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California librarians irked by governor’s appointment

California Governor Jerry Brown appointed a politically connected journalist to the position of state librarian, frustrating librarians across California. [LA Times] “A former reporter? What the hell? said Librarians’ Guild President Roy B. Stone. “I’m tired of political appointments everywhere... (Continue reading)

California Lobbying firm accused of promoting illegal contributions

A former employee of one of California’s most prominent California lobbying firm says her former employer facilitated illegal contributions to dozens of politicians — including nearly a third of the Legislature. {LATimes] In a suit filed by Rhonda Smira, she... (Continue reading)

Republican gubernatorial candidate brings his roadshow to Atascadero

By JOSH FRIEDMAN Most observers of California politics expect Governor Jerry Brown to remain in office for yet another term. Republican Assemblyman Tim Donnelly does not. Though Donnelly is most known for bringing a loaded gun into an airport and... (Continue reading)

Shadowy right-wing contributor unmasked

A national conservative group has been identified as the source of a heretofore anonymous last-minute contribution of $11 million infused into two California initiative campaigns. (Sacramento Bee) Compliance from Americans for Job Security of Nevada came only after a rare... (Continue reading)

Designated drivers may be robots

Vehicles without drivers may soon be zipping around California streets and highways following unanimous approval Monday by the state Senate of authorizing legislation. If the Assembly endorses S.B 1298 by Sen. Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima), the governor will have the opportunity... (Continue reading)

Community college changes on horizon

California’s public education system has been a world-class model of efficiency and affordability for five decades, but no longer. Gradual overloading and budget restraints have gutted the once-proud model, and that in turn is opening the door for enterprising private,... (Continue reading)

Say what? Prisoners’ phones in jeopardy

Smuggling cells phones into California correctional facilities has become so commonplace that even Charlie Manson got caught twice with one, and now the state legislature is taking a step toward preventing further proliferation of the devices behind bars. An Assembly... (Continue reading)

Blakeslee accuses state GOP chair of “thuggery”

State Senator Sam Blakeslee (R-San Luis Obispo) called the outgoing state GOP chairman “a failed leader who has resorted to thuggery” after storming out of a heated meeting of the Rules Committee Friday at the start of a three-day Republican... (Continue reading)

Reiss appointed to Coastal Commission (for now)

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has selected former Pismo Beach mayor Mary Ann Reiss to serve on the California Coastal Commission. [KSBY] Reiss, who was elected to a new term on the Pismo Beach City Council last month, will replace Katcho Achadjian,... (Continue reading)

Barbara Boxer bounces back

Despite low approval ratings from California voters, Sen. Barbara Boxer is back in the lead in her bid for re-election in November. [Chronicle] According to a new Field Poll released Friday, Boxer now leads GOP challenger Carly Fiorina by 47... (Continue reading)



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