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CA vs. FL dogfight over stealth plane subsidies

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July 3, 2014 By John Hrabe. Like a professional sports team in search of a new taxpayer-funded arena, two defense contractors are playing California and Florida lawmakers against each other in a bid to win more tax breaks and, in turn, a $55 billion federal contract. The home team, a partnership between Boeing and Lockheed Martin, is asking California lawmakers to approve $420 million in corporate tax breaks ov...

Supreme Court sticks Brown with county jails

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July 2, 2014 By James Poulos. States' rights won't save Gov. Jerry Brown from getting involved in California's county jails. Despite a forceful argument that federalism relieved the state of the added responsibilities, the U.S. Supreme Court persisted in making life more difficult for Brown. The justices refused to reconsider a decision of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals which requires the state of California ...

Water shortage could bring electricity grid failure

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July 2, 2014 By Wayne Lusvardi.   California’s Big Three energy regulating agencies just warned in a joint letter to the California Water Resources Control Board that planned water curtailments for 2014 would present a danger to grid reliability and create “substantial potential for serious public health and safety impacts." The three agencies are the California Public Utilities Commission, the Californi...

Betty Yee declares victory in controller race

July 1, 2014 By John Hrabe. It isn't over till it's over, as Yoga Berra famously said. A recount still is possible. But Betty Yee has declared victory in her race for state controller over Assemblyman John Perez, D-Los Angeles. Entering the California Democratic Party's spring convention, Board of Equalization member Yee's campaign faced a juggernaut. With more money, power and influence over convention dele...
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