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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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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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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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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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New Year welcomes legal pot in California, but rules are not yet clear

SACRAMENTO – In November, 2016, California voters approved an initiative (Proposition 64) legalizing recreational uses of marijuana, with legal sales beginning on Monday, Jan. 1. But with all major legal changes, the rules are somewhat unclear as a mish-mash of

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CalWatchdog thanks you for your loyal readership. Because of your support, we remain California’s top-ranked political blog and investigative news site. California has too few journalists covering what is really going on in Sacramento and throughout the state. That’s exactly

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With legal pot near, state looks to Trump administration for help on access to banks

With the legal sale of recreational marijuana a week away, local governments across California have adopted policies on where and when permitted legal sellers can operate, following the ground rules set up by Proposition 64 – the November 2016 state ballot

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California sued over poor literacy rates among its students

California was sued earlier this month over poor reading skills among its students, a significant legal step in trying to combat lackluster literacy rates amid a larger conversation about education policy in the Golden State. The suit was filed by Public Counsel,

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Realtors’ initiative could boost home sales, limit property taxes

SACRAMENTO – Property-tax-limiting Proposition 13 has long been viewed as the “third rail” of California politics given its continued popularity among the home-owning electorate. Public-sector unions occasionally talk about sponsoring an initiative to eliminate its tax limits for commercial properties,

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Kate Steinle’s accused killer found not guilty of murder

Jose Ines Garcia Zarate, the illegal immigrant accused of killing Kate Steinle in San Francisco on July 1, 2015, was found not guilty of all charges, except for felony possession of a firearm, in a verdict that shocked legal analysts

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