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State Convention: Democrat Betty Yee calls out hypocrisy within her own party

Betty Yee
March 10, 2014 By John Hrabe. Betty Yee, who has developed a reputation as an honest and effective numbers-cruncher at the state tax board, delivered a stinging critique of her party Sunday at its annual convention. She said California Democrats have become disconnected from the party's core principles and allowed money to influence its values. "Democrats, we are just as guilty of getting sucked into the influence...

CA Democrats mismanage campaign war-chests

California Democratic Convention
March 8, 2014 By John Hrabe. California Democrats converge on the Los Angeles Convention Center this weekend for the party’s annual state convention. Although Democrats face two scandals involving members of the state Senate, the party is well positioned for the 2014 campaign cycle. The party controls every statewide office and both houses of the state Legislature. Overall, the party has an advantage in voter r...

Green Bank Czar could oversee new state bureaucracy

Obama czars
March 7, 2014 By Wayne Lusvardi.   In American political parlance, a "czar" is a government official put in charge of a project. For example, the head of the federal Drug Enforcement, currently Michele M. Leonhart, commonly is dubbed the "drug czar." Now state Sen. Kevin de Leon, D-Los Angeles, is proposing to establish what in our state could be called a Green Bank Czar. This still is in the early stages, but is...

Amid Capitol’s gift extravagance, Gatto sets standard for ethics

Mike Gatto
March 7, 2014 By John Hrabe. Mike Gatto's life is an open book. Last January, his daughter, Evangelina, received a $50 gift certificate from a family friend. During the summer recess, he enjoyed dinner with a star of CSI: Miami. In October, one stock in his investment portfolio took a hit. And just before Christmas, Gatto "re-gifted" a pair of coveted Rose Bowl tickets to a star student athlete. It's all informatio...
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