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Hope for a less-partisan Congress in Supreme Court ruling

In last week's Supreme Court decision affirming the right of citizens' commissions to draw political districts, many California Democrats saw a lost opportunity to expand their ranks among the state's elected officials.

One California Democrat, herself a former elected official, saw an opportunity gained.

Ellen O. Tauscher was elected to Congress seven times from the Bay Area, beginning in 1996. She...

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New budget spurs Standard & Poor's to upgrade California's credit rating

The Wall Street ratings agency Standard & Poor's gave a vote of confidence to California's finances on Thursday, upgrading its credit rating to its highest level in 14 years.

The state's new budget, which took effect Wednesday, "marks another step forward in the state's journey toward improved fiscal sustainability," said the agency's report.

The upgrade, from A+ to AA-, was welcomed by state officials.

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Gov. Brown signs measure striking 'lynching' charge from California law

A bill to strike a controversial reference to lynching from California's criminal code was signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday.

Since 1933, California law characterized the act of taking a person from lawful police custody as "lynching." But, as Sen. Holly Mitchell (D-Los Angeles), the measure's author, noted, for most people the term "lynching" has a more violent connotation: when a mob...

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Resolution to replace Junipero Serra statue in U.S. Capitol put on hold

A measure calling for the statue of Father Junipero Serra in the U.S. Capitol to be replaced with one of NASA astronaut Sally Ride, the first American woman in space, was shelved in the Legislature on Thursday.

The measure has been controversial since it was introduced in January. Roman Catholics in particular have criticized the proposal to remove the likeness of Serra, an 18th century Franciscan...

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Ex-California lawmaker Tim Donnelly pushes for referendum on new vaccination law

Former Assemblyman and Republican gubernatorial candidate Tim Donnelly wants California voters to overturn the strict new childhood vaccination requirements signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday.

Donnelly, of Twin Peaks near Lake Arrowhead, filed paperwork with the state attorney general’s office Wednesday for a statewide referendum on the vaccination law.

Donnelly hosts “The Tim Donnelly Show”...

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As public corruption trial date nears, Leland Yee to appear for 'change of plea'

With former state Sen. Leland Yee's public corruption trial fast approaching, lawyers for him and three co-defendants are scheduled to appear in federal court Wednesday to change their pleas.

Jury selection for Yee and the others  -- political fundraiser Keith Jackson, his son Brandon Jackson and boxing promoter Marlon Sullivan – is set to begin July 27, with the trial to follow on Aug. 10.

The deadline...

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