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California State Sen. Leland Yee gets into an awaiting car as he leaves the Phillip Burton Federal Building after a court appearance on March 31, 2014 in San Francisco, California. Yee appeared in federal court today for a second time after being arrested along with 25 others by F.B.I. agents last week on political corruption and firearms trafficking charges. Yee is free on a $500,000 unsecured bond. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

CA GOP Senators Push To Double Sentences For Bribery

Three Republican state senators are calling for increased criminal penalties for lawmakers convicted of taking bribes under state law, a move that comes as two Democratic colleagues face federal corruption charges.

05/10/2014

KPIX 5 reporter Joe Vazquez took this picture of State Sen. Leland Yee leaving the San Francisco federal courthouse after being indicted on March 26, 2014. (CBS)

State Senators Get Ethics Training After Leland Yee Arrest, Other Scandals

State senators participated in a two-hour ethics training session Wednesday, the fallout from a series of legal cases involving Democratic lawmakers this year that have damaged the Legislature’s image.

04/23/2014

KPIX 5 reporter Joe Vazquez took this picture of State Sen. Leland Yee leaving the San Francisco federal courthouse after being indicted on March 26, 2014. (CBS)

Gov. Brown Urges Leland Yee To Resign, Wants To Restore Confidence

California Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday called on State Sen. Leland Yee, who faces federal corruption and gun trafficking charges, and two other senators to resign after the state Senate passed a resolution suspending all three.

03/28/2014

Leland Yee (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)

Leland Yee, 2 Other Democrats Suspended From State Senate With Pay

The leader of the California Senate voted to suspend all three of their own members who are fighting criminal charges.

03/28/2014

A view of the California State Capitol in Sacramento, California. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Phil Matier: State’s Democrats Lose Supermajority But Keep Republicans On Sidelines

With two State Senators taking leaves of absence, California Democrats have had to bid farewell to their prized supermajority in Sacramento. But what does that mean? Probably just business as usual.

03/04/2014

California State Senator Ron Calderon, D-Los Angeles County. (California State Senate)

Phil Matier: Time Running Out For State Sen. Ron Calderon

The clock appears to be ticking for State Sen. Ron Calderon as his democratic colleagues are giving him just one week to resign—or risk being suspended—after he was indicted on multiple federal corruption charges.

02/25/2014

California State Senator Ron Calderon, D-Los Angeles County. (California State Senate)

Phil Matier: Sen. Ron Calderon And ‘The Wire’ In Sacramento

State Sen. Ron Calderon is striking back at the FBI claiming, in a file to the federal government, that the bureau purposely leaked the affidavit that he took $88,000 in bribes because he refused to take part in a federal sting operation targeting President Pro Tem Derrell Steinberg and Sen. Kevin de León.

11/15/2013

A view of the California State Capitol in Sacramento, California. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Phil Matier: Bribery, Corruption And Political Etiquette In Sacramento

State capitol watchers think the allegations of bribery and corruption against State Senator Ron Calderon could be problematic for other Democrats in the Legislature in next year’s elections.

11/01/2013

California State Senator Ron Calderon, D-Los Angeles County. (California State Senate)

Phil Matier: FBI Affidavit Alleges State Sen. Ron Calderon Accepted Bribes

Democratic State Senator Ron Calderon has not been charged with anything yet, but he is trouble with the law as Al Jazeera America has reported that he is being investigated for taking thousands of dollars in bribes from federal investigators, including an undercover FBI agent.

10/31/2013

California State Senator Ron Calderon, D-Los Angeles County. (California State Senate)

FBI Raids Office Of California State Senator

The FBI searched the offices of a California state senator and the Legislature’s Latino caucus on Tuesday but would not disclose the reason for the investigation.

06/04/2013

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