California Bill Reignites Affirmative Action Fight

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SACRAMENTO — Nearly 20 years after California became the first state to ban the use of race and ethnicity in college admissions, a proposal to reinstate affirmative action has sparked a backlash that is forging a new divide in the state’s powerful Democratic Party and creating opportunity for conservatives. The debate is unfolding in the […]

Poll: Many Calif. Voters in Dark on ‘Obamacare’

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LOS ANGELES — A new Field Poll says many Californians are only vaguely familiar with details of President Barack Obama’s health care reforms, even though enrollment starts in October. The survey released Tuesday finds that about one in four state voters knows little or nothing about the Affordable Care Act. Another 60 percent say they […]

AP Exclusive: Inmate Lawsuits Cost Calif. $200M

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SACRAMENTO — Gov. Jerry Brown has begun aggressively challenging federal court oversight of California’s prison system by highlighting what he says is a costly conflict of interest: The private law firms representing inmates and the judges’ own hand-picked authorities benefit financially by keeping the cases alive. How much are they making? A tally by The […]

Sen. Diane Feinstein: Gun Control Faces Uphill Climb

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WASHINGTON – Sen. Dianne Feinstein, who’s leading the push to restore an assault weapon ban, acknowledged on Sunday that the effort faces tough odds to pass Congress and she blamed the nation’s largest gun-rights group. Feinstein, D-Calif., on Thursday introduced a bill that would prohibit 157 specific weapons and ammunition magazines that have more than […]

California Challenges Feds’ Inmate Population Cap

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SACRAMENTO — Gov. Jerry Brown is challenging a federal court order that California further reduce its inmate population to improve prison conditions, reigniting a legal battle that once reached the U.S. Supreme Court. Complying with the court’s June deadline for lowering the prison population would endanger public safety, Brown contends in court filings seeking to […]

US Unemployment Applications Hit 5 Year Low: Calif. Leads The Way

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NATIONWIDE – Applications for U.S. unemployment benefits dropped last week by 12,000 to a seasonally adjusted 350,000, the Labor Department said Thursday. The four-week average, a less volatile measure, fell to a nearly five-year low of 356,750. Still, many state unemployment offices were closed Monday and Tuesday because of the winter holiday and could not […]

Union Muscle Key to Democrat Victories in State Campaigns

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WASHINGTON – From California to Maine, unions used their political muscle in the recent elections to help install Democratic governors, build labor-friendly majorities in state legislatures and defeat ballot initiatives against them. The combination of union money and member mobilization helped Democrats take control of state legislatures in Maine and Minnesota. In Michigan, voters repealed […]

Calif. Set to Officially Launch “Cap-and-Trade”

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SAN FRANCISCO – California’s largest greenhouse gas emitters will begin buying permits in a landmark “cap-and-trade” system designed to control emissions of heat-trapping gases and to spur investment in clean technologies. The program is the most wide-ranging of its kind in the nation and a key part of California’s 2006 climate-change law that dictates standards […]

Former Lt. Governor Mervyn Dymally passes away at 86

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LOS ANGELES – Former California Lieutenant Governor Mervyn M. Dymally passed away yester day in Los Angeles, Calif. He was 86. “My beloved husband of 44 years Mervyn Dymally passed away very peacefully this morning at 6:30 a.m.,” said his wife Alice Gueno Dymally who recently lost her mother Alice Walker Gueno. “He lived a very […]

Calif. Gas Prices Jump By Up to 20 Cents Overnight

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SAN FRANCISCO – Californians woke up to a shock Friday as overnight gasoline prices jumped by as much as 20 cents a gallon in some areas, ending a week of soaring costs that saw some stations close and others charge record prices. The average price of regular gas across the state was nearly $4.49 a […]