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News Story
3/6/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
SACRAMENTO -- Ethics officials are reviewing allegations that two of state's top environmental regulators violated conflict-of-interest rules by regulating companies in which they own stock. Officials at the Fair Political Practices Commission said Wednesday they are studying a complaint that Odette Madriago, chief deputy director of the...
News Story
2/23/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
State lawmaker Rubio had led a push for business-friendly environmental rules. SACRAMENTO, CA -- State Sen. Michael J. Rubio, who was leading the Legislature's effort to make California's environmental laws more business-friendly, abruptly resigned from office Friday to accept a government-affairs job with Chevron Corp. Rubio, a Democrat...
News Story
2/11/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
The November election delivered California Democrats a coveted supermajority for governing the state. Now the party's leader in the Senate wants to use that political capital to give the Legislature more say in the voter initiatives that make their way to the ballot. Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg plans to unveil what he calls...
News Story
1/30/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Gov. Jerry Brown's administration acts after learning that hundreds of employees were being paid for second state jobs in addition to their normal salaries. SACRAMENTO, CA - Gov. Jerry Brown's administration has restricted state departments' hiring authority following revelations that hundreds of public employees were receiving pay for...
News Story
1/13/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Nell McCombs of Ventura is committee chairman for the League of Women Voters of Ventura County's study of the California initiative and referendum process. The initiative process was adopted by the California electorate in 1911, and was intended to allow the public direct access to the legislative process and overcome the influence of special...
Article
11/14/2012
Posted by Jamie Court
Wednesday, the California Fair Political Practices Commission takes up the question of whether political bloggers should have to disclose who pays them to blog in political campaigns. Sacramento's consultant establishment, both on the left and the right, has been hiding behind free speech protections to propagandize and cut the legs out from...