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GOP lawmakers bet bullet train bad news will continue

Will news about the California bullet train’s cost overruns and missed construction deadlines remain the norm for years to come? Or will the state’s $64 billion project find a groove and make considerable progress in coming years? These are the

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GOP legislators unlikely to pay price for cap-and-trade vote

SACRAMENTO – As the California Legislature approached a late-night Monday vote to extend the state’s climate-change-fighting cap-and-trade system, the Capitol buzz focused on Jacqui Irwin of Thousand Oaks. The Democratic assemblywoman was absent because of a long-standing family commitment, thus

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Legislature’s top two Democrats hire former U.S. attorney general to fight Trump administration

The top two Democrats in the Legislature announced early Wednesday morning that they were hiring former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder as outside counsel in the ongoing fight with Republican President-elect Donald Trump. In a joint statement, Speaker Anthony Rendon,

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CalWatchdog Morning Read – December 7

Jean Fuller kept on a Senate Republican leader Nearly one-third of Bay Area residents can’t “make ends meet” Democrats introduce housing affordability plan Lawmakers may block state’s pension funds from investing in controversial pipeline Brown warns of international blowback for U.S. bucking

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State Senate Republicans keep Fuller as leader

Senate Republicans in Sacramento unanimously re-elected Jean Fuller as leader on Tuesday. The Bakersfield Republican has led the caucus since August 2015.  “I am honored and humbled that my Republican colleagues have elected me to continue serving as Senate Republican Leader,”

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Bipartisan support building to curb “policing for profit”

Proponents of a measure to close a loophole that allows local law enforcement agencies to seize citizens’ property without a criminal conviction or even an arrest — a practice dubbed “policing for profit” — are moving behind the scenes to shore

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Is the state stubbornly running toward financial trouble?

It’s politically popular to rail on the One Percent and demand top earners pay their “fair share.” But they actually already pay a large share, fair or not, which analysts predict could be disastrous to California in the event of an

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John Kasich’s presidential primary challenges

On paper, John Kasich is the presidential candidate Republicans have been waiting on for years. The Ohio governor represents an important swing state. As a member of Congress, he chaired the House Budget Committee, where he was considered the architect

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Assembly Republicans: Hold steady in 2016 to build for 2017

Facing a presidential election that’s guaranteed to overshadow them and numbering so few that passing even a simple resolution requires an act of God, Assembly Republicans are hoping to simply hold their 28 seats in 2016 while building the foundation

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State leaders, labor groups announce deal on $15 minimum wage

Democratic lawmakers and labor groups announced on Monday a deal to gradually raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour. Gov. Jerry Brown and Senate President Pro Tempore Kevin de León of Los Angeles, joined by representatives of the Service Employees

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