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CA congressman changes GOP pot game

June 23, 2014 By James Poulos. Faced with a choice between traditional drug attitudes and federalist political principles, 49 Republican members of the House of Representatives recently voted in favor of the latter. And a California Congressman led the way. In a result unthinkable just a few years ago, enough GOP representatives banded together to help pass a powerful statement of opposition to federal policy on me...

New Senate Prez de Leon pushes agenda

Kevin de Leon, from his Senate website
June 19, 2014 By James Poulos. State Sen. Kevin de Leon, D-Los Angeles, has been chosen by his party colleagues to lead them in the Senate. The selection pulls the California Democratic Party further to the left. De Leon's rise from poverty in San Diego's rough Logan Heights neighborhood attracts admiration from Republicans and fellow Democrats alike. But his political rise, with its roots in community organizin...

More money, problems for CA high-speed rail

June 18, 2014 By James Poulos. Proponents of California's much-ballyhooed high-speed rail got a big boost in the state's new budget. But in every other area where the struggle for its fate is playing out, the project is facing an array of daunting roadblocks. Thanks to Gov. Jerry Brown's staunch support, Sacramento legislators agreed to divert $250 million of cap-and-trade revenues toward train funding this yea...

CA Legislature boosts budget up to $156 billion

June 18, 2014 By James Poulos. Convinced that California's fiscal crisis is effectively over, state Democrats led the state Legislature to pass a $156 billion budget. They did so after a round of negotiations that left Sacramento just six hours away from missing the state's constitutional deadline for passing a budget into law by midnight, June 15. With a general fund more than $7 billion larger than last year...
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