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CA Dems’ congressional delegation on borrowed time

November 13, 2014 By James Poulos. Statewide, California Democrats enjoyed another dominant Election Day. But at the national level, a much different reality has set in for the party's Golden State representatives. Generational turnover, retirements and a slow but steady erosion of public support have all undermined California Democrats' position in Congress. The changes have created a significant possibility of a polit...

Solar crash ramped up CA natural gas power

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November 12, 2014 By Wayne Lusvardi.   Yesterday a problem struck California's electricity system that wasn't supposed to happen until at least 2015. Freak low-lying clouds at about 3 p.m. cut temperatures to only 68 degrees in Los Angeles and 64 in San Francisco, about 6 degrees below normal, increasing demand for electricity to heat homes and businesses -- even as the clouds cut the solar-powered production o...

Suddenly, buzz is back for Brown 2016

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November 12, 2014 By James Poulos. In just a handful of weeks, speculation has returned, and hype has built, around the idea of a Jerry Brown candidacy for president. From one perspective, he has succeeded so much in California politics that he has disqualified himself. As the soon-to-be four-time governor of one of the most indelibly blue states, Brown has developed a reputation as a politician unpalatable to Repu...

Can Gov. Brown pluck federal $ for bullet train?

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November 11, 2014 By Wayne Lusvardi.   Successful politicians never accept defeat. So it's not surprising -- but still a little startling -- that Gov. Jerry Brown is not dumping his high-speed rail project in the junk yard after the Nov. 4 victories of its Republican opponents. He just said Republicans were "going to join the chorus" for the project. “Maybe even some of the Republican congressmen will have ...
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