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CA Overdue For Part-Time Legislature 9

JUNE 27, 2011 The latest budget drama shows how California needs a part-time Legislature. It hasn’t had one since the late 1960s. Since then, few budgets have been balanced while meeting the June 15 constitutional deadline. In the past 24

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29,200 CA Jobs Lost In May 0

Katy Grimes:  The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today, “the largest over-the-month decrease in employment occurred in California,” with the loss of 29,200 jobs in May. And while some news outlets are reporting that California’s unemployment is down, the actual

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Brown Vetoes Budget!

Katy Grimes: In a youtube video this morning, Gov. Jerry Brown said he had vetoed the two budget bills, which were passed only yesterday by the Democrat-controlled Legislature using a majority vote, because he said the cuts made did not

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Dem majority passes 'scapegoat' budget 0

JUNE 15, 2011 By KATY GRIMES For the first time since 1933, Democrats passed the state budget, without Republican support, and using only a majority vote. Lawmakers may have met the constitutional deadline of June 15 as ordered by California

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Jesus Wants Tax Extensions 0

Ali Meyer and Katy Grimes: Reminiscent of an ACORN rally, nearly one thousand faith-based protestors congregated at the Capitol today to show their support for Gov. Jerry Brown’s tax extensions. People Improving Communities Through Organizing, (PICO California), states that it

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Budget For A Paycheck? 0

JUNE 14, 2011 By KATY GRIMES Commentary If you were presented with doing your job or having your paycheck withheld, what would you do? Oh wait – that is how it works for private sector employment. Fortunately, legislators are also

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Redistricting Boosts Dem Dominance 0

June 11, 2011 By JOHN SEILER As I was the first to predict 15 months ago right here on CalWatchDog.com, the 2011 redistricting likely would bring 2/3 Democratic dominance in the California Legislature. The reasons were increased voter registration by

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Dems, GOP Butt Heads on Budget, Taxes 0

JUNE 9, 2011 By KATY GRIMES Budget showdown time. Rumors have been swarming through the Capitol this week over budget issues. Talk of which legislators might agree to a budget seems to be a moot point, as most budget trailer

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$3.9 Million Pension Demands Sunshine 0

JUNE 9, 2011 By K. Lloyd Billingsley Pension payments such as the $3.9 million in supplemental funds to Samuel Downing, retired chief executive of the Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System, have touched off outrage among California legislators, editorial writers, and

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Republicans Selling Out 0

John Seiler: As I expected, Gov. Jerry “Tax ‘Em Till They Drop” Brown is cadging enough Republican votes for his tax increases. Key quote from the L.A. Times story: He and Republicans have largely settled, however, on a core package

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