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Years after CalWatchdog investigation, bill to end sub-minimum wage advances

More than 2 million workers in California are celebrating the new year’s bump in the minimum wage. Effective January 1, the state’s minimum wage increased from $9 to $10 an hour. But, not all workers in the state benefited from

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CA Common Cause: State lawmakers accepted $844,000 in gifts in 2013

Let the good times roll! California lawmakers accepted $844,000 in gifts in 2013 — the majority of which came from special interest groups that routinely lobby the state Legislature. According to a new report released by the good-government group California Common Cause, gifts

Read More story spurs San Diego lawmakers to introduce bill

Two San Diego legislators are calling on the federal government to end the practice of paying people with disabilities less than minimum wage. Democratic Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez and State Sen. Ben Hueso have introduced Assembly Joint Resolution 36 to increase pressure on

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New report details California lawmakers accepting gifts

A new report by California Common Cause shows that elected officials in California accepted hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of gifts in 2012. The gifts to lawmakers, according to the non-partisan citizens’ lobby organization, came primarily from special interest groups

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Special interest contributions dwarf alleged FBI bribes to Ron Calderon

Undercover FBI agents, posing as Hollywood producers in search of a tax credit, allegedly set up a $50,000 “special fund” with Ron Calderon’s name on it. The state Senator, according to an affidavit obtained by Al Jazeera America, allegedly spent

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Diversity PAC: Ron Calderon’s slush fund for luxury

  A shadowy political action committee cited in the FBI’s case against state Senator Ron Calderon, D-Montebello, has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on private jets, five-star hotels, elite golf courses and extravagant meals at the country’s finest restaurants,

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Younger Calderon authored movie biz bills

It appears state Sen. Ron Calderon, under investigation by the FBI for allegedly taking bribes, isn’t the only Calderon interested in the movie business. Freshman Assemblyman Ian Calderon, D-Whittier, authored two bills in 2013, AB 344 and AB 533, involving the

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Debate on lead ammo ban defies political stereotypes

  A bill to ban lead ammunition in California has sparked a heated debate among environmentalists, conservationists, hunters and sportsmen. But, don’t expect these groups to follow political conventions. This isn’t your usual gun control debate. This week, the National

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California lawmakers kick off recess with trip to Armenia

Summer may be over, but the California Legislature’s travel season is just getting started. This week, a group of current and former state lawmakers, led by Speaker of the Assembly John Perez, D-Los Angeles, returns to the state following a

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Harkey files $10 Million lawsuit against fellow state lawmaker

A Republican state lawmaker who routinely decries “lawsuit abuse” and “feeding trial lawyers” has filed a $10 million civil lawsuit against a fellow state lawmaker for intentional infliction of emotional distress. Assemblywoman Diane Harkey, R-Dana Point, is suing state Sen.

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