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Sen. Ricardo Lara is pushing for a way to finance health care coverage for illegal immigrants in the state. His bill would add the insurance program to Covered California.

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    Establishing a system of subsidized health insurance for undocumented immigrants in California won conceptual approval late Wednesday from a state Senate committee, but its author acknowledged that he doesn’t yet have an “appropriate funding mechanism.” The measure, Senate Bill 1005 by Sen. Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens, would place the new system under control of Covered California, the state’s provider of health insurance under the federal Affordable Care Act, and offer similar benefits.

    – Dan Walters

The Buzz: Independent expenditures approaching $3 million in California races

Published: Thursday, May. 1, 2014 - 10:13 pm
Last Modified: Monday, May. 12, 2014 - 4:36 pm

Independent spending surges in Assembly race

Unions, real estate agents, dentists and other special interests already have spent close to $3 million on independent efforts in legislative and statewide contests, with more than a month to go until the June 3 primary.

The 16th Assembly District in the East Bay has seen $1.3 million in independent expenditures, more than five times as in any other contest. In California, donors can bypass contribution limits and spend unlimited amounts on behalf of – or against – a candidate, as long as they don’t coordinate with the campaigns. The practice is becoming increasingly popular – more than $20 million was spent two years ago.

In the 16th District, the California Teachers Association and California Council of Service Employees has spent more than $326,000 backing Dublin Mayor Tim Sbranti and $64,000 opposing Orinda Councilman Steve Glazer.

But the California Real Estate Independent Expenditure Committee has spent more than $797,000 supporting Glazer, who also has received independent support from California charter schools ($108,716) and the Chamber of Commerce’s JobsPAC ($48,042).

– Jim Miller

Worth repeating

“Why should those of us who have made the right decision of not smoking or taking care of ourselves subsidize bad physical or bad health behavior in others?”

DOUG OSE, Sacramento-area congressional candidate, on Obamacare.

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