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California’s brewing battles with Trump get a new face

SAN FRANCISCO — With his nomination to become California’s first Latino attorney general, Rep. Xavier Becerra is now primed to be the public face of the Democratic resistance to Donald Trump on issues like climate change, health care and, most visibly, immigration.<p>Gov. Jerry Brown’s surprise …

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California gives lifeline to death penalty, approves reform

LOS ANGELES (AP) — After condemning the most vicious murderers to death for nearly 40 years, but rarely seeing them meet that fate, California voters said enough.<p>Two weeks after rejecting an effort to toss out the death penalty, a dueling measure designed to speed up appeals so killers are actually …

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Californians might vote in 2018 on taking steps toward secession in a 'Calexit'

In 2018, the issue of whether California should secede from the union could come to a head.<p>Yes California Independence Campaign, a fringe political group that calls for the state to become an independent nation, filed a proposed ballot measure with the Attorney General's Office on November 21, The …

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Congress proposals would let California National Guard soldiers keep millions in bonuses

California lawmakers in the House and Senate offered legislative proposals Thursday that would allow nearly 10,000 California National Guard soldiers to keep improper enlistment bonuses they were paid during the height of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan a decade ago.<p>In a rare sign of …

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California's Surprisingly Centrist Core

With the votes tallied, the 2016 electoral map of the Golden State appears to be deeply divided. Narratives regularly speak of a liberal, prosperous …

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The California secession movement borrowed its name from a video game about the apocalypse

In the wake of Donald Trump's stunning victory in the presidential election, there's a growing movement among liberals in California for the state to secede from the United States —a so-called "Calexit," after the UK's own Brexit.<p>The Calexit movement has one very prominent backer, hailing from …

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Californians are calling for a 'Calexit' from the US — here's how a secession could work

A fringe political group in California wants to opt out of a Donald Trump presidency by leaving the union.<p>The Yes California Independence Campaign aims to hold a referendum in 2018 that, if passed, would bring California one step closer to becoming an independent country.<p>Far-fetched as it may …

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Instead Of Voting To Abolish The Death Penalty, Californians Decide To Speed It Up

The state houses more than 700 death row inmates — a quarter of the nation’s death row.<p>Voters in California elected to keep the state’s death penalty, meaning the nation’s largest death row is here to stay. More than that, though, the state voted to speed up its death penalty.<p>There were two death …

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Trump packs transition team with loyalists and family

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - President-elect Donald Trump began laying the groundwork on Friday to take office on Jan. 20, 2017, gathering the most loyal advisers from his insurgent campaign and three of his children to plot his transition strategy.<p>Trump put Vice President-elect Mike Pence in …

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California Voters Reject Condom Requirement for Porn Industry

California rejected a ballot measure Tuesday that would have required condom use in the pornography industry. The state’s Proposition 60 was defeated …

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Harris beats Sanchez in California Senate race

State Attorney General Kamala Harris beat fellow Democrat Rep. Loretta Sanchez, a 10-term member of Congress, in the race for California’s first open Senate seat in a generation, but Democrats nationally appeared they would fall short of their effort to recapture the Senate.<p>Harris will head to …

Politics

The most expensive ballot measure in California is coming down to the wire

The price of prescription drugs has been a topic of heated debate in the US over the last year.<p>So it's no surprise that the most expensive measure on California's ballot Tuesday is about drug pricing, with drug companies pouring millions into lobbying efforts aimed at voting it down.<p>Both those in …

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Most Expensive Thing on California’s Ballot: a One-Cent Soda Tax.

In this most contentious of elections, you wouldn’t think that a soda tax would be the issue to attract the big bucks. But measures in just two California cities have drawn more money than that state’s Senate race and statewide referendums on marijuana legalization and gun control — combined.<p>Soda …

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California Faces Opposing Ballot Initiatives On Death Penalty

Voters in CA, NE, and OK will face ballot measures on capital punishment in November. California has two competing propositions: one would end the death penalty and another would speed up executions.<p>Transcript<p>RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:<p>Voters in Nebraska, Oklahoma and California will consider ballot …

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California Guard vets' bonus fiasco: Months of uncertainty ahead

<b>(CNN) —</b> When the Defense Department suspended its attempts this week to take back millions of dollars in bonuses that it says California National Guard members were improperly awarded a decade ago, two big questions went unanswered.<p>How many of the thousands of soldiers in question -- some of whom …

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Harris Widens Senate Race Lead in California Poll

California Attorney General Kamala Harris has widened her lead over Rep. Loretta Sanchez in their race for the California Senate seat, according to a …

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Carter suspends bonus clawbacks for California National Guard members

<b>(CNN) —</b> Secretary of Defense Ash Carter said Wednesday he is suspending "all efforts to collect reimbursement" from improperly awarded enlistment bonuses given to some members of the California National Guard, following outrage from veterans and their families over attempts to recover the money 10 …

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California politician shows little remorse, gets prison time

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Former state Sen. Ron Calderon was sentenced Friday to 3½ years in federal prison after showing little remorse for a corruption scandal that tarnished his family's Southern California political dynasty.<p>Calderon made an emotional plea to stay out of prison to a judge who said he …

California Extends the Ballot to Jails

Governor Jerry Brown’s decision to allow some incarcerated people with felonies to vote reflects a growing national challenge to felony disenfranchisement.<p>Californians in county jails for felony offenses will be able to vote next year, thanks to a new bill passed by the state legislature and signed …

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Jerry Brown Vetoes Bill Meant To Guarantee Paid Parental Leave For More Workers

The bill would have let more parents bond with new children without fear of losing their jobs.<p>California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) vetoed a bill Friday that would have guaranteed job-protected time off for many new parents in the state.<p>The bill, introduced by state Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa …

California Just Took Action Against Sexual Assault With a New Law

It's inspired by the Bill Cosby scandal.<p>Three months after a judge announced that Bill Cosby will stand trial in Pennsylvania for allegedly assaulting a woman, California is taking action to end the statute of limitations in rape cases with a new law signed by Gov. Jerry Brown.<p>The Associated Press …

Rose Pak, a Brash Force for San Francisco’s Chinatown, Dies at 68

Rose Pak, the brash, combative community organizer in San Francisco who never held political office but who transformed her city’s Asian-American population into a substantial political power, died on Sunday at her home there in Chinatown. She was 68.<p>A spokesman for Green Street Mortuary in San …

California gov preserves 'tampon' tax, comes under fire from female lawmakers

California Gov. Jerry Brown is under fire from female lawmakers after he rejected legislation Tuesday that would waive sales tax on tampons and diapers, along with a host of other tax breaks that would have cost up to $300 million a year.<p>Lawmakers had sought to make California the latest state to …

California governor vetoes bill to repeal tampon tax

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - California Governor Jerry Brown on Tuesday vetoed a bill to end state sales taxes on feminine hygiene products, angering women and advocates who call the taxes unjust.<p>Brown, a Democrat, cited imperatives of fiscal restraint and viable revenue streams in blocking the …

California extends its ambitious climate change law by 10 years

It aims to cut emissions 40 percent below the 1990 levels by 2030<p>California Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation today to extend the state’s ambitious climate change law, the <i>Associated Press</i> reports. The new measures will increase California’s efforts to curb climate change and limit …

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Twelve California Water Experts to Watch on Climate and Energy

Energy and climate issues factor hugely in California’s water future. In the fifth installment of Water Deeply’s “Experts to Watch” series, we …

Planned Parenthood-backed bill faces ACLU, media backlash in California

California lawmakers have OK'd a Planned Parenthood backed-bill that creates new penalties for distributing secret recordings of discussions with health providers – but civil rights and media advocates say the measure goes too far.<p>The bill, which passed Friday and now goes to Democratic Gov. Jerry …

California lawmakers deliver for liberals on climate, wages

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – California delivered on its reputation as a testing ground for liberal ideas as state lawmakers wrapped up a legislative session that extended the nation's most ambitious climate change programs, raised the minimum wage to $15 and toughened gun laws.<p>While they failed to address …

California lawmakers pass rape bill inspired by Stanford case

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - California lawmakers, responding to outrage over the six-month jail term given to a former Stanford University swimmer after his conviction for sexually assaulting an unconscious woman, passed legislation on Monday closing a loophole that allowed the sentence.<p>The bill now …