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Will more school money improve academic outcomes?

California schools are getting a big infusion of financing, but it's uncertain whether more money will translate into better academic outcomes.


Image caption: The 1964 case ‘New York Times v. Sullivan’ is key to maintaining a free press.
Clarence Thomas and the Free Press: Justice Attacks Landmark Case

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas is turning his sights on one of the most important press freedom cases, 'New York Times v. Sullivan.' Thomas says he wants to make it easier to sue media companies.


State and federal restrictions make it harder for low-income families to get infant formula

For families receiving government assistance, the types of infant formula they are allowed to purchase is limited. When the shortage began, California couldn’t quickly expand its list of approved formula brands due to federal restrictions, leaving low-income families scrambling to …


Tens of thousands of Californians in limbo as eviction protections end

The last statewide eviction protections for low-income California tenants affected by COVID-19 ended Thursday, but many still haven’t heard back about their rent relief applications. Some local protections are still in place.


The Diablo Canyon Power Plant won’t stop power outages

Nuclear power peddlers are blaming the state’s shift to renewable energy for power outages to justify keeping the Diablo Canyon Power Plant open. This is a false narrative.


Proposal to boost state minimum wage to $18 won’t go on ballot

Had the California Living Wage Act proposal succeeded, it would have increased base wages to $16 an hour next January and $18 by 2025.


Lanhee Chen comes clean on Trump, abortion

Note: The newsletter will pause until Tuesday due to the Fourth of July holiday. Lanhee Chen has a few confessions to make. The Republican candidate for California state controller, who will face off against Democrat Malia Cohen in the November …


California climate rules won’t be undercut by Supreme Court’s ruling, experts say

The Supreme Court’s decision to limit federal environmental protection rules will have little-to-no effect on California’s carbon-reduction policies, according to experts — and state leaders say they are doubling down on their climate commitment.


Image caption: Daniel Weintraub, chief of staff to state Sen. Steve Glazer, speaks at an Assembly committee hearing in Sacramento on Wednesday, July 29.
Calling Emergency on SB 911

SB 911, a bill to publicly fund journalism in California, narrowly advances to Assembly Appropriations Committee; faces opposition from ethnic media publishers.


California will require health facilities to start sharing patient data with each other

Hospitals, public health agencies and other providers have no systematic way to share patient data among themselves, limiting their ability to monitor trends and work efficiently. Under the state’s new data-sharing requirement, a doctor or case worker could get immediate …


California ballot measures: What you need to know

If it's an election year, it must mean California ballot measures for voters to decide. Here's why and how propositions are such a big deal.


Ballot measure nail-biter: Should California keep forcing prisoners to work?

Lawmakers will decide today whether to put a constitutional amendment before voters over the state’s requirement that most prisoners work.


California workers found better paying jobs, but experts warn recession puts them at risk

Experts say the “great reshuffling” of jobs during the pandemic is changing California’s economy and workforce. Here are some takeaways.


Lawmakers OK budget, despite ‘crappy’ parts

Rebates ranging from $200 to $1,050 are one step closer to landing in millions of Californians' pockets after state lawmakers in marathon Wednesday night floor sessions passed a record-breaking $300 billion budget plan for the fiscal year beginning Friday. Though …


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Image caption: Same sex marriage and other rights may soon come under the SCOTUS axe.
Clarence Thomas Wants SCOTUS to Take Back More Rights

If Clarence Thomas gets his way, the Supreme Court won't stop at revoking the right to abortion. Same sex marriage, contraception and gay sex are likely to be next on the SCOTUS hit list.


California may rescue its last nuclear power plant — and give PG&E millions to do it

State lawmakers are considering funding that could save California’s Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant in their bid to avoid power shortages.


Tuition-waiver policy for Native Americans isn’t the right way to atone for historical wrongs

The University of California is delegating to tribal councils blank-check authority to decide who will get free tuition and who will not.


California’s change to concealed carry permits would reduce wide variations among counties

Responding to a U.S. Supreme Court ruling, California legislators push a bill to restrict concealed carry permits. New numbers show a wide variation among counties in how many permits have been issued. But in publishing the data, the state Department …


Growing clarity on Nov. ballot measure battles

Even though it isn't yet clear who will face off against Democratic incumbent Ricardo Lara for California insurance commissioner in the November general election, the slate of statewide ballot initiatives is beginning to take shape. On Tuesday, two days before …


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