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 Officials: Trump adviser asked FBI to dispute Russia reports
San Francisco Chronicle - Feb. 24, 11:03 am
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 CalPERS pressed to divest from energy firms, banks
CalWatchdog - Feb. 24, 8:23 am
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 How Iran and North Korea Could Wreck California's Energy Dependent Economy 
Fox & Hounds Daily - Feb. 24, 6:00 am
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 California Republicans are gathering in Sacramento this weekend. Here's what's on the agenda
Los Angeles Times/Top of the Ticket - Feb. 24, 11:18 am
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 Protesters dodge sprinklers at Rep. Dana Rohrabacher's Costa Mesa house
Los Angeles Times/Top of the Ticket - Feb. 24, 11:28 am
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 Storm-lashed California roads, dams could cost $1B to fix

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) -- The bill to repair California's crumbling roads, dams and other critical infrastructure hammered by an onslaught of storms this winter could top $1 billion, including nearly $600 million alone for damaged ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Michael Cohen, Drought, water, Vanessa Wiseman
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 Rural California levees besieged by pounding wet winter

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Billions of dollars in flood projects have eased fears of levee breaks near California's capital and some other cities, but state and federal workers are joining farmers with tractors in round-the-clock battles ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought, water
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 Official Says California Storm Costs $1 Billion

(AP) - The Latest on the mounting costs to repair California's battered roads following a series of winter storms (all times local): 2 p.m. California Gov. Jerry Brown's chief budget adviser says state costs for responding to a winter of brutal ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Michael Cohen, Vanessa Wiseman
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 Political events in the Bay Area: town halls, protests

Political events in the Bay Area: town halls, protests Political events Rallies, protests and town hall events are a part of political life in the Bay Area. Starts at 9 a.m. at Piner High School, 1700 Fulton Road, Santa Rosa. Town hall: “A ... »Read

In this article: Environmental Justice, Anna G. Eshoo, Dianne Feinstein, Jackie Speier, Mike Thompson
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 California Assembly Republicans launch video series calling out Democrats

California Assembly Republicans crafted their own video series calling out their Democratic colleagues in the state Legislature. Video courtesy of Assembly Republicans … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Assembly Republicans, Jerry Brown, Kevin Faulconer, Tom Hayden, Legislature
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 Feinstein answers questions " still gets hard time from protesters

“We can vote no” on Trump’s programs and nominees, Feinstein told a crowd of about 250 people at the Public Policy Institute of California in San Francisco’s Financial District. With the numbers stacked against congressional Democrats, the ... »Read

In this article: Mark Baldassare, Dianne Feinstein, PPIC
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 L.A. Councilman Koretz, opponent Creed trade charges over spending by outside campaign groups

Los Angeles City Councilman Paul Koretz has lodged a complaint with state regulators accusing his opponent of violating a state law that prohibits candidates from working with campaign groups that can take in unlimited campaign contributions. ... »Read

In this article: Fair Political Practices Commission, Paul Koretz, Curren Price, Jay Alan Wierenga
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 Rep. Steve Knight will ask attendees at his town hall next week to provide ID to prove they live in his district

Essential Politics: California Republicans gather for their state convention in Sacramento Feb. 24, 2017, 3:40 p.m. This is Essential Politics, our daily look at California political and government news. Here's what we're watching right now: The ... »Read

In this article: California Republican Party, Stephen T. Knight
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 Activists chastise Democratic members of Congress for a lack of town halls in their districts

Essential Politics: California Republicans gather for their state convention in Sacramento Feb. 24, 2017, 3:40 p.m. This is Essential Politics, our daily look at California political and government news. Here's what we're watching right now: The ... »Read

In this article: Amerish Bera, California Republican Party, Dianne Feinstein
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 The Republicans who made Reagan president mourn the party they once knew

Essential Politics: California Republicans gather for their state convention in Sacramento Feb. 24, 2017, 3:40 p.m. This is Essential Politics, our daily look at California political and government news. Here's what we're watching right now: The ... »Read

In this article: California Republican Party, Dick Cheney, Pete Wilson
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 Stonewalling AUHSD and Last Fall's Anaheim Candidate Forum

This isn’t an easy story to write for a number of reasons.  I’ll start in 2002, long before this blog was a glimmer in Mike Lawson’s eye.  I was a cub scout cubmaster and the den leader for my son’s group — bears I ... »Read

In this article: Board of Equalization, Kamala Harris, Beth Krom, Jose Moreno, Loretta Sanchez
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 Some Quick Hits Before the Weekend

In the City of Kindness, there will be some sort of protest at Anaheim City Hall over President Trump’s ramped up Immigration polices that have Immigrants all over the country afraid to send kids to school, seek medical attention or even go to ... »Read

In this article: Tom Hayden, Dana Rohrabacher
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 Los Angeles Officials To ICE: Stop Identifying Yourselves As Police

The mayor of Los Angeles co-signed a letter to the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency requesting that its agents not identify themselves as 'police' during operations in the city. »Read

In this article: Mike Feuer, Eric Garcetti, Herb Wesson
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 Fontana woman affected by travel ban invited to attend Trump's address

The Fontana woman who was prohibited from boarding a flight back to the United States, and again detained when she landed in Los Angeles, during President Donald Trump's travel ban has been invited by Rep. Norma Torres, D-Ontario to join her at the ... »Read

In this article: Judy Chu, Kamala Harris, Norma J. Torres
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 The Latest: Official says California storm costs $1 billion

The Latest on the mounting costs to repair California's battered roads following a series of winter storms (all times local): 2 p.m. California Gov. Jerry Brown's chief budget adviser says … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Michael Cohen, Vanessa Wiseman
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 Repair Costs For Storm-Battered California Roads Hits $600M

The bill to repair California's roadways hammered by floods and rockslides in an onslaught of storms this winter has reached nearly $600 million, more than double what the state budgeted for such emergencies. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, water, Vanessa Wiseman
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 Bill to repair California storm damage double what's budgeted

The bill to repair California's roadways hammered by floods and rockslides in an onslaught of storms this winter has reached nearly $600 million, more than double what the state budgeted for such emergencies. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, water, Vanessa Wiseman
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 Storm-battered California roads to cost $600 million to fix

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) -- The bill to repair California's roadways hammered by floods and rockslides in an onslaught of storms this winter has reached nearly $600 million, more than double what the state budgeted for such emergencies, ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, water, Vanessa Wiseman
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 LA officials urge ICE agents to stop identifying themselves as 'police'

Los Angeles officials have requested that agents of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement immediately cease the practice of identifying themselves as 'police.' »Read

In this article: Mike Feuer, Eric Garcetti, Herb Wesson
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 Gov. Jerry Brown proposes $437-million fix for flood control and emergency response needs

Essential Politics: California Republicans gather for their state convention in Sacramento Feb. 24, 2017, 11:47 a.m. This is Essential Politics, our daily look at California political and government news. Here's what we're watching right now: The ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, California Republican Party
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 California Republicans are looking for a comeback in 2018. Here's the chairman's game plan for getting there

Essential Politics: California Republicans gather for their state convention in Sacramento Feb. 24, 2017, 11:47 a.m. This is Essential Politics, our daily look at California political and government news. Here's what we're watching right now: The ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, James Brulte, California Republican Party, John Chiang, Kevin Faulconer, Legislature, John McCain, Gavin Newsom, Kristin Olsen, Matt Rexroad, Steve Schmidt, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Robert Stutzman, Ashley Swearengin, Antonio Villaraigosa
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 Protesters dodge sprinklers at Rep. Dana Rohrabacher's Costa Mesa house

Essential Politics: California Republicans gather for their state convention in Sacramento Feb. 24, 2017, 11:28 a.m. This is Essential Politics, our daily look at California political and government news. Here's what we're watching right now: The ... »Read

In this article: California Republican Party, Dana Rohrabacher, SEIU
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 Trump Looms Large as California GOP Convention Opens

Santa Cruz Police Say ICE Misled on Immigration Enforcement. Cal State Warns Students to Call Campus Police if ICE Approaches. Focus Is on Immigration at Religious Education Congress. Trump Looms Large as California GOP Convention Opens. Tulare ... »Read

In this article: California Republican Party, Devin Nunes, Timothy P. White
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 California Republicans are gathering in Sacramento this weekend. Here's what's on the agenda

Essential Politics: California Republicans gather for their state convention in Sacramento Feb. 24, 2017, 11:28 a.m. This is Essential Politics, our daily look at California political and government news. Here's what we're watching right now: The ... »Read

In this article: James Brulte, California Republican Party
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 Hiring-freeze confusion hits military parents

They wonder if base day-care programs will be able to stay open. »Read

In this article: Environmental Justice, Peter Navarro
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 Officials: Trump adviser asked FBI to dispute Russia reports

WASHINGTON (AP) — White House chief of staff Reince Priebus asked top FBI officials to dispute media reports that Donald Trump's campaign advisers were frequently in touch with Russian intelligence agents during the election, according to three ... »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Loretta Lynch, Nancy Pelosi
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 Letters: Homeless, Elmhurst, faith, immigration

Measure homeless plan Re “Don’t refuse this homelessness deal” (Editorial, Feb. 23): While I commend Mayor Darrell Steinberg for his goal of getting thousands of homeless people off Sacramento’s streets … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Drought, global warming, Darrell Steinberg
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 Need to Know: Break out the pompoms, because this asset is leaving stocks in its dust

The reflation trade is looking a little nervous for a Friday, but that’s not bad news for this asset, which is sitting in the wings and ready to take off. »Read

In this article: Richard Perry, Meg Whitman
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 Fear of disruptions prompts heavy security at California GOP convention

Essential Politics: California Republicans gather for their state convention in Sacramento Feb. 24, 2017, 11:28 a.m. This is Essential Politics, our daily look at California political and government news. Here's what we're watching right now: The ... »Read

In this article: Cynthia Bryant, California Republican Party
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 Vietnam War lightning rod resurfaces in California Legislature

Vietnam-born state senator removed from chamber for criticizing late state Sen. Tom Hayden’s leading role in anti-war movement of 1960s »Read

In this article: Kevin De Leon, Jean Fuller, Tom Hayden, Ricardo Lara, Legislature, William W. Monning, Daniel Reeves
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 Here's what to expect from the Oscars this Sunday

All of the jockeying and campaigning is done and the votes cast, now it’s nearly time to award the best films and filmmakers of the year. »Read

In this article: Robert Murray, David Parker, water
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 Reince Priebus asked FBI to dispute Russia reports, White House says

WASHINGTON - White House chief of staff Reince Priebus asked top FBI officials to dispute media reports that Donald Trump's campaign advisers were frequently in touch with Russian intelligence agents during the election, according to three White ... »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Loretta Lynch, Nancy Pelosi
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 Editorial cartoon of the day

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In this article: Joel Kotkin, Gavin Newsom
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 CalPERS pressed to divest from energy firms, banks

After years of criticism, the California Public Employees’ Retirement System made headlines in December when its board voted to lower the expected rate of return on investments from 7.5 percent »Read

In this article: CalPERS, CalSTRS, Legislature, Dan Walters, water
Bills: AB 20,
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 Whittier police officer died on California policymakers' watch: Guest commentary

California - meaning you, me and our elected officials - are to blame for the murder of Whittier Police Officer Keith Boyer. Not entirely to blame. We didn't pull the trigger. But we helped put the killer out on the street and then we let him run ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Little Hoover Commission
Bills: AB 109,
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 Boycott the Oscars? Heck, Boycott Everything!

The focus of the political world will be on California Sunday when several political speeches are bound to take over the Oscars. According to one account, the Oscars broadcast, which lost viewers last year, could rebound over the expectation of ... »Read

In this article: Ricardo Lara
Bills: SB 30,
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 Stu Spencer"The Way We Were; The Way We Should Be

Recently, a bevy of political “pros” gathered in Palm Desert to celebrate the 90th birthday of Stu Spencer, the pioneering political consultant who guided Ronald Reagan into the Governorship of California in the 1960s and then into the ... »Read

In this article: Dick Cheney, Pete Wilson
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 The Labyrinth of Illegal Immigration

Navigating self-interest, ideals, and public opinion in the debate about illegal immigration Activists portray illegal immigration solely as a human story of the desperately poor from south of the border fleeing misery to start new, productive lives ... »Read

In this article: illegal immigration
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 Is The "I" Word To Be Taken Seriously?

Some decry the fact that presidential campaigns take too long. The most recent one with all its ugliness could not have ended soon enough. Maybe four year stints for those elected are also too long. We might need a probationary period to see how ... »Read

In this article: Andrew Johnson, Ted W. Lieu, Nancy Pelosi, Eric Swalwell, water, Maxine Waters
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 How Iran and North Korea Could Wreck California's Energy Dependent Economy 

It’s difficult to ascertain what non-OPEC, and even some OPEC members will do about future supply cuts and how this will affect the California economy. According to energy trader Martin Tiller, “90% compliance is a good sign for OPEC, but ... »Read

In this article: Legislature
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 Following raucous protests, congressional Republicans play for the home crowd

Welcome to the AM Alert, your morning run-down on California policy and politics. To receive it regularly, please sign up for it here. As congressional Republicans face angry protesters at … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Travis Allen, California Republican Party, Dianne Feinstein, Darrell Issa, Legislature, Tom McClintock, Gavin Newsom, Devin Nunes, PPIC
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 Political spending of AIDS nonprofit takes heat from critics

Good morning. It’s Friday, Feb. 24, and here’s what’s happening across California: TOP STORIES A new kind of politicking The AIDS Healthcare Foundation is a philanthropic empire that’s on the ground in 38 countries. But in recent months the ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought, Tom Hayden, Gavin Newsom, water
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 California lawmakers shouldn't dictate when the school day starts

There are all kinds of good reasons for public middle schools and high schools to switch to later start times. Studies of schools that have done so found lower tardiness and absenteeism, and higher academic achievement. Better-rested teenagers ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Legislature, Anthony J. Portantino
Bills: SB 328,
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 Can Feminism Be Too Inclusive?

Katha PollittYes—but it needs to be popular to become a mass movement. »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Family Leave, minimum wage, sick leave
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 Floor action*

<p><strong><a href=http:* <p><strong>Capitol Weekly's JOHN HOWARD</strong>: "In a remarkable confrontation, a Republican state senator of Vietnamese descent was hustled off the Senate floor Thursday, ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought, Tom Hayden, Sheila Kuehl, Legislature, Doris O. Matsui, Jim Miller, Proposition 2, Senate Republicans, Sandy Smoley, Darrell Steinberg, water, Pete Wilson
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