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Leftists seek SEC regulation of corporate speech

This is the second in a two-part series on the battle over corporate political speech. Part one can be read here. “We see political spending as distorting markets in policy making and creating a skewed playing field,” said Bruce Freed,

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Debaters clash over allowing corporate free speech

This is the first article in a two-part series on the battle against corporate political speech. The U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizen’s United decision in 2010 affirmed the right of businesses, associations and unions to freely engage in politics. Since then,

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Public ‘onslaught’ stopped union PLA bid 3

July 1, 2013 By John Hrabe If you’re jaded about politics and question whether elected officials listen to their constituents, consider the story of how a group of concerned taxpayers and small business owners stopped the Coast Community College District

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UFW strong-arms its own employees 4

June 24, 2013 By Katy Grimes What would Cesar Chavez say? The iconic co-founder of the United Farm Workers union organized across California to improve farm laborers’ pay, benefits and working conditions. Cesar Chavez Day is a state holiday on

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State auditor will scrutinize Child Protective Services 28

June 6, 2013 By Katy Grimes SACRAMENTO — It’s audit time for Child Protective Services, part of the California Department of Social Services. A protest rally by 100 people at the Capitol Wednesday morning charged the agency with both abusing

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Obamacare grants exemptions for everyone but taxpayers 11

Feb. 5, 2013 By Katy Grimes Obamacare is beginning to directly affect Californians’ wallets — and health. New regulations released last week from the Internal Revenue Service and the Department of Health and Human Services made it clear that spouses and children

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Oakland hires ‘Stop-and-Frisk’ Bill Bratton to fight crime 10

Jan. 29, 2013 By Dave Roberts Oakland’s website prominently touts that it has been ranked by the New York Times as the fifth best place in the world to visit. It beat out every other North American city as well

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L.A. Sheriffs set the standard for dealing with the homeless 0

Editor’s note: This is the second part of a three-part series on how the homeless and mentally ill are treated in California. Part One was about the Kelly Thomas beating and death. July 9, 2012 By Tori Richards Welcome to

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Jerry Brown: An Enlightened Despot? 10

July 2, 2012 By Katy Grimes It is becoming rather difficult to distinguish California as part of a Representative Republic, when the Democratic party is able to hold budget “negotiations” without any Republican input, and the Governor attempts to manipulate

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Noted Lawyer Slammed in Judicial Gulag 4

JULY 5, 2011 By RICHARD TRAINOR When I met Richard Fine in the summer of 2001, he was riding high. Shortly after that he was rotting in jail. A prominent attorney with a thriving practice in Beverly Hills, in the

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