Archive for March 11th, 2013

The PE: POLITICAL EMPIRE: Documentary to focus on Takano’s campaign


March 10, 2013; 06:18 PM

As Mark Takano waged an ultimately winning campaign for Riverside’s congressional seat, an independent film crew was there.

Now the crew is putting the finishing touches on “How to Get Elected in America,” a documentary on Takano’s fight to become the first openly gay member of an ethnic minority to be elected to Congress.

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It’s possible that upcoming vacancies could complicate some budget action, but no major upheavals are expected.

By Patrick McGreevy, Los Angeles Times
March 10, 2013, 7:27 p.m.

SACRAMENTO — State Assemblyman Robert Blumenfield’s election to the Los Angeles City Council last week won’t keep him from helping to push a state budget through by June 15. But it could complicate things later for his fellow Democrats in the lower house.

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SFChronicle: ‘House of Cards’ hooks power players

Kevin Spacey

Kevin Spacey plays a high-level politician in “House of Cards.” (Photo: Melinda Sue Gordon, Associated Press)

Carla Marinucci and Wyatt Buchanan
Updated 10:37 pm, Sunday, March 10, 2013

There are the old standbys of sex, money and power in politics. But lately there’s a new addiction in the halls of power: a video series – fictional, of course – that stars power-hungry politicians, unethical journalists and a wily political insider who always seems to get what he wants.

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Calpensions: Post-crisis reforms make pensions sustainable?


By Ed Mendel
Monday, March 11, 2013

A nationwide study, including CalPERS and CalSTRS, projects that huge pension fund losses during the financial crisis will be offset over three decades by a wave of recently enacted cost-cutting reforms — but only if several things happen.

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