Archive for March 31st, 2014

The Sun: San Bernardino County DA’s campaign treasury dwarfs challenger’s

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By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 03/30/14, 7:59 PM PDT |

San Bernardino County District Attorney Michael A. Ramos is trailing his challenger in contributions by nearly $22,000, according to recently released campaign finance reports reflecting the period Jan. 1 to March 27, but Ramos possesses a substantially larger war chest.

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By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 03/30/14, 8:01 PM PDT |

Twenty-six thousand feet above the Pacific coastline, Air Force Staff Sgt. Jeremiah Ibarra lays on his stomach in the tail of a Boeing KC-135 Stratotanker, staring out a window, eyes affixed to an approaching C-17 Globemaster.

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Upland seal

By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 03/30/14, 4:32 PM PDT | Updated: 50 secs ago

UPLAND >> A schedule of implementation for the top 22 provisions — out of the 47 identified by the city Fiscal Response Task Force, to be addressed in the next 12 months — has received City Council approval.

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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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By Ed Mendel
Monday, March 31, 2014

A class-action lawsuit contends that California judges are owed back pay and a pension increase because their salary, frozen for five years, did not keep pace with average increases in state worker pay as required by law.

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Health Insurance Rates

Far more Californians than expected have bought plans through the state health insurance exchange. How sick they are will factor into next year’s prices.

By Chad Terhune
March 30, 2014, 5:00 a.m.

After months of head counts for Obamacare, it is the medical bills that will start to matter now.

Even before enrollment closes Monday, California has far exceeded its initial goals for signing up people under the Affordable Care Act. Although the sheer volume of 1.1 million policyholders is impressive for a brand new government program, the number of sicker patients is what’s likely to draw the most attention.

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National Journal

By Alex Roarty
March 30, 2014

Bracing for a rough midterm-election outcome, Democrats aren’t waiting until Election Day to start blaming one another for the party’s problems. Anticipating the possibility that Republicans will flip the Senate, the finger-pointing game is already underway between the party’s warring factions.

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The Hill: Poll: Dems missing mark with swing voters

The Hill

By Alexander Bolton
03/30/14 02:00 PM EDT

A new political advocacy group has teamed up with former Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) to argue that the economic inequality agenda of Senate Democrats is a loser with swing voters.

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