After months of intense discussions, Californias health insurance exchange on Thursday remained on the sidelines of a Nov. 4 ballot initiative that would allow the states elected insurance commissioner to regulate rates.
The Bee Capitol Bureaus ongoing candidate interview series continued on Wednesday with Sacramento City Councilman Kevin McCarty, one of two city council Democrats vying to fill the open Assembly seat left open by the departure of incumbent Assemblyman Roger Dickinson, D-Sacramento.
Rep. Ami Bera, D-Elk Grove, sponsored a bill Tuesday to block the federal government from paying part of the cost of building two water diversion tunnels, though Bera and other lawmakers last year said that it was unrealistic to expect any federal money to flow to the project.
Gov. Jerry Brown squares off against Republican challenger Neel Kashkari in a debate in Sacramento on Thursday, September 4, 2014. Video used by permission from KQED News. Replay the live blog here.
Brown’s claim: Kashkari wants to give tax breaks to rich people.
Brown’s claim: Kashkari is a wealthy banker.
Kashkari’s claim: Brown is causing gas prices to increase to fund the state’s high-speed rail project.
Kashkari’s claim: Brown appealed a court ruling that found the state’s teacher dismissal rules unconstitutional because he is beholden to the California Teachers Association, a major donor.
Kashkari’s claim: California is No. 1 in poverty.
Kashkari’s claim: California ranks 46th in education and 44th in jobs.
Brown’s claim: California has added more than 1.4 million jobs since 2011.
An effort to help workers recover back wages by allowing them to slap liens on their employers’ property failed Thursday in the California Senate when numerous Democrats withheld their votes.