A brief timeline of the history of Citizens United.
California voters will get to weigh in on the flood of money in politics this November through a ballot proposition that supporters say sends a strong message and detractors say does nothing much at all.
Here is a look at what the proposition would do, and what it wouldn't do, about the controversial U.S. Supreme Court decision that allowed elections to become dramatically more expensive.
Gov. Jerry Brown removed temporary provisions on Monday for overtime for nannies and other domestic workers, thus ensuring additional pay would continue for more than nine hours of work in a single day or 45 hours in a week.
The original 2013 law signed by Brown was set to expire on Jan. 1. The new law, Senate Bill 1015 by state Sen. Connie Leyva (D-Chino), will keep those provisions in place.
"This critically important legislation will allow domestic workers to continue receiving overtime now and into the future," Leyva said in a written statement.
The ad features a newspaper headline from when House Republicans voted last September to defund Planned Parenthood. It then cuts to a clip of Knight saying: "I am pro-life. I don't make exception."
Some Republicans oppose abortion but make exceptions in cases of rape, incest or when a mother's life is at risk. Not Knight, who represents the 25th Congressional District stretching from the Antelope Valley west to Santa Clarita and Simi Valley.
The House of Representatives voted Monday to allow the Department of Veterans Affairs to again offer leases on its West Los Angeles Veterans Affairs campus, authority it needs before homes for disabled, female and homeless veterans can be built there.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), along with former Rep. Henry Waxman, passed legislation suspending the VA's leasing authority in 2007 after years of mismanagement, and Congress has to approve a bill that restores it before the project can move forward. The leases will allow private companies to offer veterans such services as daycare, workforce training and healthcare on the grounds.
With little fanfare, Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday signed historic legislation that would expand overtime pay for California farmworkers.
Assembly Bill 1066, authored by Assemblywoman Lorena S. Gonzalez (D-San Diego), calls for a phase-in of new overtime rules over four years beginning in 2019.
It would lower the current 10-hour-day threshold for overtime by half an hour each year until it reaches the standard eight-hour day by 2022. It also would phase in a 40-hour standard workweek for the first time. The governor would be able to suspend any part of the process for a year depending on economic conditions.
Six officers who responded to the San Bernardino shooting massacre in December were among those awarded the Medal of Valor on Monday.
Gov. Jerry Brown and Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris presented the medals, the highest honor California awards to public safety officials, to eight officers in a ceremony at the Capitol.
“You and your families give so much to your state and your country,” Harris, who is running for U.S. Senate, told the officers at the ceremony. “Through their sacrifice, their courage and their bravery, [the officers] did everything that was important and needed to be done for homeland security."
California's Senate leader is leading a group of 13 state legislators on a weeklong trip to Mexico City to discuss the economy, environmental issues and more.
Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) and the group of lawmakers plan to meet with top Mexican officials over the next six days, the second consecutive year for the trip.
Lawmakers, who wrapped up their work in Sacramento for the year at the end of last month, also plan to participate in a symposium with the University of California to encourage study abroad opportunities between students in Mexico and California.
A bumper crop of U.S. Senate candidates and the resulting challenge in designing ballots may be why more than 235,000 California voters had their selections for the race rejected in June.
"Our research shows a clear problem with complicated ballot designs," said Philip Muller, an election data analyst whose firm creates online voter guides.
Muller and partner Davit Avagyan sorted through election results from all but six California counties to see how many "over-votes" were cast in the U.S. Senate race -- ballots on which voters chose two or more candidates.
Lawmakers hoping to add land to the California Coastal National Monument will host the director of the federal Bureau of Land Management next week as he visits proposed additions and meets with locals about the idea.
Sen. Barbara Boxer and Reps. Lois Capps (D-Santa Barbara), Anna Eshoo (D-Menlo Park) and Jared Huffman (D-San Rafael) will shepherd the director, Neil Kornze, around the sites on Sept. 16. Kornze plans to meet with locals at 2 p.m. at Cambria Veterans Hall in Cambria.
The members introduced the California Coastal National Monument Expansion Act earlier this year. It would add five coastal sites: 440 acres at Lost Coast Headlands, 13 acres at Trinidad Head, 8 acres at Lighthouse Ranch in Humboldt County, 5,780 acres from the Cotoni-Coast Dairies in Santa Cruz County and 20 acres from Piedras Blancas in San Luis Obispo County. It also would include some small rocks and islands off the coast of Orange County.