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Few donors, big support for Prop. 47

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November 4, 2014 By James Poulos. With California's Proposition 47, advocates of criminal justice reform have created a potent test case for national policy. But financial support for the measure has depended on a tiny handful of influential donors, creating unexpected and uncomfortable questions for both sides about the influence of money in politics. According to the nonpartisan MapLight research organization, Pr...

Dems bail out Assemblyman Adam Gray’s re-election

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November 3, 2014 By John Hrabe. When the FBI began its investigation last year into state Sen. Ron Calderon, D-Montebello, one Central Valley Democratic lawmaker wasn't surprised to get called in for questioning. "Obviously I wasn’t that surprised," Asemblyman Adam Gray, D-Merced, a longtime aide to Calderon, told the Los Angeles Times. "I wasn’t involved in that at all." While there's no evidence implicatin...

One year later, glitches still plague Covered CA

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November 3, 2014 By Joseph Perkins.   “Here we go again with the same nightmare as a year ago. [I’m] truly fed up with Covered California’s technical incompetency.” So complained Igal Koiman, a health insurance broker, in remarks published this week in the Sacramento Business Journal. His frustrations echo those of many other brokers throughout the state who fear the Covered California website will be no...

See tax increases, think pensions

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November 3, 2014 By Joel Fox.   Despite the ridicule heaped on bonuses offered public workers for simply doing their jobs – just one prime example: a librarian earning a bonus for helping members of the public find books – the California Retirement System board last week made sure the bonuses added to salaries will be part of pension calculations. While the exact cost to taxpayers is uncertain, the pri...
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