Brown, Legislature differ sharply on California budget

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown sees a budget deficit and an urgent need for spending cuts. Legislative leaders see a surplus with room to comfortably increase expenditures. Always at odds when it comes to the budget, the Democratic governor and the Democratic Legislature are particularly far apart this year as they embark on […]

California hires ex-Attorney General Holder to fight Trump

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Democratic leaders in the California Legislature said Wednesday they have hired former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to advise them on a legal strategy as they gird for a fight against President-elect Donald Trump. The precise role of the high-profile lawyer remained unclear, but his politically connected firm will be paid […]

California’s Kamala Harris sworn in to succeed Sen. Barbara Boxer

(AP) – Former California Attorney General Kamala Harris was sworn in as the first Indian-American senator Tuesday. She is also the first Black woman to represent California in the U.S. Senate. “It is a great honor to serve the people of California in the Senate, and I look forward to the work ahead.” Harris said. […]

Trump presidency puts California Legislature in defense mode

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — As California lawmakers return to Sacramento on Wednesday, liberal dreams of expanding safety-net benefits and providing health coverage to immigrants are giving way to a new vision revolving around a feverish push to protect gains racked up in the past. After years of pushing forward a progressive agenda, legislative Democrats will […]

Retiring Rep. Charlie Rangel: Trump presidency like ‘a bad dream’

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. Rep. Charles Rangel thought he would be wrapping up his 46-year career in Congress on a note of triumph, leaving office at the same time as a history-making fellow Democrat, President Barack Obama, with the country in the hands of longtime friend Hillary Clinton. Instead, the gravelly-voiced New Yorker said […]

White nationalists raise millions with tax-exempt charities

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The federal government has allowed four groups at the forefront of the white nationalist movement to register as charities and raise more than $7.8 million in tax-deductible donations over the past decade, according to an Associated Press review. Already emboldened by Donald Trump’s popularity, group leaders say they hope the […]

7 Raiders, 6 Falcons selected to Pro Bowl

NEW YORK (AP) — After more than a decade as the NFL’s black hole, the Oakland Raiders are back in the playoffs and filling up the Pro Bowl. The resurgent Raiders, enjoying their first winning season in 14 years, lead the league with seven players selected for next month’s all-star game. Quarterback Derek Carr, wide […]

Raiders beat Chargers, head to playoffs for first time since 2002

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Sebastian Janikowski kicked a 44-yard field goal with 2:40 left, his fourth of the game, and the Oakland Raiders beat the San Diego Chargers 19-16 in the Relocation Bowl on Sunday to clinch a playoff berth for the first time since 2002. There was a surreal atmosphere to the game, which […]

Beseeched to revolt, but bound by duty, electoral voters vow to remain faithful

(AP) – Hounded to abandon Donald Trump, Republican electors appear to be in no mood for an insurrection in the presidential campaign’s last voting ritual. This most untraditional of elections is on course to produce a traditional outcome Monday — an Electoral College ticket to the White House for the president-elect. Whether they like Trump […]

Study: Premium hikes add $10B to taxpayers’ health law tab

WASHINGTON (AP) — Taxpayers will fork over nearly $10 billion more next year to cover double-digit premium hikes for subsidized health insurance under President Barack Obama’s law, according to a study being released Thursday. The analysis from the Center for Health and Economy comes as the Republican-led Congress is preparing to repeal “Obamacare” and replace […]