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Caltrans greenlights bike lane expansion

Bending to legislative prodding from Sacramento, California’s transportation bureaucracy has moved ahead with statewide plans to standardize and expand the Golden State’s bike lanes. Despite persistent criticism from bike-friendly advocacy groups like the Green Lane Project, Caltrans opted against such sweeping measures.

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CA GOP aims for demographic rebound

Convinced that expanding voter appeal is a make-or-break proposition, leading California Republicans have begun to pivot toward a broad-based demographic strategy meant to rebuild from the ground up. In recent weeks, both the state party and the GOP’s minority caucus in Sacramento

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NFIB backs four business reform bills

Here’s the analysis of four bills in the California Legislature by the National Federation of Independent Business California. The NFIB supports all the bills. Two are by Democrats, two by Republicans. Assembly Bill 52: Public accommodations: construction-related accessibility claims. It’s

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Assembly Republican leader tries to streamline the Legislature

Otto von Bismarck, the German chancellor in the 19th Century, never visited California. But he could have had the state Legislature in mind when he said, “Laws are like sausages — it is best not to see them being made.”

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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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Assembly GOP Leader Kristin Olsen introduces new stars

2014 was a solid year for California Republicans. In the state Senate, the GOP prevented Democrats from regaining a two-thirds supermajority. And in the Assembly, Republicans defeated three Democratic incumbents, which also reversed a Democratic supermajority. “We unseated sitting Democrats for the

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AD 44: ‘Herculean’ support flows to McCoy

What a difference a day makes. On Friday, CalWatchdog.com suggested Rob McCoy, the Republican candidate in the contested 44th Assembly District, was being written off by the Assembly Republican Caucus. That was supported by grumblings from GOP sources and campaign finance

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Could underdog upset Assembly GOP Caucus?

Twenty years ago, Jim Brulte was all set to be elected speaker of the Assembly. “I am absolutely confident that I’ll be elected speaker,” Brulte told the San Jose Mercury News in Dec. 1994, shortly after the GOP claimed a majority

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VIDEO: California’s GOP — Can There Be A Resurgence?

CalWatchdog’s Brian Calle talks to Assembly Republican Leader-Elect Kristin Olsen about the lessons the GOP has learned in California. Can the Golden State GOP build a winning coalition based on education reform?

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Nonprofits fight donation regulations 7

March 27, 2013 By John Hrabe If you’ve started your spring cleaning, or are in desperate need of a last-minute tax deduction, there’s probably a pile of clothes in your house marked for charity. Now you’ve just got to remember

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