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Obamacare problems metastasize

October 29, 2013 By Adam O'Neal. The government shutdown — which dominated the headlines and did severe damage to the Republican Party’s brand — has now been over for nearly two weeks. America’s eyes have since turned to the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare. Much of the early media coverage focused on the rollout of the federal health care exchange website, which was designed for Americans witho...

ALRB forcing unionization on farm workers

October 29, 2013 By Katy Grimes. UPDATE: It was reported the Agricultural Labor Relations Board has reversed its Monday decision, which would have blocked the Gerawan farm workers’ second attempt to hold an election to determine if the United Farm Workers of America should represent them. The ALRB will now process and count the new petition signatures. If 1,500 signatures are validated, an election could be held b...

State bullet-train contracts appear to violate federal grant conditions

October 29, 2013 By Chris Reed. Sacramento Superior Court Judge Michael Kenny's Aug. 16 ruling concluded that the California High-Speed Rail Authority would break state law if it proceeded with construction of a small first portion of the state's bullet-train project without having full funding in place and completed environmental reviews for the project's 300-mile Initial Operating Segment. This prompted the state ...

The Brown Dog Affair

Jennifer Fearing
October 28, 2013 By John Hrabe.   In the dog-eat-dog world of Sacramento politics, no one is off limits. Not even man’s best friend. Last Friday, the San Francisco Chronicle featured a front-page story by newshound Carla Marinucci about an arrangement between the governor and an influential lobbyist. Jennifer Fearing, the Humane Society’s top dog in Sacramento, regularly walks Sutter, a loveable corgi with a...
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