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New suit filed against high-speed rail

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June 24, 2014 By Kathy Hamilton. On June 23, the Transportation Solutions Defense and Education Fund filed a new lawsuit against California's high-speed rail project. TRANSDEF supports the project, but not the current planning. In a statement explaining the suit, TRANSDEF challenged “the Governor's fallback funding scheme for high-speed rail.” In that system, Gov. Jerry Brown and the Legislature last week ag...

Indian lands bill considered Wednesday

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June 24, 2014 By Dave Roberts.   Assembly Bill 52, which would increase the power of California’s Native American tribes to delay or halt development in areas sensitive to Indian heritage, is raising concerns about more lawsuits and slower growth in the state. The bill’s backers contend that current California Environmental Quality Act regulations are not adequate to preserve Indian historical, cultural...

Late ballots keep controller’s race cliffhanger

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June 23, 2014 By John Hrabe. As more Californians turn to absentee voting, election officials have seen an uptick in the number of potentially valid ballots that aren't being counted. That's because, under state law, ballots must be received by the local registrar of voters by Election Day, not postmarked that day or en route to an elections office. "California doesn’t have the infamous hanging-chad or butte...

CA congressman changes GOP pot game

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June 23, 2014 By James Poulos. Faced with a choice between traditional drug attitudes and federalist political principles, 49 Republican members of the House of Representatives recently voted in favor of the latter. And a California Congressman led the way. In a result unthinkable just a few years ago, enough GOP representatives banded together to help pass a powerful statement of opposition to federal policy on me...
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