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Assemblyman: Is Legislature’s contract with former U.S. Attorney General legal?

Assemblyman: Is Legislature’s contract with former U.S. Attorney General legal?

By Matt Fleming While the Legislature’s hiring of former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder made headlines on Thursday, the move may violate the state Constitution, according to an California assemblyman. Assemblyman Kevin Kiley, a Rocklin Republican, asked the California attorney general’s office on Friday whether Holder’s hiring for outside legal work in an impending battle with the […]

LAO Analyst’s report: $1.3 billion state building plan lacks oversight

LAO Analyst’s report: $1.3 billion state building plan lacks oversight

By Matt Fleming The $1.3 billion first phase of a project to build and modernize 11 state office buildings lacks adequate accountability and oversight and is behind schedule, according to a report.  The report, released by the non-partisan Legislative Analyst’s Office on Wednesday, identified three areas of concern. First, LAO writes the administration’s strategy “lacks basic information necessary to […]

SoCal Senate race narrows, Democrats edge closer to supermajority

SoCal Senate race narrows, Democrats edge closer to supermajority

By Matt Fleming Republicans’ chances of fending off a Democratic supermajority in the Legislature dwindle by the day.  The linchpin is one Southern California Senate district, where Republican Assemblywoman Ling Ling Chang has a narrow lead over Democrat Josh Newman in the race to replace the former Senate Minority Leader Bob Huff, who is termed out. While […]

Democratic supermajority rests on one Senate seat

Democratic supermajority rests on one Senate seat

Sanchez hits Harris’ record on mortgage settlement in Senate race

Sanchez hits Harris’ record on mortgage settlement in Senate race

By Matt Fleming Loretta Sanchez on Thursday attacked Kamala Harris’ record on the 2012 mortgage crisis settlement, saying it was not the major accomplishment the state’s attorney general claims.  The two Democrats are running for the state’s open U.S. Senate seat. With the election rapidly approaching, and lagging in both fundraising and polling, the Orange County congresswoman […]

Does the Secure Choice state-run retirement plan guarantee against taxpayer bailouts?

Does the Secure Choice state-run retirement plan guarantee against taxpayer bailouts?

Gov. Brown vetoes no-tax-on-tampons bill, host of others

Gov. Brown vetoes no-tax-on-tampons bill, host of others

Democratic Senate candidate courts the right, walks fine line

Democratic Senate candidate courts the right, walks fine line

On the heels of a Los Angeles Times story saying she was making a play for voters on the right, Democratic Senate candidate Loretta Sanchez is pushing Gov. Jerry Brown to sign a bill increasing minimum penalties in sexual assault cases. While the bill received nearly unanimous support in the Legislature — the measure was in […]

Legislature approves $50-per-month diaper benefit

Legislature approves $50-per-month diaper benefit

Assembly OKs CARB accountability measure, climate agenda headed to governor

Assembly OKs CARB accountability measure, climate agenda headed to governor

Lawmakers on Wednesday sent a measure to Gov. Jerry Brown creating legislative oversight of the California Air Resources Board — a vital piece in the state’s climate agenda. Assembly Bill 197’s companion legislation, SB32, which expands CARB’s authority to create and implement programs to meet reduced greenhouse gas emission targets, can only become law if the […]

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