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  • Improving voter turnout a priority for secretary of state candidates

    The record-low voter turnout in California's June primary has added urgency to the contest for the state's top elections post.
  • Less-funded controller's race is where the real money is

    Less-funded controller's race is where the real money is
    Who could have imagined? The California controller contest is more intriguing than the slow-motion race for governor. Gov. Jerry Brown isn't really campaigning, and he's jogging far ahead of Republican Neel Kashkari, even if the Democrat's lead has been...

    Statewide ban on disposable plastic bags is signed into law by Brown

    California will have the nation's first statewide ban on disposable plastic bags under a measure signed Tuesday by Gov. Jerry Brown, who also expanded gun controls and personal privacy protections in an eclectic final flurry of bill signings for the year....

    Gov. Brown signs phase-out of single-use plastic bags in stores

    Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday fulfilled a promise by signing a measure that will phase out single-use plastic bags from checkout stands at California supermarkets, convenience stores, liquor stores and pharmacies. California is the first state in the...

    Plastic bag ban: California first state to make it a law

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed legislation banning single-use plastic grocery bags from check-out counters across the state, making California the first state in the nation to outlaw them. The bag ban was one of the most hotly...