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NEW: High-speed rail lawsuits pit CA vs. USA

train wreck
December 17, 2014 By Kathy Hamilton.   Like the famous 1860s race to build a railroad across America to California, an epic battle is shaping up over the state’s high-speed rail project. Only this time it’s a legal contest of federal vs. state jurisdiction. It may eventually take the highest law in the land, the U.S. Supreme Court, to sort it all out. The Dec. 10, the California Supreme Court decided to take...

NEW: After 2014 successes, CA GOP leaders seek second term

CA GOP reclaim
December 17, 2014 By John Hrabe. Two years ago, Jim Brulte chastised his party for losing seats to laziness. “There were three Assembly seats that were lost because we got lazy,” Brulte said shortly after taking the helm as chairman of the California Republican Party in March 2013. "Leaders lead by example, and we have to be in the precincts working, standing shoulder to shoulder with our volunteers." Now tha...

Low turnout in 2014, high initiative count in 2016

Six Californias
December 16, 2014 By James Poulos. Elections have consequences. Ironically, California's abysmal election turnout this November has teed up a veritable flood of ballot initiatives for 2016. Because the signature threshold for qualifying initiatives is pegged to the number of Californians who cast votes in the previous election, activists with a losing track record are angling for a breakout opportunity just around the po...

Federal board pushes high-speed rail – a little

surface transportation board
December 15, 2014 By Kathy Hamilton. Two recent events are keeping California’s high-speed rail project rumbling forward – either to eventual construction or wasteful oblivion. The California High-Speed Rail Authority just announced it would break ground on the project on Jan. 6. The CHSRA is eager to get a stake in the ground and spend $3.5 billion in federal dollars before the money's Sept. 2017 expiration date. Th...
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