into a new battle

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By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
October 17, 2016 – 3:13 PM

The state Legislature adjourned on Aug. 31 without passing the annual bill authorizing the State Bar to collect “dues” from the state’s attorneys to finance its operations.

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Phil Willon
Oct. 17, 2016, 1:18 p.m.

A super PAC backing Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-Orange) for U.S. Senate launched a radio ad targeting Republican voters and attacking her rival, California Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris, as “another Barbara Boxer — a Bay Area liberal backed by the Democratic Party establishment.”

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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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Daily Bulletin: California Obamacare customers in for a shock with rate hikes

Covered California

Deductibles and out-of-pocket maximums are going up for many Covered California plans.

By Emily Bazar, California Healthline
Posted: 10/15/16 – 6:52 PM PDT |

Covered California’s big 2017 rate hikes are starting to hit home for consumers.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
October 15, 2016 3:00 PM

Jerry Brown and his predecessor, Arnold Schwarzenegger, this month jointly celebrated the 10th anniversary of California’s war against greenhouse gas emissions.

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Capital Public Radio: California Will Replace Dilapidated Cal-Access–In 2020

Capital Public Radio

Ben Bradford
Thursday, October 13, 2016 | Sacramento, CA

Donors have poured hundreds of millions of dollars into California races with weeks still to go before the November election. The state collects a wealth of data about who is spending and where, but that information can be difficult to track.

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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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InlandPolitics: State Bar adopts new rules of conduct for prosecutors

State Bar of California

Tuesday, October 11, 2016 – 10:15 a.m.

New State Bar rules of conduct have been adopted to address rampant prosecutorial misconduct in California.

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Attorney General Kamala Harris thanks California Gov. Jerry Brown, right, after he announced his endorsement of her for the U.S. Senate during a news conference at the California Democratic Party headquarters in Sacramento, Calif. Harris is running against fellow Democrat, Rep. Loretta Sanchez, among others, to replace Barbara Boxer who is retiring. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

October 10, 2016
Updated: October 10, 2016 – 2:08pm

California’s attorney general, the state’s top lawyer and law enforcer, is chosen by the voters, as provided by the state Constitution since 1849. But there’s a good chance the state’s next AG will be picked by Gov. Jerry Brown.

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Calpensions: Ruling challenges prevailing view of pension law

Pensions

By Ed Mendel
October 10, 2016

Three appeals court justices, citing the alarming view of critics that unaffordable public pensions are headed for the financial cliff, looked for a new way to allow a change in direction and found one.

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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 Press-Enterprise: How Pete Aguilar is trying to tie Paul Chabot to Donald Trump

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An online document produced by the Pete Aguilar congressional campaign tries to link Aguilar’s opponent, Republican Paul Chabot, to Donald Trump.

By Jeff Horseman / Staff Writer
Published: Oct. 4, 2016 – Updated: 4:13 p.m.

The acrimony continues in California’s 31st Congressional District, with the campaign of Democratic incumbent Pete Aguilar trying to link Republican Paul Chabot to Donald Trump and Chabot accusing Aguilar of using Chabot’s children in a smear attempt.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
October 2, 2016 – 4:00 PM

Orinda, an affluent, bucolic Contra Costa County town, would seem to be an unlikely scene for a vicious street crime.

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InlandPolitics: Governor Brown signs bill making prosecutorial misconduct a felony

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Saturday, October 1, 2016 – 12:00 p.m.

California Governor Jerry Brown has signed bipartisan legislation making prosecutorial misconduct a felony.

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Jeff McDonald
September 29, 2016

Gov. Jerry Brown signed five bills Thursday aimed at reform for the California Public Utilities Commission and called on the agency to take additional steps to impose changes of its own.

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Sophia Bollag and Samantha Masunaga
September 29, 2016

Nearly 7 million workers for California companies will be automatically enrolled in a new state-run retirement program under a bill signed Thursday by Gov. Jerry Brown.

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Los Angeles Times: Felons in county jails to be allowed to vote in California elections

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Patrick McGreevy
Sept. 28, 2016 – 1:42 p.m.

Despite widespread opposition from law enforcement, Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday signed a bill that will allow thousands of felons in county jails to vote in California elections as part of an effort to speed their transition back into society.

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