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California high court gives insurance commissioner vast new powers

SACRAMENTO – President Donald Trump’s spate of executive orders has jump-started a national debate about the wisdom of executive edicts, especially those that stray into the area of lawmaking. While presidential orders grab the spotlight, the issues of administrative overreach

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CalWatchdog Morning Read – November 30

U.S./Mexico water negotiations closely watched State strikes back at union threatening walkout CA Supreme Court to consider landmark pension ruling SF considering $5 million plan to defend those facing deportation ICYMI: What a Democratic supermajority means for the state Good morning.

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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 – October 12

Escalating pension debt may rest on CA Supreme Court ruling Is the state free of liability in Secure Choice retirement plan? Gloria Allred goes after Trump tapes New battle over bilingual education Crowdfunding effort to get Trump tapes  Good morning.

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Union appeal focuses attention on pension precedent

SACRAMENTO – A decision by four Marin County public-employee associations to appeal a pension-related case to the California Supreme Court could ultimately determine whether localities have the tools needed to rein in escalating pension debt. At issue is how far

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Court ruling opens avenue for pension reform

SACRAMENTO – An Aug. 17 California appeals court ruling rejected a public employee union’s claim that its members had a right to “pension spiking,” which the court described as “various stratagems and ploys to inflate their income and retirement benefits.”

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CA Supreme Court shuts down lawsuit against teachers union job protections

  Declining to hear an appeal, the California Supreme Court brought an apparent end to the saga of California’s historic lawsuit against teachers union job protections, alleged to violate students’ constitutional rights. A majority of justices “declined to hear the case, Vergara v. California, and

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‘Gut and amend’ tactics OK for ballot measures?

Gov. Jerry Brown has gotten the go-ahead to put his revised criminal justice reform measure on the November ballot after a 6-1 California Supreme Court ruling last week. The original version focused on juvenile justice reforms. The new version would

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New influx of federal funding for CA mortgage relief

  The federal government has supplied California with additional funds and time to continue its multi-year foreclosure relief program. The effort “intended to prevent home foreclosures that was expected to shut down next year is instead being expanded and extended following a new influx

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CA transparency reform initiative filed

A new state ballot initiative aimed at bringing greater transparency to Sacramento has been filed with the attorney general’s office. Charles Munger, Jr., one of the state GOP’s most substantial activists and donors, linked up with former state Sen. Sam

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