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Gov. Brown’s ambitious school reform morphs into union payoff

November 13, 2013 By Chris Reed. In 2013, maybe more than ever, the key to figuring out how California works is understanding that by far the most powerful forces in state politics are the California Teachers Association and the California Federation of Teachers and the 500,000 people they represent and collect dues from. So when a Los Angeles Unified teacher feeds semen to his students and has to be bribed to quit, ...

Young CA programmers build better health care website

November 13, 2013 By Adam O'Neal. On Tuesday, Quinnipiac University released a poll indicating that President Obama’s approval rating had hit an all-time low. He has lost the faith of a majority of voters on issues ranging from the budget to healthcare. To put it in perspective, Obama has roughly the same support that George W. Bush did at the same point in his presidency. Obama’s foes can be attributed to many fac...

Special interest contributions dwarf alleged FBI bribes to Ron Calderon

November 12, 2013 By John Hrabe. Undercover FBI agents, posing as Hollywood producers in search of a tax credit, allegedly set up a $50,000 “special fund” with Ron Calderon’s name on it. The state Senator, according to an affidavit obtained by Al Jazeera America, allegedly spent those funds on his son’s tuition, a Lady Gaga concert, airfare for a spring break trip to Miami, and a sham non-profit organizat...

Opponents of transgender law seek repeal

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November 12, 2013 By Adam O'Neal. A coalition of conservative groups, collectively known as Privacy for all Students, has submitted more than 600,000 petition signatures to get an initiative to repeal a law that grants certain rights to transgendered students in California. AB 1266—which was passed in the Assembly in May and the Senate in July—was signed into law by Gov. Brown three months ago. The legislation wou...
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