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February 27, 2014 | By Seema Mehta
This post has been corrected. See the note at the bottom for details.  Republican gubernatorial candidates reacted to Gov. Jerry Brown's reelection bid on Thursday by arguing that California has faltered during his time in office. Former U.S. Treasury official Neel Kashkari of Laguna Beach cited unemployment, poverty and struggling students. “In announcing his plan to run for a record fourth term, Gov. Brown again touted a status quo that is devastating for millions of families and communities all across the state,” Kashkari said in a statement.
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February 27, 2014 | By Anthony York
SACRAMENTO -- Gov. Jerry Brown finally made it official Thursday -- he's running for reelection. Brown filed paperwork in Alameda County to seek an unprecedented fourth and final term as governor. He had been widely expected to make the move, but had remained coy about his official plans as recently as Wednesday. But with the June primary less than 10 weeks away, and with Brown scheduled to make a speech to the state Democratic Party convention in Los Angeles next weekend, the 75-year-old governor pulled the trigger on Thursday.
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February 19, 2014 | By Jean Merl
State Sen. Norma J. Torres (D-Pomona) said Wednesday that she will run for the congressional district seat that Rep. Gloria Negrete McLeod (D-Chino) is giving up after serving just one term. In a neighboring Inland Empire district, a former aide to retiring Rep. Gary Miller (R-Rancho Cucamonga) got into the race to succeed him.  Lesli Gooch accompanied her announcement Wednesday with endorsements from Miller and San Bernardino County Supervisor Gary C. Ovitt, among others. Torres is the first elected official to jump into the race to replace Negrete McLeod in the strongly Democratic 35th District.  Negrete McLeod announced Tuesday that she will step aside to seek election to the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors.
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February 19, 2014 | By Anthony York
SACRAMENTO - Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative leaders unveiled a proposed $687.4-million drought-relief package Wednesday to free up water supplies and aid Californians facing financial ruin because of the state's prolonged dry spell. The proposal would provide millions of dollars to clean up drinking water, improve conservation and make irrigation systems more efficient. It would increase penalties for those who illegally divert water. The plan also contains money for emergency food and housing for those out of work because of the drought, including farmworkers, and to provide emergency drinking water to communities in need.
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February 19, 2014 | By Anthony York
SACRAMENTO -- Gov. Jerry Brown and Democratic leaders will unveil a $687-million proposal Wednesday afternoon aimed at helping California deal with its drought emergency. The new legislation would speed up the spending of millions of dollars aimed at improving water conservation and cleaning up drinking water supplies, while increasing penalties for illegal diversion of water supplies. Most of the money in the proposal -- about $550 million worth -- would come from existing bond money approved by voters, according to sources familiar with the proposal.
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February 13, 2014 | By Seema Mehta and Anthony York
TULARE, Calif. - Signs reading "No Water = No Jobs" line the alfalfa fields and almond orchards along the highway that bisects this region. The weekly "Ag Alert" newsletter records worries about tomato and grape crops, and drought turning dairy pastures brown. Water, or the lack of it, is on everyone's minds here in the Central Valley, stretching from Bakersfield past Sacramento and home of the state's $45-billion-a-year agriculture industry. Republican candidates for governor are seizing on the subject as they seek to score political points against the popular Democratic incumbent, Gov. Jerry Brown.
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February 12, 2014 | George Skelton, Capitol Journal
SACRAMENTO - Gov. Jerry Brown has dodged an artillery barrage fired by a battalion of liberals: federal judges and prisoners' lawyers. It's a big victory for the centrist. But it's a win-win for a lot of people: the unrelenting judges and lawyers, the packed-like-sardines inmates, the taxpaying public and state Senate leader Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento). Because the judges Monday gave him a two-year extension on his deadline to end prison overcrowding, Brown won't be forced to release hordes of convicts - among them some potential Willie Hortons - as he runs for reelection this year.
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February 11, 2014 | By Anthony York
LODI -- As the last vestiges of the tule fog that blankets this part of the state on many winter mornings lifted from the valley floor, Republican gubernatorial candidate Tim Donnelly's red, white and blue campaign bus pulled up to the American Legion hall in downtown Lodi. The two-term assemblyman and former Minuteman leader, in the midst of a 10-day road trip through California, brought his conservative message to a small but eager audience here and opened fire on Gov. Jerry Brown.
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February 11, 2014 | By Maura Dolan
SAN FRANCISCO - Justice Joyce L. Kennard, a Republican appointee who forged a largely liberal path on the California Supreme Court, announced Tuesday she will retire April 5, giving Gov. Jerry Brown another chance to put his mark on the state's highest court. Kennard, 72, is the court's longest-serving justice, with a 25-year tenure. She has been regarded as a highly independent judge, often siding with the underdog. Though she owed her place on the top court to former Gov. George Deukmejian, a law-and-order conservative, she bucked expectations and sided so often with the late liberal Justice Stanley Mosk that the pair was dubbed "the odd couple.
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February 7, 2014 | By Jean Merl and Melanie Mason, This post has been updated, as indicated below.
Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky said Friday he will not be a candidate to replace retiring Rep. Henry A. Waxman (D-Beverly Hills). "I said in 2012 that four decades in elected office was long enough, and I meant it," Yaroslavsky said in a statement issued by his office. Yaroslavsky, who passed up a chance to run in last year's election for mayor of Los Angeles, said he considered making the race for Waxman's 33rd District seat because he "was asked by several close political and personal friends to think about" running.
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