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NEW: CA deals Indian casino chaos

Thursday, November 27th, 2014
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Despite generating huge revenues, California's Indian casino industry has been dealt some questionable hands. Political interests have begun to swirl like a roulette ball around fresh efforts to legalize internet gambling statewide. But voters have been confronted by unpopular plans to expand ...

CalPERS numbers attract fresh scrutiny

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

The California Public Employees' Retirement System looks to see 2015 as another controversial year, especially around four budding controversies. First, attention has focused in recent weeks around the way CalPERS pays its board members and executives. An investigation by the Sacramento Bee rev...

Dems double down on CA for comeback

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

Under the still powerful influence of  Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives have turned to the party's strength in California to see them through the next election cycle and beyond. Despite low popularity ratings nationwide and an unenviable track record lea...

Under fire, Feinstein’s water bill collapses

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

It has been an uncharacteristically bad week for Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif. First, her quiet effort to engineer a substantial drought relief bill for California washed out to sea. After working all year with Republicans for a compromise, this week Feinstein encountered surprise opposition ...

Gov. Brown nominates Leondra Kruger to state Supreme Court

Monday, November 24th, 2014
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Governor Jerry Brown has nominated a U.S. Department of Justice official for a spot on the California Supreme Court. On Monday, Brown nominated Leondra R. Kruger, a Yale Law School graduate, to fill a vacancy created by the retirement of Associate Justice Joyce L. Kennard, who left the court in ...

CA GOP eyes special state Senate election

Friday, November 21st, 2014

Aside from preventing Democrats from again nabbing two-thirds supermajorities in the California Legislature, the Nov. 4 national GOP electoral wave did little to change the political dynamic here. With two years to go before the 2016 elections, Golden State Republicans have gained an opportunity -...

Federal drought bill dead in water until 2015

Friday, November 21st, 2014

  Better and wetter luck next year, California. On Thursday, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., put the kibosh on passing a federal water bill dealing with California’s drought during the lame-duck session. She wrote in a statement: “Over the past several weeks I have been working clos...

Pension crisis divides CA Dems on UC tuition hikes

Thursday, November 20th, 2014
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A 14-7 vote Thursday by the full University of California Board of Regents made it official: Golden State Democrats are deeply divided on tuition increases, thanks to the intractable politics of underfunded pensions. On one side are Democrats who favored the increases, including UC Preside...

CA budget worse despite $2 billion new revenue

Thursday, November 20th, 2014
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  California's budget picture is sort of like that old Sandy Dennis high-school movie, "Up the Down Staircase." Going up: Legislative Analyst Mac Taylor just reported tax receipts jumped $2 billion over projections in the fiscal 2014-15 budget the Legislature passed, and Gov. Jerry Bro...

UC Regents approve tuition increase despite Gov. Brown objecting

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014
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A University of California Board of Regents committee voted to increase tuition at least 5 percent every year for five years despite widespread objection from students and Governor Jerry Brown. The vote was 7-2, with Brown, who serves as a member of the board by virtue of his governorship, and St...