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New legislator pitches merit pay 3

Feb. 4, 2010 By JOHN SEILER Fresh faces bring fresh ideas. Just elected in a special election, new Assemblyman Chris Norby, R-Fullerton, is brimming with ideas on how to reform education in California. The former high-school history teacher most recently

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Harris touts state approach to truancy 4

Feb. 3, 2010 By ELISE VIEBECK San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris, who is running for state attorney general, called yesterday for a statewide approach to school truancy — an idea that has conservatives worried about local control issues and

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An interview with Poizner 0

Feb. 2, 2010 Editor’s Note: The GOP gubernatorial race has turned particularly contentious, as Steve Poizner accused Meg Whitman of trying to muscle him out of the race. Here is an interview CalWatchdog recently had with Poizner. We are trying

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Did car tax drive deficit? 0

Feb. 1, 2010 By JOHN SEILER As negotiations get under way on the California State Budget – especially its $20 billion deficit – numerous remedies are being advanced, including tax increases. One old idea is to bring the car tax,

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Why Sen. Lou Correa voted against SB 810 6

Jan. 29, 2010 by KATY GRIMES Yesterday the state Senate passed SB 810, the single payer health care bill sponsored by Senator Mark Leno (D, San Francisco) by a 22-14 vote. Today I spoke with Senator Lou Correa (D, Santa

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The clash over health care 7

Jan. 28, 2010 By KATY GRIMES On a vote of 22 to 14, the California State Senate today approved Senate Bill 810, which creates a government-run health care system, also known as single-payer health care. Last week, the Senate Appropriations Committee voted to

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State may sue CCPOA over owed funds 3

Jan. 26, 2010 By STEVEN GREENHUT The Schwarzenegger administration has threatened legal action against the California Correctional Peace Officers’ Association — the prison guards’ union — if its officials continue to refuse to pay the millions of dollars the union

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Out-of-state prison costs soar 6

Jan. 26, 2010 By KATY GRIMES The price tag for California’s out-of-state prisoners has jumped in three years from $20 million in late 2006, to $630 million in 2009-10. The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) as well as

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Tilting at pension reform 17

Jan. 22, 2010 By ANTHONY PIGNATARO What to do about public employee pensions is the thorniest, nastiest, most difficult question facing Sacramento lawmakers today. Few issues cause such disappointment and despair. Yet one group of activists and accountants is plugging

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Don't ask about this resolution 1

Jan. 20, 2010 By KATY GRIMES With California’s massive budget problems, there should be plenty of meaningful, critical state business for the Legislature to focus on. However, the nine-member Assembly Judiciary Committee spent time last week on a resolution calling

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