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Why Russia Loves the Idea of California Seceding

Once again, Moscow is winking at a long-shot breakaway movement in the U.S.<p>On a sunny late September day, a trio of tourists gathered on Moscow’s Red Square. Well-dressed, carrying a Russian flag, the visitors bunched in front of the Kremlin’s walls to snap a selfie. Like so many others before, the …

Russia

Peter Thiel considering bid for California governor

The outspoken Silicon Valley billionaire and Trump supporter has been discussing a prospective run with advisers.<p>Peter Thiel, the Silicon Valley billionaire and outspoken Donald Trump supporter, is considering a 2018 bid for California governor, according to three Republicans familiar with his …

Elections

California Storms Are Starting to Reverse Devastating Drought Conditions

The severe drought that left California parched for five years has finally started to lift in more than a third of the state this week following …

Climate

The flooding in California won't end its three-year drought

We’ll have to wait and see<p>California is usually drenched with sunlight. But this week, it's just drenched. A series of storms have pummeled the state, dropping staggering quantities of rain and snow—leading to flooding, mudslides, and a whole lot of water pouring into reservoirs that were just …

Water

California Republican challenges state's hiring of Eric Holder to fight Trump policies

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - A California Republican state lawmaker is challenging the legality of a move by Democrats in the legislature to hire former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to help in any legal battles with President-elect Donald Trump's administration.<p>Assembly member Kevin Kiley …

Government

Trump's deportation vow spurs California farmers into action

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Days after Donald Trump won the White House vowing to deport millions of people in the country illegally and fortify the Mexican border, California farmer Kevin Herman ordered nearly $600,000 in new equipment, cutting the number of workers he'll need starting with the next …

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Trump presidency puts California Legislature in defense mode

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — As California lawmakers return to Sacramento on Wednesday, liberal dreams of expanding safety-net benefits and providing health coverage to immigrants are giving way to a new vision revolving around a feverish push to protect gains racked up in the past.<p>After years of …

Politics

California, at Forefront of Climate Fight, Won’t Back Down to Trump

LOS ANGELES — Foreign governments concerned about climate change may soon be spending more time dealing with Sacramento than Washington.<p>President-elect Donald J. Trump has packed his cabinet with nominees who dispute the science of global warming. He has signaled he will withdraw the United States …

Climate Change

California Gets Ready To Defy Trump's Washington

With Donald Trump set to become president next month and Republicans in control of both chambers of Congress, California's Democrats believe their state should take the lead in opposing the new administration's priorities.<p>And they have no interest in calls for national unity.<p>"We must be defiant …

Politics

California governor: 'If Trump turns off the satellites, California will launch its own damn satellite'

In a fiery speech, California Gov. Jerry Brown lashed out against President-Elect Donald Trump on climate change and reports that his administration would shutter some NASA earth science programs.<p><b>Follow BI Video:</b> On Twitter

Satellites

Jerry Brown Blasts Donald Trump’s Proposed Attack On Climate Science: 'We're Ready To Fight'

“If Trump turns off the satellites, California will launch its own damn satellite."<p>California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) told scientists on Wednesday that he would protect climate research in his state, even as President-elect Donald Trump presents retrograde ideas and proposals to quash studies on the …

Democratic states wary as Trump embarks on victory tour

LOS ANGELES (AP) — As Donald Trump makes his thank-you tour of states that voted for him, other parts of the country are gearing up to do battle with his administration.<p>Three of the most populous, urban and ethnically diverse states — California, New York and Illinois — voted heavily for Hillary …

California Democrats propose series of infrastructure bills

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Democrats in California's state Senate announced on Tuesday a series of infrastructure funding bills that would invest billions in roads, bridges, housing and water projects.<p>Infrastructure investment has been at the forefront of political agendas this year, from …

California prepares to fight Trump on immigration, other issues

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - Lawmakers in Democrat-controlled California are already laying the groundwork to fight President-elect Donald Trump's conservative populist agenda.<p>On Monday, leaders of both houses of the legislature introduced measures to protect undocumented immigrants in the state …

Essential Politics: Kamala Harris and other Californians take the oath in Washington, San Diego power couple ties the knot

This is Essential Politics, our daily look at California political and government news. Here's what we're watching right now:<p>Kamala Harris officially becomes California's newest U.S. senator, and five new members join the state's delegation in the U.S. House of Representatives.<br>• Hundreds of new …

Politics

Last-minute push for California drought legislation creates friction between Feinstein and Boxer

House Republican leaders and California’s senior senator announced Monday a new attempt to pass legislation that would increase water deliveries to San Joaquin Valley agribusiness and Southern California.<p>The 90-page proposal was added to a water infrastructure bill that Congress is expected to vote …

California

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 …

California

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 …

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 …

Elections

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 …

War

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 …

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 …

California

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 …

California

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 …

Death Penalty

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 …

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 …

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 …

Northern California

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 …

California

A One-Cent Soda Tax Gets Expensive in California

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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