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SACRAMENTO — "Living in parallel universes," is how Senate leader Darrell Steinberg describes it. Gun control and gun rights advocates "talking past each other." Emanating from different cultures, incapable of agreeing on how to make us all...
Tags: Politics, Elections, Tea Party Movement, Lobbying, Loni Hancock
SACRAMENTO — Some California lawmakers seeking to pressure the Boy Scouts of America to abandon its ban on openly gay members are taking a novel approach: They are threatening to strip the organization of its state tax exemption. The proposal,...
SACRAMENTO -- A group of nearly two dozen Democrats is challenging Gov. Jerry Brown's proposal to build a massive water project in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta. On Thursday, 22 lawmakers from districts throughout the state released a letter...
California may have the toughest gun laws in the country, but lax federal rules make the state vulnerable to people bringing assault rifles and other restricted weapons across the state line, according to a resolution signed by 21 state senators. The...
SACRAMENTO — Imagine a lawmaker being allowed to read a proposed law before voting on it. For that matter — and this seems like a stretch — try to envision the public being offered an opportunity to express its view on a bill before...
Tags: Politics, Elections, Kristin Olsen, Lobbying, Voting
PolitiCalCalifornia lawmakers propose 72-hour posting of bills before final approval...
SACRAMENTO — Barrels of excess water have been tumbling down the Sacramento River with nowhere to go except the San Francisco Bay and out to sea. To be precise, 58,000 cubic feet of water per second — think of one cubic foot as a...
PolitiCalLawmakers delay water bond measure...
The Record, Stockton, Calif.In the run-up to the passage of Obamacare, then House Speaker Nancy Pelosi famously said, "We have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it away from the fog of the controversy." Of course, the statement itself added to the controversy...
Times-Herald, Vallejo, Calif.In World War II, soldiers stationed on Mare Island Naval Shipyard used the historic Portuguese SCDES Hall on Contra Costa Street -- the upstairs as a bunk hall and downstairs rooms for meals. Even with the hall serving the government, the Holy Ghost...
The Record, Stockton, Calif.A bill to establish the Olive Oil Commission of California, an industry-supported group that would fund research and improve olive oil grading and standards, is moving through the state legislature. It cleared its first hurdle earlier this month,...
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