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3 State Exchange Leaders Try To Get Good News Out

Tue, Nov 19, 2013

Healthcare

Democrats in states running their own exchanges are seeking to put a more positive spin on the rollout of the Affordable Care Act, despite the mostly negative news coming out of Washington.“What we’re seeing is incredible momentum,” Peter Lee, executive director of Covered California, said during a conference call for

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Tags: United States, Affordable Care Act, Healthcare Exchanges, California

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Immigration talk may backfire for Republicans in future

Tue, Dec 21, 2010

Immigration

Arizona RepublicBy Erin Kelly WASHINGTON - As jubilant Republicans prepare to take control of the House and increase their clout in the Senate next month, some GOP political consultants are urging them to not ignore the lessons of their biggest failure: California.Although Republicans swept into congressional offices and governors mansions across

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Tags: California, Dream Act, Pew Hispanic Center

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California Braces for Showdown on Emissions

Sat, Sep 18, 2010

Environment

New York TimesBy Adam Nagourney LOS ANGELES — A ballot initiative to suspend a milestone California law curbing greenhouse gas emissions is drawing a wave of contributions from out-of-state oil companies, raising concerns among conservationists as it emerges as a test of public support for potentially costly environmental measures during tough

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Tags: California, Ballot initiative, Greenhouse gas emissions, Charles and David Koch, Global Warming Solutions Act

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A Victory for Liberty in California

Sun, Aug 8, 2010

NewsweekBy John Meacham At the conclusion of the arguments in Perry v. Schwarzenegger in June - at issue was the constitutionality of the ban on gay marriage that California voters passed in 2008 - the leading attorney for the state found himself in a bit of verbal jousting with the judge,

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Tags: California, Prop 8.Marriage Equality,

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Judge overturns California's ban on gay marriage

Thu, Aug 5, 2010

Civil Rights

Arizona RepublicAssociated PressSAN FRANCISCO - A federal judge overturned California's gay-marriage ban Wednesday with a scathing ruling that could eventually force the U.S. Supreme Court to confront the question of whether same-sex couples have a constitutional right to wed.The ruling by Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker touched off a

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Tags: California, Gay-marriage, Gay rights

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Earth, wind and wire: Going beyond solar panels

Mon, Feb 8, 2010

Environment

Los Angeles TimesBy Chrip JacobsNot long ago, people who wanted to generate their own green energy at home had to content themselves with rooftop solar panels.But new technologies -- and hefty government subsidies -- are now allowing homeowners to tap the wind, the Earth and other renewable sources in their

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Tags: Wind Energy, Solar Energy, Energy bills, Geothermal heat pumps, California

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Effort underway to suspend California's global-warming law

Sat, Feb 6, 2010

Global Warming

Los Angeles TimesBy Margot RooseveltRepublican politicians and conservative activists are launching a ballot campaign to suspend California's landmark global-warming law, in what they hope will serve as a showcase for a national backlash against climate regulations.Supporters say they have "solid commitments" of nearly $600,000 to pay signature gatherers for a

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Tags: Tea Party, California, Conservative activists

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California Democrats Revive Universal Health Plan

Fri, Jan 22, 2010

Healthcare

New York Times   By JESSE McKINLEYSAN FRANCISCO — Democrats in California revived a bill on Thursday that would create a single-payer, universal health care system in the state.While the move came as questions arose over the prospects of Congress adopting national health care legislation, the author of the California bill,

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Tags: California, Healthcare reform, Single payer health care

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Tax Bill Appeals Take Rising Toll on Governments

Sun, Jul 5, 2009

Economy

New York TimesBy Jack HealyHomeowners across the country are challenging their property tax bills in droves as the value of their homes drop, threatening local governments with another big drain on their budgets.The requests are coming in record numbers, from owners of $10 million estates and one-bedroom bungalows, from residents

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Tags: Property taxes, Tax revenue, National Association of Counties, California, New Jersey, Florida, Arizona, Assessments

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How California's Fiscal Woes Began: A Crisis 30 Years in the Making

Sat, Jul 4, 2009

Economy

Yahoo News/TimeBy Kevin O'LearyWith California a day away from issuing IOUs instead of paying its bills, Gov. Schwarzenegger and the legislature remain at odds over how to close a now $26.3 billion deficit. Schwarzenegger on Thursday ordered a third unpaid furlough day for 235,000 state employees. With its $1.7 trillion

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Tags: California, Proposition 13

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