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California’s Beltway delegation double-dips on pensions

They’re called double-dippers: those who take a pension payout from one government job while earning a salary doing another. Last year 19 of California’s 55 members of the U.S. Congress drew pensions from a state-backed public retirement plan, according to a CalWatchdog.com

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GOP can’t find bridge for troubled water bill

The fate of a bipartisan drought bill passed Tuesday by the U.S. House of Representatives is as cloudy as California skies in recent days. The bill was crafted by GOP congressmen with Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., although she opposed the final version.

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Under fire, Feinstein’s water bill collapses

It has been an uncharacteristically bad week for Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif. First, her quiet effort to engineer a substantial drought relief bill for California washed out to sea. After working all year with Republicans for a compromise, this week Feinstein encountered

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CA Dems’ congressional delegation on borrowed time

Statewide, California Democrats enjoyed another dominant Election Day. But at the national level, a much different reality has set in for the party’s Golden State representatives. Generational turnover, retirements and a slow but steady erosion of public support have all undermined California

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‘Progressives’ advancing California monopolies

Modern California politics was forged from the Progressive Movement’s “purification” of the political machines and bosses to bring about the reform of monopolistic railroad, insurance and banking trusts that dominated the state. The Progressives reached their apogee a century ago

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Only farmers, not fish, can pay for the Central Valley Water Project 5

July 20, 2013 By Wayne Lusvardi For some time environmentalists and have been telling fish stories that Central Valley farmers are dodging timely repayment of the costs to build the massive Central Valley Project.  But it is the fish, not

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Restoring the San Joaquin River for non-endangered red herring 0

Editor’s note: For clarity, this article has been modified to include an excerpt from the letter by Robert Pyke.  June 11, 2012 By Wayne Lusvardi Should we save the endangered red herring fish in California’s San Joaquin River? The question

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