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Whistleblower Bill Advances in Leg 2

JAN. 11, 2012 By KATY GRIMES Each year, thousands of California state employees do the right thing by exposing government waste and fraud. But not in the state Capitol in Sacramento, according to Assemblyman Anthony Portantino, D-Pasadena. At an Assembly

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A Stake Through the Heart of Rail 6

Katy Grimes: Apparently tired of all of the talk and stories around the capitol and throughout the state about the need to end the money-sucking High-Speed Rail system,  Assemblywoman Diane Harkey, R-Dana Point, plans on driving a wooden stake through

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Hayashi Hired ‘The Fixer’ 5

Katy Grimes: The strange news that a benign brain tumor is the real reason that Assemblywoman Mary Hayashi shoplifted at Neiman Marcus isn’t odd enough – today’s Sacramento Bee ran a front page, above-the-fold story again about Hayashi’s incident, but it was a

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Blackmail Goes Green 8

JAN. 10, 2012 By KATY GRIMES Anyone who tries to change the sacred texts of the California Environmental Equality Act will find out just how sacred they are and lose.  Assemblywoman Shannon Grove, R-Bakersfield, found that out Monday. CEQA provides

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Gov.’s Groundhog Day In California 2

JAN. 7, 2011 It felt like “Groundhog Day” on Thursday during Gov. Jerry Brown’s budget proposal press conference. I had a flashback to January 2011. Listening to him make the same claims about the budget that he made all year

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Hayashi’s ‘Tumor’ Defense 0

Katy Grimes: The late Friday news reported that Castro Valley Assemblywoman Mary Hayashi  has a benign brain tumor, and that is what caused her to shoplift $2,500 in clothing from Neiman Marcus in San Francisco. Interestingly, the judge assigned to

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Gov. Brown’s Budget ‘Holds Kids Hostage’ 0

JAN. 6, 2011 By KATY GRIMES In Gov. Jerry Brown’s world, welfare recipients are cashing in, while school children continue to get short-changed. Brown released his 2012-13 budget plan Thursday, warning that spending on K-12 schools, state universities and courts

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Dems Spike Prevailing Wage Reform 13

JAN. 5, 2012 By KATY GRIMES As work in the California Assembly began for 2012, on Wednesday the festive mood quickly was quashed. In the first committee hearing of the New Year, the Assembly Labor and Employment Committee killed two

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A Jagged Legislative Battle Ground 0

Katy Grimes: During Gov. Jerry Brown’s first year in office, business interests were able to kill so many bills they came out ahead, a recent news story reported. Is that so? Just how well are California businesses doing right now?

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Crash! CA Revenue Will Nosedive 0

Crash! The 2011-12 budget passed by the Democrats in the Legislature and signed by Gov. Jerry Brown just a month ago projected $4 billion in extra revenues. Ain’t gonna get it. It was a delusion then and it’s an even

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