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New Senate Prez de Leon pushes agenda
State Sen. Kevin de Leon, D-Los Angeles, has been chosen by his party colleagues to lead them in the Senate. The selection pulls the California Democratic Party further to the left. De Leon's rise from poverty in San Diego's rough Logan Heights neighborhood attracts admiration from Republicans...
Auditor blasts illegal sterilization of inmates
It's hard to think of anything more dehumanizing that illegally sterilizing someone. It takes away their right to reproduce. But that's what happened in California prisons from 2005 to 2013. An audit released today by the California Auditor looked into the malpractice. If found: "During our revi...
What CA can learn from North Dakota’s stunning boom
The boom that North Dakota's enjoyed because of fracking is usually depicted in newspaper stories and network reports as being about housing shortages and a flood of in-migration driven by job hunters. Rarely do accounts offer stark statistics that illustrate just how big the boom has been. Thank...
More money, problems for CA high-speed rail
Proponents of California's much-ballyhooed high-speed rail got a big boost in the state's new budget. But in every other area where the struggle for its fate is playing out, the project is facing an array of daunting roadblocks. Thanks to Gov. Jerry Brown's staunch support, Sacramento legislat...
Chart warns of possible stock crash
We can't predict the future. But we prudently can make preparations for unfortunate events. That's why the California government and local governments should make sure they have budget surpluses. Check out the following chart. It shows that the current DJIA stock rally (blue line) is si...
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