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Temperatures rise in CA vax battle

The measles outbreak has injected the California Legislature with a new urgency in dealing with vaccine issues. First up is a new bill, as yet without a number, by state Sens. Ben Allen, D-Santa Monica, and Richard Pan, D-Sacramento, the latter

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New 2015 laws: Hollywood wins, in-home care loses

New Year’s Day sure wasn’t a holiday from new regulations: 2015 brings 931 new laws Californians must obey. Some took effect on Jan. 1; others will later in the year. State lawmakers — with the approval of Gov. Jerry Brown — have changed how

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Top CA GOP senator backs bilingual ed

A notable Golden State Republican just made a U-turn on 16 years of education policy: Sens. Bob Huff, R-Diamond Bar. He jointed majority Democrats in a  vote of the California Senate Education Committee to recommended adding an initiative to the 2016 ballot that would restore bilingual education to the

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Sen. Leland Yee allegedly brokered arms deals

A prominent San Francisco Democrat, who has been one of the state’s leading proponents of gun control, is accused of working with Chinatown gangsters and brokering arms deals with a Muslim rebel group based in the Philippines, according to court

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Five CA GOP state senators back $2 billion tax increase

June 10, 2013 By John Hrabe With a Democratic supermajority, Republican votes no longer are needed to increase taxes in the California Senate. Yet in a strange development, five GOP senators backed a tax increase anyway. SB 11 is a $2.3 billion

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Top 5 travel tips for Legislators on international junkets 4

April 4, 2013 By John Hrabe I used to think that I was the world’s most well-traveled Californian. In the past eighteen months, I’ve traveled to more than 70 cities in two dozen countries on four continents. I spent two

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How your CA legislators spent spring break 5

April 3, 2013 By John Hrabe California state legislators returned to the Capitol this week after a week-long spring vacation. The Sacramento Bee’s Capitol Alert already pointed out that spring break is “something California legislators and college students have in

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Lawsuit, bills seek to dowse fire tax 8

March 25, 2013 By Dave Roberts It hasn’t been a great year for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. In January, the Los Angeles Times revealed that for seven years Cal Fire has been hoarding a slush fund

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Huff, Conway skipped ballot verification for legislative junkets 4

March 6, 2013 By John Hrabe Nero may have fiddled as Rome burned. At least he was in the city when it happened. The same can’t be said for the leaders of the California Senate and Assembly Republican caucuses, who

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Democrats addicted to tax increases 9

Feb. 25, 2013 By Joseph Perkins You’ve heard the familiar fable about the scorpion and the frog? They meet on the bank of a stream and the scorpion asks the frog to carry him across on his back. The frog

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