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Los Angeles congressman named next attorney general, musical chairs ensues

Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday tapped Democratic Congressman Xavier Becerra to be California’s next attorney general.  Becerra, who would need to be confirmed by the Legislature, would fill the impending vacancy left by Kamala Harris, who was elected to the U.S. Senate

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Voters narrowly approve measure to expedite death penalty executions

A measure to speed up executions in California was projected to pass Tuesday night, according to the Associated Press.  Proposition 66, which aims to cap death-sentence appeals at five years, stands at 51.1 percent of the vote. While such a slim

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Former GOP congressman laying gubernatorial groundwork to avoid mistakes of 2016

Former Republican Congressman Tom Campbell is laying the groundwork for an unspecified Republican candidate in the 2018 gubernatorial race, hoping to avoid what happened in this cycle’s U.S. Senate race where no Republican candidate advanced to the general election. Campbell,

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CA Democrats line up to back marijuana legalization

  The executive board of the California Democratic Party has endorsed recreational marijuana, throwing its support behind the ballot measure that has won the support of Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom. Meeting recently in Long Beach, the board voted in favor of the

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Congress conflicts on CA drought

Despite substantial labors on both sides of the aisle, legislators in the House and the Senate alike have failed to agree on a drought relief package for California, deepening a dispute over where water should flow that seems to have

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CalWatchdog Morning Read – May 18

Treasurer Chiang will run for governor Graduation rates rise Sen. Feinstein seeks compromise, drought relief Death penalty still divides Water agency seeks record fine Good morning! Happy Hump Day.  It’s Twitterficial. Democratic state Treasurer John Chiang is running for governor, he announced

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Federal oversight of U.S. security dominated by California lawmakers

California lawmakers have emerged as pivotal players in the state’s struggle over cyberlaw — and the country’s. In Sacramento and Washington, D.C., elected officials have placed themselves at the forefront of disputes over the intersection of technology and national security,

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Obama designates three national monuments in CA desert

With an eye toward cementing one unquestioned — but not unchallenged — aspect of his legacy, president Obama designated three California desert locations as national monuments, adding to a substantial tally of sites poised to grow further before his term

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Chavez drops Senate campaign, recommits to Assembly

In dramatic fashion, Assemblyman Rocky Chavez announced Monday he was suspending his campaign to replace the retiring Democratic Senator Barbara Boxer while at a debate for that seat. “I think the best role I can fill for the Republican Party and

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UC drops investments in response to activists’ gripes

For the second time in three months, University of California pension administrators have ended their investments in specific industries after receiving complaints from student activists, spurring criticism that investments should be focused on returns — not on making political or

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