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CalWatchdog Morning Read – August 8

New bill rekindles old human egg fight Lawmakers push for mandatory minimums in sex assault cases OC Democrats almost overtake former Republican stronghold Bilingual education back on ballot Good morning! Happy Monday. Our top story is about a new bill

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CalWatchdog Morning Read – May 5

Millennials matter in elections 21 to smoke SCOTUS on Gov. Brown’s sentencing initiative Education still near the bottom Influential liberal groups complain business group has too much influence Happy Cinco de Mayo. It’s also Thursday. Are California millennials a political bellwether?

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Transparency activists seek CA sunshine

  National Sunshine Week — an effort to increase and encourage government transparency — has come and gone in California while multiple types of state secrecy continue to draw fire from lawmakers and citizens. Budgeting has topped the list of recent complaints. “The

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Brown debuts 2016-17 budget

More permanent state spending would be devastating to California, Gov. Jerry Brown announced — at least in the midst of another recession. Unveiling his budget for the new fiscal year, Brown flourished a chart bearing that warning, although the proposal

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Sacramento mired in budget bickering

Having failed to deliver during a special legislative session Gov. Jerry Brown called last year, Sacramento Democrats and Republicans squared off on Medi-Cal and infrastructure spending this week. A large health care hole has developed in the current state budget, driven

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Education sector bond spending continues to spike

Schools and universities from the smallest unified school district to the top-tier university systems in the state issued more bonds in 2015 than they had in any year since the boom times of 2005, before the Great Recession. The result

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Education debt debate heats up

With the start of a new year, a fresh array of political, economic and legal developments promise to sharpen California’s ongoing debate over the costs and consequences of its current education system. The California State Teachers’ Retirement System, one of

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CA economically anxious, politically divided

A new series of polling questions revealed widespread unease among Californians, regardless of party. But economic anxiety concentrated inland, away from the coastal metropolises, teeing up the prospect of an especially sharp political divide between Republicans and Democrats on the one

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Developer lobby helping to promote $9 billion education bond

A $9 billion school-construction bond that voters will decide on in November 2016 will be promoted heavily by titans in the construction industry that stand to profit mightily if the measure passes. The stakes for builders are high; failure to

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State agency struggling to police for-profit colleges

  The state talks a big game about policing the for-profit college industry, with legislative proposals to ease student debt and a massive lawsuit against the now-defunct Corinthian Colleges. But an $8 million bureaucracy the state launched five years ago

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