GovBeat: California


Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 02/28/2014

In California, Governor Moonbeam goes mainstream

The Jerry Brown seeking re-election this year is a far cry from the liberal who governed in the 1970s and 1980s.

By Reid Wilson  |  06:00 AM ET, 02/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  California, newsletter, States

Posted at 03:00 PM ET, 02/21/2014

Plan to divide California into 6 states will begin gathering signatures

A Silicon Valley venture capitalist has a big idea.

By Reid Wilson  |  03:00 PM ET, 02/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  California

Posted at 10:56 AM ET, 02/11/2014

California gets two more years to solve prison overcrowding

A three-judge panel is giving California more time to reduce its prison population.

By Reid Wilson  |  10:56 AM ET, 02/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  California, newsletter, prisons

Posted at 12:45 PM ET, 02/04/2014

Missouri sues California over chicken regulations

The state’s attorney general says the Commerce Clause supersedes new California regulations.

By Reid Wilson  |  12:45 PM ET, 02/04/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  agriculture, California, Missouri, newsletter

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 02/03/2014

California’s drought is only going to get worse. Here’s proof, in one photo.

Record low snowpack has officials worried the West’s drought is only going to get worse.

By Reid Wilson  |  06:00 AM ET, 02/03/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  California, disaster relief, newsletter

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 01/31/2014

California schools could consider race, gender in admissions

A proposal that passed the state Senate would roll back parts of Prop. 209.

By Reid Wilson  |  12:00 PM ET, 01/31/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  California, education, newsletter, States

Posted at 11:58 AM ET, 01/29/2014

San Francisco thinks Obamacare can cut costs, crime rates

Signing up prisoners for health-care coverage could cut recidivism rates.

By Reid Wilson  |  11:58 AM ET, 01/29/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  California, health care, obamacare, States

Posted at 09:40 AM ET, 01/24/2014

Smith & Wesson protests California gun law

The gun manufacturer won’t sell its new semiautomatic pistol in the Golden State.

By Reid Wilson  |  09:40 AM ET, 01/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  California, gun control, States

Posted at 11:30 AM ET, 01/23/2014

For governors, it’s okay to call it a comeback

Higher tax revenue means governors can highlight good news -- for now.

By Reid Wilson  |  11:30 AM ET, 01/23/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Arizona, budgets, California, Hawaii, Michigan, newsletter, Ohio, state of the state, States

Posted at 12:24 PM ET, 01/17/2014

Here’s a sampling of local projects funded by the $1.1 trillion spending bill

A roundup of local projects in four states that will receive a combined $20 billion in funds.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  12:24 PM ET, 01/17/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Alaska, budget, budget deal, budgets, California, federal funding, washington, West Virginia

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 01/17/2014

Brown to declare California drought emergency as Western water woes intensify

Gov. Jerry Brown will make the declaration at a news conference Friday.

By Reid Wilson  |  10:00 AM ET, 01/17/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  California, climate change, drought, Environment, newsletter, States, weather

Posted at 10:56 AM ET, 01/15/2014

Judges order California to come up with prison solution

A panel of federal judges is putting the squeeze on California after negotiations broke down.

By Reid Wilson  |  10:56 AM ET, 01/15/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  California, prisons, States

Posted at 10:06 AM ET, 01/15/2014

Think Congress is polarized? Half the states are worse.

But, don’t worry, in most states, a single party has control of everything.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  10:06 AM ET, 01/15/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  California, Congress, legislature, legislatures, newsletter, politics

Posted at 11:51 AM ET, 01/11/2014

Jerry Brown no fan of legalized marijuana

California voters may eventually see a legalization initiative on the ballot, but the governor won’t be behind it.

By Reid Wilson  |  11:51 AM ET, 01/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  California, legalization, Marijuana, States

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 01/10/2014

California Democrats will push background checks for ammunition

A top state senator is pushing to require background checks on ammunition purchases.

By Reid Wilson  |  06:00 AM ET, 01/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  California, gun control, newsletter, States

Posted at 02:07 PM ET, 01/09/2014

Brown proposes billions in new spending, cautiously, as economy improves

Brown’s proposal includes $10 billion in added school funding, but some Democratic pet projects are left out.

By Reid Wilson  |  02:07 PM ET, 01/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  budget, California, economy, education, high-speed rail, newsletter, States, Transportation

Posted at 02:19 PM ET, 01/06/2014

Session Preview: California’s new gold rush

Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative Democrats will debate how to spend $2.2 billion in surpluses.

By Reid Wilson  |  02:19 PM ET, 01/06/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  budget, California, pre-kindergarten, prisons, session preview, States, surplus, water

Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 01/05/2014

Nearly 2,400 state lawmakers return to work this week

Sessions begin in 19 states.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  09:00 AM ET, 01/05/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  California, Idaho, indiana, Legislation, legislature, legislatures, newsletter

Posted at 12:17 PM ET, 12/27/2013

Legalizing pot could save California hundreds of millions every year, state says

By Reid Wilson  |  12:17 PM ET, 12/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  California, legalization, Marijuana, newsletter, pot, States, weed

Posted at 11:22 AM ET, 12/23/2013

Shark fins, tasters and tattoos: New laws on crime and courts

State legislatures passed more than 40,000 new laws in 2013, the bulk of which go into effect Jan. 1.

By Reid Wilson  |  11:22 AM ET, 12/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  California, Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois, laws, Legislation, newsletter, Oregon, States

Posted at 10:30 AM ET, 12/20/2013

A California businessman wants to make the state legislature 100 times larger

His proposal would make the legislature the size of a small town—population 12,000.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  10:30 AM ET, 12/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  ballot initiatives, California, leg, legislature, legislatures

Posted at 06:01 AM ET, 12/20/2013

New Hampshire’s state legislature is nine times larger than Nebraska’s

All told, there are 7,383 state lawmakers in the country.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  06:01 AM ET, 12/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  California, legislature, legislatures, maps, Nebraska, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania

Posted at 10:01 AM ET, 12/16/2013

California wins appeal for Rim Fire disaster funds

FEMA reversed itself after initially denying the request for aid.

By Reid Wilson  |  10:01 AM ET, 12/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  California, disaster relief, fema, jerry brown, Obama, States

Posted at 12:46 PM ET, 12/13/2013

Californians are turning on unions, poll shows

Fading support matches a national trend and declining membership in general.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  12:46 PM ET, 12/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  California, labor, poll, polls, Rankings, South Carolina, unions

Posted at 02:00 PM ET, 12/06/2013

The California legislature’s approval is more than four times that of Congress

The California legislature’s approval rating has quadrupled from its 10 percent level in September 2010.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  02:00 PM ET, 12/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  California, legislature, legislatures, poll, polls

Posted at 08:34 AM ET, 11/26/2013

States vie for Boeing jobs, after Machinists vote down contract extension

The Machinists union rejected a contract. Now Boeing is looking to move thousands of jobs elsewhere.

By Reid Wilson  |  08:34 AM ET, 11/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  California, economy, newsletter, South Carolina, States, taxes, unions, Utah, washington

Posted at 10:30 AM ET, 11/25/2013

States are better at running Obamacare than the federal government

The five best state exchanges have enrolled more than 35 percent of those eligible. The best federal exchange hasn’t even enrolled 6 percent.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  10:30 AM ET, 11/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  California, Connecticut, health care, Healthcare, Maryland, newsletter, obamacare, Rhode Island, VERMONT

Posted at 04:55 PM ET, 11/20/2013

Congratulations California, you may soon have billions more than you expected

If estimates are right, the state just saw its first positive year-end reserve in five years.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  04:55 PM ET, 11/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  budget, California

Posted at 12:34 PM ET, 11/14/2013

What housing recovery? Home values and ownership are down post-recession

The state of housing in the United States is worse over the past three years than it was during the previous three.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  12:34 PM ET, 11/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  California, housing, Iowa, Nevada, North Dakota

Posted at 10:26 AM ET, 11/11/2013

Jerry Brown’s approval rating is strong, but reelect numbers are weak

Heading into a reelection year, California voters like their governor, but they’re not sold on another term for him.

By Reid Wilson  |  10:26 AM ET, 11/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  California, campaign, Campaigns and Elections, elections, poll, States

Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 11/08/2013

Initiative spending booms past $1 billion as corporations sponsor their own proposals

Supporters and opponents of ballot initiatives spent more than $1 billion in just 18 months.

By Reid Wilson  |  06:02 AM ET, 11/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  ballot initiatives, California, campaigns, Colorado, elections, initiatives, newsletter, States, washington

Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 11/07/2013

California lawmakers will take a $5,000 pay raise

After years of cuts, California lawmakers will accept a 5.3 percent pay increase.

By Reid Wilson  |  11:00 AM ET, 11/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  California, legislatures, pay raise, salary, States

Posted at 04:10 PM ET, 10/30/2013

States slow to spend billions in TARP funds for underwater homeowners

Nineteen states have been slow to spend money aimed at keeping people in their homes, an inspector general report found.

By Reid Wilson  |  04:10 PM ET, 10/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Alabama, Arizona, California, economy, housing, indiana, Nevada, newsletter, Oregon, States, tarp

Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 10/30/2013

Anti-‘revenge porn’ group focusing on state bans, for now

The group is working states to criminalize the practice there, with an eye toward federal legislation

By Niraj Chokshi  |  06:02 AM ET, 10/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Alabama, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Kansas, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, washington, wisconsin

Posted at 03:53 PM ET, 10/29/2013

California city sues over cloud of Sriracha

The city of Irwindale says it’s being assaulted by a cloud of Sriracha.

By Reid Wilson  |  03:53 PM ET, 10/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  California, sriracha, States

Posted at 12:01 PM ET, 10/29/2013

The West Coast unites on climate change

California, Oregon and Washington agree to coordinate on policy.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  12:01 PM ET, 10/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  California, Environment, Oregon, washington

Posted at 01:41 PM ET, 10/28/2013

After Friday, states will lose $5 billion in food aid

Funding provided by the stimulus bill in 2009 runs out on Friday, and poor families will see benefit cuts.

By Reid Wilson  |  01:41 PM ET, 10/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Alabama, California, economy, farm bill, food aid, Food Stamps, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico, newsletter, Poverty, snap, States, texas

Posted at 09:54 AM ET, 10/26/2013

Gun-rights groups will try to recall California lawmakers

Gun rights advocates say their success against two Colorado Democrats can translate to California.

By Reid Wilson  |  09:54 AM ET, 10/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  California, campaigns, Campaigns and Elections, elections, gun control, gun rights, recall, second amendment, States

Posted at 03:50 PM ET, 10/24/2013

California to levy massive fine against Koch brothers groups

By Reid Wilson  |  03:50 PM ET, 10/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  California, campaign finance, campaigns, Campaigns and Elections, elections, Koch brothers, newsletter, States

Posted at 11:30 AM ET, 10/18/2013

The solution to hyper-partisanship already exists, and it doesn’t involve gerrymandering

How Washington and California moved to empower independents and limit extreme partisans.

By Reid Wilson  |  11:30 AM ET, 10/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  California, campaigns, Congress, elections, gerrymandering, primaries, redistricting, reform, washington

Posted at 05:44 PM ET, 10/12/2013

Brown nixes Democrats-friendly initiative reform measure

California Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed a bill that would have made it harder for conservatives to put initiatives on the ballot.

By Reid Wilson  |  05:44 PM ET, 10/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  California, campaigns, Campaigns and Elections, elections, initiatives, States

Posted at 04:24 PM ET, 10/11/2013

Jerry Brown vetoes gun-control legislation

California Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed two measures restricting the sale and possession of some firearms on Friday.

By Reid Wilson  |  04:24 PM ET, 10/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  California, gun control, States

Posted at 12:15 PM ET, 10/10/2013

California expands early abortion access, defying national trend

Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday signed legislation that would expand access to abortions.

By Reid Wilson  |  12:15 PM ET, 10/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  abortion, California, pro-choice, States

Posted at 06:03 AM ET, 10/03/2013

State watchdogs band together to take on ‘dark money’

Watchdog groups are banding together to fight the growing influence of so-called ‘dark money.’

By Reid Wilson  |  06:03 AM ET, 10/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  California, campaign finance, campaigns, Campaigns and Elections, elections, Idaho, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, Montana, New York, washington

Posted at 02:07 PM ET, 10/02/2013

California considers initiative tweaks that would favor Dems

Calif. Gov. Jerry Brown is contemplating a bill that would make it harder for conservative groups to get initiatives on the ballot.

By Reid Wilson  |  02:07 PM ET, 10/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  California, campaigns, Campaigns and Elections, elections, States

Posted at 06:01 AM ET, 09/25/2013

Slowly, Democrats embrace fracking

Facing budget shortfalls, even Democratic states are turning to hydraulic fracking.

By Reid Wilson  |  06:01 AM ET, 09/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  California, Energy, Fracking, Illinois, New York, North Carolina

Posted at 10:42 AM ET, 09/23/2013

Half the households in this N.Y. congressional district rely on food stamps

Half of Rep. Jose Serrano’s constituents received food stamps last year.

By Reid Wilson  |  10:42 AM ET, 09/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  California, Florida, New York, Poverty, texas

Posted at 04:00 PM ET, 09/20/2013

California campaigns must report paying bloggers

Campaigns will have to report any payment they make that results in editorial content, positive or negative.

By Reid Wilson  |  04:00 PM ET, 09/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  California, campaign finance, Campaigns and Elections

Posted at 01:24 PM ET, 09/20/2013

How California is giving Arne Duncan the fits

What’s the point of taking an obsolete test? California legislators don’t think there is one.

By Reid Wilson  |  01:24 PM ET, 09/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  California, education

Posted at 12:02 PM ET, 09/19/2013

Are governments incentivizing longer prison terms?

Public policy goals stress reducing prison populations. But those goals often stand at odds with incentives, a new report finds.

By Reid Wilson  |  12:02 PM ET, 09/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Arizona, California, Colorado, prisons, privatization, texas

Posted at 01:08 PM ET, 09/13/2013

Phones in Florida, California and Texas get the most spam

Dear residents of Fort Lauderdale: we feel for you.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  01:08 PM ET, 09/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  california, Dallas, florida, Fort Lauderdale, Los Angeles, Miami, Phones, spam, texas

Posted at 12:54 PM ET, 09/13/2013

California lawmakers finalize gun control, immigration bills

A flurry of last-minute legislation will allow undocumented migrants to get state licenses.

By Reid Wilson  |  12:54 PM ET, 09/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  california, gun control, immigration, legislature, prisons, States

Posted at 10:07 AM ET, 09/12/2013

California’s minimum wage is about to hit $10 an hour

The California legislature will likely vote to make the state’s minimum wage the highest in the country.

By Reid Wilson  |  10:07 AM ET, 09/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  california, jerry brown, minimum wage, Rankings, taxes

Posted at 11:55 AM ET, 09/11/2013

California legislature passes immigration, gun control measures

Gov. Jerry Brown will decide in the coming days whether to sign controversial measures on immigration and gun control.

By Reid Wilson  |  11:55 AM ET, 09/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  california, gun control, gun rights, immigration, States

Posted at 11:38 AM ET, 09/03/2013

Want to know what the U.S. of tomorrow will look like? Check out the schools

Thousands of children returned to school on Tuesday morning and, at least in some states, a growing proportion are Hispanic.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  11:38 AM ET, 09/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  california, census, education, Hispanics, new mexico, population, school enrollment

Posted at 12:41 PM ET, 08/29/2013

Where public employees are paid the most

Census Bureau data shows it pays to work in higher ed in New Jersey, not elementary schools in Maine.

By Reid Wilson  |  12:41 PM ET, 08/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  california, maine, missouri, new jersey, public employees, Rankings, state employees, States

Posted at 06:03 AM ET, 08/23/2013

Fire season stretches state budgets

An unusually active fire season has Western states shelling out millions to protect tens of millions of acres of land.

By Reid Wilson  |  06:03 AM ET, 08/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  budgets, california, fires, idaho, nevada, oregon, western, wildfires