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Special Election: Moorlach wins, Glazer advances to run-off for CA Senate

Two reformers, one a Republican the other a Democrat, won yesterday’s contested races for the California Senate. But the Democrat will face a difficult runoff. With 100 percent of precincts “partially reporting,” according to the California Secretary of State, here

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Update: Moorlach wins, Glazer advances to run-off for CA Senate

Update: 8 am, March 18, 2015: With 100 percent of the precincts in, according to the Secretary of State, John Moorlach won outright in Senate District 37, with 51.4 percent of the vote. In Senate District 7, the outcome continued

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State District 7 contest is Democrat free-for-all

The luck o’ the Irish. That’s what the winners are going to need in today’s St. Patrick’s Day election for California state Senate District 7. Long-brewing tensions among Democrats have come to a head in a bitterly fought race. The candidates seek to replace

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CA GOP eyes special state Senate election

Aside from preventing Democrats from again nabbing two-thirds supermajorities in the California Legislature, the Nov. 4 national GOP electoral wave did little to change the political dynamic here. With two years to go before the 2016 elections, Golden State Republicans have gained

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Torlakson continues lying about teacher-discipline law AB 215

Tom Torlakson supports a status quo in which an average of 2.2 of the state’s 275,000 public school teachers are fired each year for incompetence — a figure so ridiculous you barely need to add context. It shows the public

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Language of teacher discipline bill shows Torlakson’s deceit

At a little bit after the 51-minute mark of a forum in Los Angeles last week with state Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson and challenger Marshall Tuck, the candidates are asked a question from the audience about the Vergara

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Transit strike ban fails in committee

  California’s Bay Area suffers the third worst traffic congestion in the nation, behind Honolulu and Los Angeles, according to USA Today. That congestion occurs despite Bay Area Rapid Transit‘s 104 miles of track taking nearly 400,000 people off of

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Will Assembly education chair heed own words on bond abuses? 3

June 29, 2013 By Chris Reed A bill that would prevent expedient, irresponsible school districts from issuing insane “capital appreciation bonds” that can’t be paid off early and that cost, over the long term, 10 to 20 times as much

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Gov. Brown says one would ‘think’ Dems for disadvantaged 1

May 20. 2103 By Chris Reed On Friday, I noted that the state budget scrum always involved a series of hardball power plays that exposed as fiction the idea that the California Democratic Party and the most powerful forces on

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Watch for weak final version of teacher predator bill 2

March 23, 2013 By Chris Reed The California Teachers Association’s decision to quickly endorse a bill that would make it easier to fire depraved teachers was depicted in initial accounts as reflecting the CTA’s understanding that its image took a

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