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Latino economics, political clout linked: California’s growing Latino population is numerically strong but traditionally under-performs at election time – and that may have as much to do with economics as with politics. “The bottom line: If you see a growing Latino middle class, you will see a growing Latino representation in government,...
Amendments: A long and winding road: In the Legislature, there are several types of amendments — amendment is a fancy word for “change” — that can be made to any number of measures, including bills, resolutions and constitutional amendments. The lawmakers’ official lawyer, the Legislative Counsel, says an amendment is the alteration...
Armed Black Panthers in the Capitol, 50 years on: It’s largely forgotten now, but 50 years ago, it created a national sensation. It even caused the National Rifle Association and Ronald Reagan to back a gun-control bill authored by a Republican. Tuesday is the 50th anniversary of the May 2, 1967 “invasion” of the state Capitol by two dozen gun-...
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25 years after racial tensions erupted, black and Korean communities reflect on L.A. riots: Jackie Broxton remembers the day the riots swept through her city, when the only way to get back to her car after church was to brave the flames and plumes of smoke that had engulfed the surrounding streets of South L.A. She needed to get her daughter home to Ladera Heights, and for a moment ...
Essential California: One prominent pastor remembers the riots: Good morning, and welcome to the Essential California newsletter. It’s Friday, April 28, and here’s what’s happening across California: TOP STORIES One prominent pastor reflects on the riots It was April 1992, and the Rev. Cecil L. Murray had led the city’s oldest and perhaps most politically...
Did DWP overcharge you? Customers to receive info on billing settlement starting this week: Los Angeles Department of Water and Power customers will soon be able to recover their money from a landmark class-action settlement. Starting this week, ratepayers will receive packets in the mail that detail what types of refunds and damages may be claimed from the settlement. The DWP has b...
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The Latest: Funding deal has wins for both sides: The Latest on the bill being negotiated on Capitol Hill to fund the government through September (all times local): 11:30 p.m. The $1T budget deal that congressional negotiators have reached … Click to Continue »
Lawmakers seal deal on $1T plan government-wide funding bill: Congressional Republicans and Democrats forged a hard-won agreement Sunday night on a huge $1 trillion-plus spending bill that would fund the day-to-day operations of virtually every federal agency through September, … Click to Continue »
Beyond 100 days, Trump faces more legislative challenges: President Donald Trump would get additional military funds, but no border wall dollars under a massive spending bill that Congress agreed to Sunday night. The $1 trillion plus spending agreement … Click to Continue »
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Ros-Lehtinen, 1st Cuban-American Elected to Congress, to Retire: Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, the first Cuban-American elected to Congress, is retiring after nearly three decades of representing South Florida in the House of Representatives.The news was confirmed to NBC 6 by the congresswoman’s communication director. Ros-Lehtinen will finish out her term through 2018...
Ros-Lehtinen, 1st Cuban-American Elected to Congress, to Retire: Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, the first Cuban-American elected to Congress, is retiring after nearly three decades of representing South Florida in the House of Representatives.The news was confirmed to NBC 6 by the congresswoman’s communication director. Ros-Lehtinen will finish out her term through 2018...
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The Quest for Single Payer Continues: Sens. Atkins and Lara keep up the fight by Brian Leubitz There is content on Calitics about single payer from the early days.  Shiela Kuehl was pushing it back then, but the legislation goes back to the 90s. A grassroots movement for the establishment of a single-payer health care financing syste...

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