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Secretary of State Padilla drops efforts to prevent felons from voting

California Secretary of State Alex Padilla on Tuesday reversed the course set by the state elections chief before him and dropped efforts to prevent some 45,000 state felons from voting.

The move brought cheers from those seeking greater rights for former prisoners and comes as California is rethinking some of its get-tough criminal justice policies.

A lawsuit challenged a rule created by former Secretary...

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Gov. Brown praises President Obama for new greenhouse gas rules

Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday welcomed President Obama's plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from power plants and noted that California is ahead of the federal government in the effort.

Obama announced new rules that would result in more power generated by renewable sources, including wind and solar, by 2030, reducing power produced by coal from 40% to 27%.

“I welcome this bold and absolutely necessary...

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Californians back new policies to fight climate change, poll says

Californians are concerned about the effects of climate change and support new steps to address the problem, according to a poll released Wednesday night by the Public Policy Institute of California.

The results could provide fodder for Gov. Jerry Brown and his fellow Democrats in the state Legislature, who are seeking new regulations to stem greenhouse gas emissions.

“The results demonstrate beyond...

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Biden offers from-the-heart counterpoint to GOP spectacle

The presidential campaign seemed consumed last week by Trumpian madness.

As many in his party looked on in horror, Donald Trump flung tart criticisms of fellow Republicans, denounced illegal immigration and reviled the abject failure, as he sees it, of everything touched by politicians from both parties.

The Republican candidates obscured by his fiery presence responded with mighty efforts to gain...

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Think like Gandhi, Jerry Brown urges leaders at Vatican climate conference

Jerry Brown on Wednesday urged the world’s mayors to emulate Mahatma Gandhi and the 12 disciples of Jesus Christ as they fight to halt climate change and win over skeptics.

In his speech at the second day of a conference on global warming hosted at the Vatican by Pope Francis, the California governor urged the mayors in the audience to “think of those instances where radical change occurred.”


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Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom releases report on guidelines for marijuana legalization

A panel chaired by Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom hopes to guide the debate on the legalization of marijuana in California with an emphasis on limiting children’s access to cannabis, reducing illegal activity and tightly regulating the drug's growth and sales. 

In a report released Wednesday, the group lays out 58 recommendations and goals for implementing general legalization -- an issue expected to go before...

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