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California’s Budget

Mark Laluan
October 14, 2010
Filed under Politics

Last Friday California’s lawmakers managed to end a three month struggle to pass a state budget that Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed into law last Friday. California faces the problem of an over $19 billion deficit and continued economic downturn that continues to keep California’s economy in a ma...

Budget deal reached by California’s lawmakers

Mark Laluan
October 7, 2010
Filed under Politics

An eleventh hour effort by Republican and Democratic leaders to patch together a budget deal succeeded last Friday. Tense negotiations surrounded the budget proposal adopted by California’s political leaders. Now the fight turns to the respective Republican and Democratic State Assembly and Senat...

Political Mistrust in California

Mark Laluan
October 7, 2010
Filed under Politics

Californians have little faith that politicians can solve the State’s woes, polls say The latest Field Polls show that Californians are losing confidence the ability of politicians, both those running for office and incumbents, in solving California’s economic and social problems. According a Field Poll published ...

A State Budget “Framework” Agreed Upon

Mark Laluan
October 7, 2010
Filed under Politics

Senate consents that it will slash $7.5 billion from social services and education This Thursday marks over 90 days since the July 1 deadline to adopt a state budget was missed. In just over three months California’s lawmakers have moved only in small increments towards a budget deal. The major l...

Political Mistrust in California

Mark Laluan
October 6, 2010
Filed under Politics

Californians have little faith that politicians can solve the State’s woes, polls say The latest Field Polls show that Californians are losing confidence the ability of politicians, both those running for office and incumbents, in solving California’s economic and social problems. According a Field Poll published Septe...

Governor’s Race. Whitman is a clear Frontrunner

Richard Duboc
September 23, 2010
Filed under Politics

Since August, California Gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman has 
eclipsed rival Jerry Brown in most polls.  As Real Clear Politics 
averages Whitman’s lead at 5 percent, Brown has just begun to get his 
campaign started.  All this while Whitman confirms that she has spent 
$119 million d...

State Environmental Policy in The Hands of Voters

Mark Laluan
August 26, 2010
Filed under Politics

Earlier this month a Sacramento judge ordered Democratic Attorney General Jerry Brown to reword the description of Proposition 23, a initiative that would suspend key provisions of the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 (AB32). Sacramento Superior Court Judge Timothy Frawley stated the use of the ter...

Recovery Funds Target California Education System

Richard Duboc
August 26, 2010
Filed under Politics

As the recession continues to hit California, the federal government is providing some much needed relief; however the impacts are yet to be felt. On August 17, The United States Government added nearly $500 million to the more than $10 billion which has been made available to California through the...

Late Summer Budget Battle. Decision over California’s budget still at a stalemate

Mark Laluan Politics Editor
August 26, 2010
Filed under Politics

Democrats and Republicans are no closer to agreeing on a budget. Nor are both parties showing signs of settling for a compromise. In an attempt to end the budget deadlock now and for future generations, Democratic politicians have begun pushing for the passage of Proposition 25. Prop 25 would remove...

Republicans Hold the Line at the 15th Senate District

August 19, 2010
Filed under Politics

Republican Assemblyman Sam Blakeslee of San Luis Obispo won a hotly contested race for the 15th California Senate District this Tuesday. The seat became vacant upon its former occupant, the Republican Lieutenant Governor Abel Maldonado of Santa Maria, taking his current office. Blakeslee won 48.8 per...

California Landmark Global Warming Law Under Fire

Paul Rogers
August 19, 2010
Filed under Politics

A November ballot measure that would suspend California’s landmark global-warming law could also end up rolling back some of the state’s other sweeping environmental standards _ including rules that require utilities to generate a third of their electricity from renewable sources and programs req...

Senate Race Reaches The Dog Days Of Summer

Richard Duboc
August 12, 2010
Filed under Politics

Despite a campaign that got off to a somewhat rocky start, 2010 Senatorial Candidate Carly Fiorina has managed to stir up support from California voters by focusing on the economy. Since February when Rasmussen Reports gave Democratic incumbent Barbara Boxer a marginal 4 percent lead in the poles over then Republican primary...

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