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7th legislator on Cuba junket identified
  A seventh state lawmaker that participated in a spring break trip to Cuba has been identified. The office of Assemblywoman Shirley Weber, D-San Diego, confirmed to CalWatchdog.com that the freshman legislator spent the spring break holiday in Cuba. “Please be informed that Assembly Member...
Capitol Weekly Top 100 List snubs women
No sooner had Capitol Weekly announced its list of “the most powerful movers and shakers in California politics” than Sacramento insiders were griping about who’d been snubbed. The list is considered the barometer of Capitol power, and as such, it’s become a self-fulfilling prophecy. Thos...
CA Assembly pays women less; fewer in top staff positions
The state Capitol remains a good old boys' club. Women who work for the California State Assembly face a glass ceiling, substantial pay inequities and limits to their career advancement. Female employees are paid less than their male counterparts, are less likely to serve in leadership roles and ...
Campaign committees fund life of luxury
The political chicken dinner has gone upscale. In the first half of the year, legislative leaders, political parties and political action committees lured campaign contributors with limousine rides, gourmet meals and swag bags loaded with booze and iPad Minis, a CalWatchdog.com analysis of campai...
Cash flows to committee taking up optometry bill
When doctors expressed concerns about legislation to expand the scope of practice for pharmacists, the state’s medical professionals all agreed on a compromise. Only pharmacists that received additional training would be given the expanded authority to directly administer certain contraceptives, v...
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