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Study finds tripling tobacco tax would ignite smuggling

One out of five cigarettes puffed in California is smuggled. Yet a proposed $2 tax increase on every pack of cigarettes, which would increase the price to $9 per pack, would ignite cigarette smuggling, a new study by the California

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Initiative won’t bring back dead kids

It’s been 11 years since Bob Pack lost his children, Troy, 10, and Alana, 7, to a hit-and-run driver under the influence of alcohol and prescription drugs. This week, the Danville dad filed a proposed ballot measure in their memory:

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Fracking survives CA Legislature — for now 1

July 2, 2013 By Katy Grimes SACRAMENTO — After sitting through several recent marathon sessions in the Assembly, it was shocking to witness the powerful California environmental lobby lose its attempt to ban oil and gas hydraulic fracturing. For this,

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Now FL Gov. targets CA businesses 8

June 5, 2013 By Joseph Perkins First came Texas Gov. Rick Perry. Then Utah Gov. Gary Herbert and Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell. Now Florida Gov. Rick Scott is taking aim at California, reportedly considering leasing billboard space in selected markets

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Bills would remove doctors from abortion process 6

June 4, 2013 By Katy Grimes While other states have been passing laws restricting when a woman can have an abortion, for several years California politicians have been trying to move legislation in the other direction. Taking up efforts defeated last year,

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Politically connected HealthCare Partners sidestepped licensing for 10 years

  Part One of a series May 3, 2013 By Katy Grimes One of the original pioneers of the Obamacare patient networks, HealthCare Partners, has been operating in California without the required state license. But according to health care experts

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CA global warming is big business for government 18

April 24, 2013 By Katy Grimes Just when Californians thought implementation of the state’s Global Warming Solutions Act couldn’t get any worse, it is. AB 32, California’s Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, and SB 375, the sustainable communities companion

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Water plan threatens taxpayers, environment 9

April 14, 2013 By Steven Greenhut In Dostoevsky’s “The Brothers Karamazov,” a priest recalls the words of a man who confessed: “The more I love mankind in general, the less I love people in particular.” We can all think of

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Gov. Brown: To drill or not to drill? 10

April 8, 2013 By Katy Grimes California could become the next oil boom state. Will Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown and a Democratic supermajority in the state Legislature seize the day — and the tax revenue that would come with drilling and

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Cracking down on ADA lawsuit abuse 29

March 19, 2013 By Joseph Perkins I was a White House staff member when George H.W. Bush was in the Oval Office. I remember well when he signed the Americans With Disabilities Act into law, insisting that it would not

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