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Political Bloggers Should Reveal Funding

Wednesday, the California Fair Political Practices Commission takes up the question of whether political bloggers should have to disclose who pays them to blog in political campaigns. Sacramento's consultant establishment, both on the left and the right, has been hiding behind free speech protections to propagandize and cut the legs out from under credentialed authorities on behalf of any interest group.
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The Tax Revolt Is Over in CA

Yesterday's vote to pass Prop 30 - by a larger margin than most observers expected - does more than just provide $6 billion of badly needed funding to the state's public schools. It brings to a close a 34-year long tax revolt that came very close to destroying California's middle class, locking its low income families into permanent poverty, and left the state on the edge of financial ruin. And while there is still a lot of work ahead to overturn the legal and constitutional legacies of the tax revolt, it no longer has political power.
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Volunteer Spokespeople Paid to Lie

In response to our Consumer Alert exposing the Prop 33 campaign for using paid campaign employees in their TV ads, the insurance industry-backed Proposition 33 campaign issued a statement to the LA Times Opinion blog - excerpts below - stating that "the two women in their ads were simply volunteering their stories in ...
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Online Voter Registration Launches in the Golden State

California, it’s here! After years of advocacy and months of working on design, details, and testing, the nation’s most populous state will have Online Voter Registration available to its 23.7 million eligible voters.
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California Filmmakers Rebut Contractors on Water Documentary

"The Water Contractors note that the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) is being underwritten by public water agencies. They take issue with former Delta activist Robert Johnson's 2009 assertion that efforts are underway to privatize most of the state's water supply. (Robert has since moved on to other endeavors)," according to Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, Executive Director of Restore the Delta.
"We don't actually use the word 'privatize' in the documentary. Films such as Blue Gold: World Water Wars have already explored the worldwide trend of turning water, a public trust resource, into a commodity," she noted.
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TRUTH FAIRY: LA Mayor, LA Times Attempt to Expose the Horrors of Prop 32

That’s because Proposition 32 bristles with enormous loopholes tailor-made for businesses and their wealthy backers. To begin with, it exempts such common business structures as LLCs, partnerships and real estate trusts. If you’re a venture investor, land developer or law firm, Proposition 32 doesn’t lay a finger on you.
The drafters, who include conservative attorneys Thomas Hiltachk and Michael Capaldi, know full well that payroll deductions are how unions get almost all of their funds, and businesses get almost none of theirs.
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B: CA Koch Brothers Summon Billionaires to San Diego

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B: Health Insurance Industry Moves to Block Information to Consumers

Just when consumers are finally getting a look at how health insurance companies conduct their business, the industry is racing to shut and lock the door.
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B: CA Consumer Group Urges Public Officials to Keep Tax Dollars In State

Consumer Watchdog today called on state and local governments to quit spending taxpayer millions on Scott toilet paper, Kleenex tissues and other products from Kimberly-Clark Corporation. The global company is part of a corporate coalition battling to keep a tax loophole that benefits only out-of-state corporations---to the detriment of California schools, local governments and state services.
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Commission adopts North Coast marine protected areas

The California Fish and Game Commission on June 6 adopted regulations for the North Coast "marine protected areas" (MPAs) created under the controversial Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA) Initiative.
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