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  • California should outlaw junkets like the one lawmakers took to Maui

    California should outlaw junkets like the one lawmakers took to Maui
    Last year, state Sen. Ronald S. Calderon was indicted for fraud, bribery and money laundering; Sen. Leland Yee was indicted for bribery and campaign fraud racketeering; and Sen. Roderick D. Wright was convicted and sentenced to 90 days in jail for voter fraud. Also, let's not forget, former Assemblyman Tom Calderon was indicted for money laundering and former Assemblyman and state Sen. Richard Alarcon was convicted of voter fraud and perjury.
  • Republicans have early lead in key Legislature races

    Republicans have early lead in key Legislature races
    Democrats trying to recapture a powerful supermajority in the California Legislature after being hobbled by a series of political scandals were trailing in early returns Tuesday in races pivotal to regaining the party's grip on the Capitol. Half of...

    Steinberg's Senate reign marked by fiscal triumphs, peers' scandals

    Steinberg's Senate reign marked by fiscal triumphs, peers' scandals
    Darrell Steinberg took the helm of the state Senate six years ago with the global economy in a meltdown that choked off tax revenue, causing the state budget deficit to balloon to $42 billion. It took Steinberg and other state leaders four years that...

    Where does Jerry Brown stand on ethics reforms?

    One thumb up for Gov. Jerry Brown. And the other thumb down. The governor signed a bill inserting a smidgen of sense in California's oft-abused ballot initiative system. Excellent. But he vetoed legislation imposing sensible ethics rules on Capitol...

    Gov. Brown vetoes a package of ethics bills

    Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday vetoed key bills proposed by legislative leaders in response to a series of scandals at the Capitol, saying the measures would further complicate gift and campaign rules without sufficient benefit to the public. The...