September 26, 2013 |
Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis plans to announce her candidacy for governor next week with an elaborate launch that includes watch parties around the state and a boost from the national women's political organization Emily's List, according to Democrats familiar with her campaign plans. Davis, who burst onto the national stage with an 11-hour filibuster against antiabortion legislation this year , has set Oct. 3 for a formal announcement of her next move. It had been widely anticipated that she would give up her Fort Worth legislative seat after two terms and wage an uphill fight for governor.
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September 25, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO - The state and the courts have been at odds for years over whether California's prisons are too crowded, but a new ruling this week offers a glimmer of hope that there's a middle way forward, analysts said Wednesday. The big question is what the governor is willing to do. On Tuesday, a panel of three federal judges gave Gov. Jerry Brown a surprise one-month reprieve of their order to remove more than 9,600 inmates from state prisons by year's end. After long having shown impatience with Brown's pleas for more time, the judges indicated they were open to a longer extension if he and lawyers for inmates could agree on how to shrink the prison population for the long term.
September 23, 2013 |
Bryan Cranston was the man of the hour at the Governors Ball after the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday. Early in the evening Jeff Daniels, who beat Cranston for the actor in a drama Emmy, left quietly down a back escalator. He had his Emmy in hand but no entourage in tow. Meanwhile, inside the West Hall of the Los Angeles Convention Center, Cranston fielded dozens of fan requests. There were 3,800 guests inside the hall, which was decorated for the night's theme of "Enchanted Evening," but spotting Cranston was no difficult feat thanks to the cluster of people that always surrounded him. Emmys 2013 full coverage: Best & worst moments | Winners and top nominees | Red carpet video The "Breaking Bad" star has won an Emmy before for his performance as high school teacher turned drug kingpin, Walter White, but the show itself had never won for best drama series until Sunday.
September 19, 2013 |
DENVER - In an acknowledgment of the breadth of destruction that has visited his state, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper announced Thursday the appointment of a business executive to oversee the state's recovery from catastrophic flooding, which he framed as "a race against the onset of winter. " Jerre Stead, the e xecutive chairman of IHS Inc., a global information company, will become the state's so-called Chief Recovery Officer as Colorado contends with roughly 2,000 lost homes, 200 miles of destroyed state highways and scores of bridges damaged or destroyed across the state.
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September 18, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO - Man goes to work. Woman visits a mall. Child sits in class. Couple attends a movie. All have one thing in common. They are vulnerable to being shot and killed by some "innocent law-abiding citizen. " Anyone who owns a firearm is law-abiding and entitled to be armed, if you listen to the gun lobby. Then suddenly the person's not law-abiding. He goes berserk and mass kills. The National Rifle Assn. and its sidekicks simply are shills for the firearms industry, scaring people into buying expensive weapons before President Obama, they ominously warn, bans their sales.
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September 17, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO - After an anonymous $11-million donation from Arizona sent shock waves through California politics last year, the state Capitol seemed primed for new measures to tighten campaign finance rules. But several proposals fell by the wayside as lawmakers finished their work last week. Bills that would have increased the power of California's campaign finance watchdog, boosted fines for violations and forced greater disclosure of donors - among other measures - stalled in the Legislature.
September 14, 2013 |
Things have gotten so bad in Colorado that even the governor is rescuing people. Gov. John Hickenlooper said his helicopter crew stopped to rescue four stranded people, a dog and a cat while he was on his way to a news conference Saturday to brief reporters on the disaster. Yet hundreds more remained stranded, with the death toll poised to rise as the news Saturday otherwise remained grim. See photos below for the latest look at the damage. A 60-year-old woman missing after floods overtook much of Colorado this week is expected to become the disaster's fifth fatality, the Larimer County Sheriff's Department said Saturday.
September 12, 2013 |
Paula Wagner, best known as Tom Cruise's former longtime producing partner, has been tapped to produce the 5th annual Governors Awards for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. At the gala, Angelina Jolie with be presented with the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award and Angela Lansbury, Steve Martin and costume designer Piero Tosi with be given honorary Oscars. The non-televised event is scheduled for Nov. 16. SNEAKS: Movie trailers, full coverage “Paula's expertise, coupled with her love for film, makes her the ideal person to produce this special event,” said academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs. “She is certain to deliver an exciting and memorable evening for our honorees and guests.” Wagner's feature film credits include the first three “Mission: Impossible” films, “Vanilla Sky,” “The Others” and “The Last Samurai.
September 12, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO - A bill to raise the state minimum wage to $10 an hour by January 2016 has been approved by the California Legislature and sent to the governor. The hourly increase would take effect in two steps: from $8 to $9 in July 2014 and to $10 on Jan. 1, 2016. The heavily lobbied bill, AB10, was approved by both the Senate and the Assembly on Thursday. It now goes to Gov. Jerry Brown, who pledged to sign the measure by Assemblyman Luis Alejo (D-Watsonville). Labor unions actively supported the increase; business lobbyists opposed it. “This is the time to raise the minimum wage to provide relief for hardworking families,” Alejo said.