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#LelandYee FBI Raid Explodes On Social Media, Offering Analysis, Depth To Story

In the world capital of social media, where suspected felon and State Senator Leland Yee governs a district incorporating offices of Twitter and satellite offices of Facebook, it’s no surprise that social media is exploding with the #LelandYee discussion, adding nuance and depth to an already riveting plot line.

03/28/2014

California Governor Jerry Brown (R) delivers the State of the State address as Speaker of the Assembly John Perez (L) looks on at the California State Capitol on January 31, 2011 in Sacramento. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Phil Matier: Democratic Shakeup At State House Will Benefit Gov. Brown

It’s rare but the two houses of the California Legislature are about to choose two leaders from Southern California: Kevin de Leon, D-Los Angeles, as its president pro tem, and Toni Atkins, D-San Diego, its speaker.

01/24/2014

Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) trains sit idle at a BART maintenance facility. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Phil Matier: California Lawmakers Kill Proposal To Ban Transit Strikes

With little debate, a State Senate committee killed a proposal Monday that would have banned transit workers from going on strike.

01/13/2014

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

Phil Matier: California’s Lawmakers Get A Pay Raise

California state lawmakers are receiving more in their pay checks, as a raise went into effect on Monday. The California Citizens Compensation Commission approved the increase of more than five percent back in June.

12/02/2013

Marijuana is poured from a jar at at medical marijuana dispensary. (David McNew/Getty Images)

State Senate OKs New Regulations For Calif. Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

The measure is intended to restrict dispensaries that federal prosecutors say had grown out of control in California, where voters first supported legalizing cannabis to treat illness in 1996.

05/20/2013

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Bill Would Give Parents Control Of Personal Information On Networking Sites

The state Senate has passed a bill that would allow parents to remove their children’s personal information from social networking sites.

05/03/2013

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State Senate Bill To Keep Alcohol Sales Flowing Until 4 AM Voted Down

A State Senate bill to keep alcohol sales flowing until 4 a.m. was shot down on a four to six vote partly because of drunk driving concerns during morning commuter hours.

04/23/2013

Former State Senator Michael Rubio (Senate.ca.gov)

CA Senator’s Departure For Chevron Job Is Major Blow To Dem Agenda

State Senator Michael Rubio (D-Bakersfield) has resigned to join Chevron, leaving the push for environmental reforms in the lurch.

02/25/2013

California State Capitol in Sacramento (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Surprise Resignation Costs Dems State Senate Supermajority

A Democratic state senator from the Central Valley has resigned unexpectedly, dropping Democrats below the two-thirds threshold they need to pass tax changes or override vetoes.

02/22/2013

California State Capitol in Sacramento (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

With Tax Hikes Passed, Calif. Lawmakers Seek Broad Agenda

Lawmakers returned to the Capitol on Monday with a wide-ranging agenda that includes revisions to school funding, gun control laws and environmental regulations.

01/07/2013

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