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Rush to hike health premiums 1

JUNE 28, 2010 By PATRICK RYAN California health-care insurers are pushing for massive premium hikes before the new federal health-care law — which increases federal- and state-government control over health insurance premiums — kicks in. On June 16 the California

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Study lobbies for more spending 0

JUNE 28, 2010 By LAURA SUCHESKI A report released Thursday from the left-leaning California Budget Project spells bad news for low- and middle-income Californians. The report, titled “Making Ends Meet: How Much Does It Cost to Raise a Family in

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Boxer, Fiorina MIA on war 0

JUNE 28, 2010 As usual, American policy-makers, the media and California’s political candidates avoid the big issues while they make a huge deal out of the small stuff. The latest example is Afghanistan, where Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the U.S. and

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Follow the (Recycling) Money 0

JUNE 25, 2010 “It is reprehensible that anyone would use taxpayer money for anything other than its intended purpose.” That’s Aaron McLear, spokesman for Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, speaking to the Los Angeles Times about its revelation that state-issued welfare debit

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Illegals may get more ed aid 0

JUNE 23, 2010 By LAURA SUCHESKI The Assembly Higher Education Committee considered the SB1460 California Dream Act this afternoon, a law that would extend the ability to apply for state financial aid to illegal immigrants. AB540, enacted in 2001, extends

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Another economic dip coming? 20

JUNE 21, 2010 By JOHN SEILER Here’s something Meg Whitman and Jerry Brown should be debating. As the California budget is haggled over by the governor, Legislature and the powerful government unions, one thing everyone assumes is that the California

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Steinberg appeases educators 0

JUNE 17, 2010 By EVELYN STACEY On June 14, Senator Darrell Steinberg held a press conference at Edward Kemble Elementary, of Sacramento City Unified School District, to offer his support and solutions for schools in the midst of the budget

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Bye-bye budget deadline 0

June 15, 2010 By LAURA SUCHESKI Boiled down, the state government has one big job: levy taxes and spend the revenues.  But California’s statutory budget deadline passed again today with little notice from Sacramento lawmakers. The Legislature hasn’t met the

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GOP mod squad 0

JUNE 14, 2010 It’s now time for Republican moderates to put up or shut up. For years Republican moderates have insisted ad nauseam that they – not the party’s conservative base – hold the key to the future. Only middle-of-the-roaders

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Neophytes rising! 0

JUNE 11, 2010 By KATY GRIMES In a time of social, economic and political upheaval, it appears to be business versus politics in an election year fight leaving the voter asking, is the politically experienced or the political neophyte preferable?

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