How Severe is U.S. pension debt? 25

AUGUST 27, 2010 By STEVEN GREENHUT This piece was originally published on the Nieman Watchdog site. As the economy boomed, few people worried much about the debt that local and state governments were amassing to pay for increasingly generous pension

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Waters' 'unseemly' slate-mail game 10

AUGUST 26, 2010 By BRADLEY BENBROOK Progressive Connections: Rep. Maxine Waters’ Voter Guide Operation Connects California Politicians To Her Daughter’s Bank Account U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Los Angeles, will soon stand trial before the Office of Congressional Ethics over charges

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Forced Pet Sterilization Bill Fails 0

Katy Grimes: After being inactive for almost a year, the Assembly voted down a bill today that would have forced pet owners to sterilize dogs and cats. After being resurrected by the author, SB 250, by Sen. Dean Florez, D-Shafter, was sold as

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Is Steinberg Calling Oropeza, Wiggins Back? 0

AUG. 26, 2010 By ANTHONY PIGNATARO With the end of the California legislative session looming (it was supposed to be this Friday, but has been pushed back to Tuesday, Aug. 30), all sorts of questions are flying around the state

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Placer County bans PLAs 0

Steven Greenhut: Here’s the rare good news press release from Kevin Dayton at Associated Builders and Contractors of California, the open-shop construction trade association: A third county in California has now prohibited Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) on taxpayer-funded construction projects.

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Uncertainty is the only certainty 0

AUG. 26, 2010 Every day, more homes go into foreclosure. Companies are not hiring. Credit card usage is at the lowest in decades. Banks are not lending. The question everyone is asking is, do businesses and consumers feel optimism or

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Is Holocaust Rail Bill Protectionism? 0

AUGUST 26, 2010 By KATY GRIMES Legislators want to require companies competing for contracts to build California’s new high-speed rail system, to disclose involvement in deportations to concentration camps during World War II, as well as disclose any restitution made

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What Hath Arnold Wrought? 0

AUGUST 26, 2010 We’re at that time in a governor’s term when we start hearing the word “legacy” on a nearly daily basis. A Nexis search of the terms “Arnold Schwarzenegger” and “legacy” in newspapers over the last month yielded

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