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Chris Reed is a regular contributor to Cal Watchdog. Reed is an editorial writer for U-T San Diego. Before joining the U-T in July 2005, he was the opinion-page columns editor and wrote the featured weekly Unspin column for The Orange County Register. Reed was on the national board of the Association of Opinion Page Editors from 2003-2005. From 2000 to 2005, Reed made more than 100 appearances as a featured news analyst on Los Angeles-area National Public Radio affiliate KPCC-FM. From 1990 to 1998, Reed was an editor, metro columnist and film critic at the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin in Ontario. Reed has a political science degree from the University of Hawaii (Hilo campus), where he edited the student newspaper, the Vulcan News, his senior year. He is on Twitter: @chrisreed99.

Assemblywoman cleared of harassment may face new heat

The “Me Too” anti-sexual harassment campaign that quickly yielded several resignations by state lawmakers last fall appears to have hit a lull in Sacramento with Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia, D-Bell Gardens, now seemingly on track for re-election this November despite scandalous

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#MeToo activists, criminal justice reformers at odds over judge’s recall

The voters of Santa Clara County have spoken, and the judge who in 2016 gave a light sentence of six months in jail to a Stanford swimmer convicted of three counts of felony sexual assault was recalled last week. But

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Four with shot at advancing in lieutenant governor’s race

If Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom – the favorite in Tuesday’s gubernatorial primary – goes on to win the general election, that means former lieutenant governors will have won three of the last six governor’s races. But this track record of advancement doesn’t

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Soaring prices at pump may boost gas-tax repeal

With polls suggesting California voters are ready to scrap fuel tax hikes approved by the state Legislature last year at his behest, Gov. Jerry Brown may be forced to spend his final months in office raising funds to bolster his

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Chief justice continues bail reform push 1

Seven months after her office released sweeping recommendations for reform of California’s bail system, state Supreme Court Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye may have a chance to force changes without going through the Legislature and Gov. Jerry Brown. Last week, the state

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Assembly panel unanimously passes bill to limit effect of federal tax overhaul

Despite a fresh warning from the Internal Revenue Service, a key committee in the California Legislature on Friday unanimously advanced legislation designed to shield wealthy residents from the effects of the federal tax overhaul enacted by Congress in December. The

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Not just Seattle: Tech backlash roils San Francisco politics

The Seattle City Council’s interest in imposing an unusual “head tax” on large employers based on their number of employees won international headlines this month after giant online retailer Amazon protested by freezing a plan to add 1 million square

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Bill to seperate sheriff, coroner duties in up to 9 counties advances

An effort to force up to nine California counties with nearly a fifth of the state’s population to use independent medical examiners to investigate deaths reported by law enforcement has passed early tests in the Assembly Public Safety Committee and

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Steve Poizner’s independent bid for state office finds traction

Is California now a deep blue state in which moderate conservatives no longer have a chance of victory in statewide elections? Or do such candidates still have hopes if they pass on the two-party system and run as independents apart

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Brown’s ‘WaterFix’ has new momentum – but daunting obstacles remain

Just six weeks ago, Gov. Jerry Brown’s hopes for a huge, difficult legacy project to solidify California’s statewide water distribution system – one funded by water districts, not directly by taxpayers – appeared in bad shape. Years of lobbying for what the

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