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Hoover conference reaches consensus on some areas of pension reform

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February 20, 2014 By John Seiler. Today the Hoover Institution released a crucial document in California's debate over pensions, "California Public Pension Solutions: Post-Conference Report." The conference itself took place last October. But its debates and findings now have been compiled for everyone to read and analyze. The document comes as Gov. Jerry Brown has called for reforming teachers' pensions -- which need...

Gov. Brown redefines ongoing programs as emergency drought aid

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February 20, 2014 By Wayne Lusvardi.   Thirty-four days after California Gov. Jerry Brown declared an official statewide drought emergency, he joined State Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg and Assembly Speaker John A. Perez on Feb. 19 in announcing an emergency drought aid package. (They are pictured at right from the event.)  Ninety five percent of the $687.4 million drought aid package, or $647.7 million...

Obama drought relief package aids his constituency

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February 19, 2014 By Wayne Lusvardi. On Friday Feb. 14,  President Barack Obama choppered into California’s drought zone in Democratic-leaning Fresno. As shown in the adjacent photo from the White House, he traveled with U.S. Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer and Rep. Jim Costa, all California Democrats. He surveyed the damage from two simultaneous droughts. One drought was caused by nature from a third consec...

‘No Party Preference’ gains in CA voter registrations

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February 18, 2014 By John Seiler. "No Party Preference" continues its gradual rise in voter registrations according to new data released today by California Secretary of State Debra Bowen. As of Dec. 31, 2013, registration was: Democratic: 43.6 percent, down from 46.8 percent in 1997; Republican: 28.7 percent, down from 36.2 percent in 1997; No Party Preference: 20.9 percent, up from 11.9 percent in 1997; Ot...
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