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AP/Charles Dharapak

If You’re Going to Force People to Buy Insurance, You Have to Make It Affordable

In November, Californians will vote whether to give the state insurance commissioner power to approve health insurance premium increases and veto or scale back those he finds excessive.

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More Solar Workers in U.S. Than Coal Miners, and Solar Doesn’t Poison Drinking Water

By the end of 2013, the number of workers in the solar energy industry in the U.S. had grown to 143,000.

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Climate Change Is Destroying California, Obama Promises to Help

Look at a satellite photo of the continental United States these past couple of months and you’ll quickly notice that the country has an identity crisis.

Posted on Feb 14, 2014 READ MORE



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Insurance Companies Shift Consumers to New Plans Without Their Permission

The California Department of Insurance said it is exploring whether any laws were broken when insurance companies withdrew money from consumers’ accounts for plans they didn’t select.

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In California, a Raft of Measures to Improve Conditions and Oversight of Assisted Living

California lawmakers last week unveiled a dozen legislative proposals aimed at stiffening regulations governing the state’s roughly 7,700 assisted living facilities, residences that offer room and care to tens of thousands of frail or ailing people, most of them seniors.

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More Proof We Just Don’t Care About Sexual Assault in the U.S.

Three teens who admitted to attacking and photographing an unconscious 15-year-old girl have been sentenced to mere days in a California juvenile detention center while their victim hanged herself eight days after the assault.

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From Austerity to Prosperity: Why I Am Running for California Treasurer

California cannot solve its budget problems by slashing services that have already been cut to the bone or raising sales taxes that hurt the poor far more than the rich. We are fighting over a pie that remains too small. The pie itself needs to be expanded—and it can be.

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AP/J. Scott Applewhite

The Toughest Liberal in the House Is Retiring, Worries About ‘Dark Money’

Rep. George Miller, D-Calif., hails from a time when liberals didn’t apologize for trying to make the country fairer and notes that he won his first race on the basis of only two promises: “to end the Vietnam War and to enact single-payer health care.”

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Welfare Cheats

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Undocumented Immigrants Can Now Practice Law in California

Sergio Garcia has been waiting for his green card for 19 years, but thanks to a California Supreme Court ruling, he can now be admitted to the state’s bar and fulfill his dream of becoming an attorney regardless of his immigration status.

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Cutting Up California

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AP/Beck Diefenbach

Fracking and the New War on Air Pollution in Los Angeles

Over the past 50 years, the city of Los Angeles has made great strides to curb its smog problems by cutting vehicle emissions. But now, the emerging “fracking” industry threatens to undo much of that progress by wantonly spewing toxic chemicals into the air.

Posted on Dec 5, 2013 READ MORE



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California Governor Vetoed Gun Control Bills

Three weeks to the day before a gunman opened fire at L.A.’s airport, killing a TSA agent and wounding others, Calif. Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed bills that would have put new restrictions on the kind of weapon used in the shooting.

Posted on Nov 1, 2013 READ MORE



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First Ticket Issued for Driving With Google Glass

Cecilia Abadie describes herself as a Google Glass pioneer on her Google+ account. With her new device she’s documented such diverse activities as performing her workout regime and receiving her American citizenship papers. But using technologically advanced eyewear hasn’t been all fun and games.

Posted on Oct 31, 2013 READ MORE



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California Shows the Way in Combating ‘Dark Money’ in Politics

A state political campaign watchdog agency has issued $1 million in fines and $15 million in penalties to shadowy groups—yes, the Koch brothers are connected—that sought to buy results in two California proposition elections. The decision points up the lack of teeth in federal laws, and offers an example of how to fix that. Assuming Washington can fix anything.

Posted on Oct 28, 2013 READ MORE


Koch Bros vs. California Unions

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Don’t Give Up on the Uninsured

Obamacare is working—in states that have followed the essential design of the Affordable Care Act.

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California’s Minimum Wage Sky Falling

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New Privacy Law Gives California’s Youngsters an Internet Eraser

California Gov. Jerry Brown has just handed teens in his state a fresh start.

Posted on Sep 23, 2013 READ MORE



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California to Give the Working Poor a Raise

The state of California is about to become the first in the nation to set a $10 an hour minimum wage, which could help alleviate the financial woes of some 1.5 million low-wage workers there.

Posted on Sep 15, 2013 READ MORE



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California May Criminalize Blasting Indecent Images of Ex-Lovers

Bad news for vindictive exes in the Golden State: “Revenge porn” may soon become illegal there. A bill, passed by state legislators and awaiting possible approval by the governor, would punish people who post sexual videos or photos of their former partners in an attempt to disgrace them.

Posted on Sep 12, 2013 READ MORE



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Truthdiggers of the Week: Lawyers Representing California Hunger Strikers

Hunger-striking inmates seeking an end to California’s use of solitary confinement concluded their two-month protest Thursday, three days after state lawmakers pledged to hold legislative hearings on conditions in the state’s maximum security prisons.

Posted on Sep 8, 2013 READ MORE



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Temperature Rise Will Fan Forest Flames

As firefighters in California and other states in the West continue to battle forest fires, the latest research indicates that devastating conflagrations will grow in intensity as temperatures rise.

Posted on Sep 2, 2013 READ MORE



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Big Trouble in Little Antelope Valley

In this suburban area 70 miles north of downtown Los Angeles, as elsewhere, the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington is a time to note how the country has fallen far short of Martin Luther King Jr.’s goals of jobs and freedom.

Posted on Aug 25, 2013 READ MORE



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Force-Feeding Is Not Just for Guantanamo

In response to the prison hunger strike that’s spread throughout California since the beginning of July, a federal judge ruled Monday that officials could force-feed the inmates. After seven grueling weeks, there are still 69 prisoners who are refusing to eat the facilities’ meals.

Posted on Aug 22, 2013 READ MORE



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Hyperloop Revealed: A Billionaire’s Plan to Travel at 800 MPH

Elon Musk, the founder of Tesla Motors and SpaceX, was disappointed with California’s high-speed rail project, so he has proposed an alternative that, if it’s not just smoke and mirrors, could get you from L.A. to San Francisco in 30 minutes.

Posted on Aug 12, 2013 READ MORE



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California’s Civil War Is About Water, and the South Doesn’t Seem to Care

Southern Californians get much of their fresh water from the northern part of the state and they don’t seem to care that the system that supplies that water is in danger of collapse.

Posted on Aug 6, 2013 READ MORE



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Never Again Enough

The crucial question for Phoenix, for the Colorado, and for the greater part of the American West is this: How long will the water hold out?

Posted on Aug 1, 2013 READ MORE


California Crime Uptick

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Posted on Jul 29, 2013 READ MORE



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Why ‘Chain Reaction’ Must Be Preserved

The sculpture towers 26 feet above the Civic Center lawn in the Southern California coastal city of Santa Monica, a disturbing warning about the danger of nuclear arms. Now the artwork is in peril.

Posted on Jul 23, 2013 READ MORE



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Billionaire Entrepreneur Promises to Get You From L.A. to San Francisco in 30 Minutes

Elon Musk, the co-founder of PayPal, SpaceX and Tesla Motors, says he will reveal the “fifth form” of transportation (after boats, trains, cars and planes) on Aug. 12.

Posted on Jul 15, 2013 READ MORE


Journalist Shane Bauer on Inhumane Prisons From California to Iran

More than 12,000 prisoners in California have endured five days of hunger striking to end harsh punishment, redefine gang activity, improve food quality, increase access to health care and education services, and bring an end to solitary confinement, which they call “indefinite state-sanctioned torture.”

Posted on Jul 12, 2013 READ MORE



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30,000 California Inmates Begin Hunger Strike Protest

An estimated 30,000 prisoners in California began refusing meals Monday in what may be the largest incarceration strike in history.

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Cars on Rotten Roads

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California Doomed After Prop 8

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Scalia and Uncle Sam

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At Least 1 Death, Hundreds of Illnesses Blamed on Record U.S. Heat Wave

The Western part of the United States is in the throes of a record-setting heat wave that is expected to continue through the week, with temperatures forecast to hit the 120s in some areas.

Posted on Jun 30, 2013 READ MORE



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Proposition 8 Backers Petition to Stop Gay Marriage in California

Thanks to the Supreme Court’s decision in Hollingsworth v. Perry, California’s Proposition 8 ballot initiative that barred same-sex marriage in the state is no more. But the measure’s supporters are once again up in arms after the Golden State resumed allowing gay couples to wed Friday. (UPDATED)

Posted on Jun 30, 2013 READ MORE


Equality

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The Summit

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Wedding Bells

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Supreme Court Rulings

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Supreme Pride

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Wendy Davis Hailed as Hero, Frank Rich Slams David Gregory, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including reaction from the winners after the Supreme Court’s DOMA and Proposition 8 rulings and results of the Massachusetts Senate special election.

Posted on Jun 26, 2013 READ MORE



AP/Pablo Martinez

Gay Marriage Rulings: Supreme Court Strikes Down DOMA, Denies Proposition 8 Backers’ Appeal

On Wednesday morning, the Supreme Court issued decisions on a pair of landmark same-sex marriage cases, striking down the Defense of Marriage Act while ruling the proponents of California’s Proposition 8 lacked standing to argue the case in federal courts.

Posted on Jun 26, 2013 READ MORE


L.A. Pot Dispensary Crackdown

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Posted on Jun 17, 2013 READ MORE



AP/Tami Abdollah

Santa Monica Shootings: Gun Violence Happens Everywhere

A rampage that left five people dead, including the suspected gunman, in the wealthy, liberal, seaside paradise of Santa Monica, Calif., reminds us that guns and killers are everywhere in America.

Posted on Jun 7, 2013 READ MORE


Darrell Issa’s Gut

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Warren Shows Up McConnell, California Fights Back Against Wal-Mart, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including former RNC Chairman Michael Steele weighs a political comeback and Rep. Darrell Issa gets some pushback from his own party after calling the White House’s spokesman a “paid liar.”

Posted on Jun 3, 2013 READ MORE


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