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 APNewsBreak: Judge approves release of jailed Mexican man
Sacramento Bee - March 28, 5:17 pm
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 Watchdog: Costly veterans' homes not serving broad population
CalWatchdog - March 28, 3:44 pm
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 The Wall Street Journal: House probe into Russian meddling stalled amid calls for Nunes to step aside
MarketWatch - March 28, 5:27 pm
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 Sanctuary cities aren't as popular as you might think in California
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 House sends bill to Trump blocking online privacy regulation
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 Legislation would upend local citizens' initiatives

In 2016 California voters considered more than 850 local ballot measures. But that is just too much democracy, according to a measure introduced in the Assembly last month. Most local measures are placed on the ballot by a local governing board: ... »Read

In this article: CEQA, Legislature, Darrell Steinberg, water
Bills: AB 890, SB 1253,
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 Proportional Representation Could Accomplish What Redistricting Reform Can't

Former Governor Schwarzenegger and other participants in his campaign for redistricting reform across the country have identified the right problems. They are correct in pointing out how unrepresentative state legislatures have become; the ... »Read

In this article: Legislature
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 The New Assault on Part-Time Jobs

A new proposal in Sacramento could beat up companies that depend on part-time workers. Called AB 5, the proposed bill is a roundhouse punch to all but very small companies because it pushes employers to transform part-time workers into full-time ... »Read

In this article: Lorena Gonzalez, minimum wage
Bills: AB 5,
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 There's No Other Choice for California - America Has to Lead The World 

Syria has become the disaster for a generation and Iran wants to lord over the Middle East along with anywhere else it can get its grips into a region or government by whatever means necessary. In Eastern Europe a resurgent Russia continues ... »Read

In this article: John F. Kerry, Legislature
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 Cleanliness, workload at California dialysis clinics up for debate

Welcome to the AM Alert, your morning run-down on California policy and politics. To receive it regularly, please sign up for it here. A bill before the Senate Health Committee … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Joel Anderson, Xavier Becerra, Cathleen Galgiani, Eduardo Garcia, Ben Hueso, Ricardo Lara, Ted W. Lieu, Jose Medina, Richard Pan, SEIU, Mike Spence
Bills: SB 18, SB 349, SB 54,
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 Did White House squelch Sally Yates testimony? Top Dem weighs in

Rep. Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, is urging its chairman to reschedule the hearing »Read

In this article: Devin Nunes, Barack Obama, Adam Schiff
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 Amtrak's arrogance, Trump's wishful thinking, and Devin Nunes' blunder

On behalf of The Sacramento Bee’s editorial board, welcome to The Take, your opinion-politics newsletter. Please sign up for it here. Our take Editorials Magical thinking won’t reverse climate change: … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Xavier Becerra, Sam Brownback, Marc Levine, Devin Nunes
Bills: AB 927,
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 California Dreaming in the Age of Trump

Sasha AbramskyA DREAMer, a Hmong farmer, a transgender political staffer, and more shed light on the concerns and values of Californians in our strange and dangerous political moment. »Read

In this article: Proposition 13, minimum wage, Anthony Rendon
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 Trump's attack on environmental laws won't save coal miners' jobs

I pity the poor coal miners who allowed themselves to be used as props by Donald Trump. On Tuesday, a group of them stood with the president as he signed his executive order gutting Obama-era climate change regulations. After signing the document ... »Read

In this article: Xavier Becerra, Jerry Brown, renewable energy
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 Rep. Schiff on claims White House blocked Yates' testimony

California Rep. Adam Schiff, the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, is urging chairman Devin Nunes to reschedule the open hearing with former acting Attorney General Sally Yates. Schiff joins 'CBS This Morning' from Washington to ... »Read

In this article: Devin Nunes, Adam Schiff
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 How Devin Nunes Is Threatening the Constitution

With his bizarre antics and partisan-driven decisions the past week and a half, Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), the under-siege chairman of the House intelligence committee, has not only triggered a breakdown in the congressional oversight process; he ... »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Dianne Feinstein, John McCain, Devin Nunes, Barack Obama
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 States scramble to salvage climate crusade abandoned by Trump

Donald Trump’s plan to bring an abrupt halt to America’s crusade against climate change will test California and other states like never before as they seek to wrest control of the nation’s energy future from a hostile White House. The energy ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, global warming, renewable energy, Thomas F. Steyer
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 Essential Politics: Trump makes good on his change for climate rules

For the first time in a few weeks, executive action by President Trump is generating as much political news as congressional clashes. And while California is watching, this time the state is easily positioned to go its own way. Good morning from the ... »Read

In this article: Xavier Becerra, Jerry Brown, global warming, greenhouse gas, Chris Megerian, John Myers, Devin Nunes, Barack Obama, renewable energy, Adam Schiff, George Skelton, Darrell Steinberg
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 House sends bill to Trump blocking online privacy regulation

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Congress has sent President Donald Trump legislation that would kill an online privacy regulation, a move that could eventually allow internet providers such as Comcast, AT&T and Verizon to sell the browsing habits ... »Read

In this article: Kevin McCarthy, Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi
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 California Prop. 47 grants for criminal rehabilitation seen as a long-awaited step forward

Vonya Quarles grew up in South Los Angeles and describes herself as a third-generation convicted felon. But by the time she took the microphone at a Highland town hall meeting in January 2016, she was a lawyer and executive director of a Riverside ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, John Jones, Leticia Perez
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 Tuesday's Sports in Brief

US WOMEN'S HOCKEY BOYCOTT USA Hockey and the women's national team reached an agreement to end a wage dispute and avoid a boycott of the world championships on home ice … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Dianne Feinstein, James R. Smith
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 Undercover videos of fetal tissue talks spur felony charges

Two anti-abortion activists who secretly recorded Planned Parenthood conversations about fetal tissue must each face more than a dozen felony charges. California's new Attorney General Xavier Becerra filed 15 counts … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Xavier Becerra, Kamala Harris
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 Schiff on stage*

<p><strong>Adam Schiff, the California congressman who usually works under the radar, <a href=http:* <p><strong>CW's CHUCK MCFADDEN</strong>: "<span >In an overheated political environment where ... »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, Daniel C. Ramirez, Adam Schiff, Dan Walters, water
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 Protests erupt at Sacramento town hall meeting as ICE director answers questions about immigration enforcement

A day after California lawmakers decried a renewed call from U.S. Atty. Gen Jeff Sessions to strip so-called sanctuary cities of federal funds, an appearance Tuesday by the director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement at a Sacramento town hall ... »Read

In this article: illegal immigration, Chris Megerian, Darrell Steinberg
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 California Dreaming: Justino Mora, DREAMer

Sasha AbramskyAn interview with a DREAM Act activist and cofounder of undocumedia.org. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Pete Wilson
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 David Daleiden, activist from secret Planned Parenthood videos, charged with 15 felonies

David Daleiden, the anti-abortion activist with roots in Davis, and an alleged co-conspirator were charged Tuesday for falsifying their identities and using a fake bioresearch company to covertly record videos … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Xavier Becerra, Kamala Harris
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 Sanctuary cities aren't as popular as you might think in California

Despite defunding threats from the Trump administration, California voters narrowly support communities declaring themselves “sanctuary cities,” according to a statewide survey Tuesday. But the Berkeley IGS Poll found that a … Click to ... »Read

In this article: Xavier Becerra, Jerry Brown, Mark DiCamillo, Field Poll, illegal immigration, Edwin M. Lee, Legislature, Darrell Steinberg
Bills: SB 54,
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 Anti-abortion activists face mulitple felonies for undercover videos of Planned Parenthood

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California prosecutors on Tuesday charged two anti-abortion activists who made undercover videos of themselves trying to buy fetal tissue from Planned Parenthood with 15 felonies, saying they invaded the privacy of medical ... »Read

In this article: Xavier Becerra, Kamala Harris
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 Covered California, Medi-Cal Still Operating After Failed Health Care Bill

By Ja'Nel Johnson California officials say its health insurance exchange and Medicaid expansion will continue operating without any changes after the House Republican health care bill failed to garner enough support. Covered California was developed ... »Read

In this article: Jennifer Kent, H.D. Palmer
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 Irvine Activists Who Made Undercover Videos Of Planned Parenthood Charged With Felonies

They shot undercover videos of themselves trying to buy fetal tissue from Planned Parenthood officials. »Read

In this article: Xavier Becerra, Kamala Harris
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 Felony charges for 2 who secretly filmed Planned Parenthood

California prosecutors on Tuesday charged two anti-abortion activists who made undercover videos of themselves trying to buy fetal tissue from Planned Parenthood with 15 felonies, saying they invaded the privacy … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Xavier Becerra, Kamala Harris
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 Rams GM Les Snead feels the pressure to build a winner in L.A.

They remain in search of another receiver. They are thin at tight end and must fill holes at center and cornerback. And the Rams lack a first-round pick. On Tuesday, with the NFL draft set to commence in less than a month, General Manager Les Snead ... »Read

In this article: John Sullivan, Robert A. Woods
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 Trump mutes his rejection of climate science, but his old tweets speak loudly

As President Trump moved to halt federal efforts against global warming on Tuesday, he avoided an important phrase: climate change. It was the same story during his campaign for president. Trump rarely mentioned it. When he pledged last May to ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Michael Finnegan, global warming
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 Hundreds of protesters greet U.S. immigration enforcement chief in Sacramento

Hundreds of protesters greeted the country’s top immigration enforcement official Tuesday during a Sacramento stop that inflamed passions over the Trump administration’s hardline stance on refugees and undocumented immigrants. The … Click ... »Read

In this article: Eric Guerra, Legislature, Darrell Steinberg
Bills: SB 54,
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 The Wall Street Journal: House probe into Russian meddling stalled amid calls for Nunes to step aside

A congressional investigation into alleged Russian government meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election ground to a halt Tuesday over the contested actions of a committee chairman and an attempt by the Justice Department to limit the testimony ... »Read

In this article: Devin Nunes, Eric Swalwell
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 APNewsBreak: Judge approves release of jailed Mexican man

A Mexican man who was arrested despite his participation in a program designed to protect those brought to the U.S. illegally as children can be released from custody pending his … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Matt Adams, Barack Obama, Daniel C. Ramirez
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 Thousands in LA County are waiting more than a decade for chance at Section 8 housing

About 40,000 Los Angeles County residents are on the waiting list to obtain Section 8 vouchers which means many people wait 11 years for a chance at an affordable housing option, officials said during a public hearing Tuesday.The statement was made ... »Read

In this article: Janice Hahn, Sheila Kuehl, Hilda L. Solis
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 40,000 waiting for Section 8 housing in LA County -- many for more than a decade

About 40,000 Los Angeles County residents are on the waiting list to obtain Section 8 vouchers which means many people wait 11 years for a chance at an affordable housing option, officials said during a public hearing Tuesday.The statement was made ... »Read

In this article: Janice Hahn, Sheila Kuehl, Hilda L. Solis
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 LA Leaders Lash Out Against Trump Order Reversing Environmental Policies

The executive order signed by President Trump seeks to eliminate the Clean Power Plan. »Read

In this article: Xavier Becerra, Dianne Feinstein, Eric Garcetti, greenhouse gas, water
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 Amid calls for recusal, House Intel Committee chair Devin Nunes digs in

House probe into Russia ties to Trump campaign in disarray, with Democrats saying Nunes appears to be coordinating with White House »Read

In this article: Devin Nunes, Eric Swalwell
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 California, NY vow to fill climate-change void left by Trump

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- The governors of California and New York said Tuesday that they will push ahead with their aggressive climate change policies despite President Donald Trump&apos;s executive order that seeks to boost the coal ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought, global warming, greenhouse gas, Barack Obama
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 California immigration town hall to highlight state's red-blue divide

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - Liberal California was set to square off against conservative elements in the state at a town hall meeting on immigration on Tuesday night featuring the director of Immigrations and Customs Enforcement. »Read

In this article: Alex Barrios, Legislature, Darrell Steinberg
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 Lack of House Intelligence

If Devin Nunes has to resign, then so should Adam Schiff. »Read

In this article: Devin Nunes, Adam Schiff
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 House Intelligence panel probe into Russian meddling in U.S. election appears frozen

The House of Representatives investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election and possible collusion with the campaign of President Donald Trump is stalled and may be doomed. For a … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Dianne Feinstein, Darrell Issa, Devin Nunes, Adam Schiff, Jackie Speier, Eric Swalwell
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 Watchdog: Costly veterans' homes not serving broad population

SACRAMENTO – The U.S. Veterans Administration has been a font of scandal in recent years, with various reports showcasing the way the agency charged with caring for our nation’s veterans »Read

In this article: Legislature, Little Hoover Commission, Pedro Nava
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 Republicans rally around Nunes as Russia firestorm spreads

The House Intelligence chairman and his allies reject demands he recuse himself from the Trump-Russia probe. »Read

In this article: John McCain, Devin Nunes, Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Adam Schiff, Eric Swalwell
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 Devin Nunes says he'll continue to lead Russia inquiry

WASHINGTON — The Republican chairman of the House Intelligence Committee on Tuesday rebuffed calls to recuse himself from the panel’s investigation into Russian meddling in the presidential election, as Speaker Paul Ryan expressed support for ... »Read

In this article: Devin Nunes, Nancy Pelosi, Adam Schiff
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 Why Trump's rollback of Obama rules won't do much for coal country

President Donald Trump campaigned on putting coal miners back to work, and on Tuesday, he gave the impression he was delivering. But he wasn’t. Trump rolled back Obama administration regulations … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Barack Obama, renewable energy
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