Will Tea Party be suppressed again in 2014? 16

A year ago Americans found out that the Obama administration perpetrated the biggest abuse of the IRS since the Nixon administration 40 years earlier. The IRS targeted the conservative Tea Party for special abuse, including California groups. For example, NorCal

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Drought Wars: Where did the farm water go?

Where did that farm water go? That’s a major question stalking California during its record drought. The finger-pointing sure is under way. On Feb. 4, environmental writer Dan Bacher pointed at state water managers, claiming they made the California drought worse by

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Outside labor $ may cost GOP expected win in San Diego mayor’s race

Politico has done an unusually good job for an East Coast news outlet in describing the Tuesday, Feb. 11, special election to replace disgraced Bob Filner as mayor of San Diego. Republican Councilman Kevin Faulconer, an affable moderate-conservative, had been

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‘Transportation justice’ in CA helps the poor buy electric cars

The year 2014 sees California helping poor people buy electric cars, what’s called “transportation justice.” SB 359 is by state Sen. Ellen Corbett, D-San Leandro. It approved a loan for $30 million to help finance low-income residents to transition away from older,

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Groups sue city of Sacto over disqualified petitions

Sacramento Taxpayers Opposed to Pork, and Voters for a Fair Arena Deal filed a lawsuit Wednesday Jan. 28, against the city of Sacramento, to put the use of public subsidies for a new basketball arena to a public vote. STOP and

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Gov. Brown under fire for rail firm campaign contribution 5

Governor Jerry Brown is under fire for the timing of a max-out contribution from a high-speed rail contractor to his re-election campaign. Brown recently asked the California Supreme Court for an expedited review – and reversal – of two lower court rulings that

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Mizzou vs. CA egg fight 2

One reason for the long prosperity of the United States is that the country is a vast free-trade zone. Whatever the trade policies toward other countries over the years — protectionist or free trade — 330 million Americans can trade

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San Diego leaders embrace failed affordable-housing approach

As Eric Stratton so memorably put it in 1978 — or was it 1962? — sometimes a situation “requires a really futile and stupid gesture be done on somebody’s part.” Which brings us to the affordable-housing policies of the majority faction of

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Same-day voter registration law delayed until 2016 1

Californians can expect to wait at least two more years for the state’s same-day voter registration law to take effect. Secretary of State Debra Bowen, the state’s chief elections officer, says that the state won’t meet the legal requirements to implement

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Constitutional amendment seeks to revoke Prop. 209 racial preferences ban 18

SACRAMENTO — The battle over racial preferences is heating up again in California. Senate Constitutional Amendment 5, by state Sen. Ed Hernandez, D-West Covina, was just introduced in the Legislature. It would allow the University of California and California State

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