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Gov. Brown nominates Leondra Kruger to state Supreme Court

November 24, 2014 By John Hrabe. Governor Jerry Brown has nominated a U.S. Department of Justice official for a spot on the California Supreme Court. On Monday, Brown nominated Leondra R. Kruger, a Yale Law School graduate, to fill a vacancy created by the retirement of Associate Justice Joyce L. Kennard, who left the court in April. If confirmed by the Commission on Judicial Appointments, Kruger would be Brown's t...

CA GOP eyes special state Senate election

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November 21, 2014 By James Poulos. Aside from preventing Democrats from again nabbing two-thirds supermajorities in the California Legislature, the Nov. 4 national GOP electoral wave did little to change the political dynamic here. With two years to go before the 2016 elections, Golden State Republicans have gained an opportunity -- though not a lot of time -- to focus on the keys to a stronger performance. Between ...

Federal drought bill dead in water until 2015

November 21, 2014 By Wayne Lusvardi.   Better and wetter luck next year, California. On Thursday, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., put the kibosh on passing a federal water bill dealing with California’s drought during the lame-duck session. She wrote in a statement: “Over the past several weeks I have been working closely with members of the California delegation who expressed interest in reaching a biparti...

Pension crisis divides CA Dems on UC tuition hikes

November 20, 2014 By James Poulos. A 14-7 vote Thursday by the full University of California Board of Regents made it official: Golden State Democrats are deeply divided on tuition increases, thanks to the intractable politics of underfunded pensions. On one side are Democrats who favored the increases, including UC President Janet Napolitano, formerly President Obama's secretary of the Department of Homeland Se...
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