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California SuperPAC Donations: Golden State Residents Gave More Than $12 Million To Super PACs

(10) Comments | Posted February 1, 2012 | 3:06 PM

Story comes courtesy of California Watch.

By Chase Davis

Californians gave more than $12 million to super political action committees in 2011, bolstering the campaigns of President Barack Obama and his Republican challengers by taking advantage of new campaign finance rules that have been plagued...

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Romney and Perry Battle It Out Over California Campaign Cash

(1) Comments | Posted October 20, 2011 | 2:07 PM

This article comes to us courtesy of California Watch

By Chase Davis

Republican presidential frontrunner Mitt Romney is dominating the money race in California, but Texas Gov. Rick Perry also has mined millions out of the Golden State in just a few months, according to new...

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California Online Poker Fight Comes Down To Tribe Vs. Tribe

(1) Comments | Posted August 18, 2011 | 3:19 PM

This story comes courtesy of California Watch.

By Chase Davis

Once again, it's shaping up to be a case of tribe vs. tribe in the latest effort to encourage politicians to legalize online poker in California.

In one corner is a coalition of tribes worried...

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Governor Rick Perry Donations: Conservative Californians Fill The Donor List

(23) Comments | Posted August 11, 2011 | 12:14 PM

This story comes to us courtesy of California Watch.

By Chase Davis

The news this week that Texas Gov. Rick Perry is all but certain to enter the Republican presidential field has no doubt come as welcome news to some conservative Californians.

After all, it...

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Obama's California Fundraisers: How Much Money Exactly?

(160) Comments | Posted July 14, 2011 | 1:42 PM

This story comes to us courtesy of California Watch.
Story by Chase Davis

The next federal deadline for candidates to submit their campaign finance reports will be upon us at the end of this week, and in this quarterly ritual of political posturing, it seems...

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California Budget: Poll Shows Support For Raising Taxes On The Rich

(80) Comments | Posted April 28, 2011 | 12:35 PM

Story comes courtesy of California Watch.

By Chase Davis

Fear of teacher layoffs and other cuts to public schools is leading a majority of Californians to support some combination of spending cuts and taxes in order to close the state's $26 billion budget gap, according to a

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California Prison Guards Can Bank Unlimited Vacation Time

(66) Comments | Posted April 21, 2011 | 12:32 PM

Last year we told you about the massive vacation balances state workers have accrued over the years, often in violation of rules designed to cap the amount of unused vacation any given employee could collect.

But according to a Legislative Analyst's Office report [PDF] elaborated upon in a...

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California Budget: Poll Shows Support For Special Election Waning

(149) Comments | Posted March 24, 2011 | 11:55 AM

This story comes courtesy of California Watch.

By Chase Davis

More than eight in 10 Californians agree that the state's budget presents a serious looming problem, but fewer than half believe Gov. Jerry Brown's proposed tax extensions are the right way to fix it, according to a Public...

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California Lawmakers Sought Funds From Stimulus Program They Opposed

(4) Comments | Posted October 18, 2010 | 3:45 PM

This story comes courtesy of California Watch

By Chase Davis

Even as they openly criticized the federal stimulus program as a waste of money, several members of Congress from California wrote to federal agencies asking for their share of the $800 billion in spending, an investigation by the...

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Tipster in Bell Scandal Waited Months for DA, Then Was Arrested

(1) Comments | Posted October 11, 2010 | 1:29 PM

California Watch, the state's largest investigative reporting team, is a project of the independent, nonprofit Center for Investigative Reporting.

A former Bell City Council member arrested in September on felony charges of misappropriating public funds told investigators more than a year ago that the city was...

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Jerry Brown's 1979 'Special List' Highlights Eclectic Relationships

(0) Comments | Posted October 7, 2010 | 5:18 PM

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When Jerry Brown was governor three decades ago, his staff was instructed to give special access to dozens of confidantes, political insiders and supporters whose requests, concerns and recommendations were supposed to be routed straight to Brown, administrative records show.

The document,...

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Palin's CSU Speaking Fees Rival Former Presidents

(190) Comments | Posted April 20, 2010 | 11:32 AM

(The following story comes courtesy of California Watch)

By Chase Davis

As politicians go, perhaps only Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and a number of former presidents can command the speaking fees it reportedly takes to land Sarah Palin, a Texas newspaper reported Sunday.

Looking into an appearance...

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