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State Senate 21: Runner seeks to reclaim seat
Sharon Runner, a former High Desert state lawmaker and "walking miracle," is asking voters to send her back to the California Senate. After declining to seek reelection in 2012, due to a life-threatening autoimmune disease, Runner was replaced by fellow Republican Steve Knight. Last November,...
Hoover Poll: CA wants growth, not green programs or rail
Gov. Jerry Brown just won a resounding re-election victory. But his new budget released last week for Fiscal Year 2015-16, which begins on July 1, is out of sync with Californians on some important issues, according to the Hoover Institution's new Golden State Poll. It questioned people between Dec...
Race is on for 37th state Senate District
The race is on to fill three vacant state Senate seats. According to Gov. Jerry Brown's office, he just issued "proclamations declaring special elections for the 7th, 21st and 37th Senate Districts of the State of California." The primary will be March 17, with the runoff on May 19. The Top Two syst...
Sacramento aims to police the police
After a politically punishing year for law enforcement departments from Los Angeles to New York, California legislators are riding the wave of controversy, drafting a spate of bills that would use the power of state government to assert more control over how police officers do their jobs. T...
Top lawyer for controller benefits from much-criticized state perk
The state government's practice of letting workers defy official state policy and pile up unused vacation days and cash them in upon retirement has been criticized on and off for years. California government watchdogs and journalists have outlined the budget problems this causes and noted other stat...
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