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Turnout Turmoil: Legislation Intended to Get More Voters to the Polls Has Confused Officials in Palm Springs, Rancho Mirage, DHS and Beyond

Turnout Turmoil: Legislation Intended to Get More Voters to the Polls Has Confused Officials in Palm Springs, Rancho Mirage, DHS and Beyond

Monday, September 25, 2017  |  Brian Blueskye

On Sept. 1, 2015, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 415 into law.

SB 415 was definitely well-intentioned: It mandates that cities and other “political subdivisions” move their elections to the same dates as statewide elections—unless their elections have had a high-enough turnout percent...

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Connected at a Cost: Is the 'Internet for All Now Act' a Lifeline for Rural Communities—or a Big Giveaway to the Telecom Industry?

Connected at a Cost: Is the 'Internet for All Now Act' a Lifeline for Rural Communities—or a Big Giveaway to the Telecom Industry?

Wednesday, September 20, 2017  |  Kevin Fitzgerald

Since 2007, the California Legislature has worked to encourage the development of telephone and Internet access through the California Advanced Services Fund. The fund provides financial assistance to both large telecommunications companies—including Frontier, AT&T, Charter and Cox—and independe...

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Cannabis in the CV: Weed-Promoting T-Shirts Are OK, but Marijuana-Delivering Drones Are Not

Cannabis in the CV: Weed-Promoting T-Shirts Are OK, but Marijuana-Delivering Drones Are Not

Tuesday, September 19, 2017  |  Sean Planck

Custom-apparel makers across the state exhaled a collective sigh of relief with the apparent death of SB 162 on Sept. 1.

The bill was aimed at limiting the ways in which cannabis businesses could market themselves, including a ban on everything from apparel to billboards. Lawmakers had until Sept. 1 ...

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Democracy in Crisis: Following Trump's Refugee Ban, Haitians Running From Earthquake Devastation Flee the U.S. for Canada

Democracy in Crisis: Following Trump's Refugee Ban, Haitians Running From Earthquake Devastation Flee the U.S. for Canada

Thursday, September 14, 2017  |  Karen Houppert

Francois LeFranc, 45, lingers over breakfast in the dining room of the NAV Centre, an Ontario hotel and conference center on the banks of the St. Lawrence Seaway. Dressed in a T-shirt and jeans, he displays only one sign that he had been detained by the Canadian immigration authorities five days ear...

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Bills Die a Quiet Death: Legislators Kill Off Legislation—Some Popular, Some Controversial—Using the 'Suspense File'

Bills Die a Quiet Death: Legislators Kill Off Legislation—Some Popular, Some Controversial—Using the 'Suspense File'

Monday, September 11, 2017  |  Laurel Rosenhall, CALmatters

Shortly after last year’s presidential election, Democrats in the California Legislature drew  headlines by introducing a flurry of bills attacking “fake news.” They called for more resources to teach media literacy, so public school students could better discern facts from the kind of bogus stories t...

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Party Problems: Assemblyman Chad Mayes Tells Fellow Republicans to Stop 'Repelling' Californians

Party Problems: Assemblyman Chad Mayes Tells Fellow Republicans to Stop 'Repelling' Californians

Saturday, September 02, 2017  |  Laurel Rosenhall, CALmatters

Days after losing his position as leader of Assembly Republicans, Chad Mayes was entertaining lobbyists and lawmakers at a bar near the state Capitol, raising money for his re-election with a live video message from Arnold Schwarzenegger.

“I think you are the future of the Republican Party,” Schwarze...

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