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Elections

Ann Ravel steps down from FEC in letter urging Trump to embrace campaign finance reform

Ann Ravel, formerly California’s chief elections watchdog, has resigned her seat on the Federal Election Commission. In a letter to President Donald Trump dated Sunday, Ravel called on the president to do something to increase transparency in elections and reduce the influence of “dark money.”

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Vet bills adding up? California bill would let you write off thousands

Devon Mathis, R-Visalia, introduced Assembly Bill 942 on Friday, February 17 to give pet owners a break on vaccinations, check-ups, surgeries, x-rays, prescriptions and other medical-related expenses for their four-legged friends. The bill allows Californians to write off half the money they spent on veterinary costs for dogs and pets up to $2,000 per year.

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Donald Trump ignited a massive protest movement. Will it work?

Following President Donald Trump’s upset victory in November, millions have taken to the streets to protest his policies. Furious constituents have been confronting their Republican congressmen at town halls about the pledge to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, while demonstrations sprang up in cities like Los Angeles and Phoenix after reports of deportation raids on immigrants living in the country illegally. Sustained protests can shape public opinion on an issue, experts say.

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President Trump goes face to face with the news media

Agree with his positions and his approach to communications or not, President Donald Trump brings intensity and expressiveness to his interactions with the nation's media representatives. Here is a sample of his looks during the news conference on Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017, in the East Room of the White House.
Brian Blomster / News service photos The Sacramento Bee
President Trump goes face to face with the news media 1:24

President Trump goes face to face with the news media

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Gov. Jerry Brown speaks at OES about asking for federal aid on dam

Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom says spillway failure a wake-up call 1:57

Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom says spillway failure a wake-up call

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Dakota Access Pipeline activists protest at CalPERS