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‘Gender injustice’ behind call to reduce taxes on tampons

SACRAMENTO – In his veto message of a series of tax-reduction bills last September, Gov. Jerry Brown explained that “tax breaks are the same as new spending – they both cost the general fund money.” He said such measures should

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State watchdog agency points to flaws in bond oversight

SACRAMENTO – The Oroville Dam’s near disaster has ignited a long-overdue debate about the condition of California’s infrastructure, and the need for additional investments in its creaky system of dams, levees, freeways, bridges and schools. Democrats and Republicans agree on

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CalWatchdog Morning Read – December 9

Poll: State higher education is too darn expensive Obama sides with Boxer against Feinstein in water rift Rural Republicans bracing for CA’s lurch left Party money loophole key to Democrats’ electoral success  Malibu property owners fined millions for denying public

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CalWatchdog Morning Read – December 6

New session brings plan for bail reform Brown, Becerra take measured approach to Trump Report: Trump administration could be good for CA economy New bill would track law enforcement weapons  Former state senator falls up in game of political musical

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CalWatchdog Morning Read – December 1

Darrell Issa sues opponent Statewide teacher shortage persists FBI still trying to answer key questions from San Bernardino terror attack Water conservation plan unveiled Moderate Democrats in Sacramento may reject new taxes Good morning. TGIT. Welcome to December. The election

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CalWatchdog Morning Read – November 22

Democratic supermajority in Legislature Pension costs going up? Calexit initiative filed But do they know how hard secession would be? Silicon Valley picked the wrong candidate. Now what? Good morning. Happy Tuesday, also known informally around the CalWatchdog newsroom as “Almost

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CalWatchdog Morning Read – November 16

Poll: Republican gubernatorial candidates would perform well behind Democrat Newsom CA congressional Republicans survived Trump-based attacks Large public union getting closer to a strike Sex worker union urging Gov. Brown to decriminalize prostitution Democrats officially get supermajority in Assembly, Senate still

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Bail reform tops criminal-justice efforts in next legislative session

California has long been known as a law-and-order state, particularly following the crime spikes of the 1980s. The state passed the toughest “three strikes” law in the nation and state officials from both parties often have argued over who would

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CalWatchdog Morning Read – September 30

Brown OKs massive state-run retirement program Bill curbing “policing for profit” becomes law Drones still largely unregulated Definition of party-line votes is changing Gender-neutral bathrooms now the norm Republicans continue to lose Orange County stronghold  Happy Friday! It’s also the

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‘Jungle primary’ effects could doom AB32’s renewal

California’s shift to “jungle primaries” in which the top two candidates advance regardless of party hasn’t resulted in significant changes in state politics, Mother Jones reported in early 2015. A 2014 Los Angeles Times op-ed was similarly dismissive of the

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