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Gas tax recall effort for Josh Newman grows

  Perceived as the most vulnerable of the legislative Democrats who passed Gov. Jerry Brown’s gas and vehicle tax package by a razor-thin margin, freshman state Sen. Josh Newman, D-Fullerton, faced an intensifying campaign to turn him out of office, potentially

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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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CalWatchdog Morning Read – November 29

Mr. Issa goes (back) to Washington Democrats grab legislative supermajorities Police-reform spotlight shines on the local level CalPERS misses Wells Fargo warning signs Startup aims to end dial-for-dollars How CA became so blue Good morning. Happy Tuesday. The Associated Press

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CalWatchdog Morning Read – November 23

Democrats on verge of supermajority Transportation deal dead for now Largest public workers union to strike Kamala Harris Backpage.com prosecution may be falling apart  Initiative forcing voter approval of large bond measures dies Good morning! Programming note: Morning Read will

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Democrats close to supermajority in Legislature, Newman takes lead

Democrat Josh Newman now has a lead of nearly 1,400 votes in the Southern California state Senate seat upon which rests Democrats’ chance of a supermajority in the Legislature. Newman, a political neophyte, had been running behind Republican Assemblywoman Ling

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SoCal Senate race narrows, Democrats edge closer to supermajority

Republicans’ chances of fending off a Democratic supermajority in the Legislature dwindle by the day.  The linchpin is one Southern California Senate district, where Republican Assemblywoman Ling Ling Chang has a narrow lead over Democrat Josh Newman in the race to

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CalWatchdog Morning Read – November 17

All eyes on SoCal state Senate race More details of personal spending from SD congressman’s campaign account Trouble for Pelosi? State senator wants total ban of sex offenders in schools Small Sierra town defaults on pension contributions Good morning! TGIT.

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Democratic supermajority rests on one Senate seat

The only thing standing in the way of a Democratic supermajority in the Legislature is one Southern California Senate seat.  Democrats are halfway there as the last barrier between them and a two-thirds majority in the Assembly officially crumbled on Tuesday,

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Here’s 10 things about Tuesday’s election

Tuesday’s election upended everything most experts thought they knew about politics, when Donald Trump defeated Hillary Clinton to become the next president with one of the most unconventional campaigns ever.  But down the ballot, 10 things stood out. Nearly 50,000 people

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Democratic supermajority in Legislature still out of reach late Election Night

A Democratic supermajority in the state Legislature remained elusive Tuesday night, according to early returns. With a supermajority, Democrats would be able to increase taxes, override gubernatorial vetoes and send measures to the ballot without Republican support. Democrats need two seats

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