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  • Pelosi to Run for House Minority Leader Friday, 5 Nov 2010 | 2:25 PM ET
    Nancy Pelosi

    Nancy Pelosi, the nation's first female House speaker, said Friday she will try to keep her spot as leader of the House Democrats despite huge election losses that cost her party the majority.

  • Prop 19 Goes Down in Heart of ‘Pot Country’ Thursday, 4 Nov 2010 | 1:49 PM ET

    In what may be the most surprising turn in Tuesday's election, the proposition to legalize the most lucrative industry in the so-called "Emerald Triangle" was defeated by the very communities most likely to benefit from legal marijuana.

  • California Voters Reject Legalization of Marijuana Wednesday, 3 Nov 2010 | 1:07 AM ET
    Marijuana joint

    California voters said no thanks to a ballot initiative that would have made it the first state to legalize marijuana for recreational use and sales.

  • Riskiest Job: House Speaker Tuesday, 2 Nov 2010 | 3:40 PM ET
    Nancy Pelosi

    With all the perks of the job, Speakers of the House tend to leave office in defeat or disgrace—or both.

  • Why California's ‘Bong Show’ May Fail Monday, 1 Nov 2010 | 3:13 PM ET
    Marijuana plants

    The ‘Bong Show’ may be coming to an end. Let me first make it clear that the only poll that matters in California is the one which closes Tuesday at 8pPT. That said, public opinion polls suggest Proposition 19, which would legalize marijuana for recreational purposes, is going up in smoke.

  • The Sweep That Won't Include California? Monday, 1 Nov 2010 | 12:28 PM ET
    California Flag

    Change is coming. People are angry. The Republicans are energized. They will rise up Tuesday and gain power. Or so we're told. But not in California. Or so we're told.

  • The legalization of  marijuana for medicinal use in 14 US states has stoked explosive growth the in manufacture, distribution and retail of hydroponics equipment for growing the plant.

  • Big Oil vs. Big Green: Two Guys and a Microphone Tuesday, 26 Oct 2010 | 3:46 PM ET

    More money is pouring into both sides of Proposition 23 than any other initiative on the November ballot in California. The proposition would suspend a law set to kick in by 2012 which would force everyone (mostly businesses) to lower greenhouse gas emissions in the state to 1990 levels by 2020.

  • Senate Candidate Fiorina Hospitalized for Infection Tuesday, 26 Oct 2010 | 1:48 PM ET
    Carly Fiorina

    California Senate challenger Carly Fiorina was hospitalized early Tuesday after coming down with a surgery-related infection.

  • The Truth About California Government Pay Monday, 25 Oct 2010 | 3:52 PM ET
    Los Angeles, CA

    California Controller John Chiang has finally launched his long-expected website which details the salaries of city and county workers throughout California. The statistics also reveal when employees can retire and how much of their salaries they will continue to earn, as well as contributions to their pensions and healthcare.

  • Muni Bonds the Best Fixed-Income Buy: Market Pro Tuesday, 19 Oct 2010 | 6:09 PM ET

    Municipal bonds are a better buy than other fixed-income investments, says Scott Minerd, chief investment officer at Guggenheim Partners.

  • Top Ten Zip Codes for Political Campaign Contributions Thursday, 14 Oct 2010 | 1:49 PM ET

    A list of the Top Ten zip codes for political campaign contributions shows that politicians, PACs and political parties are just like the gangster Willie Sutton, who said he robbed banks because “that’s where the money is.” The politicians are the political equivalent—following the money to the nation’s wealthiest enclaves to rake in big bucks.

  • Getting Animated Over Pot Thursday, 14 Oct 2010 | 10:56 AM ET
    Marijuana plants

    If recent polls are accurate, California voters are set to approve Prop 19, which would legalize marijuana for recreational use.

  • New Fuel for Local Papers: Medical Marijuana Ads Tuesday, 5 Oct 2010 | 9:29 AM ET

    Medical marijuana has been a boon for local newspapers looking for ways to cope with the flight of advertising, reports The New York Times.

  • The Price of Water: Is Higher Better? Thursday, 30 Sep 2010 | 3:11 PM ET

    San Diego County may be known for its famous coastline, but when it comes to fresh water, it has very little supply.  Residents pay for water to be imported from the Colorado River and other areas. But some believe even higher prices are needed, which would encourage conservation and reduce water use.

  • Arizona may be the frontline of the immigration policy debate, but states far from the Mexican border are also busy grappling with the costly problem of illegal aliens.

  • Is Anyone Running California? Wednesday, 22 Sep 2010 | 1:44 PM ET
    California Flag

    Day 84 without a budget in California. We have a $19 billion budget hole that needs to be filled. he Governor has been too sick to hold budget talks with legislative leaders. The state is falling apart. I guess. I haven't really noticed.

  • Los Angeles Mayor: We Will Not Go Bankrupt Wednesday, 22 Sep 2010 | 6:40 AM ET
    Los Angeles, CA

    Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa dismissed former L.A. Mayor Richard Riordan's gloomy prediction that the city will be bankrupt by 2014. 

  • Bell City Officials Arrested Over Public Funds Misuse Tuesday, 21 Sep 2010 | 2:52 PM ET
    gavel and money

    Los Angeles County District Attorney Steve Cooley announced on Tuesday the arrest of eight current or former Bell city officials, including former city manager Robert Rizzo, over alleged misuse of the city's public funds.