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With move to ‘Super Tuesday,’ California looks to increase influence on presidential primary

In an effort to bolster its relevance during the next presidential election, Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a new law moving California’s primary from June to early March. A March primary gives the Golden State an opportunity to be political

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Report: Single-payer health care in California would cost double state budget

SACRAMENTO – During the California Democratic Party convention in Sacramento last weekend, the spiciest news was outgoing chairman John Burton dropping an f-bomb on a group of activists demanding that the party embrace a single-payer health system. It’s not really

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Will Democrats in Legislature pressure Gov. Brown to increase state spending? 1

Will progressive lawmakers challenge Gov. Jerry Brown over his decision to dash their big dreams for the 2017-18 fiscal year? Or will they acquiesce as they mostly have in recent months of May after Brown released revised budgets without money for

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Audit Report: University of California hid $175 million while seeking tuition hike

University of California President Janet Napolitano could face her roughest week in nearly four years as leader of the state’s flagship college system as lawmakers react sharply to a new audit that says the UC Office of the President hid

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California lawmakers propose relief for criminal juveniles

  In a fresh bid to reform California’s criminal justice system, Sacramento lawmakers have begun to advance several bills, many aimed at softening juvenile punishment. “Democratic state senators Holly Mitchell of Los Angeles and Ricardo Lara of Bell Gardens are proposing four bills

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Sacramento Democrats propose single-payer health care in California

  Sacramento Democrats have centered attention around a shot at universal health care for all Golden State residents.  “In a surprise move made in response to President Donald Trump’s push to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, two California lawmakers

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Republican state Sen. Nguyen silenced by Democratic lawmakers

In an unusual scene playing against type for California’s legislative Democrats, a party leader in the state Senate ordered sergeants to remove his Republican colleague state Sen. Janet Nguyen, R-Garden Grove. Interrupting Nguyen’s remarks on the late Tom Hayden, state Sen.

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Bilingual education fight plays out off stage

California’s crowded Nov. 8 ballot is leading the media to perform a kind of triage and focus on only a handful of the measures deemed most crucial. This has lead to a spotlight on proposals to make it easier for

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CalWatchdog Morning Read – August 11

Controversial language dropped from Title IX bill L.A. has deadliest air in the country Audit of Brown’s twin tunnels project approved Dead parental leave bill enjoys new life Orange County supervisors fight transparency law hard Good morning and welcome to

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Controversial requirements dropped from Title IX, religious colleges bill

After weeks of opposition from religious colleges and their supporters, Sen. Ricardo Lara announced he would drop provisions from a bill that would have made it more difficult for faith-based institutions to receive Title IX exemptions. The Bell Gardens Democrat said

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