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Legislators, governor to get four-percent raise

Legislators, governor to get four-percent raise

By Matt Fleming . The average legislator’s salary will rise to $104,118 annually, although several have refused any increases. Gov. Jerry Brown’s salary will increase to $190,103 annually. The other officers receiving increases are: lieutenant governor, attorney general, controller, treasurer, secretary of state, superintendent of public instruction, insurance commissioner and the members of the Board of Equalization.  […]

Democrats launch anti-Trump attacks on down-ticket GOP candidates

Democrats launch anti-Trump attacks on down-ticket GOP candidates

. The Trump effect has begun. It’s what Republicans fear and Democrats embrace: How the controversial presumptive nomination of Donald Trump as the GOP’s presidential candidate will affect races further down the ballot. Democrats are hoping to tie Trump around the necks of Republican candidates throughout the state, particularly among Latino voters who have so far largely rejected Trump […]

Caltrans accused of improperly dumping dead animals — again!

Caltrans accused of improperly dumping dead animals — again!

. After discovering work crews had dumped a bunch of dead animals in a state waterway, a state Water Code enforcer is investigating if Caltrans ever created and implemented roadkill disposal policies, which was a requirement from the last time Caltrans got in trouble for improperly dumping dead animals.  A stockpile of dead animals, as well as […]

Longshot Senate candidate pledges to vote will of the majority of voters

Longshot Senate candidate pledges to vote will of the majority of voters

John Kasich’s presidential primary challenges

John Kasich’s presidential primary challenges

By Matt Fleming . On paper, John Kasich is the presidential candidate Republicans have been waiting on for years. The Ohio governor represents an important swing state. As a member of Congress, he chaired the House Budget Committee, where he was considered the architect of the deal that balanced the federal budget. And he was instrumental […]

Lawmaker accused of domestic violence to stay in Assembly leadership

Lawmaker accused of domestic violence to stay in Assembly leadership

Assemblyman Roger Hernández, who last week was placed under a temporary restraining order from his wife, will not be stripped of his committee chairmanship, Speaker Anthony Rendon said on Friday, despite pressure from the influential leaders of the women’s caucus. In a statement to CalWatchdog, Rendon, a Paramount Democrat, condemned domestic violence, but said he will not seek action at this […]

NOAA: Trash Island doesn’t exist

Despite stories to the contrary, there is no Texas-sized trash island floating in the Pacific, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Agency. While there is a Pacific Garbage Patch in the Pacific Ocean (apparently, there’s many of these patches throughout the global ocean), it’s not an island of trash, it’s difficult to see and it definitely […]

Pro-biz group releases “job-killer” and “job-creator” lists

Pro-biz group releases “job-killer” and “job-creator” lists

. The annual “job-creator” and “job-killer” lists are out — 31 top priorities of the California Chamber of Commerce. The pro-business group, which spent nearly $4.3 million in 2015 on lobbying in the Capitol, is primarily focused on reducing “meritless” litigation for job creation. And there are a range of bills spanning oil production barriers, increased labor costs and […]

Critics demand accountability for education-funding tax prior to extension vote

Critics demand accountability for education-funding tax prior to extension vote

Lawmakers take step toward retirement fund for all Californians

Lawmakers take step toward retirement fund for all Californians

. State policy makers on Monday inched closer to a state-run retirement system for workers who don’t have access to employer-run accounts. Secure Choice, if implemented, would require employers of five or more people to automatically enroll employees into portable retirement accounts, with an opt-out clause for the individual. While everyone has the ability to […]

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