Archive for June 25th, 2012

The Hill: Supreme Court gives split verdict on Arizona immigration law

By Sam Baker and Jonathan Easley – 06/25/12 10:40 AM ET

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday tossed out most of Arizona’s controversial immigration law.

The court upheld the most controversial part of the law, which allows law enforcement officials to verify a person’s legal status when they’re stopped on suspicion of committing a separate offense.

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By JESSE J. HOLLAND, Associated Press
Posted: 06/25/2012 07:27:27 AM PDT

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court says it’s unconstitutional to sentence juveniles to life in prison without parole for murder.

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Published: 22 June 2012 04:50 PM

A planned park in Wildomar has become a political battlefield in the race for the First District Riverside County supervisor seat.

The field in question is adjacent to Ronald Reagan Elementary School. In making the case for why voters in the southern end of the district aren’t satisfied with incumbent Bob Buster, Wildomar Mayor Ben Benoit cited the playground as an example of an unkept promise by the supervisor.

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Jim Steinberg,Staff Writer
Posted: 06/24/2012 03:11:16 PM PDT

RIALTO – The City Council will again take up the controversial water and sewer rate hike issue at Tuesday night’s meeting.

The proposal, which would boost water and wastewater rates 114.8 percent by 2016, survived a strong challenge fueled by a door-to-door and mail campaign by the Utility Workers Union of America.

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Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
June 24, 2012

The state budget will freeze tuition rates for the state’s two university systems if voters approve tax hikes in November, University of California student groups said this evening.

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SFChronicle: New pro-business super PAC sidesteps state GOP

Carla Marinucci

Carla Marinucci
Updated 10:58 p.m., Sunday, June 24, 2012

With the California Republican Party’s registration declining, its prospects dim and major donors panicked, two powerhouse GOP fundraisers have boldly sidestepped the party and launched an independent state super PAC to raise millions in unlimited contributions aimed at electing business-friendly candidates to the state Legislature this year.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
Published: Monday, Jun. 25, 2012 – 12:00 am | Page 3A
Last Modified: Monday, Jun. 25, 2012 – 6:40 am

With the state budget more-or-less completed for the time being, Gov. Jerry Brown and state legislators must turn to other business, particularly to three very big and very immediate issues – water, pension reform and the bullet train – that may be even more contentious than the budget.

What the politicians do has potential effects beyond the issues themselves by influencing the November election, particularly the fate of competing tax increases.

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