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Jerry Brown's 5 best State of the State moments

2:03 PM, Jan 22, 2014

Gov. Jerry Brown's State of the State speech lasted a little less than 17 minutes. Here's our take on the moments and messages that mattered the most.

Former U.S. treasury official launches run for Calif. governor

2:30 PM, Jan 21, 2014

A GOP newcomer launches his campaign for governor, one of two Republicans now hoping to replace Gov. Jerry Brown in 2015.

Maldonado won't run for Calif. governor in 2014

11:39 AM, Jan 16, 2014

Abel Maldonado does an about-face and decides not to run for governor in 2014.

Legislature leader scramble renews north vs. south debate

10:57 PM, Jan 15, 2014

The leadership of both houses of the California Legislature looks to be in the hands of southern Californians by the end of 2014 -- a breaking of an unwritten Capitol rule some say should be preserved.

Democrats say no to Calif. ban on transit strikes

9:08 PM, Jan 13, 2014

Legislation to ban public transit workers in California from going on strike has been officially rejected by a state Senate committee.

4 political hurdles for Jerry Brown's new budget

6:08 PM, Jan 9, 2014

The governor's budget is all out in the open.  But key parts of it face some tough political hurdles in the weeks and months to come.

Governor's leaked budget balances saving, spending

11:07 PM, Jan 8, 2014

Gov. Jerry Brown's budget gets leaked early, a spending plan that attempts to delicately balance saving cash and spending it.

Transgender referendum alive, but barely, for Calif. ballot

12:52 PM, Jan 8, 2014

The proposed referendum to kill California's new law on transgender students cleared an important hurdle on Wednesday, but there are serious questions as to whether it will actually qualify for the Nov. 4 ballot.

Dems push Gov. Brown to boost transitional kindergarten

6:00 PM, Jan 7, 2014

Democrats in the Legislature are poised to fight for using a portion of the state budget surplus on fully funding a pre-kindergarten program for four year olds.

5 California politics stories that mattered in 2013, 5 to watch in 2014

11:44 AM, Dec 31, 2013

Out with the old, in with the new: some of the best from the year departing, and a few to watch in the year to come.

California cap and trade cash rolls in for 2013

11:22 PM, Dec 29, 2013

More than $1 billion worth of carbon pollution credits traded hands in 2013 as part of California's ambitious climate change efforts. But most of the money didn't go to the state, a mistake in the eyes of some environmental groups.

Lawsuit alleges hidden Sacramento lobbying gifts

11:06 PM, Dec 27, 2013

An ex-employee of a large Sacramento lobbying firm alleges years of unreported gifts and campaign work in a lawsuit filed earlier this week.

6 questions about new plan to split California into 6 states

10:05 AM, Dec 23, 2013

A Silicon Valley businessman has filed an initiative to divide California into six new U.S. states.  Here are questions posed to him on Friday.

'Secret' policy lets governor nix civil rights investigations, says report

5:58 PM, Dec 18, 2013

A new report claims the governor has asserted a stealth power to kill workplace discrimination cases brought by state and local government employees.

Possible 2014 ballot fight over firing teachers, looser tenure rules

9:09 PM, Dec 17, 2013

Voters in 2014 could be asked to consider new rules for firing teachers and to loosen California's tenure law.

Democrats: use Calif. budget surplus on schools, poor

2:25 PM, Dec 11, 2013

Assembly Democrats lay out a plan to spend most of the short-term state budget surplus on programs cut during the state's lean years, the opening salvo in the 2014 debate over those extra dollars.

Delta water plan released, faces tall task of compromise

10:24 PM, Dec 9, 2013

State officials submit their full proposal for a system that seeks compromise on what may be California's most long-running and heated battle: moving water through the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and onward to Southern California.

Bullet train leaders bullish even after 2013's roadblocks

7:40 PM, Dec 5, 2013

High speed rail officials admit 2013 was a rocky year for the project, but say the setbacks were smaller than the successes.

Poll: GOP label is a turn-off for Californians

9:08 PM, Dec 4, 2013

Most voters in a new statewide poll have deep unhappiness about the Republican party.  But it's also frustration with party politics in general.

Covered California must boost voter registration efforts, say critics

6:31 PM, Dec 3, 2013

The new state health insurance exchange could face a lawsuit from voting advocates who say it's required by federal law to do more to help register new voters.

Governor remains mum on 2014, but raking in cash

3:38 PM, Nov 26, 2013

Gov. Jerry Brown collects some big cash in a recent Hollywood fundraiser for a re-election campaign he won't yet say he's running.

Obama gets cash, earful of frustration in Bay Area

9:54 PM, Nov 25, 2013

President Barack Obama's visit to San Francisco focused on immigration and campaign fundraising, and finds him debating an undocumented student who wants help now.

California says no to Obamacare extension

6:24 PM, Nov 21, 2013

California officials refuse to grant extra time for health insurance plans due to be phased out as part of the Obamacare law.

Analyst: Big Calif. budget surpluses on horizon

1:47 PM, Nov 20, 2013

It's a headline no one's seen in California in a long time: more tax dollars than projected spending for year, after year, after year.

Governor walks fine line in Obamacare delay

5:06 PM, Nov 19, 2013

Gov. Jerry Brown says the state will respond to calls for a delay in cancelling individual health plans, but stops short of embracing President Obama's plan.

Embattled state senator asks for contempt in FBI leak

6:41 PM, Nov 13, 2013

Sen. Ron Calderon alleges federal officials leaked the sealed affidavit in their corruption investigation, and says in a new filing that he was asked to secretly record conversations that could implicate other Senate leaders.

Embattled state senator stripped of Capitol duties

5:55 PM, Nov 12, 2013

Sen. Ron Calderon was removed from all of his committee assignments by Senate leaders, while the embattled lawmaker lashed out at the action as unfair while an FBI investigation still remains open.

Ballot measure money not political under IRS loophole

5:34 PM, Nov 11, 2013

State campaign watchdog officials say a loophole in IRS regulations allow social welfare organizations to exclude ballot measure contributions from limits on their political spending.

Judge to decide whether to stop California's bullet train

8:07 PM, Nov 8, 2013

Opponents of California's high speed rail, months after winning an argument that the train plan doesn't comply with the law, want a judge to stop the project in its tracks.

Teacher pensions deficit grows $22 million a day

6:16 PM, Nov 7, 2013

California's teacher retirement system is on track to be flat broke by the time this year's new crop of teachers is ready to call it a career. When will lawmakers take action?

Local tax hikes win in California ... sort of

9:58 AM, Nov 6, 2013

Tax increases generally won in local elections on Tuesday... but perhaps only because of the way they were legally crafted.

Some Californians get longer switch to Obamacare

10:53 PM, Nov 5, 2013

A small group of Californians who buy individual health plans will get to extend those plans into 2014; the state's insurance commissioner says more people should get the same deal.

Affidavit suggests state senator wrestled with secret deal

8:42 PM, Oct 31, 2013

An explosive FBI affidavit lays out a detailed look at allegations that state Sen. Ron Calderon, D-Montebello took a bribe in exchange for help on pending legislation.

State levies $16 million fine over 2012 mystery campaign cash

9:12 PM, Oct 24, 2013

State campaign finance officials impose a record setting fine in what they say was "dark money" spent to influence two California initiative efforts.

Might 2014 ballot fight over Valley casino be too late?

10:02 AM, Oct 22, 2013

Backers of a new tribal casino north of Fresno get their final approval from the federal government... but can critics still stop the project if they qualify a 2014 ballot referendum?

Judges add another extra month to state prison deadline

4:40 PM, Oct 21, 2013

A trio of federal judges says Gov. Jerry Brown and prison officials have one additional month, until Feb. 24, to reduce the state's prison population by some 8,500 inmates.