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CA Democrats want higher fees and taxes for state infrastructure

  Sharing in a new emerging consensus in favor of substantial infrastructure spending, California Democrats have teed up the policy for early action in 2017, triggering renewed debate over the wisdom of funding the effort through significant new transportation-related fees and

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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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Battleground 2016: Top Legislative Races

Editor’s Note: This story was originally published on July 19. Republicans in the state Legislature are thought to have a challenging election cycle this year. The outcome in November will determine whether the GOP has enough seats in the state

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CalWatchdog Morning Read – August 29

Legislators asking for hike in gas tax to fund transpo plan Transpo plan and other big items going unresolved this session PUC overhaul not enough? Assembly members retaliate against fellow Democratic Senator Sen. Leno says bye to Sacramento Good morning.

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CA lawmakers team up to pitch 17-cent gas tax hike

The Democratic member who has led the push in the Assembly for a gas tax hike to pay for transportation improvements is teaming with the Democratic senator who has played the same role in his chamber. And the pair want to be

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Four things to watch for in the Legislature in August

August is sure to be a busy month in Sacramento, as legislators fight to get their priorities passed before the legislative session ends on August 31.  While a large number of bills will be debated, there are four things to watch

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Women poised for modest gains in legislative races

Women make up more than half of California’s population, but only about one-fourth of the Legislature.  And in November, that’s unlikely to change too much, according to a CalWatchdog analysis. While an October surprise, outside factor or just particularly good

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Lawmakers perpetuate “system-is-rigged” narrative by honoring family members with awards, critics say

At a time when voters are increasingly convinced the system is rigged, some state legislators are making that perception worse by giving district-wide awards to their family members, critics say. While it’s not uncommon for legislators to participate in award ceremonies recognizing

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Lawmaker gives award to brother, political consultant

In deciding which small business from her district should win an award for “Small Business of the Year,” Assemblymember Nora Campos didn’t have to look far.  The San Jose Democrat chose Voler Strategic Advisers, a fledgling political strategy firm that

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Legislator wants domestic violence, political intimidation denounced equally

Following renewed calls from members of the legislature’s women’s caucus for Assemblyman Roger Hernández to step down amid domestic violence allegations, one legislator is criticizing what she claims is the group’s uneven response on issues, after the group failed to denounce her political

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