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CA Senate panel kills whistleblower protection bill for the third time

For the third straight year, the Senate Appropriations Committee killed a bill on Thursday that would have extended whistleblower protections to legislative staff — a response to the unrelated legal troubles of three senators in 2014.  There are already whistleblower

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Lawmaker accused of domestic violence to stay in Assembly leadership

Assemblyman Roger Hernández, who last week was placed under a temporary restraining order from his wife, will not be stripped of his committee chairmanship, Speaker Anthony Rendon said on Friday, despite pressure from the influential leaders of the women’s caucus. In a statement to CalWatchdog,

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Is San Francisco mayor now DA’s target?

Former San Francisco state Sen. Leland Yee was recently sentenced to five years in federal prison for his role in a bizarre corruption scheme involving bribery, Chinese-American gangs, Filipino terror suspects and international gun-running. But related federal and local corruption

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June ballot measure “orphaned,” but poised to pass

While dozens of measures are vying to make it on the November general election ballot, one proposal is ready for the June primary — even though no one is campaigning for or against it. Proposition 50 is a constitutional amendment empowering legislators to

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SD 35 gets to vote twice

Voters in Senate District 35 will get to vote twice — first in the Nov. 4 general election, then again on Dec. in a special election to fill the seat of former state Sen. Rod Wright, who resigned his seat

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Fewer statewide offices would help

How embarrassing. State Sen. Leland Yee, D-Sacramento, came in third in the race for controller, with almost 300,000 votes, even though earlier this year he was indicted on federal corruption charges and dropped out of the race. In the L.A.

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Sen. Leland Yee promises to ‘prevent corruption’

Especially where federal corruption charges are concerned, we always should presume innocence. That includes with state Sen. Leland Yee, D-San Francisco, who has been indicted for allegedly trading illegal arms for campaign cash. But I just got in the mail

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State Senate postpones hearings for ethics training

In response to ongoing corruption cases, the California State Senate will postpone all committee hearings scheduled for April 23 and in their place host an all-day ethics discussion and training session. In a Wednesday afternoon email (reprinted at the end

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CA Senate scrubs websites of 3 Democrats in scandals 4

The California State Senate has scrubbed its website and deleted the online archives of three Democratic state Senators that face criminal charges ranging from weapons trafficking to public corruption. As of April 5 at 7:00 PM, the websites of Democratic

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Not a single Leland Yee gun-control bill was signed into law

Was alleged gun-runner and gun-control advocate Leland Yee all talk? Before you answer, here’s a surprising fact: The San Francisco Democrat, who has been called one of California’s leading gun-control advocates, has never successfully authored a gun-control bill. Not a single

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