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Lawmakers perpetuate “system-is-rigged” narrative by honoring family members with awards, critics say

At a time when voters are increasingly convinced the system is rigged, some state legislators are making that perception worse by giving district-wide awards to their family members, critics say. While it’s not uncommon for legislators to participate in award ceremonies recognizing

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Lawmaker gives award to brother, political consultant

In deciding which small business from her district should win an award for “Small Business of the Year,” Assemblymember Nora Campos didn’t have to look far.  The San Jose Democrat chose Voler Strategic Advisers, a fledgling political strategy firm that

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Legislator wants domestic violence, political intimidation denounced equally

Following renewed calls from members of the legislature’s women’s caucus for Assemblyman Roger Hernández to step down amid domestic violence allegations, one legislator is criticizing what she claims is the group’s uneven response on issues, after the group failed to denounce her political

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CA gas tax showdown looms

Democratic legislators in the state Senate have brought Californians closer to new hikes on the cost of driving their cars. But the committee vote represented little more than a first step in a complex, intense negotiation between Republicans, Democrats and the

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How will business lobby influence special session on transportation funds?

Governor Jerry Brown called special sessions to find permanent revenue sources to fund transportation infrastructure and Medi-Cal. The issue of keeping up with deteriorating roads has been a special concern to the business community and Brown is counting on business

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Road repair bill would raise transportation taxes, fees

California motorists will each be paying an extra $900 over the next five years for road maintenance if Senate Bill 16 is approved by the Legislature and signed by Gov. Jerry Brown. But that $18.4 billion increase in transportation taxes

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State officials report expensive gifts and luxury trips

State lawmakers and constitutional officers accepted hundreds of thousands of dollars in international travel, fine wines, rounds of golf and expensive meals in 2014, according to annual financial disclosure reports filed this week with state ethics officials. Among the top

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Veteran lawmakers embrace new committee assignments

As the new class of state lawmakers settles in to their jobs, Sacramento’s old hands are getting a jump start on the 2015-16 legislative session. Each session brings a biennial reshuffling of committee assignments. But some lawmakers aren’t waiting to get acquainted with their new perches. New

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Senate hearing holds state in denial on mental health parity 1

July 3, 2013 By Paayal Zaveri SACRAMENTO — At hearings on June 27 and July 1, California state senators put their stethoscopes to expanding mandated mental health coverage in insurance policies. In an issue complicated by the ongoing implementation of

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