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GOP poised to reclaim 1/3 control in State Senate

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June 6, 2014 By John Hrabe. In recent years, California Senate Democrats have been their own worst enemy. In 2012, the Senate Democratic Caucus ran the tables, winning every contested race. With Fran Pavley, Richard Roth and Cathleen Galgiani added to his caucus, Senate President President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento, had a veto-proof, two-thirds majority. They could do what they wanted, even p...

More dams or regulations to alleviate drought?

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June 6, 2014 By Wayne Lusvardi.   American diplomat Dwight Morrow wrote, “Any party which takes credit for the rain must not be surprised if its opponents blame it for the drought.” Likewise any policymakers that take credit for restoring rivers for fish and not building dams should not be surprised when they get blamed for water shortages and groundwater overdrafting. On June 1 the Sacramento Bee r...

Feds funnel money to CA hydrogen cars

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June 5, 2014 By James Poulos. The hype surrounding electric cars is running out of gas -- and the Department of Energy is directing funds toward hydrogen. Nearly $7 million in federal financial support is headed to five California developers working on hydrogen fuel cells, which emit only water vapor as a byproduct. Foremost among the recipients are Ardica, in San Francisco; HRL Laboratories, in Malibu; Lawrence...

Election: Dems could lose 2/3 Assembly control

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June 4, 2014 By John Hrabe. Democrats, who seized two-thirds control of the California Assembly in 2012, will have a tough time repeating the task this November. In Tuesday's low turnout primary election, more than a half dozen members of the State Assembly -- all Democrats -- fell below 50 percent in their re-election bids. Known as the incumbent rule, derived from a 1989 article by Nick Panagakis, incumbe...
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