Weeks after the tight finish in the June controller’s race highlighted major weaknesess in California’s recount law, legislation to create taxpayer-funded recounts in close contests has bogged down in partisan fighting and is dead for the year.

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With Greg Schmidt planning to retire in October, the California Senate on Friday unanimously elected longtime Capitol staff member Danny Alvarez to the top administrative position in the upper house.
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Days after the families of those killed in the Isla Vista shooting pleaded for action, California lawmakers sent to Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk a measure that allows parents to obtain a restraining order barring gun use for someone displaying mental instability.
For people who work at the state Capitol, the idea that federal agents are in “the building” raiding offices has become uncomfortably common in recent months. So it was with some despair Friday that they received word of another visit from the dreaded G-men.
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Democratic Rep. Ami Bera, facing a tough challenge from former GOP Rep. Doug Ose, has released a TV ad that reintroduces him to voters and seeks to make the case that he’s delivered on his campaign promises. The 30-second ad, “People Come First,” which is running in the suburban Sacramento district, touches on the congressman donating his pay to charity during the partial federal government shutdown.

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A popular eatery inside the state Capitol building was closed Friday after the U.S. Marshals Service effected what is known as a “till tap,” taking money from the cash register to satisfy a court order.

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Hundreds of thousands of unemployed Californians have been forced to wait for their unemployment checks because the state wrongly denied claims only to have the decisions reversed on appeal.

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