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Campaign committees fund life of luxury

The political chicken dinner has gone upscale. In the first half of the year, legislative leaders, political parties and political action committees lured campaign contributors with limousine rides, gourmet meals and swag bags loaded with booze and iPad Minis, a

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Maviglio upset about our optometry articles

Our recent articles on an optometrists’ bill upset powerful Democratic consultant Steve Maviglio, currently the spokesman for Assembly Speaker John Perez, D-Los Angeles. Katy Grimes described how Maviglio is the News/Press contact for Bridging the Provider Gap, which favors SB

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CA unions split over new Obamacare penalties 0

June 25, 2013 By John Hrabe The new federal health care law has yet to take effect and already state legislatures are looking to change the rules for employers. The Affordable Care Act, more commonly known as Obamacare, offered employers

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Lavish UC scholarship program again ignored by media 3

June 15, 2013 By Chris Reed The Sacramento Bee has a long story up on its website about an unpublished Legislative Analyst’s Office analysis that pooh-poohs Assembly Speaker John Perez’s plan to help middle-class families afford college. “A massive middle-class

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Bridge debacle foreshadows bullet train mega-debacle 6

May 22, 2013 By Chris Reed Mankind has been building bridges for more than 3,000 years. A bridge built in the 13th century BC in Greece is still in use. Building durable bridges over water is not a modern accomplishment.

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Fletcher skeptics vindicated a thousand-fold 2

May 7, 2013 By Chris Reed For years, Cal Watchdog founder and now regular CWD contributor Steven Greenhut has depicted media favorite Nathan Fletcher, a one-time Republican assemblyman from San Diego, as a phony and a turncoat waiting to happen. Boy,

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Governors luring away CA jobs 13

April 30, 2013 By Brian Calle As Gov. Jerry Brown recently traveled to China to promote trade and search for Chinese investment for the state’s controversial high-speed rail project, two other state governors, Bob McDonnell of Virginia and Gary Herbert

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California government as organized looting, chapter 237 7

April 5, 2013 By Chris Reed The longer I’ve lived in California, the more governance here seems to resemble organized looting of taxpayers. It’s not just the showy and ridiculous things, like the longtime president of the CalPERS governing board

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Backlog of CA business filings may get relief 11

March 19, 2013 By Katy Grimes SACRAMENTO — Operating more like the Dewey Decimal System, the California Secretary of State’s Office has been under a great deal of scrutiny lately for its historic backlog in processing business filings. And for good

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Some minority L.A. Dems realize unions are dubious allies 12

March 12, 2013 By Chris Reed The hegemony of Democrats in California is based to a striking degree on the ability of public employee unions — whose leaders and most affluent members are predominantly white — to keep minorities on

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