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Health insurance rate regulation foes flex fundraising muscle

Apr 21, 2014
Health insurance rate regulation foes flex fundraising muscle

Good Friday was a good day for opponents of a ballot initiative to regulate health insurance prices. The coalition of doctors, hospitals and insurance companies last week reported collecting nearly $24 million from Blue Shield of California and Kais...

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California Stem Cell Report
California Stem Cell Directors Nearing Decision on New CEO and Salary

In less than 10 days, the $3 billion California stem cell agency could well have a new president to oversee what could be the last years of its life.

Directors of the unprecedented state enterprise have scheduled a full-day meeting April 30 in Burlingame to make a decision on a candidate and...

TechWire
What does Kim Kardashian have to do with state government? Ask Darrell Steinberg!

Apr 21, 2014
What does Kim Kardashian have to do with state government? Ask Darrell Steinberg!

What do Kim Kardashian, Twitter and California government have in common? Most people would struggle finding the link, but Sen. Darrell Steinberg had no trouble during Carlos Ramos’ senate confirmation... Read more »

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Capitol Alert
AM Alert: Is realignment working?

Apr 21, 2014
AM Alert: Is realignment working?

Welcome back from legislative spring break, everybody! Returning lawmakers will be delving right back in to a contentious policy issue during a daylong hearing on prison realignment. Gov. Jerry Brown's plan to shift low-level offenders from prisons ...

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Capitol Alert
Dan Walters Daily: Legislature returns from recess facing big problems

Apr 21, 2014
Dan Walters Daily: Legislature returns from recess facing big problems

After a week off for spring recess, the Legislature returns facing ethics violations and funding questions that must be dealt with, Dan says. Have a question you'd like Dan to answer? Post it on our Facebook page. See other Dan Walters Daily clips ...

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Jeff Pellines Sierra Foothills Report
Should churches be taxed because of increased political involvement?

Editor’s note: I’ve been wondering more and more about this issue, based on what I’m observing in politics. It goes back to the days when John Stoos used to comment on this blog in overt political ways, but it has … Continue reading

Capitol Alert
Democratic super PAC reserves TV airtime in California

Apr 18, 2014
Democratic super PAC reserves TV airtime in California

In politics, it's never too early to plan. A Democratic super PAC announced Friday that it has reserved more than $800,000 in television time for the home stretch of the general election in California. House Majority PAC, which wades into conteste...

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Capitol Alert
FPPC investigating disclosure compliance by Tim Donnelly’s PAC

Apr 18, 2014
FPPC investigating disclosure compliance by Tim Donnelly’s PAC

The state agency overseeing campaign finance rules in California says Republican Tim Donnelly has failed for more than a year to file campaign finance statements for a political action committee he formed in 2012. The Fair Political Practices Commissi...

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HealthyCal.org
Study: Nursing Homes Must Prepare for Influx of Alzheimer’s Patients

Apr 18, 2014

By Fran Kritz

A new study on Alzheimer’s disease by researchers at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health finds that a culture change is desperately needed for to help improve the quality of life for Alzheimer’s patients in nursing homes. Facilities also need help to prepare for the millions of patients expected to be...

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HealthyCal.org
What Else Do the Statistics From California’s Exchange Reveal?

Apr 18, 2014

By Hannah Guzik

Nearly 1.4 million people enrolled in a Covered California health plan, the state announced this week, after the open enrollment period ended Tuesday.

The big headline was that the enrollment total exceeded the state’s target. But included in the press release were statistics on who enrolled, how they enrolled and what health plan...

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