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A medical marijuana user smells a jar of marijuana at the medical marijuana farmers market at the California Heritage Market in Los Angeles, California July 11, 2014. REUTERS/David McNew/File Photo

California Gets Go-Ahead To Vote On Legalization Of Marijuana

“Today marks a fresh start for California, as we prepare to replace the costly, harmful and ineffective system of prohibition with a safe, legal and responsible adult-use marijuana system that gets it right and completely pays for itself,” initiative spokesman Jason Kinney said in a statement.

June 29, 2016
U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders addresses the audience at the theater of the University of Puerto Rico in San Juan, Puerto Rico, May 16, 2016. REUTERS/Alvin Baez

How Sanders Made Clinton’s Win Illegitimate

Instead of complaining about the complexity of election rules, Sanders would have been wiser to ignore Wall Street and billionaires for a few minutes to explain those rules to his supporters.

June 8, 2016
U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton takes a picture with supporters during a campaign stop in Fresno, California, United States June 4, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Blake

What To Expect From California

Although Clinton has a significant delegate lead over Sanders, which she is likely to maintain unless the Vermont senator is able to convince hundreds of superdelegates who have declared their preference for Clinton to back him instead, Sanders has resolved to keep fighting.

June 6, 2016
People wait to vote in the U.S. presidential primary election outside a polling site in Glendale, Arizona March 22, 2016. REUTERS/Nancy Wiechec

For Inclusive Primaries, See How California Does It

California’s primaries are public elections, paid for with tax dollars and administered by government agencies. Why should private organizations decide who can and cannot vote in public elections?

June 6, 2016
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With Kamala Harris Ahead, California Senate Race Looks Like A Sure Win For Democrats

All eyes are on California as it approaches it’s primary vote, this coming Tuesday, between Democratic presidential contenders Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton. That ballot will also ask Californians for their preferences in the race to replace Senator Barbara Boxer, who is leaving the upper Chamber and opening up a California senate seat for the first time since 1992.

June 3, 2016
California Governor Jerry Brown speaks to reporters while proposing his 2015-16 state budget in Sacramento, California, January 9, 2015. REUTERS/Max Whittaker

Why California’s Governor Just Endorsed Clinton

The endorsement was not easily won. Jerry Brown’s relationship with the Clintons has been strained since his bitter primary race against Bill Clinton in 1992, when Brown called Bill Clinton “the prince of sleaze.”

May 31, 2016
California Governor Jerry Brown speaks before signing a bill hiking California's minimum wage to $15 by 2023 in Los Angeles, California, United States, April 4, 2016. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson -

California Governor Endorses Clinton, Calls Trump Dangerous

“I have decided to cast my vote for Hillary Clinton because I believe this is the only path forward to win the presidency and stop the dangerous candidacy of Donald Trump,” Brown said in a letter to California Democrats and independents posted online.

May 31, 2016
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Trump Denies Existence of California Drought

He told the working-class people of Indiana he’d do away with outsourcing. He told the people of North Dakota, America’s second-leading producer of oil, he’d do away with energy regulations. And now, with the California primary a week away, he told the people of the nation’s most populous state that their ongoing drought does not actually exist.

May 28, 2016
A woman wearing a hat with the word "Bernie" smiles towards a man wearing a hat stating "Trump" as they stand in line-up to take part in a campaign rally for U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders at Saint Mary's Park in Bronx, New York March 31, 2016. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Sanders May Debate Trump, Not Clinton, Before California Contest

An unconventional debate between a billionaire Republican and a democratic socialist is shaping up in California after presidential candidates Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders expressed an interest in squaring off against each other.

May 26, 2016
Florida Gov. Rick Scott addresses an economic summit in Orlando, Florida, in this June 2, 2015 file photo. REUTERS/Steve Nesius

Gov. Rick Scott: Florida’s Ambassador For Cheap Labor And Mediocrity

Last week, Florida Gov. Rick Scott went to California to steal some jobs. Scott urged California businesses to pack up and move to Florida because the minimum wage in Florida is only $8.05 an hour. That was actually the thrust of his selling point: Why are you paying your workers $10 an hour? Floridians will work dirt cheap!

May 10, 2016
Workers pick strawberries in a field on a farm in Oxnard, California February 24, 2015. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

California Gives Undocumented Immigrants A Chance To Practice Their Professions

“It was a way for me to come out of hiding,” said Marco Nava, 32. “I no longer have to wake up at 4 in the morning to go do something that is not my profession. Now I can take care of my kids, take them to school and go do something that I love doing.”

May 8, 2016
Donald Trump talking

Whining Donald Trump Failed To Learn The Rules Of The Political Game

Donald Trump doesn’t have the political smarts to win California.

April 14, 2016
Protesters gather outside a Wendy's fast food restaurant in support of a nation-wide strike and protest to raise the hourly minimum wage of fast food workers to $15 in San Diego, California December 5, 2013. REUTERS/Mike Blake

California Lawmakers, Unions Reach $15 Minimum Wage Deal: Papers

The deal, if passed in the state legislature and signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown, would add to a wave of minimum wage increases at the state level in the United States, where the federal minimum wage has remained at $7.25 an hour for more than six years.

March 28, 2016
Homes are seen in Porter Ranch near the site of the Aliso Canyon storage field where gas has been leaking in Porter Ranch

How The West Was Shunned in Primary Politics

Washington will have its Democratic caucuses later this month, its Republican primary in May. Oregon doesn’t hold its primaries until May, and California’s are in early June.

March 17, 2016
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High Taxes, Regulations, And A Swell Economy

In the mythology of the right, California must fail. Its high taxes, strict environmental rules, and thick book of regulations are all ingredients in the conservative recipe for economic meltdown. That California is prospering nicely throws a pie in the face of its harshest critics.

January 5, 2016
Officers swarm the area near where suspects were shot following a mass shooting in San Bernardino, Calif., on Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015. (Marcus Yam/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

Police Kill Man, Woman Connected To San Bernardino Mass Shooting; 1 Suspect Identified

A man and a woman connected to a mass shooting that left 14 people dead and 17 wounded in San Bernardino were killed in a firefight with police officers after a car chase Wednesday, authorities said.

December 3, 2015
Rescue crews tend to the injured in the intersection outside the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, California in this still image taken from video December 2, 2015. REUTERS/NBCLA.com/Handout via Reuters

At Least 14 Dead, 17 More Wounded In Shooting In San Bernardino, California

Fourteen people are dead and 17 more wounded after at least two shooters opened fire in a rampage that terrorized the Southern California city of San Bernardino Wednesday.

December 2, 2015
U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign event at Iowa Central Community College in Ft. Dodge, Iowa

Three Key Areas That Give Republicans Trouble In California

As Donald Trump and other Republicans talked tough on illegal immigration during last week’s presidential debate, Republican leaders in many states, like California, were once again despairing. The current brouhaha over illegal immigration is important because new voters will carry their views of the political parties with them for a very long time.

November 15, 2015
Graphic of wildfires in recent California history. Los Angeles Times 2015

Gov. Jerry Brown’s Link Between Climate Change And Wildfires Is Unsupported, Fire Experts Say

It is easier to make a political case for change using immediate and local threats, rather than those on a global scale, especially given the subtleties of climate change research, which features probabilities subject to wide margins of error and contradiction by other findings.

November 2, 2015
baby mom feeding

California Shows How Paid Leave Law Affects Businesses: Not Much

Paid family leave is becoming one hot topic in the debates this year.

October 26, 2015
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West Coast Wasteland: Why The GOP Struggles In California

As 2016 quickly approaches, Republicans are struggling to find top recruits in a trio of competitive House districts in California — a state where the party has suffered defeat at the congressional level for decades.

October 24, 2015
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Gov. Brown Signs Controversial Assisted-Suicide Bill In California

California becomes the fifth state to allow so-called assisted suicide, following Oregon, Washington, Montana and Vermont.

October 5, 2015
Google sets to launch drones and balloons that will stream Internet across the world.

States Rush To Regulate Drones Ahead Of Federal Guidelines

In the absence of federal regulations, states are eager to pass their own policies on drones.

September 15, 2015
Valley fire in Northern California grows to 61,000 acres and is 5% contained

3 Major Fires Burn Out Of Control In California; Governor Warns ‘There Is More To Come’

“The fires are acting more aggressively, more unpredictably,” he said. “It’s scary stuff. … We are really in a battle with Mother Nature, and nature is more powerful than we are.”

September 15, 2015
Firefighter lights a backfire while battling the Butte fire near San Andreas

Thousands Evacuated As California Wildfires Sweep On

Governor Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency on Sunday in Northern California areas hit by a fast-expanding wildfire that injured four firefighters and forced thousands of people to evacuate.

September 13, 2015
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