2020 vision: California Democrats fire back at DOJ proposal to ask about citizenship on census

A request from the Justice Department to the Census Bureau to add a question on American citizenship to the 2020 census has California Democrats firing back over concerns that illegal immigrants will choose not to participate, possibly causing the state

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How will California’s four U.S. attorneys respond on pot after Sessions’ policy change?

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ Jan. 4 announcement that he had revoked the Obama administration’s policy of allowing states to make marijuana use and sales legal without fearing a federal crackdown and would leave it up to his 94 local

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Gov. Brown’s budget sets spending records, but warns of recession

SACRAMENTO – Gov. Jerry Brown’s annual budgets have become familiar affairs. During his last two terms in office, Brown routinely offered a budget plan that broke spending records, but also was designed to limit the creation of new programs while

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Entry of Doug Ose in governor’s race could help Democrats, analysts say

Since 1998, Republican candidates for governor in California have gotten 38 percent, 42 percent, 56 percent, 41 percent and 40 percent in the general election. Will that figure be 0 percent in this November’s race? That is the consensus of

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Longtime GOP Congressmen Darrell Issa, Ed Royce announce retirement

California Republican Reps. Darrell Issa and Ed Royce have announced that they will not seek re-election in 2018, joining a wave of other GOP lawmakers stepping down ahead of the midterm races. “While my service to California’s 49th district will

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Is Trump administration trolling California with long-shot offshore drilling plan?

The Trump administration’s announcement last week that it would seek to lease out 47 large areas in U.S. waters off America’s coasts to oil and gas exploration companies from 2019 to 2024 – including two areas off Northern California, two off

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California Democrats unveil plan to skirt provision of GOP tax law

Senate President Pro Tempore Kevin de León, D-Los Angeles, on Thursday unveiled his plan to allow Californians to skirt the provision of the newly passed federal tax overhaul that caps the state and local tax deduction (SALT), in just the

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Revenue spike may fuel budget battle between Brown, progressives

The November forecast, conducted by the Legislative Analyst’s Office, of state revenue running $7.5 billion higher than expected in 2018-19 has set the stage for perhaps the most pitched budget fight between Gov. Jerry Brown and the Legislature since Brown returned to the

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CalPERS, CalSTRS likely to face new pressure to divest from fossil-fuel companies

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s call for his state’s biggest government pension fund to stop new investments in fossil-fuel companies and phase out existing investments is likely to lead to renewed calls for the Golden State’s two massive pension funds –

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