Parents fighting for kids; SEIU fighting for more money 16

June 5, 2013 By Katy Grimes SACRAMENTO — A modest rally at the Capitol this morning supporting a state audit of Child Protective Services competed with a humongous rally held by the SEIU. On the South steps of the Capitol,

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Jay Leno: Tax and regulate CA wildfire, send the IRS to Guantanamo 2

June 5, 2013 By John Seiler I’ve been watching Jay Leno’s monologues the past couple of months and he’s been on fire. After being canned by NBC, he has been invigorated. And he’s been going after government in a fashion generally

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Gov. Jerry Brown’s father complex 2

June 5, 2013 By John Seiler Calling Dr. Freud. Gov. Jerry Brown’s relationship with his later father, Gov. Pat Brown, is complex. It’s so complex it’s a father complex. Our colleague Steven Greenhut writes about it on Bloomberg, “Who Will

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Meredith Whitney doubts CA recovery 30

June 5, 2013 By Wayne Lusvardi California comeback? Maybe not. Municipal bond expert Meredith Whitney was interviewed on June 4 by Steve Forbes in Forbes.com about her new book, “The Fate of the States: A New Geography of American Prosperity.”

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Oblivious journos still ignore public employee step raises 11

June 5, 2013 By Chris Reed One of the worst failings of journalists who cover California government is their failure when writing about budgets to always mention the automatic “step” raises that many public employees get each year, including most

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Now FL Gov. targets CA businesses 8

June 5, 2013 By Joseph Perkins First came Texas Gov. Rick Perry. Then Utah Gov. Gary Herbert and Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell. Now Florida Gov. Rick Scott is taking aim at California, reportedly considering leasing billboard space in selected markets

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FBI raids Latino Caucus and Sen. Calderon’s Capitol office 8

June 4, 2013 By Katy Grimes UPDATE:  SACRAMENTO — As I left the Capitol today, I noticed several official vehicles double parked around the Capitol. Then I heard that Sen. Ron Calderon’s Capitol office had been raided by the FBI.

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Bills would remove doctors from abortion process 7

June 4, 2013 By Katy Grimes While other states have been passing laws restricting when a woman can have an abortion, for several years California politicians have been trying to move legislation in the other direction. Taking up efforts defeated last year,

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Would another Burns-Porter Act resolve the Delta revuelta? 0

June 4, 2013 By Wayne Lusvardi Mark Twain wrote, “History doesn’t repeat itself, but it does rhyme.” California is replaying its original political power struggle for passage of the State Water Project that had to be resolved by the Burns-Porter

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CA labor law enforcers penalizing the productive 6

June 4, 2013 By Katy Grimes Looking for a place to start a business? Some are saying anywhere but California. The California Chamber of Commerce did an analysis of a new report just released by the state Labor Commissioner. “State of the

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