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Building Ivory Fortresses 0

JAN. 12, 2011 By the now, the important details are well known: on Saturday, Jan. 8, Jared Lee Loughner, for reasons only he knows, allegedly walked up to Democratic Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords at a public gathering in front of a

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California's Hidden Dynasty 0

JAN. 6, 2011 Here’s a fun fact from the 2010 General Election you may not have heard: the candidate who received the most votes in the entire nation was none other than Bill Lockyer, state Treasurer. According to the final

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The California Players 0

DEC. 28, 2010 It’s the end of the year, which means it’s time for nostalgic looks back and fond retrospectives on 2010’s most memorable events and personalities (this is due, in great part, to the fact that nearly everyone in

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Brown Turns Blind Eye To Waste 0

DEC. 23, 2010 I know you’re busy and all setting up a new administration and picking curtains for your hip, new Midtown digs, but I just wanted to drop you a brief note saying Thanks for getting rid of Laura

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Paper Campaign Records Doomed 0

DEC. 15, 2010 Yesterday marked the final formal hearing of the Political Reform Act Task Force. Since early September, I’ve watched the 25-member panel, convened by Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) Chairman Dan Schnur, thrash out ways to improve, tighten

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Another Reason Pringle Should Resign 0

DEC. 8, 2010 It’s always tough to get back into the reporting grind after a week’s vacation. Well, nearly always – when the California High-Speed Rail Authority is one of your beats, it’s actually quite easy. Waiting for me in

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Black Friday At Capitol Store 0

NOV. 26, 2010 It being Black Friday, the busiest shopping day of the year, I decided to check out the place where the real power-brokers, the legislative aides and staffers who write the bills and reports that keep the state

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Watching The Schlackman 0

NOV. 22, 2010 Contrary to popular belief, spending a couple hours in a hearing room listening to 20 political consultants, analysts and bureaucrats talk about something called “The Political Reform Act” isn’t my favorite way to spend afternoon. But, truth

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FPPC Not Totally Wed To Gift Bans 0

NOV. 15, 2010 The traditional start of the Christmas shopping season is just around the corner, so I guess it makes sense that the state Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) has decided to redo some of its gift-related regulations. Unfortunately,

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Unlikely Activists Against Rail 0

NOV. 5, 2010 Elizabeth Alexis and Nadia Naik were lost. Their arms wrapped around folders and laptop computers, they were trying to find Room 447 in the state Capitol. That particular room is in the “old” wing of the Capitol,

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