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California politicians react to GOP tax plan

House Republicans unveiled a massive tax overhaul last week which would disproportionately affect California taxpayers. The GOP proposal would halve the Mortgage Interest Deduction for new mortgages while also preventing taxpayers from deducting local and state taxes from their federal

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California pension funds pushed by politicians to divest from gun industry

SACRAMENTO – California’s two major pension funds, the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) and the California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS), control more than $500 billion in total assets, making them two of Wall Street’s most influential investors. They

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Boxer and Feinstein push homeless vet relief

California’s two U.S. Senators have thrown their weight behind new legislation meant to get California veterans off the streets. Federal legislation At the center of the proposals is the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Los Angeles campus, located on the west side

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CA Medical Board in new flap over painkillers

The Medical Board of California, which licenses physicians and responds to complaints about incompetence or misconduct, suffered an extraordinary rebuke in 2013 after legislative hearings exposed poor follow-through in responding to allegations that some doctors had a dangerous history of

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CA bans state cooperation with warrantless spying

From new regulations on ride-sharing to a ban on plastic bags, Californians lost plenty of liberty this legislative session. But freedom in the Golden State scored at least one small victory in 2014. Gov. Jerry Brown recently signed into law a

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Gov. Brown signs bill to expand prisoner DNA testing

Wrongly convicted prisoners received a glimmer of hope Thursday from a new law that could help prove their innocence. Gov. Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 980, by state Sen. Ted Lieu, D-Torrance, which expands access to DNA testing for prisoners who are searching

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Sen. Lieu is Shocked! — Shocked! — Toyota is leaving Torrance

Democratic State Sen. Ted Lieu is Shocked!  — Shocked! — that Toyota’s U.S. headquarters is splitting Torrance, which he represents, for Texas. He wrote on his website: “I am really angry. Nothing prepared any of us for this surprise announcement

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Asian-Americans halt CA affirmative action revival

As many Californians are well aware, more than half of students at UCLA and UC Berkeley are Asian or Asian-American. Yet, in California, proportions like these haven’t made for a political football — until now. After almost 18 years of

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Gov. Brown says one would ‘think’ Dems for disadvantaged 1

May 20. 2103 By Chris Reed On Friday, I noted that the state budget scrum always involved a series of hardball power plays that exposed as fiction the idea that the California Democratic Party and the most powerful forces on

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How your CA legislators spent spring break 5

April 3, 2013 By John Hrabe California state legislators returned to the Capitol this week after a week-long spring vacation. The Sacramento Bee’s Capitol Alert already pointed out that spring break is “something California legislators and college students have in

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