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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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Sacramento pack somehow perceives well-run state government

Happy Fourth, everyone! In January 2008. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said that he backed state lawmakers’ push to revise strict term limits for a specific reason. In response to a question I asked him at an editorial board meeting, Arnold said

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‘Violence is as American as apple pie’ 7

Jan. 30, 2013 By Katy Grimes The Senate and Assembly held a joint Public Safety committee hearing on Tuesday about guns, but the hearing room was not even two-thirds full. Several Capitol staffers told me that the hearing had not

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Pension reform puts teacher take-home pay in cross hairs 11

Dec. 19, 2012 By Chris Reed The conventional wisdom about the 400,000 members of the California Teachers Association and the 120,000 members of the California Federation of Teachers is difficult to dispute:  Their unions dominate Sacramento in a way no other

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Prop 29 tobacco tax defeated 0

June 6, 2012 Katy Grimes: Ballotpedia just reported that Proposition 29, the Tobacco tax, was defeated 50.8 percent to 49.2 percent. Whew! That was close. But in the end, I think voters are just distrustful of another tax, and particularly

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Proposition 29: Why should voters care? 0

April 25, 2012 by Katy Grimes There are examples of waste, fraud and abuse in nearly every corner of government.  With the election season upon us, voters need to pay special attention to what is on the ballot. California’s ballot

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Ballot-Box Budgeting Scheme 0

Katy Grimes: The latest proposed state budget demonstrates exactly why California doesn’t need the new spending scheme that will appear on the ballot this June. The budget released by the Governor last week projects that despite billions in cuts to

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