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CalWatchdog Morning Read – November 9

Supermajority eludes Democrats Ballot measure breakdown Congressional update Good morning. As you know, Donald Trump will be the next president of the United States in what felt like another mini Republican wave election. In fact, Republicans seemed to have fought

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Tobacco-tax fact checks miss the mark

Twice now we’ve seen fact-checkers panning the anti-tobacco tax campaign’s claim in a radio ad that Prop. 56, an increase of $2 per pack on cigarettes and other tobacco and nicotine products, “cheats schools out of at least $600 million

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Gov. Brown mulls bills overseeing psychotropic drugs for foster kids

SACRAMENTO – California’s foster-care system has long been plagued with unaddressed problems, but a recent exposé about the system’s alleged over-prescription of psychotropic drugs has propelled the Legislature into action. Gov. Jerry Brown currently has on his desk three bills that

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CalWatchdog Morning Read – August 22

Legislators’ new campaign slush funds Casino hires dad to lobby his daughter? Two OC GOP legislative candidates running from Trump Holes in Denti-Cal Prop. 47 led to 52,000 fewer arrests Good morning. Happy Monday. Legislators begin another week of whittling

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What initiatives are on the November ballot?

Voters have been warned for a while to be prepared for a seemingly never-ending series of ballot measures, and on Thursday the secretary of state released the final list of what initiatives qualified. Seventeen total. And while voters will read

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CA health tax plan keeps Medi-Cal part of national budget

Surmounting a challenge that has festered since summer of last year, Sacramento legislators pulled together behind a tax plan that will keep Medi-Cal part of the national budget. “California lawmakers approved a health plan tax package Monday designed to continue pulling

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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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Drug prices latest CA ballot battle

Responding to a growing sense of alarm among state officials and the general public, the AIDS Healthcare Foundation has secured approval for a ballot initiative that would coercively reduce the cost of prescription drugs. The California Drug Price Relief Act,

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Medi-Cal lands $6 billion waiver

Just as the Golden State’s Medi-Cal waiver ran out, federal regulators rescued California yet again. Regulators “agreed in principle to a five-year, $6.2 billion waiver for California’s Medicaid program,” California Healthline reported. “That was good news for California health officials, who plan to

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