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Assembly GOP Leader Kristin Olsen introduces new stars

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November 14, 2014 By John Hrabe. 2014 was a solid year for California Republicans. In the state Senate, the GOP prevented Democrats from regaining a two-thirds supermajority. And in the Assembly, Republicans defeated three Democratic incumbents, which also reversed a Democratic supermajority. "We unseated sitting Democrats for the first time in 20 years because Californians want positive change and because we ha...

Vallejo’s struggles capture CA city perils

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November 14, 2014 By James Poulos. After three years spent in bankruptcy, 2008-11, running the city of Vallejo is still a struggle. Facing a weakened police force and a failed experiment in citizen-driven budgeting, Vallejo's structural challenges have persisted. In the wake of the pension crisis that helped plunge the city into bankruptcy, residents have become resistant to spending more money. Hungry for cash, t...

CA gun dealers challenge handgun ad ban

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November 13, 2014 By John Hrabe. Second Amendment advocates say California is infringing on their First Amendment rights. On Monday, four California gun dealers filed a federal lawsuit challenging a nearly century-old law that bans the display of handguns in store advertisements. Under state law, it's perfectly legal for a gun-control supporter to use images of handguns in a protest outside of a gun store. But...

Open-enrollment headache again strikes Covered CA

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November 13, 2014 By Dave Roberts.   If you thought the rollout of Obamacare was problematic last year, this year could be worse -- including its implementation here, called Covered California. State officials are still struggling to clear a huge backlog of Medi-Cal applications from the past year, while legislators field numerous complaints from frustrated constituents, insurance premiums are increasing and Me...
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