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Campaign committees fund life of luxury

August 19th, 2013 By John Hrabe. 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 analysis of campaign spending reports has found. Californians for Jobs and a Strong Economy, a political ...

Rainfall study contradicts CA water policy

August 16th, 2013 By Wayne Lusvardi. In the mid-1970s, it was common for many Santa Barbara County communities to deny water meters to limit growth and development.  Santa Barbara experienced periodic droughts up until 1991, when it finally built a pipeline connecting to the State Water Project’s California Aqueduct. However, a 2012 climate change study entitled “When It Rains It Pours,” by Environment California'...

Bill aims to curb human trafficking

August 13th, 2013 By Dave Roberts. When Angela Guanzon was offered the opportunity to leave the Philippines and work in the United States, she felt like she had won the lottery. But when she arrived, her dream turned into a nightmare. Guanzon was told by the Filipino woman who brought her and 10 others to the U.S. that she owed $12,000 and would have to work 18 hours a day, seven days a week in an elderly care facility in...

Leftists seek SEC regulation of corporate speech

August 9th, 2013 By Dave Roberts. 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, founder of the Center for Political Accountability, in a recent debate over corporate political speech. Freed’s organization and other leftist...
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