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SacBee: Sen. Yee faces racketeering charge in new indictment

Leland Yee

By Jim Miller and Christopher Cadelago
jmiller@sacbee.com
Published: Friday, Jul. 25, 2014 – 2:16 pm
Last Modified: Saturday, Jul. 26, 2014 – 12:00 am

Federal prosecutors have added a charge of racketeering to the corruption and gun-running case against state Sen. Leland Yee, filing an amended indictment this week that includes new allegations that the San Francisco Democrat traded official favors for campaign cash.

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CPR: California looks to regulate medical marijuana

Medical Marijuana

Monday, July 14, 2014 | Sacramento, CA

The strange bedfellows’ society was definitely in session at a recent Assembly Public Safety Committee hearing.

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Ethics Reform

By Jessica Calefati
jcalefati@bayareanewsgroup.com
Posted: 07/05/2014 04:00:00 PM PDT
Updated: 07/06/2014 06:47:14 AM PDT

SACRAMENTO — After state Sen. Leland Yee’s stunning arrest earlier this year, the Legislature’s highest-ranking member urged his colleagues to finally fix a long-standing problem in California politics — the corrupting allure of money.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Tuesday, Jul. 1, 2014 – 12:00 am
Last Modified: Tuesday, Jul. 1, 2014 – 12:15 am

Eighty years ago, California voters tightened up the state’s weak civil-service system to counter the corrupt practice of politicians padding public payrolls with family members, friends and political supporters.

However, the Legislature was exempted from the ballot measure’s provisions.

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SacBee: Complaints of nepotism dog California Senate

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By Laurel Rosenhall
lrosenhall@sacbee.com
Published: Sunday, Jun. 29, 2014 – 12:00 am

The anonymous letter sent to multiple California state senators last month ended with a sharp question: “Why is it that the Senate is not listing open positions, for other staff to apply for?”

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SacBee: California voters remain unhappy with Legislature, survey finds

Field Poll

By Daniel Rothberg
drothberg@sacbee.com
Published: Friday, Jun. 27, 2014 – 12:00 am
Last Modified: Friday, Jun. 27, 2014 – 6:54 am

Fueled by partisan and geographic differences, satisfaction with the Legislature continued a downward swing that began after a state senator was arrested on corruption charges earlier this year, according to a Field Poll released Friday.

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SacBee: Delta tunnels, conservancy in spotlight as Senate bond proposal falters

Thumbs Down

By Jeremy B. White
jwhite@sacbee.com
Published: Monday, Jun. 23, 2014 – 9:02 pm
Last Modified: Tuesday, Jun. 24, 2014 – 7:53 am

With the governor’s controversial Delta tunnel project a key part of the debate, lawmakers on Monday failed to advance a leading Senate proposal to put a revised water bond on the November ballot.

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Campaigns

Published: June 22, 2014 Updated: 6:26 p.m.

Paul Chabot has Rancho Cucamonga to thank for his win, and southwest Riverside County came through for Jeff Stone, according to a detailed breakdown of results from the June 3 primary.

To read story by Jeff Horseman in the Press-Enterprise, click here.

SacBee: Pay panel gives California officials 2 percent raise

Money

Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
June 20, 2014

Gov. Jerry Brown, California lawmakers and other elected officials will be getting a two percent raise this year.

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The PE: ELECTION 2014: How Paul Chabot and Jeff Stone won

Elections

June 17, 2014

Paul Chabot has Rancho Cucamonga to thank for his win and southwest Riverside County came through for Jeff Stone, according to a detailed breakdown of results from the June 3 primary.

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

SacBee: California Senate passes fundraising ban it killed last week

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Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
June 16, 2014

The California Senate reversed course Monday by approving a fundraising ban it rejected last week.

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GOP

Melody Gutierrez
Updated 1:39 am, Tuesday, June 17, 2014

(06-16) 18:47 PDT Sacramento — Republican state lawmakers had a lot to say about the state budget, saying it contained “insidious” back-room deals, spent too much and saved too little. But, their opinions were all they had. Their votes weren’t needed.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Monday, Jun. 16, 2014 – 9:45 pm
Last Modified: Tuesday, Jun. 17, 2014 – 7:16 am

The political infighting over the next state budget began Sunday night, just minutes after the Legislature passed one that would spend $156.4 billion – $200 billion-plus when federal funds are included – in the fiscal year that begins July 1.

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Calpensions: Judges keep close watch over their own pensions

Gavel-Legal

By Ed Mendel
Mpnday, June 16, 2014

Payments seven judges make toward their pensions would be cut nearly in half by a bill approved last week in a Senate committee, despite a warning from the chairwoman of a “slippery slope” undermining the governor’s pension reform.

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SacBee: Dan Walters: Two bills would undermine California initiative process

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Sunday, Jun. 15, 2014 – 12:00 am

The state constitution bans changing voter-passed initiatives unless voters agree, or the initiatives themselves allow legislative amendment.

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SacBee: Jerry Brown, legislative leaders tout budget agreement

State Capitol

Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
June 13, 2014

Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative leaders made it clear Friday that they have reached an agreement on a new state budget.

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SacBee: Budget deal spends cap-and-trade funds on high-speed rail

Taxes

By Jim Miller and David Siders
jmiller@sacbee.com
Published: Thursday, Jun. 12, 2014 – 11:16 pm

Two years after Gov. Jerry Brown first proposed using carbon-reduction revenue to prop up California’s beleaguered high-speed rail project, Brown and legislative leaders reached budget agreements Thursday that include the controversial funding plan, as well as money to pay overtime for in-home supportive services and increase welfare-to-work grants.

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The PE: ELECTION 2014: Bonnie Garcia widens lead over Glenn Miller

Update

June 11, 2014

Republican Bonnie Garcia has added 92 votes to her lead over rival GOP candidate Glenn Miller in the race for second place in the 28th state Senate District primary.

To read update by Jeff Horseman in the Press-Enterprise, click here.

California Seal

By Jessica Calefati
jcalefati@bayareanewsgroup.com

Posted: 06/10/2014 06:51:33 PM PDT
Updated: 06/10/2014 08:04:40 PM PDT

SACRAMENTO — The knockdown, drag-out partisan fights, stretching on for months, are history. These days, state budget negotiations are downright cordial.

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California Money

By Jim Miller
jmiller@sacbee.com
Published: Monday, Jun. 9, 2014 – 12:00 am
Last Modified: Monday, Jun. 9, 2014 – 6:13 am

With less than a week before the constitutional deadline to pass a budget, the Democrats in control at the California Capitol are at odds on the big questions: how much money the state will take in, how it should be spent, and how major programs should be structured.

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SacBee: Dan Walters: Ignored issues undercut Legislature’s better image

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Sunday, Jun. 8, 2014 – 12:00 am

Approval ratings of the California Legislature, as measured in periodic polling, were in the teens a few years ago but have since improved.

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The PE: STATE SENATE: FPPC clears Bonnie Garcia

Bonnie Garcia

Bonnie Garcia

June 6, 2014

A state agency has cleared Inland state Senate candidate Bonnie Garcia of any wrongdoing after a complaint alleged a phony nonprofit funneled about $100,000 to her from a police union.

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

SacBee: Dan Walters: Election indicates GOP may be coming back

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Thursday, Jun. 5, 2014 – 9:58 pm

It’s risky – perhaps even foolhardy – to read much into the results of an abysmally low turnout primary election.

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SacBee: Democratic supermajority in spotlight after California primary

State Capitol

Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
June 4, 2014

Last election cycle, the main story was Democrats claiming a decisive two-thirds supermajority in both houses of the Legislature.

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InlandPolitics: Primary Election recap

Election Results

Wednesday, June 4, 2014 – 09:00 a.m.

Here’s a recap of the June 3 Primary Election results for contests of interest.

Record low, and we mean low, turnout was projected, and it happened!

But no one expected it to be this low.

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Campaigns

Melanie Mason, Patrick McGreevy
June 3, 2014

Republicans were the top vote-getters in early election returns for key legislative primary races Tuesday, indicating an uphill battle for Democrats seeking to regain their supermajority in November.

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Norma Torres

Norma Torres has proposed legislation to address a loophole in bribery cases. (Courtesy Photo)

By Ryan Hagen, San Bernardino Sun
Posted: 05/29/14, 7:05 PM PDT |

SACRAMENTO >> The state Senate on Thursday passed legislation that’s designed to close a “loophole” defendants in the $102 million Colonies corruption case are using to try to dismiss the charges in the case.

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Melody Gutierrez
Updated 1:03 am, Friday, May 30, 2014

(05-29) 18:40 PDT Sacramento — Calling last year’s minimum wage hike a good first step, the California Senate approved a measure Thursday that would further lift the pay floor to $13 an hour by 2017.

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The PE: STATE SENATE: Garcia calls for another AG investigation of Stone

Campaigns

May 28, 2014

State Senate candidate Bonnie Garcia is once again calling on California’s attorney general to investigate rival Jeff Stone, this time over the Riverside County supervisor’s alleged use of an official-looking badge during a road rage incident last December.

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

SacBee: California lawmakers paid most, national survey confirms

California Money

Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
May 27, 2014

California’s legislators have seen their incomes go up and down in recent years due to decrees by the state’s salary commission, but remain the highest paid in the nation, according to a new survey by Stateline, a Pew Charitable Trusts website.

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The PE: CAMPAIGN FINANCE: Outside money pours into Inland races

Money

Candidates for a state Senate seat in Riverside County and a congressional district in San Bernardino County get the most help

Published: May 23, 2014 Updated: 6:28 p.m.

As the June 3 primary election nears, two Inland races are becoming money magnets attracting special committees with distant addresses and deep pockets.

Independent expenditure committees have spent almost $800,000 as of Wednesday to help or hinder two feuding Republican candidates in the 28th state Senate District, which will represent southwest Riverside County and the county’s desert communities.

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

LATimes: California Senate approves ban on many gifts to officials

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Patrick McGreevy
May 19, 2014

California officials would have to say “no” if offered free tickets to a Beyoncé concert, Dodgers game or Disneyland, under new gift rules approved Monday by the state Senate.

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SacBee: Dan Walters: Dem duels echo an old conflict

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Monday, May. 19, 2014 – 12:00 am

Each year, the California Chamber of Commerce publishes a list of several dozen bills it calls “job killers,” targeting them for defeat or severe amendment.

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SacBee: Dan Walters: When political rules are changed, so are outcomes

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Sunday, May. 18, 2014 – 12:00 am

Three years ago, early in the 2011 baseball season, the Florida Marlins’ Scott Cousins, while trying to score in a game against the San Francisco Giants, collided with Buster Posey, the Giants’ star catcher, who was blocking home plate.

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SFChronicle: Brown doubles down on high-speed rail amid calls for restraint

Carla Marinucci
Updated 8:23 am, Saturday, May 17, 2014

Preparing for looming budget battles with the Democratic-controlled Legislature, Gov. Jerry Brown warned Friday that lawmakers must balance “desire and need” for expensive social programs – even as he defiantly doubled down on support for the increasingly unpopular high-speed rail system, saying it remains emblematic of his passion to “build great things” in his final term as governor.

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In this photo taken Feb. 22, 2008, Charles Munger Jr. of Santa Clara, a major donor to Proposition 32 on the California ballot is seen at the California Republican Party convention in San Francisco.  Munger, the son of wealthy investor Charles Munger Sr., is on the opposite side of the political isle as her half sister, Molly Munger, a wealthy civil rights attorney  who is major donor behind Proposition 38, which increase taxes for education. Both Mungers have spent millions in this election year to transform California's political landscape.  (AP Photo/Sacramento Bee, Brian Baer)

Charles Munger Jr.

May 15, 2014

Rival state Senate candidates are banding together to criticize what they say is a San Francisco-area billionaire’s attempt to buy an Inland election.

To read story by Jeff Horseman in the Press-Enterprise, click here.

California Seal

Chris Megerian
May 16, 2014

The Legislature on Thursday unanimously approved a new proposal to help cushion the state from economic downturns and pay off billions of dollars in debt and long-term costs.

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LATimes: Budget talks won’t be easy for governor

Jerry Brown

Gov. Jerry Brown has repeatedly said there won’t be enough money to fund every worthy program.

Chris Megerian
Tuesday, May 13, 2014

When Gov. Jerry Brown releases his latest budget plan Tuesday, he will already have a major fiscal victory under his belt, having cut a deal to strengthen the state’s reserve fund.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Tuesday, May. 13, 2014 – 12:00 am

This is the drill in the state Senate this year, a least so far:

A scandal of some type erupts and Senate leaders respond with some supposedly corrective changes in rules governing the political game.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Monday, May. 12, 2014 – 12:00 am

Next month marks the 36th anniversary of Proposition 13, California’s iconic property tax limit, and time has not healed its political wounds.

Conservatives still love it, liberals still hate it and it’s perpetual fodder for academic, journalistic and political cogitating.

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SacBee: Jerry Brown, California lawmakers reach deal on rainy-day fund

By David Siders
dsiders@sacbee.com
Published: Thursday, May. 8, 2014 – 10:36 pm
Last Modified: Thursday, May. 8, 2014 – 10:46 pm

An agreement between Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative leaders on a rainy-day fund Thursday came uncharacteristically early in the state’s annual budget-making process, with none of the public rancor that seemed likely only recently.

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SacBee: Lobbyist home fundraiser ban passes Assembly

Wine Rack

Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
May 8, 2014

Responding to a campaign finance transgression that produced an unprecedented fine, the California Assembly voted on Thursday to ban fundraisers at the homes of lobbyists.

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Reuters: California lawmakers weigh revoking salaries of suspended senators

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By Sharon Bernstein
SACRAMENTO, California Tue May 6, 2014 7:32pm EDT

(Reuters) – California state senators, embarrassed by not being able to more harshly punish state legislators facing criminal charges, moved forward on Tuesday on a measure that would allow them to suspend their pay in the future.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Tuesday, May. 6, 2014 – 9:15 pm
Last Modified: Tuesday, May. 6, 2014 – 9:27 pm

So what’s next for the scandal-ridden state Senate? And what should be next?

Darrell Steinberg, the Senate president pro tem, fired a sergeant-at-arms last week after learning – from a Bee reporter – that the aide had used drugs prior to a shootout at his house that left one person dead and three others injured 17 months earlier.

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The PE: POLITICAL EMPIRE: Ruiz out-raises rivals in congressional race

Raul Ruiz

Rep. Raul Ruiz, D-Palm Desert

May 02, 2014; 06:50 PM

Rep. Raul Ruiz has more than $1.5 million in cash on hand as he defends his congressional seat for the first time, campaign finance records show.

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

DailyBulletin: The ABC’s of ethics in the Golden State

By Doug McIntyre, Los Angeles Daily News
Posted: 04/26/14, 5:05 PM PDT |

Californians are not a judgmental lot.

Unless we’re judging lunatic legislators in Florida, Texas, and those other Red States. Then judge away.

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State Capitol

By Christopher Cadelago
ccadelago@sacbee.com
Published: Sunday, Apr. 27, 2014 – 12:00 am
Last Modified: Sunday, Apr. 27, 2014 – 7:33 am

Al Muratsuchi took a traditional path to the state Capitol, serving as a prosecutor and school board trustee before his election two years ago to the Assembly. When Democratic Sen. Ted Lieu announced his bid for Congress, Muratsuchi considered launching a campaign for the seat covering coastal Los Angeles.

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SacBee: Amid scandal, Senate committee approves political fundraising bills

Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
April 22, 2014

The scandal-ridden state Senate took a step toward cleaning up its image Tuesday, when a key committee approved several bills aimed at purifying the role of money in California politics.

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The Sun: Colonies defense alleges prosecutor conceded possible defeat in letter

SBCO District AttorneyCalifornia Department of Justice

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 04/21/14, 8:06 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> A prosecutor in San Bernardino County’s Colonies corruption case admitted in a letter to a state senator that criminal conspiracy charges may be dropped against one of the defendants because the statute of limitations has lapsed, according to a motion filed in Superior Court.

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Medical Marijuana

By Patrick McGreevy
April 21, 2014, 4:15 p.m.

SACRAMENTO — Medical marijuana dispensaries in California would have to get state Public Health Department licenses, and doctors who recommend pot would face new standards for examining patients under legislation supported Monday by a state Senate panel.

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The PE: POLITICS: Stone changes online biography after challenge

Jeff Stone

Riverside County Supervisor Jeff Stone, who is running for state Senate, changed his online biography after questions surfaced about his employment status with a Cal State university.

April 18, 2014; 05:18 PM

Riverside County Supervisor Jeff Stone revised the biography on his state Senate campaign website after questions arose about his employment history at Cal State Dominguez Hills in Carson.

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

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By Fenit Nirappil, The Associated Press
Posted: 04/20/14, 11:32 AM PDT |

SACRAMENTO >> Lawmakers return from their spring recess this week focusing on hundreds of bills that have to pass from one house to the other by the end of May, but the most contentious issues will come later.

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SacBee: Dan Walters: California politicos admit failures in seeking rainy day fund

Dan Walters

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Sunday, Apr. 20, 2014 – 12:00 am

When you get past the political fuzz and buzz, the Capitol’s quest for a new rainy-day fund to store excess state revenue is an admission that politicians have failed in the past and can’t be trusted in the future.

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The PE: STATE SENATE: Five candidates running in new district

Campaigns

April 18, 2014; 10:06 PM

The boundaries changed, but the advantage remains for Democrats in a new state Senate district in San Bernardino County.

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

By David Siders
dsiders@sacbee.com
Published: Thursday, Apr. 17, 2014 – 10:47 pm

When the Legislature returns next week from spring break, it will pick up with the drudgery of its shortcomings right where it left off, with ethics training in the upper house.

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SacBee: Jerry Brown back to negotiating table with Republicans over rainy-day fund

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By David Siders and Jim Miller
dsiders@sacbee.com
Published: Wednesday, Apr. 16, 2014 – 11:00 pm
Last Modified: Thursday, Apr. 17, 2014 – 7:49 am

Gov. Jerry Brown called Wednesday for a special session of the Legislature to take up his proposal to create a rainy-day fund, and for the first time since 2011 he will have to negotiate a major budget deal with Republicans.

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Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
April 16, 2014

Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday called a special session of the Legislature for next week to address his effort to put a rainy-day fund constitutional amendment on the November ballot.

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SacBee: Dan Walters: Scandal and conflict sour legislative session

Dan Walters

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Thursday, Apr. 10, 2014 – 9:56 pm
Last Modified: Friday, Apr. 11, 2014 – 12:01 am

When the Legislature’s 2014 session began about three months ago, the Capitol’s dominant Democrats and their allies had high hopes that it would bear legislative fruit – with good reason.

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By Jerry Roberts and Phil Trounstine
Friday, April 11, 2014

With Gov. Jerry Brown in a commanding position to be re-elected in November and with transparency and integrity in office thrust into the news by scandal in Sacramento, the most interesting statewide contest – one in which a Republican has at least a shot at winning a constitutional office — is the race for Secretary of State.

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SFChronicle: Field Poll: Yee scandal dents opinion of Legislature

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Melody Gutierrez
Updated 7:01 am, Thursday, April 10, 2014

Sacramento– Public opinion of the California Legislature has taken a sudden, negative turn since a San Francisco senator was charged with corruption and arms trafficking, according to a Field Poll released Thursday.

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The PE: POLITICAL EMPIRE: Sarcasm was the mother of this “intervention”

Politics

April 07, 2014; 11:16 AM

Rep. Mark Takano used the recently concluded “How I Met Your Mother” TV show to mock House Republicans.

On April 2, Takano, D-Riverside, took to the U.S. House of Representatives floor to stage a How-I-Met-Your-Mother-style “intervention.” Characters in the long-running CBS sitcom would stage interventions for everything from bad behavior to an ugly hat.

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

AP: California Senate erases websites of 3 lawmakers

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Apr 7, 8:11 PM EDT
By JUDY LIN
Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The California Senate has erased the names and online archives of three suspended lawmakers entangled in criminal cases.

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Democratic state Sens. Rod Wright, left, Ron Calderon and Leland Yee.

By Fenit Nirappil, The Associated Press
Posted: 04/06/14, 1:04 PM PDT |

SACRAMENTO >> A series of scandals that has tarnished the integrity of the state Legislature has prompted a wave of proposals aimed at strengthening political ethics and reforming laws governing campaign contributions.

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Dan Walters

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Monday, Apr. 7, 2014 – 12:00 am

The U.S. Supreme Court, by a 5-4 vote, struck down a portion of the federal Voting Rights Act last year, saying its 1960s-era provisions were no longer applicable to 21st-century conditions.

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The PE: STATE SENATE: “Critical time” for swearing-in

Mike Morrell

Sen. Mike Morrell, R-Rancho Cucamonga, left, is welcomed to the Senate by Sen. Jim Nielsen, R-Gerber, after taking the oath of office, at the Capitol, in Sacramento. (Rich Pedroncelli/AP)

April 05, 2014; 08:02 PM

Republicans used last Thursday’s swearing-in of state Sen. Mike Morrell to call attention to scandals affecting three Senate Democrats whose legal woes led to their suspension.

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

Money

Henry K. Lee
Published 4:15 pm, Saturday, April 5, 2014

Reputed San Francisco Chinatown gangster Raymond “Shrimp Boy” Chow and his associates were making money in illegal ways and needed to hide it from federal authorities, so they funneled it into fake business accounts, according to the FBI – the classic definition of money laundering.

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SFChronicle: Calif. state Sen. Yee, others indicted on conspiracy charge

Bob Egelko
Updated 6:31 am, Saturday, April 5, 2014

A federal grand jury indictment against state Sen. Leland Yee and 28 other defendants adds a conspiracy charge to the seven felony counts the now-suspended lawmaker faces for allegedly promising political favors and gun trafficking to undercover agents in exchange for $62,600 in campaign contributions.

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The PE: STATE SENATE: Mike Morrell sworn in to represent 23rd district

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Sen. Mike Morrell, R-Rancho Cucamonga

April 03, 2014; 04:54 PM

Mike Morrell officially made the transition from assemblyman to state senator Thursday after he was sworn in to represent the 23rd state Senate District.

To read post by Jeff Horseman in The PE Political Empire Blog, click here.

Leland Yee

State Senator Leland Yee of San Francisco is accused of conspiring to traffic in arms from the Philippines and taking bribes. (Credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

By NORIMITSU ONISHI
APRIL 3, 2014

SACRAMENTO — One state senator was charged with conspiring to traffic in arms from the Philippines, and taking bribes from undercover F.B.I. agents including one who posed as a marijuana dealer. Another was accused of taking bribes from federal agents impersonating Hollywood film executives. And a third was convicted of perjury and voter fraud after lying about where he lived when he ran for office.

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DailyBulletin: Proposed legislation from the Colonies corruption case passes

Norma Torres

Sen. Norma Torres

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 04/01/14, 1:09 PM PDT |

The state Senate Public Safety Committee on Tuesday passed a package of legislative bills drafted in response to San Bernardino County’s Colonies corruption case, which would alter the statute of limitations for bribery offenses so it does not begin until the discovery of an alleged offense.

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Dan Walters

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Tuesday, Apr. 1, 2014 – 5:46 pm

With three of his Democratic colleagues accused of crimes, the state Senate’s top leader, Darrell Steinberg, is in total crisis response mode these days.

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SFChronicle: Calif. state Sen. Yee’s lawyer raises questions about case

Bob Egelko
Monday, March 31, 2014

Leland Yee’s lawyer, in his first public response Monday to the charges against the now-suspended state senator, questioned the time and money the government spent on a three-year investigation but gave no indication of his planned defense against corruption and gun-running allegations.

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SJMercuryNews: Steinberg’s Senate leadership finds its own dark cloud

Darrell Steinberg

By Josh Richman and Jessica Calefati
Staff writers
Posted: 03/31/2014 06:00:11 AM PDT
Updated: 03/31/2014 06:00:21 AM PDT

SACRAMENTO — When Darrell Steinberg succeeded Don Perata as the state Senate’s leader in 2008, many Capitol observers believed it would usher in a new era of political ethics.

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Debra J. Saunders

Debra J. Saunders

Debra J. Saunders
Updated 5:59 pm, Friday, March 28, 2014

Observers have likened the federal case against state Sen. Leland Yee, D-San Francisco, and 25 others to the film “American Hustle,” about an FBI Abscam-like sting that used a small-time con man to win corruption convictions against public officials.

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LATimes: In unprecedented move, state Senate votes to suspend three lawmakers

Sens. Alex Padilla, Darrell Steinberg

State Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento), right, and Sen. Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima) confer after a bipartisan vote to suspend three Democratic senators. The three — Ronald Calderon, Leland Yee and Roderick Wright — will continue to be paid. (Steve Yeater / Associated Press / March 29, 2014)

By Patrick McGreevy
March 28, 2014, 4:28 p.m.

SACRAMENTO — Reeling from embarrassing bribery, corruption and voter fraud scandals, the state Senate took the unprecedented action Friday of voting to suspend three Democratic lawmakers from office pending the resolution of criminal charges against them.

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LATimes: Prosecutors must prove Yee knew money was pay for official acts

Leland Yee

State Sen. Leland Yee on Wednesday in San Francisco. He withdrew Thursday from the secretary of state race. (Ben Margot / Associated Press / March 27, 2014)

By Maura Dolan
March 27, 2014, 5:00 p.m.

SAN FRANCISCO — Legal analysts said Thursday that the public corruption charges against Sen. Leland Yee — the most serious counts the state lawmaker faces — are more complicated to prove when the alleged bribe involves campaign contributions.

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Dan Walters

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Thursday, Mar. 27, 2014 – 10:29 pm
Last Modified: Thursday, Mar. 27, 2014 – 11:22 pm

The business of crime has become a staple of cable television drama in recent years.

“The Sopranos,” depicting the lives of a Mafia family in New Jersey, set the tone – organized crime is a business.

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InlandPolitics: State Senate: Democrats single-handedly give power to republicans

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Thursday, March 27, 2014 – 08:30 a.m.

Speaking of blowing power.

The democrats in the California State Senate, who have seemingly had it their way in recent times, have blown their supermajority for the year.

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Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
March 26, 2014

Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg said he was shocked and sickened by the allegations brought against a member of his caucus Wednesday, saying Sen. Leland Yee has until Friday to resign from office or face certain suspension.

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Leland Lee

Senator Leland Yee is chased by reporters as he leaves the federal building in San Francisco, CA, Wednesday Mar. 26, 2014. The FBI raided State Sen. Leland Yee’s office in Sacramento and other locations were searched by the FBI in San Francisco. He was reportedly arrested on public corruption charges Wednesday morning amid raids of his office in Sacramento and searches by the FBI in San Francisco. Photo: Michael Short, The Chronicle

Marisa Lagos, Henry K. Lee and Bob Egelko
Thursday, March 27, 2014

State Sen. Leland Yee, an outspoken advocate of gun control and open government, was arrested Wednesday on charges that he conspired to traffic in firearms and traded favors in Sacramento for bribes – campaign cash paid by men who turned out to be undercover FBI agents.

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InlandPolitics: SD-23: Morrell scores outright victory

Mike Morrell

Morrell

Wednesday, March 26, 2015 – 12:15 a.m.

State Assemblyman Mike Morrell will now become State Senator Mike Morrell (R-Rancho Cucamonga).

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InlandPolitics: SD-23: Special Election to fill vacancy today

Election Day

Tuesday, March 25, 2014 – 08:00 a.m.

Today, voters will decide on Bill Emmerson’s replacement to represent the 23rd State Senate District.

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Campaigns

March 24, 2014; 12:23 PM

Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 was still missing as of early last week. But it somehow found its way into the 28th Senate District race.

To read column by Jeff Horseman in The PE Political Empire Blog, click here.

The Sun: District 23 candidates debate at forum in San Bernardino

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By Beau Yarbrough, The Sun
Posted: 03/23/14, 6:04 PM PDT |

San Bernardino >> At a lightly attended political forum Thursday night, organized by radio station KCAA, AM 1050, three of the five candidates seeking to replace Bill Emmerson as the state senator from the 23rd District squared off.

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Dan Walters

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Monday, Mar. 24, 2014 – 12:00 am

The Legislature reconvened for its election-year session nearly three months ago but so far has been operating in slow motion.

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