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California

RI wants court to toss California woman’s challenge to cannabis law

State lawyers have asked a federal court to dismiss a constitutional challenge to Rhode Island’s 2022 retail cannabis law, arguing the plaintiff’s lawsuit is irrelevant and premature.  Justyna Jensen, of California, filed suit in May claiming Rhode Island’s law violated a federal interstate commerce provision because of restrictions it places on non-resident participation.  But in […]

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Jury sides with CA prison doctor who faced double dipping inquiry- CalMatters

In summary A California prison doctor accumulated more than 1,000 hours of personal time off and used some of it to work a second job. He claimed he faced retaliation when officials began scrutinizing his time and then clawed back much of his leave bank. A jury last week awarded nearly $2 million to a  […]

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California newspapers are disappearing. Richmond is living what comes next

RICHMOND, Calif.  —  For years Richmond City Councilmember Cesar Zepeda has been on an unsuccessful crusade to persuade the grocery store chains of America — or at least one of them — to bring a supermarket back to his industrial city on the edge of the San Francisco Bay. He’s persistent. He’s called corporate headquarters. […]

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California is trying to force Big Tech to pay for news. What can we learn from Australia and Canada?

A man carries a copy of the Sydney Morning Herald in 2012. (Rick Rycroft / Associated Press) Three years ago, when Australian politicians took on the titans of Big Tech — crafting legislation to force Google and Facebook to pay for news articles they share on their sites — Google threatened to pull out of […]

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Alaska

How a bipartisan governing majority emerged in Alaska • Alaska Beacon | #alaska | #politics

This is an excerpt from the book “The Primary Solution,” published by Simon & Schuster in February.  Republican state Senate President Cathy Giessel was not a supporter of Ballot Measure 2 in 2020. “I was totally against it. I spoke to community groups about how this would be awful,” she told me when we met […]

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Alaska

6 political takeaways from Biden’s decision to step aside | #alaska | #politics

President Biden is seen speaking to supporters at a campaign event at Renaissance High School on July 12 in Detroit. On Sunday, Biden said he would no longer seek reelection and instead is endorsing Vice President Harris. (Bill Pugliano/Getty Images) Maybe it was the Lord Almighty, after all. Or just Nancy Pelosi. Whatever the case […]

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Alaska

Democrats’ palace coup: Reactions from Alaska political leaders on Biden being bumped | #alaska | #politics

Democrats staged their palace coup this weekend, forcing President Biden to sign a letter saying he will not accept the nomination of the Democrats, and that he endorses Vice President Kamala Harris. This, just three and a half years after Biden won more votes than any president in American history, making him arguably the most […]

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California

President Biden praised by Southern California Democrats after dropping re-election bid – Orange County Register

President Joe Biden speaks at a news conference Thursday. (AP) Praise for President Joe Biden from Southern California Democrats rolled in Sunday morning after the president said he would step aside from his re-election bid. “Joe Biden has accomplished more as president than most presidents in recent memory,” said Rep. Lou Correa, an Orange County […]

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How reducing solitary confinement can save California millions – Orange County Register

In this 2019 file photo, an inmate looks out a window in his solitary confinement cell at the Main Jail in San Jose, Calif., on Dec. 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File) California faces a tough reality as a budgetary shortfall threatens to undercut many of the social programs we have invested in. While the […]

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Why California should let hunters kill more of its bears

At a recent riverside gathering, a friend and I served wild-game tacos. Each of our 40 guests got two: one elk, the other black bear. I have yet to hear from a single person who preferred the elk. America’s black bear populations are healthy and growing. The International Union for Conservation of Nature considers the […]

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