Wednesday, April 1, 2015
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California’s Governor Brown, Lawmakers Plan Short- And Long-Term Strategy On Drought

Learn more about California’s $1 billion drought plan.

March 20, 2015
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Jerry Brown Plans Final Touches On Legacy As California Governor

Find out what’s next for California’s longest-serving governor.

November 6, 2014
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California Orders Quarantine For Workers Who Had Contact With Ebola

Is this strict new measure warranted?

October 30, 2014
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Unions Remain A Crucial Backer Of California Governor’s Campaign

Labor politics are alive and well in the Golden State.

October 29, 2014
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California Bans Paparazzi Drones

California Governor Jerry Brown (D) signed legislative bills to protect privacy, including bans against “revenge porn” and the use of drones to take photos of celebrities.

October 1, 2014
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California Gov. Brown Declares State Of Emergency As Wildfires Rage

The three fires combined have burned almost 100,000 acres.

September 18, 2014
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Sweeping New California Groundwater Pumping Rules Signed Into Law

California will regulate its groundwater for the first time.

September 17, 2014
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California To Be First U.S. State To Ban Plastic Bags

Los Angeles (AFP) — California governor Jerry Brown said he will approve a ban on single-use plastic bags, in what would make the western U.S. state the first to outlaw them. Lawmakers passed the bill late last Friday, and it now only requires Brown’s signature to pass into law. The governor must do so before […]

September 5, 2014

Neel Kashkari Faces 20-point Deficit Leading Up To Debate With California Gov. Jerry Brown

By Michael Finnegan, Los Angeles Times After months of struggling to disrupt California Gov. Jerry Brown’s widely presumed glide to re-election, Republican Neel Kashkari will have a chance to shift the dynamics of the lopsided contest Thursday in the candidates’ first and only debate. The televised one-hour encounter in Sacramento gives the novice Laguna Beach […]

September 4, 2014

Protesters, Lawmakers Criticize Mexico’s Handling Of Marine Case

By Chris Megerian, Los Angeles Times SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Demonstrators, including a Republican lawmaker, gathered outside the historic Leland Stanford Mansion in Sacramento on Tuesday to protest the jailing of a U.S. Marine in Mexico. Gov. Jerry Brown is hosting a luncheon for Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto at the mansion, part of Pena’s two-day […]

August 26, 2014
Neel Kashkari

California Gubernatorial Candidate Trying To Push Beyond GOP’s Traditional Boundaries

By Seema Mehta, Los Angeles Times LOS ANGELES — On a recent sunny Sunday in South Los Angeles, worshipers gathered in a wood-beam Pentecostal church to sing and offer testimonials of faith. In the middle of the African-American congregation, swaying during the hymns and dropping money into the collection basket, stood Neel Kashkari, the Republican candidate […]

August 13, 2014
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Mexico, California Question Texas Border Troop Plan

Mexico City (AFP) – Mexico’s foreign minister and the visiting governor of California questioned Monday plans by Texas to deploy troops to stem the flow of immigrant children, saying they need humanitarian aid instead. Governor Jerry Brown, on a visit focused on boosting trade with California’s southern neighbor, said the Texas plan must be a […]

July 29, 2014
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Beneath Jerry Brown’s High Ratings, California Voters Have Reservations

By Phil Willon, Los Angeles Times SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California voters overwhelmingly embraced Democratic Governor Jerry Brown over his Republican rivals in the June primary, but he has failed to win them over on some of the state’s most pressing issues. Brown’s handling of state prisons, efforts to address poverty and his response to California’s […]

June 10, 2014
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Supreme Court Leaves California In Charge Of Disabled Inmates

By David G. Savage, Los Angeles Times WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court turned down a states’ rights appeal from California Governor Jerry Brown on Monday, leaving in place a judge’s order that requires state officials to monitor each of about 2,000 disabled prisoners who are held in county jails. Without comment, the justices refused […]

June 9, 2014
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‘Humanity Is On A Collision Course With Nature,” California Governor Says

By David Siders, The Sacramento Bee California Gov. Jerry Brown, blaming climate change for the increasing prevalence of wildfires in California, said Sunday that “humanity is on a collision course with nature.” “The state’s climate appears to be changing,” Brown said on ABC’s “This Week.” “The scientists tell us that definitely. So we’ve got to gear […]

May 19, 2014
Save Our Unions by Steve Early

Weekend Reader: ‘Save Our Unions: Dispatches From A Movement In Distress’

Today the Weekend Reader brings you Save Our Unions: Dispatches from a Movement in Distress, by labor journalist and union representative Steve Early. Early gives a voice to union workers who are losing funding and collective bargaining rights in the name of big business and elected leaders’ political gains. The decline of unions in the U.S. is a […]

May 17, 2014
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Californians Strongly Support Common Core

By Sharon Noguchi, San Jose Mercury News SAN JOSE, Calif. — Unlike the political uproar and division elsewhere in the country over revamping public-school curriculum, Californians across party lines overwhelmingly support the new standards for education, a survey released Wednesday revealed. The educational standards known as Common Core — adopted by nearly every state — revise […]

April 25, 2014
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California Governor Brown Reinvents Himself Yet Again

By Anthony York and Mark Z. Barabak, Los Angeles Times SACRAMENTO, Calif. — On a recent Thursday morning, Jerry Brown walked unannounced into the basement office of the Alameda County registrar’s office to draw re-election papers. With a post on Twitter and an email to supporters, he then declared his bid for an unprecedented fourth […]

March 24, 2014
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California Democrats’ Meeting Ends On Fractious Note

By Michael Finnegan and Seema Mehta, Los Angeles Times LOS ANGELES — California Democrats broke with Governor Jerry Brown by calling for the legalization of marijuana and a ban on “fracking” in the state party’s official platform Sunday. The Democrats’ support for decriminalizing and taxing recreational cannabis and putting a stop to fracking sparked no […]

March 10, 2014

Corruption Scandals Cost California Democrats Supermajority Control Of State Senate

By Jessica Calefati, San Jose Mercury News SACRAMENTO, Calif. — It took Democrats more than a century to win a supermajority in both houses of the California Legislature, but two corruption cases have cost them their dominating two-thirds majority in the state Senate in little more than a year. State Senator Ronald Calderon’s decision Sunday […]

March 4, 2014
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California’s Governor Jerry Brown Announces Re-election Bid

By Anthony York, Los Angeles Times SACRAMENTO, California — Gov. Jerry Brown finally made it official Thursday — he’s running for re-election. Brown filed paperwork in Alameda County to seek an unprecedented fourth and final term as governor. He had been widely expected to make the move, but had remained coy about his official plans as […]

February 27, 2014
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Democratic Governors Join Obama In Push For Higher Minimum Wage

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama locked arms with Democratic governors Friday to press the case for raising the minimum wage, an issue the party is hoping will drive voters to the polls in the midterm elections. Ahead of this weekend’s National Governors Association meeting, Democratic governors met with Obama and Vice President Joe Biden to […]

February 21, 2014
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California Republicans Fear Another November Of Democratic Dominance

By Seema Mehta, Los Angeles Times LOS ANGELES — Facing a daunting effort to unseat Gov. Jerry Brown, Republican activists in California are openly worrying about whether the party’s donors, elected leaders and voters will embrace any of the GOP gubernatorial candidates. If Neel Kashkari or Tim Donnelly — the two major GOP candidates hoping […]

January 26, 2014