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Expected Vidak-Perez runoff would spark national attention

May 28th, 2013 By admin. May 30, 2013 By Katy Grimes Only hours after appearing to win the election outright for State Senate District 16 last week, many in the political media were opining that Andy Vidak had it easy during this special election, but predicted a 2014 re-election bid would be a different game. Tuesday's election seemed over and done. Vidak, a 47-year old, third-generation Republican farmer...

California’s prison guards lock up reforms

May 21st, 2013 By admin. May 21, 2013 By Sagar Jethani After being threatened with contempt by a panel of federal judges for failing to sufficiently reduce the number of prisoners in California's jails, Gov. Jerry Brown reluctantly unveiled a plan this month to further reduce the Golden State's overcrowded prisons by another 9,000 inmates. Enthusiasm in Sacramento was in short supply. Brown argued that cou...

CA media ignore Obama administration’s fracking views

May 14th, 2013 By admin. May 14, 2013 By Chris Reed The debate over hydraulic fracturing -- using high-powered water cannons to reach natural gas and oil reserves deep underground -- is heating up in California, driven by the vast economic potential of the Monterey shale formation under vast swaths of the state. Last month, a committee of the California Legislature passed three bills targeting “fracking....

Seniors decry CalPERS long-term care rate hikes

May 10th, 2013 By admin. May 10, 2013 By Dave Roberts If you’re curious what health care insurance might be like when the government takes it over, a preview was provided on Tuesday at an informational hearing of the Assembly Committee on Aging and Long-Term Care. State Capitol Room 127 was packed with seniors angry about the false promises, mismanagement and exorbitant rate increases of the long-term care i...
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