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CalWatchdog Morning Read – December 1 0

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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CA’s road funding plans ‘stuck in traffic’

More than a month after Gov. Jerry Brown called for lawmakers to hold a “special session” on transportation funding, California still doesn’t have a plan for how to close its annual $5.7 billion shortfall for road, bridge and highway repairs.

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DMV issues 400,000 licenses to unauthorized immigrants

The California Department of Motor Vehicles issued nearly 400,000 driver licenses to unauthorized immigrants from January through June, following the start of a contested new law that green-lighted such action. The Safe and Responsible Drivers Act was passed by the

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Anti-GMO group can’t get labeling bill introduced

The perception that California is a world leader in far-reaching environmental laws has never been true when it comes to GMOs — genetically modified organisms, usually crops that have been altered and the food products they end up in. The

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CA media finds de Leon guilty of not being Steinberg 8

There has been steady turnover in the leadership of the state Assembly every few years, so there is plenty of evidence that most new speakers get the equivalent of a honeymoon. Certainly that’s been true of current Speaker Toni Atkins,

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