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Lawmakers ignore state’s lead role in immigrant intimidation

March 7, 2013 By CalWatchdog Staff. March 7, 2013 By Katy Grimes SACRAMENTO -- At a Capitol hearing Wednesday, Assemblyman Roger Hernandez, D-West Covina, charged that California employers frequently threaten immigrant workers with deportation and abuse. The Assembly Labor and Employment Committee hearing took place after a press conference and announcement of a new bill by Hernandez, AB 263. The bill will include st...

Senate committee advances bills on rape, sentencing

March 7, 2013 By CalWatchdog Staff. March 7, 2013 By Dave Roberts California state laws from the past occasionally crop up and need to be amended. That happened last week when the Senate Public Safety Committee unanimously approved SB 59, which is designed to close a loophole that allows a man to get away with rape by impersonating a woman’s boyfriend. Current law states that a rape occurs if a woman is married and ...

Video: GROW Elect advances grassroots Latino GOP action

Video: GROW Elect advances grassroots Latino GOP action
March 6, 2013 By CalWatchdog Staff. March 6, 2013 By John Seiler The two major themes of last weekend's GOP convention were more grassroots organizing and more involvement by Latinos and other growing constituencies. Even those who not Republicans should welcome steps to make the party more competitive. Homogenized rule within a party doesn't offer constituents many options. A promising group highlighted at the conven...

Huff, Conway skipped ballot verification for legislative junkets

March 6, 2013 By CalWatchdog Staff. March 6, 2013 By John Hrabe Nero may have fiddled as Rome burned. At least he was in the city when it happened. The same can’t be said for the leaders of the California Senate and Assembly Republican caucuses, who left the state last November, as Democrats claimed last-minute, upset victories in two legislative races during late ballot counting. Ron Smith, the Republican candidate ...
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