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December 18, 2009 | By Eric Bailey
California won a reprieve Thursday from a federal threat to undercut funding that has kept nearly 700,000 children from being yanked off a state health insurance program for the working poor. Cindy Mann, director of the federal Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, told state officials in an e-mail that her agency would delay a final decision on the issue until at least mid-2011. That will allow the state's Healthy Families program to continue operating under a plan adopted by the Legislature in September and signed into law by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.
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June 21, 2009 | Patrick McGreevy
More than half of California's state senators have agreed to reduce their $116,208 salary this year, most taking a 5% cut starting July 1. During budget negotiations last week, Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) offered up 5% of his $133,639 pay and he also urged his 39 colleagues to follow suit as part of a cost-cutting package he called "responsive to the state's current crisis situation."
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June 29, 2009 | Shane Goldmacher
Democratic leaders in the state Assembly, frustrated by the refusal of Republicans to support tax hikes to help balance the state budget, pushed through a proposal Sunday night that uses a series of legal maneuvers to put higher levies in place without any GOP votes. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has vowed to veto any budget package that includes tax increases, and he vetoed a budget last winter that contained a similar tax ploy.
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March 3, 2009 | Patrick McGreevy
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger last year received more than $32,000 in gifts, including a Mongolian shield, a bronze bust of a California condor, a replica of a high-speed train, antique dumbbells and lots of wine and cigars. In a disclosure report filed annually by elected officials, the jet-setting governor said the gift-givers included Prince Karim Aga Khan (a clock), Mexican President Felipe Calderon (cigars), Chilean Ambassador Mariano Fernandez (a book) and film director Chris Columbus (wine).
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March 4, 2009 | Eric Bailey
Like a military commander busting down insubordinate troops, Assembly Speaker Karen Bass (D-Los Angeles) has stripped committee chairmanships from a trio of wayward lawmakers after they refused to join fellow Democrats in support of a key budget provision. The three assemblymen -- Sandre Swanson of Alameda, Warren Furutani of Gardena and Tony Mendoza of Artesia -- voted last month against a measure to cap state spending, which will appear on a special statewide ballot this spring.
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September 10, 2009 | Shane Goldmacher and Patrick McGreevy
An Orange County lawmaker who inadvertently broadcast explicit remarks about his sexual conquests over an open microphone during a lull in a Sacramento hearing abruptly resigned from office this afternoon. Assemblyman Mike Duvall (R-Yorba Linda) stepped down after legislative leaders stripped him of his committee posts this morning and launched an ethics probe of his actions. "I am deeply saddened that my inappropriate comments have become a major distraction for my colleagues in the Assembly, who are working hard on the very serious problems facing our state," Duvall said in a written statement.
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November 11, 2008 | Dan Morain, Morain is a Times staff writer.
Forty-three Democratic legislators, including leaders of the California Senate and Assembly, filed a brief Monday urging the California Supreme Court to void Proposition 8. Assembly Speaker Karen Bass, Senate President Pro Tem Don Perata and incoming President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg signed the friend of the court brief, filed with the state Supreme Court. No Republican legislator signed the petition, though Gov.
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November 26, 2008 | Evan Halper and Jordan Rau, Halper and Rau are Times staff writers.
An emergency session called by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to address the state's budget crisis ended Tuesday night in bickering and party division. Legislators adjourned without taking any action that improves the state's finances. The state's estimated budget shortfall has swelled to $28 billion through the middle of 2010.
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July 16, 2009 | Evan Halper
Efforts by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and legislative leaders to reach agreement on a package to wipe out the state's $26.3-billion deficit stalled Wednesday night. Despite earlier consensus on how to close most of the gap, some nagging final issues stopped them from completing their work. They ended talks just after 10 p.m. "I hate to describe it as a setback," said Assembly Speaker Karen Bass (D-Los Angeles), referring to the talks, "but it is definitely a stall."
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August 16, 2008 | Garrett Therolf, Times Staff Writer
California's 80,000 foster children -- nearly 27,000 in Los Angeles County -- are underserved by deeply stressed courts and government agencies, and the hearings that decide their living situations often last no more than 15 minutes, according to a report released Friday.
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