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A plethora of private meetings

Today, California lawmakers are preparing to hold a series of high-stakes meetings — behind closed doors. The Assembly Legislative Ethics Committee — a bipartisan panel of three Democrats and three Republicans — is scheduled to meet privately to consider a complaint brought against a legislator or other public officer or employee, according to the legal […]

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¿Es demasiado fácil para los candidatos ‘por escrito’ en las elecciones de California?

En resumen En las elecciones de California, solo se necesita un puñado de firmas y votos para que los candidatos legislativos por escrito aparezcan en la boleta electoral de noviembre. Once lo lograron este año, aunque algunos obtuvieron muy poco apoyo. Read this article in English. Rich Kinney concede fácilmente: llegar a la boleta electoral […]

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How Florida became the new California

Want to make a political point in California — and across the country? Try running ads in Florida. That’s the tack the oil and gas industry is taking following Gov. Gavin Newsom’s much-discussed decision earlier this month to air campaign ads in the Sunshine State accusing Republican leaders of restricting abortion access, voting rights and […]

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Concealed carry fiasco hangs over Capitol

A dispatch from me and CalMatters political reporter Ben Christopher: Legislative Republicans called Tuesday for an independent state audit to find out “what in the world happened” when the California Department of Justice briefly published the personal identifying information of more than 240,000 concealed carry weapon license applicants late last month. Assemblymember Jim Patterson, a […]