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Republican state Sen. Nguyen silenced by Democratic lawmakers

In an unusual scene playing against type for California’s legislative Democrats, a party leader in the state Senate ordered sergeants to remove his Republican colleague state Sen. Janet Nguyen, R-Garden Grove. Interrupting Nguyen’s remarks on the late Tom Hayden, state Sen.

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CalWatchdog Morning Read – September 6

The right-to-die law fight lives on SoCal state Senate race is a wild ride College student lobby group wins big with zero budget School bond on November ballot result of Capitol inaction Prescription drug costs ballot measure ready for war Welcome

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‘Death with dignity’ law faces continued challenge

Gov. Jerry Brown’s decision to sign the End of Life Option Act on Oct. 5, 2015, triggered elation among the state groups which had fought for years to allow doctors to give people with terminal illnesses lethal doses of drugs

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Farmworker overtime passes easy test in Senate, faces challenge in Assembly

As expected, a bill expanding overtime pay for farmworkers passed the Senate on Monday along party lines. It moves to the Assembly next, where it died earlier this year. While farmworkers do get overtime, there is a much higher threshold than

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CA judge scraps assisted suicide suit

In another potent setback for California’s right-to-die advocates, a judge threw out a lawsuit brought by three residents trying to compel the courts to scrap the state’s ban on assisted suicide. A reticent judge “San Diego Superior Court Judge Gregory

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CA assisted suicide bill advances

With doctors’ groups divided, legislation that would authorize assisted suicide cleared a key hurdle in Sacramento, triggering a fresh round of controversy. Senate Bill 128, the so-called “End of Life Option Act,” was introduced earlier this year by state Sens. Lois Wolk, D-Davis, and

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Doctors join push for CA assisted suicide

In a medical community sharply divided on the issue of assisted suicide, momentum has shifted to the side that embraces the idea — with California at the forefront of the change. Two Golden State doctors with life-threatening illnesses have recently become plaintiffs in

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Lawmakers seek soda warning labels

A group of state lawmakers wants to single out “The Coke Side of Life” for a mandatory warning label that could send the Pepsi Generation to unhealthy beverages. State Senator Bill Monning, D-Carmel, and seven of his Democratic colleagues have proposed the Sugar-Sweetened

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Berkeley finds it’s not easy imposing soda tax

The city of Berkeley, Calif., is finding it’s not so easy imposing a soda tax. Since the tax’s Jan. 1 imposition, retailers find it’s a burden changing prices for just one type of item in one city. Measure D, officially

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Open-enrollment headache again strikes Covered CA

  If you thought the rollout of Obamacare was problematic last year, this year could be worse — including its implementation here, called Covered California. State officials are still struggling to clear a huge backlog of Medi-Cal applications from the

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