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April Fool’s Day campaign aims to clear voter confusion

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April 2, 2014 By John Hrabe. Here's a fact that's no April Fool's Day joke. A political party, which traces its history to the segregationist platform of Alabama Gov. George C. Wallace and his 1968 presidential bid, is the fastest growing political party in California. The state that is home to more than 10 million immigrants and a quarter of America's immigrant population is churning out new members of the ...

Judge green lights Silicon Valley class action suit

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April 1, 2014 By James Poulos. It's official: Many of California's biggest tech firms are going to trial. Faced with a class action brought by over 64,000 combined employees, Adobe, Apple, Google, Intel, Intuit, Lucasfilm and Pixar asked U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh to grant a summary judgment effectively throwing out the lawsuit. On Friday, Judge Koh denied that request, allowing California's most high-profile w...

New fears push more California e-cig bans

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March 31, 2014 By James Poulos. Southern California's thriving e-cigarette industry faces a big new problem: nationwide, their products are becoming a hot new focal point of public health worries. In the latest report casting "vapes" in a negative light, the New York Times called the nicotine solution found in e-cigs "poison by the barrel." That has producers and retailers in a "defensive crouch," according to the ...

New min wage law clears CA Senate committee

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March 31, 2014 By James Poulos. Two minimum wage hikes in two years for California? Just a year after Gov. Jerry Brown signed one minimum wage hike into law, the California Senate's Labor and Industrial Relations Committee last week greenlit an even faster and more sweeping boost. Last year, Brown signed Assembly Bill 10, by Assemblyman Luis Alejo, D-Salinas, which boosted the state's current $8 minimum wage this way...
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