California’s high health enrollment surpasses projections

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SACRAMENTO (AP) — California has enrolled 2.3 million people under an optional expansion of the state’s Medicaid program — nearly three times more than the state had anticipated, according to the state Department of Finance. Beyond that, a record number of people who already qualified for the low-income health program signed up, pushing overall enrollment […]

Poll: Minorities, young Americans still backing Obama

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Even as the public remains closely divided about his presidency, Barack Obama is holding on to his support from the so-called “Obama coalition” of minorities, liberals and young Americans, an Associated Press-GfK poll shows, creating an incentive for the next Democratic presidential nominee to stick with him and his policies. Hillary Rodham […]

Poll: Clinton’s standing falls among Democrats

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton’s standing is falling among Democrats, and voters view her as less decisive and inspiring than when she launched her presidential campaign just three months ago, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll. The survey offers a series of warning signs for the leading Democratic candidate. Most troubling, perhaps, for […]

California begins to regain control of prison health care

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California on Monday began regaining responsibility for its prison health care system after nearly a decade of federal control and billions of dollars in improvements. A court-appointed receiver returned medical care at Folsom State Prison to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, the first of many steps toward ending a […]

Two Senators Move to Ban Confederate Names, Symbols in California

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SACRAMENTO (CBM) – The nationwide rally against Confederate symbols has hit the Golden State. Sens. Steve Glazer (D-Contra Costa) and Bob Huff (R-San Dimas) last week announced a bill that would prohibit all public schools, buildings, parks, roadways, and other state-owned property from using names associated with the Confederate States of America, a  group of seven […]

Gov. Brown Approves Stripping ‘Lynching’ from California Code

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SACRAMENTO (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation that strips the word “lynching” from California law. The Democratic governor announced signing SB629 by Sen. Holly Mitchell, a Los Angeles Democrat, on Thursday. Mitchell took up the issue after a black activist was charged with felony lynching in Sacramento earlier this year. It applies to […]

Ex-State Senator Leland Yee Pleads Guilty to Corruption & Racketeering

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — An ex-California state senator pleaded guilty Wednesday to a racketeering charge in an organized crime and public corruption case centered in San Francisco’s Chinatown. Leland Yee could face a maximum of 20 years in prison when he is sentenced in October after entering the plea to one count of conspiracy to […]

California’s new school vaccine law now one of the strictest in nation

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SACRAMENTO (AP) — The governor of California has signed a contentious bill to impose one of the strictest school vaccination laws in the country. Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown says in a statement Tuesday that science clearly shows vaccines dramatically protect children against infectious diseases. The bill strikes California’s personal belief exemption for immunizations, requiring nearly […]

L.A. Makes Final Call Before “School Vaccine Bill” Vote

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LOS ANGELES (CBM) – Attorney and activist, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., is putting $10,000 on the table. His concern that innocent kids in California could suffer serious medical injuries because of the impending “School Vaccine Bill” is so great, that he is willing to put up his own money to anybody who will debate him […]

California Senate approves another minimum wage hike

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SACRAMENTO (AP) — The California Senate on Monday approved a plan to again raise the state’s minimum wage, lifting it to $13 an hour in 2017, then tying it to the rate of inflation after that. The proposal by Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, comes just two years after Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation giving […]