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Prop. 8 Supporters Target Judge’s Sexual Orientation

A legal motion filed Monday questions the impartiality of the judge who overturned the California Marriage Protection Act. (more)

Posted on Apr 26, 2011 READ MORE


California Gov. Brown and Taxes

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Posted on Apr 24, 2011 READ MORE



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America, by Way of the Antelope Valley

Such areas contain the dispirited middle that Obama will have to win over to be re-elected, people whose struggles with daily life are so consuming that the national political debate over the budget and the deficit seems far away and irrelevant.

Posted on Apr 21, 2011 READ MORE


First Look at ‘The Governator’

What better PR could a politician leaving such a significant position as governor of California ask for than an animated series depicting him as a superhero? Not to be deterred by things like voting records, economic indicators or events that transpired during his time in office ...

Posted on Apr 4, 2011 READ MORE



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Millions of Dead Fish Puzzle Californians

Marine biologists are working to explain the millions of anchovies, sardines and mackerel that washed up dead in a Los Angeles area harbor Tuesday. Whether an algae bloom was a factor in the massive die-off is under investigation.

Posted on Mar 8, 2011 READ MORE



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High Salaries Ring a Bell

A hospital executive pulling down $875,000 a year? How about a water official collecting $600,000? Those are among the salaries contained in a new round of public compensation disclosures by the California state controller in the wake of the pay scandal in Bell.

Posted on Mar 5, 2011 READ MORE



Wikimedia Commons / Nate Mandos (CC-BY-SA)

Arnold’s Next Act: Another ‘Terminator’?

Well, really, what else did you think former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger would do with his free time? Having left the Golden State’s governor’s post to non-action-hero Jerry Brown, Schwarzenegger promptly tweeted his hopeful return to Hollywood ...

Posted on Feb 16, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Bret Hartman

When Protest Becomes a Crime

Is rudeness a crime, punishable by prison? Yes, says a district attorney as he pursues the prosecution of 11 Muslim students who disrupted a speech by the Israeli ambassador.

Posted on Feb 15, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Nick Ut

State Budget Cuts Are Bad for Your Health

The budget cuts being proposed in state capitals around the country may sound vague and abstract, but what they boil down to are many scenes of misery.

Posted on Feb 8, 2011 READ MORE


Governor Laser Beam

The man once known as Governor Moonbeam sounded more like Governor Laser Beam when it came to addressing California’s fiscal crisis.

Posted on Feb 2, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Cliff Owen

The Cuts Are Coming

Republicans have their biggest statehouse majority in more than 80 years, and they’re taking orders from a man who wants to take government and “drown it in the bathtub.”

Posted on Jan 17, 2011 READ MORE



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No Warrant Necessary for Cell Phone Searches in California

The California Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that police officers in the Golden State don’t need a warrant to be able to peruse the cell phones of those under arrest—a decision that may have troubling implications and may eventually involve the U.S. Supreme Court.

Posted on Jan 5, 2011 READ MORE


Goodbye Governator, Hello Again Gov. Brown

Something seems familiar about this scene: On Monday, California’s former and now repeat Gov. Jerry Brown made his status official at a swearing-in ceremony in Sacramento, apparently comfortable enough in his position to get a bit goofy with the occasion.

Posted on Jan 3, 2011 READ MORE



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The Case of the Missing Murder

The murder rate in Los Angeles is shocking—shockingly low. Fewer Angelenos were killed in 2010 than in any of the last 43 years, and back then the city was 30 percent less crowded.

Posted on Dec 27, 2010 READ MORE



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East Coast In for a Stormy Christmas

The weather calmed down in California on Friday, but things are about to get lively on the other side of the country, as heavy rainfall and snow are expected to hit the East Coast within hours, causing air travel cancellations just in time for Christmas.

Posted on Dec 24, 2010 READ MORE



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California Count Off by 1.5 Million?

State officials say that federal nose-counters overlooked 1.5 million California residents in the 2010 census, a mistake that could ultimately cost the state billions of dollars in federal money over the next 10 years and even a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Posted on Dec 24, 2010 READ MORE



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Half of Californians Can’t Afford Their Homes

More than half of the state's homeowners with a mortgage—51.4 percent—spend more than 30 percent of their monthly income on housing costs, according to 2005-2009 estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau's American Community Survey. ... (more)

Posted on Dec 16, 2010 READ MORE



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California Snubs Republican Landslide

California’s rejection of the Republican tidal wave is complete. After three weeks of counting, San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris has emerged the victor in the state’s attorney general race. ...

Posted on Nov 24, 2010 READ MORE


While You Were Sleeping, California Made New Election Laws

Politicians have ways of protecting themselves from ordinary people, but Californians have passed a series of ballot measures mandating that election districts—from school boards to Congress—be redrawn by 14 randomly selected citizens.

Posted on Nov 23, 2010 READ MORE


California Is Sick

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Posted on Nov 15, 2010 READ MORE



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California’s Top Court Upholds Undocumented Immigrant Tuition Policy

Even the California Supreme Court’s conservative contingent agreed Monday to uphold a ruling that gives undocumented immigrants a chance to partake in in-state tuition rates at participating institutions of higher learning.

Posted on Nov 15, 2010 READ MORE



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Mystery Missile Has Pentagon Guessing (Update)

This is slightly disconcerting, especially for those of us in the Greater Los Angeles region: On Monday night, a CBS News affiliate in Southern California captured video footage of what appeared to be a rocket or missile shooting into the sky about 35 miles off the coastline ... (Update: Mystery solved)

Posted on Nov 9, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Noah Berger

Protests Rock Oakland in Wake of Verdict

More than 150 people were arrested Friday night as angry protesters marched through the Lake Merritt area of Oakland following the sentencing of a former BART police officer in the killing of a young black man on a transit platform in 2009. The protest was touched off by what was viewed as the lightness of the sentence, two years in prison.

Posted on Nov 6, 2010 READ MORE



Dominican University of California / George Nikitin (CC-BY-ND)

Californians Put Down Their Joints, Give Jerry Brown Another Shot

In a state where personal marijuana use is virtually legal, Californians decided not to go all the way and decriminalize recreational marijuana consumption. Defying the national trend, however, Golden Staters just said no to Republican rule. (More results after the jump)

Posted on Nov 3, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Max Whittaker

Top Court Mulls Video Game Violence

The first day of deliberation in the Supreme Court about that perennial legal favorite, violence in video games, brought debate Tuesday about the potential damage done by minors’ exposure to sex versus violence ... and a Founding Fathers joke from Justice Samuel Alito.

Posted on Nov 2, 2010 READ MORE



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Fiorina Heads to the Hospital

Carly Fiorina has been giving Barbara Boxer cause to worry about her Senate seat as the midterm elections loom large, but the contest in California took an unexpected turn Tuesday, when Fiorina suspended her campaign to deal with an infection ... (continued)

Posted on Oct 26, 2010 READ MORE



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George Soros Makes the Case for Legal Weed

The billionaire investor/activist has written a well-reasoned essay in the Wall Street Journal arguing for an end to marijuana prohibition. The L.A. Times reports that in California, Soros is backing the cause with more than words. (continued)

Posted on Oct 26, 2010 READ MORE



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Audit Time for Bell

The city of Bell, Calif., drew quite a bit of unwanted attention to itself last summer with the revelation that several top officials were pocketing ridiculously high salaries at the expense of its citizens. Now it’s looking like payback time, as the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors is on the case.

Posted on Oct 19, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Rich Pedroncelli

Reclaiming the Golden State

At a discussion after the last debate between the two California candidates for governor, a man wondered whether his children would want to continue to live in the state where they grew up.

Posted on Oct 18, 2010 READ MORE


Brown, Whitman Wrangle Over ‘Whore’ Zinger

It’s perhaps commendable that repeat California gubernatorial hopeful Jerry Brown didn’t try to avoid the subject during Tuesday night’s debate or deny the existence of his aide’s “whore” slur directed at Republican rival Meg Whitman.

Posted on Oct 13, 2010 READ MORE



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Schwarzenegger Slashes Social Programs

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has taken the ax yet again to California’s social programs, vetoing almost $1 billion in spending on welfare, special education, child care and other programs before signing a budget bill into law.

Posted on Oct 9, 2010 READ MORE


Brown Aide Caught on Tape Calling Whitman a ‘Whore’

An as-yet-unidentified member of Jerry Brown’s camp has created quite a PR snafu for the California gubernatorial hopeful by calling Brown’s rival, former eBay CEO Meg Whitman, a “whore” during a conversation that wasn’t intended to be recorded. Oops.

Posted on Oct 8, 2010 READ MORE



Mark Lamonica

Reconstructing Los Angeles: A Journey to the Other Side of L.A.

There are certain places that are still empty enough to give us a second chance, even as the empire of Los Angeles moves ever onward, making a reverse exodus into the region’s last frontier.

Posted on Oct 4, 2010 READ MORE


California Debate Heats Up Over Immigration

What are the odds that California gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman’s having hired and fired an undocumented worker would come up during the Univision debate? Opponent Jerry Brown lets Whitman have it for, like the worst rich-lady stereotype, blaming the housekeeper.

Posted on Oct 4, 2010 READ MORE


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California’s Top Court Rules in Favor of Furloughs

That’s Gov. Schwarzenegger: 1, and some 200,000 California state workers: SOL. On Monday, the Golden State’s Supreme Court officially signaled its support for Schwarzenegger’s mandate that some state employees take three days off, unpaid, per month. A real crowd-pleaser!

Posted on Oct 4, 2010 READ MORE


Left, Right & Center

‘Left, Right & Center’: Rahm Gone, Tea Party, Whitman-Brown

Rahm Emanuel steps down as chief of staff; now he wants to run for mayor of Chicago. Is this a shakeup or just normal job burnout? Is the White House in flux? With the House voting to impose import tariffs on China, will the Senate bring the issue to a vote?

Posted on Oct 1, 2010 READ MORE



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Meg Whitman’s Immigration Woes

According to the very busy and seemingly ubiquitous attorney Gloria Allred, California gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman has run afoul of her own public stance on the immigration issue by virtue of having allegedly hired an undocumented worker to help in her home for nearly a decade.

Posted on Sep 29, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Reed Saxon

The War of the McCourts

The story of Frank and Jamie McCourt, who turned the Dodgers into their own piggy bank, lived a life of mortgaged royalty and then decided to destroy one another, is like something out of Tom Wolfe.

Posted on Sep 27, 2010 READ MORE


What the Pot Legalization Campaign Really Threatens

By their actions, alcohol companies are admitting that more sensible drug policies could cut into their government-created monopoly on mind-altering substances.

Posted on Sep 23, 2010 READ MORE



For Whom the City of Bell Tolls

Police have arrested current and former city officials who are accused of pilfering millions from the taxpayers of Bell. The small Los Angeles suburb gained national notoriety as a poster town for bureaucratic corruption, and authorities wasted no time investigating and arresting the alleged nest featherers.

Posted on Sep 21, 2010 READ MORE



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Fears of Double-Dip Recession in California

As the national unemployment rate hovers quite stably below the double-digit mark, California’s troubled economy continues to dive into despair. The state’s jobless rate rose to 12.4 percent last month, renewing fears that California may fall into a not-so-delicious-as-it-sounds double-dip recession.

Posted on Sep 17, 2010 READ MORE


Scary Primary Results

Partisan Democrats are delighted about Christine O’Donnell’s Republican primary victory over Rep. Mike Castle in the race for the open Delaware Senate seat. I’m despondent.

Posted on Sep 15, 2010 READ MORE



Eric Draper / Meg Whitman for Governor 2010

A Closer Look at Citizen Whitman

Looking back at Meg Whitman’s history of fulfilling public obligations as a California citizen, we can measure whether her current commitment to public service matches her record of participation in some public spheres of citizenship in the Golden State.

Posted on Sep 9, 2010 READ MORE



carlyforcalifornia.com

Democrats on the Edge of a Midterm Disaster

The nation’s problems—war and unemployment—are badly damaging the Democrats, even on the Pacific Coast, which President Barack Obama won easily in 2008. And Obama himself, reacting slowly and indecisively, is contributing to the challenges his party faces in November.

Posted on Sep 7, 2010 READ MORE



Wikimedia Commons / Nate Mandos

California Lawmakers Lay the Smackdown on Paparazzi

It’s only fitting that a bill cracking down on the paparazzi’s relentless pursuit of celebrities’ images, words and startled reactions in supermarket parking lots (“they’re just like us!”) was passed ...

Posted on Aug 31, 2010 READ MORE


Carly Fiorina No Es Mi Amiga

The latest video from our friends at Brave New Films takes on Senate prospect Carly Fiorina, who, like all ambitious California politicians, is courting the Latino vote. But Fiorina’s “Amigos de Carly” site doesn’t make much mention of her support for Arizona’s immigration law.

Posted on Aug 31, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department

L.A. Jails to Get Ray-Gun Technology

Los Angeles jails may become the new frontier for science-fiction weaponry after the Sheriff’s Department unveiled plans to use heat-beam ray guns in one county jail, zapping unruly inmates with a beam that “makes them feel as though they are burning.”

Posted on Aug 27, 2010 READ MORE


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AP / Jeff Chiu

Getting a Read on Prop. 8’s Proponents

The celebration about U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker’s ruling overturning California’s Proposition 8 hardly got under way before a trio of federal appellate judges put the kibosh on it all on Monday by putting gay marriage on the shelf for the time being.

Posted on Aug 17, 2010 READ MORE


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AP / Eric Risberg

Reason Beats Hate in Prop. 8 Ruling

When public discourse is so dominated by hysterical sound bites of religious intolerance and xenophobia, it is inspiring to read federal Judge Vaughn R. Walker’s ruling overturning Proposition 8, the California voter initiative banning same-sex marriage.

Posted on Aug 16, 2010 READ MORE


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AP / Marcio Jose Sanchez

Judge Lifts Stay, Gay Marriages in California Soon to Be a Go (Updated)

Twitter is abuzz with the news that Judge Vaughn R. Walker has lifted a stay on his historic Prop. 8 ruling, meaning gay couples in California can once again legally marry beginning Aug. 18. Officials are standing by.

Posted on Aug 12, 2010 READ MORE


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