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Lawmakers and landlords: More than a quarter of California legislators are both

By Matt Levin and Elizabeth Castillo | CALmatters In a quiet neighborhood on the outskirts of south Sacramento, the property looks like any other on the block: a single-story house that could use a new paint job, a large front yard that could use a little tidying, a chain-link fence circumferencing the lot. The tenants inside have no complaints — they have a good relationship with the property manager, and broken things get fixed on time. But like millions of renters in this increasingly costly ...
Tags: California, Sacramento, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Sport, Soccer, California Apartment Association, Carlton, Santa Monica, State, Capitol, Legislature, Assembly, Alameda, Gloria, Singh


Battles over local tax measures heat up

A change in the governor’s office and expanded Democratic supermajorities in the Legislature have emboldened long-frustrated advocates of increasing taxes to expand health, welfare and education services. The California Tax Foundation calculates that bills already introduced this year would raise Californians’ taxes by $6.2 billion a year with others to come. Gov. Gavin Newsom is clearly not tax-averse, since he’s proposed a new tax on water to finance improvements to substandard local water sys...
Tags: Supreme Court, California, Opinion, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, Oakland, Eric Garcetti, Los Angeles Times, Gavin Newsom, Southern California, Capitol, Legislature, Jacobs


How California budget ‘trailer bills’ are misused

In the jargon of the Capitol, “trailer bills” are measures that accompany the annual state budget – in theory making the changes of law necessary to implement the budget’s fiscal policies. In practice, they serve another, much different function – to sneakily do things that might otherwise be difficult to do if they were fully exposed in advance to the public. Because trailer bills are considered part of the budget, they can be enacted with simple majority legislative votes and take effect immed...
Tags: Supreme Court, California, Opinion, Senate, Sacramento, Sport, Soccer, Paris, Bill, Department Of Justice, Jerry Brown, Gavin Newsom, Brown, Capitol, Legislature, General Fund


Anti-charter school bills will scuttle competition, limit choice

California’s charter-school movement has made remarkable progress in providing a quality education for some of the state’s neediest students. However, its long, successful journey — sparked by landmark 1992 legislation that made it relatively easy to start charter schools — has run into an existential threat that has rightly been referred to as “Charter-mageddon” by one news publication. The Assembly Education Committee, dominated by lawmakers who are allied with the state’s teachers’ unions, re...
Tags: California, Opinion, America, Sport, Soccer, Editorials, Paris, Jerry Brown, Oakland, Gavin Newsom, Southern California, Capitol, State Board of Education, California Teachers Association, Tony Thurmond, Assembly Education Committee


Texas bill toughening voting crimes advances over protests

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A sweeping Texas bill that would toughen penalties for election-related crimes advanced Monday over protests from civil rights groups who say it punishes voters with jail time for making potentially honest mistakes. The GOP-backed measure, which has now tentatively cleared the Texas Senate, has intensified voting rights battles in the Capitol […]
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California’s DMV crisis could make or break Gavin Newsom

Ambitious politicians like to dazzle us with what Hollywood screenwriters call “high concept” pitches that reduce complex ideas to a few succinct words. Gavin Newsom is certainly an ambitious politician and is extraordinarily oriented toward high-concept gestures. His latest emerged during a quick trip to El Salvador last week, ostensibly to learn why so many Salvadorans are making arduous treks to the U.S.-Mexico border, hoping to gain asylum. Newsom floated the notion that he and California ca...
Tags: Hollywood, California, Opinion, Mexico, San Francisco, Sport, Soccer, DMV, Julian Assange, El Salvador, Jerry Brown, Donald Trump, Bond, Gavin Newsom, Brown, Capitol


Bond issue transparency still under assault

Two years ago, in a rare display of support for transparency in government finance, the Legislature and then-Gov. Jerry Brown required local governments and school districts to tell voters how proposed bond issues would affect their property taxes. That would seem to be just common sense and good government, but local officials complained that Assembly Bill 195 would be too difficult to implement. Their real motive, however, was a fear that telling voters that their tax bills would increase migh...
Tags: California, Opinion, Sport, Soccer, San Jose, Jerry Brown, Sam Liccardo, Capitol, Legislature, Clippers, Big Bear Lake, Dan Walters, Johnny Khamis, Liccardo, Khamis, Guest Commentary


Years of bad rules led to California’s unfixable housing mess

SACRAMENTO – Whenever I write about complex public-policy problems, I hear from readers who ask something like this: “OK, wise guy, if you’re so smart then tell me how we fix the problem.” Unfortunately, there aren’t many vexing issues that can be resolved in an 850-word column or a 50-word email rebuttal. Most of California’s myriad “crises” have been years in the making, and they will take years of unraveling – provided they are fixable at all. The best example is the state’s housing mess, whi...
Tags: California, Opinion, Senate, Sacramento, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Sport, Soccer, Bill, Jerry Brown, Vox, Ucla, Gavin Newsom, Bay Area, Southern California, Brown


Foxconn is Confusing the Hell Out of Wisconsin

Josh Dzieza, writing for The Verge: The secrecy and vagueness are frustrating to critics. How do you prove that Foxconn won't build an enormous LCD factory during an industry glut or create a research campus larger than MIT in rural Wisconsin other than by pointing out that experts -- and even, occasionally, Foxconn executives -- say it makes no sense? State House Minority Leader Gordon Hintz recently appointed himself to the board of WEDC, and Foxconn's continued promises of 13,000 jobs make hi...
Tags: Tech, Mit, Wisconsin, Madison, Foxconn, Trump, Capitol, State House, WEDC, Nilay Patel, Josh Dzieza, Hintz, Gordon Hintz, Foxconn Place Madison


Foxconn buys building across street from Wisconsin Capitol

Foxconn Technology Group announced Friday it was buying a six-story office building across the street from Wisconsin's state Capitol to house an off-campus research center it will run as part of a partnership with the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Tags: Finance, Article, Wisconsin, Associated Press, Foxconn, Scott Bauer, Capitol, Foxconn Technology Group, FBN, Fbn/markets, Fox-business/markets, Fox-business/industries, Fox-business/markets/mergers-and-acquisitions, Fox-business/industries/industrials, Wisconsin Capitol, Fox-business/features


Oklahoma governor tries ‘American Ninja Warrior’ course

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma’s new Republican Gov. Kevin Stitt is taking a shot at the “American Ninja Warrior” obstacle course outside the state Capitol in Oklahoma City. Organizers of the reality television show that features high-level athletes racing through grueling obstacles say the 47-year-old ex-CEO is the first governor to give the course a […]
Tags: Television, News, Entertainment, Ap, Nation, American Ninja Warrior, Oklahoma, Oklahoma City, Capitol, Kevin Stitt


House Dems Mark First 100 Days With Triumphs, Stumbles

WASHINGTON (AP) — Newly elected Rep. Sharice Davids is most proud of setting up a congressional office in part of her Kansas district she said hadn’t seen one for years. For Georgia Rep. Lucy McBath, her biggest victory was passing the gun background checks legislation she advocated for after her son’s shooting death. And for New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, her top achievement was the introduction of the landmark Green New Deal. As the Democratic freshmen lawmakers round the first 100...
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Washington Gun Rights Activists Prep for April 27, 2019, Rally

Opinion More than 2,500 gun owners turned out for the 2018 March For Our Rights in Olympia, Washington. They'll be back on April 27. (Dave Workman) Washington  – -(AmmoLand.com)- Evergreen State gun owners and Second Amendment activists are planning a big April 27 rally on the Capitol steps in Olympia that is shaping up to be bigger than a gathering there in 2018 that drew a crowd of some 2,500. It’s the second annual “March For Our Rights” and the lineup of scheduled speakers include local ...
Tags: Guns, Washington Post, Washington, Oregon, Senate, Salem, Republican, Washington State, Seattle, Cleveland, Tacoma, Northwest, City Hall, Nra, Olympia, U S Supreme Court


Dueling use-of-force bills spur heated Capitol debate

Community activists packed the state Capitol on Tuesday as an Assembly committee mulled a controversial measure that would require police officers to conform to a stricter standard before using deadly force. Assembly Bill 392 by Assemblywoman Shirley Weber, D-San Diego, is one of two high-profile police use-of-force bills making its way through the Legislature. Police and activists don’t agree on much, except that the issue has become highly emotional and is in need of legislative action. Police...
Tags: Mark Zuckerberg, California, Opinion, Senate, Sacramento, Sport, Soccer, Editorials, San Diego, Weber, Capitol, Assembly, Assemblywoman Shirley Weber, Assembly Public Safety Committee, Legislature Police


California job killer bills may be more difficult to kill

For two decades, the California Chamber of Commerce’s annual descriptions of certain legislative bills as “job killers” have framed the Capitol’s sharpest economic conflicts. The chamber, working in concert with other business and employer groups, has been remarkably successful in modifying or killing the two or three dozen measures that find their way onto the list each year. Even though most of the bills are carried by the Legislature’s dominant Democrats and are sponsored by some of the party...
Tags: California, Opinion, Senate, Sport, Soccer, San Diego, Jerry Brown, Donald Trump, Chamber of Commerce, Brexit, Gavin Newsom, Trump, Brown, Capitol, Legislature, Dan Walters


Victims of Pittsburgh synagogue massacre honored in Capitol

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — An event in the Pennsylvania Capitol is commemorating the victims of the Pittsburgh synagogue attack that killed 11 people last year.
Tags: News, Ap, Pittsburgh, Harrisburg, Capitol, Pennsylvania Capitol


Water concerns linger at Legislature, Maui mayor reveals past sex assault, DOE accelerates school repairs, tobacco tax hike snuffed out, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Pipe brings water down from the mountain ©2019 All Hawaii News State Senate leaders say they don’t intend to revive water bill. Leaders in the Senate say they have no plans to revive a controversial bill that would extend the deadline for Alexander & Baldwin and other water users to convert their water permits into long-term leases, contrary to a flurry of concerns from the bill’s opponents that the Senate might attempt a last-ditch maneuver to ram the measure through the Legislature. Sta...
Tags: Travel, Senate, Hawaii, House, DOE, Waikiki, Maui, Honolulu, Hawaii County, Capitol, Legislature, West Hawaii, State Capitol, Oahu, Mauna Kea, Circuit Court


Report highlights abuses, preventable deaths in Minnesota's assisted-living facilities

Senior advocacy groups intensify push at the Capitol for stronger oversight.
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Capitol Investment Corp IV to buy Nesco

Capitol Investment Corp IV said April 8 that it agreed to buy Nesco. Energy Capital Partners is the seller. Financial terms weren’t announced. Nesco provides specialty equipment, parts, tools, accessories and services to the electric utility transmission and distribution, telecommunications and rail markets in North America. Capitol Investment Corp IV is the fourth SPAC from Mark Ein. The deal is reportedly valued at $1.1 billion. PRESS RELEASE Capitol Investment Corp. IV to Combine with Nesco S...
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Murder charge sought for driver as CHP officer fatally injured in Lake Elsinore is recalled as ‘beloved sergeant’

A veteran CHP officer fatally injured when struck by a car driven on the right shoulder of the 15 Freeway in Lake Elsinore was described Sunday as a “beloved sergeant” who mentored officers and “loved the Highway Patrol and his family.” Sgt. Steve Licon of the CHP Riverside Area. (Photo courtesy CHP) Sgt. Steve Licon, with the agency for 27 years, was struck Saturday afternoon as he wrote a traffic citation for a Chrysler sedan he had stopped on the southbound 15 Freeway, north of Nichols Ro...
Tags: News, California, La, Sport, Crash, Soccer, Chrysler, Dui, California Highway Patrol, CalTrans, Las Vegas, Homicide, CHP, Riverside County, Winchester, Gavin Newsom


Managerial miscues plague California government

Politics being what they are, officeholders habitually pitch new services and projects to their constituents, seeking favorable images that will carry them through their next election. Viewed through the prism of short-term elective politics, management of existing services and projects is seen as humdrum, lacking political sex appeal. But that neglect ill-serves the public and wastes immense amounts of their money. It’s why, for instance, that in a state renowned for its advanced technology ind...
Tags: California, Opinion, Sacramento, Sport, Soccer, Social Security, DMV, Jerry Brown, Baker, Gavin Newsom, Brown, Capitol, Department of Finance, Dan Walters, Elaine Howle, Howle


Black plaintiffs accept 2 new Mississippi Senate districts

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — African American residents who sued Mississippi say they accept legislators’ plan to redraw two state Senate districts in a way that could increase black representation at the state Capitol. A lawsuit filed by black plaintiffs challenges a Senate district stretching from mostly black and poor parts of the rural Delta into […]
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Reporter: Rep. Don Young Apologized For Shoving Me

Rep. Don Young (R-AK) on Thursday called reporter Melanie Zanona of Politico to apologize for shoving her earlier in the day, Zanona said on Twitter. Don Young has called me to personally apologize, which I accepted and very much appreciate. Told him we were just trying to do our jobs (which he said he understood)! https://t.co/4LHu1xOVGZ — Melanie Zanona (@MZanona) April 4, 2019 Zanona’s update came about two hours after she tweeted that Young “just physically shoved me and told me to ge...
Tags: News, Congress, House, Young, Capitol, Sean Duffy, Don Young, Matt Shuham, Zack Brown, Don Yong, Melanie Zanona, Zanona, Twitter Don Young, John Boehner R OH Young


The ‘Queer Eye’ Gang Met Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Nancy Pelosi

Jonathan Van Ness, Bobby Berk and Antoni Porowski paraded around the Capitol with the two.
Tags: News, Nancy Pelosi, Capitol, Antoni Porowski, Gang Met Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, Jonathan Van Ness Bobby Berk


A crackdown on misuse of taxpayer money?

As documented in this space on several occasions, local government officials throughout California have been thumbing their noses at a state law that prohibits them from using taxpayer funds for political campaigns. Officials in cities, counties, school districts and special purpose districts routinely hire campaign management firms, often with multi-million-dollar fees, to manage every stage of their ballot measures seeking voter approval of new taxes or new bond issues (which require new taxes...
Tags: California, Opinion, Sport, Joe Biden, Soccer, Garcia, Capitol, Legislature, Dan Walters, Bell Gardens, FPPC, Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia, Guest Commentary, Political Cartoons California, Fair Political Practices Commission FPPC


California politicians disrespect our rights

The Constitution’s very specific list of inviolable human rights sets the United States apart from almost every other nation on Earth. Unfortunately, California’s Democratic politicians tend to ignore the Constitution’s Bill of Rights in their zealous efforts to impose “progressive” dogma on their constituents. Periodically, therefore, federal judges must remind them that Californians are also American citizens who must have their constitutional rights, even unpopular or politically incorrect on...
Tags: Supreme Court, Obamacare, California, Opinion, Sport, Joe Biden, Soccer, United States, New York Times, UC Berkeley, Gavin Newsom, Democratic, Benitez, U S Supreme Court, Capitol, Dan Walters


Michelle Williams aids cause of equal pay for equal work

WASHINGTON (AP) — Michelle Williams, who has seen first hand the disparity in men and women’s pay, joined lawmakers and activists Tuesday in the Capitol to support the principle of equal pay for equal work. The onetime “Dawson’s Creek” star attended a news conference marking Equal Pay Day, designed to symbolize how far a woman […]
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Oregon Democrats pursue gun safety measures

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — As part of an ambitious Democratic agenda, Oregon lawmakers are considering a range of gun control measures, including a provision that would penalize gun owners who fail to safely store their weapons at home. Advocates from both sides of the aisle flooded the Capitol on Tuesday to weigh in on an […]
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In late night meeting, House Dems take first step on term limits proposal

More than two dozen House Democrats huddled in a small room in the Capitol late Monday night to discuss the term limits proposal that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi agreed to several months ago in exchange for support for her speakership.
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House Dems take first step on term limits proposal

More than two dozen House Democrats huddled in a small room in the Capitol late Monday night to discuss the term limits proposal that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi agreed to several months ago in exchange for support for her speakership.
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