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Brown Is One Hell Of A Story 0

OCT. 29, 2010 For a long time now, I’ve accepted that I have a vested interest in chaos. After all, what good is an investigative reporter when government functions honestly and efficiently? And who wants to write about government officials

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Dems Will Reward Union Friends 0

OCT. 29, 2010 . Demonstrative of just how raunchy and fierce politics have gotten in America, just last week President Barack Obama told a group of Latino voters, “We’re gonna punish our enemies and we’re gonna reward our friends who

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FPPC Fights For Public Records 0

OCT. 21, 2010 When I was a reporter in Orange County a decade ago, calling the Fair Political Practices Commission could be a frustrating experience. “We cannot comment on the existence of an investigation,” the nice spokesperson would tell me

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Is California An Idiocracy? 0

OCT. 18, 2010 While trying to get the assembled, clueless staff at a phone store to tell me how to turn off an annoying e-mail alarm on my new smart phone, I was finally greeted by a manager, who declared

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Hard Hats And Enviros Hold Hands 0

OCT. 14, 2010 Don’t sweat it if you’ve never heard of the Blue-Green Alliance. I had never heard of it either, until a rally Thursday over at the Federal Building in downtown Sacramento for organized labor, Jerry Brown’s gubernatorial campaign

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Few Solutions To Pension Mess 1

OCT. 11, 2010 It has become almost impossible to exaggerate the depth of the state’s pension scandals, as more details emerge not only about the city of Bell, but about common abuses in other burgs. A new report produced by

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The Grimes Poll 0

OCT. 8, 2010 A friend and I have a bet about this election cycle. He says that voters are lazy, dumb and selfish and will reelect Jerry Brown and Barbara Boxer. Being an eternal optimist, I disagree. I think that

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Are Smaller Parties Finished? 0

OCT. 7, 2010 For someone who may be the last of her kind, Laura Wells is remarkably chipper – even when talking about the new law that has made her essentially obsolete. “Prop. 14? I hope it has a boomerang

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Silly laws, sillier candidates 0

OCT. 4, 2010 Every legislator could have skipped out of the country for the entire legislative session, and it would not have mattered one iota to anyone outside of their staff members. That’s not cynicism, so much as a fair

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