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Senate power players quarrel over fate of e-filing

By Michael Beckel

A growing number of senators voluntarily e-file their campaign finance reports. But will the practice ever be mandated?

Super PAC leaders score perks from political donations

By Julie Patel

Super PAC founders enjoy fine dining, big salaries and a steady business for their consulting firms.

Excerpts from this story referencing "California":

"… rise to Rick Hasen, a law and political science professor at University of California, Irvine, who publishes the Election Law Blog. “Super PACs are not just …"

Casinos and offshore companies battle for billions in online gambling push

By Nicholas Kusnetz

Congress, states and a rich mix of characters argue over regulation.

Excerpts from this story referencing "California":

"… of the world’s largest online poker companies. The couple, both born in California, were living in Gibraltar at the time, and their company eventually entere …"

"… looking at Internet gambling this year, including Massachusetts, California, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota and Mississippi, where a bill was introduced bu …"

Mudslinging at the FEC over disclosure

By Julie Patel

Controversy brews at elections agency over whether a conservative group should reveal its donors.

Excerpts from this story referencing "California":

"… lity, I changed my vote to abstention.” Ravel, former chairwoman of the California Fair Political Practices Commission, told the Center for Public Integrity …"

"… pened in that case," Ravel said, adding that as a former county counsel in California, she knows that releasing drafts or withdrawn documents can chill open dis …"

Residents of polluted U.S. communities fear planned cuts in EPA enforcement

By Ronnie Greene and Chris Hamby

The EPA's "Next Generation Compliance" plan would lead to fewer inspections of, and enforcement actions against, polluters.

Excerpts from this story referencing "California":

"… ile cases including a Clean Water Act prosecution of Wal-Mart in California, and a Clean Air Act criminal and civil case against a New …"

What's the point, WellPoint?

By Wendell Potter

Commentary: insurer's talk of rate increases may boomerang.

Excerpts from this story referencing "California":

"… age his firm provoked four years ago when it told its Anthem Blue Cross of California policyholders that it planned to hike their premiums by as much as 39 perc …"

"… te increase plans made headlines, Democrats seized on it, especially after California’s Republican Insurance Commissioner at the time, Steve Poizner, threaten …"

"… y & Commerce Committee — whose district included many of the 800,000 Californians affected by the proposesd rate increase — launched an investigation an …"

"… Consumer Watchdog, which is supporting a ballot initiative that would give California’s insurance commissioner the authority to reject unreasonable rate incre …"

How watchdog journalism makes a difference

By Bill Buzenberg

Impact from 'Breathless and Burdened' a textbook example of the power of relentless reporting.

Air monitoring in fracking areas fails to detect spikes in toxic emissions, new study says

By Lisa Song and Jim Morris

A new study finds that common air monitoring methods are all but useless in capturing intense, short-term emissions from gas development.

Excerpts from this story referencing "California":

"… h research. Isobel Simpson, an atmospheric scientist at the University of California-Irvine who was not involved with the Pennsylvania study, said the group’ …"

New report ranks best, worst states for kids of all ethnicities

By Susan Ferriss

Ethnic minority children will be majority of U.S. kids in four years, but face barriers to success in some places.

Excerpts from this story referencing "California":

"… hics. Latino children, it says, now represent half the child population of California and Texas, the country’s most populous states. “By 2018,” the repor …"

Inside the Koch brothers' campus crusade

By Dave Levinthal

The billionaire industrialists aren’t just investing in politicians, but also young hearts and minds.

Excerpts from this story referencing "California":

"… ation, from Harvard University to American University to the University of California, Los Angeles.   In 2012, the Koch foundations sent six- or seven-fig …"

"… $387,000 to support drug addiction and recovery studies. The University of California, Los Angeles, for example, took in $300,000 to support programs  …"

Ready for Hillary courts super PAC skeptics

By Michael Beckel

Ready for Hillary is courting 'Citizens United' skeptics — and finding success.

Excerpts from this story referencing "California":

"… claim financial backers from every U.S. state — although New Yorkers and Californians account for nearly half of the money it raised in 2013, according to fig …"

"… ork combined to give just shy of $1 million last year, as did residents of California. Only in seven states — Alaska, Idaho, Mississippi, Montana, North Dako …"

The health care industry's campaign of fear, uncertainty and doubt

By Wendell Potter

Commentary: health insurers use a host of tactics to erode support for Obamacare.

Excerpts from this story referencing "California":

"… e advocacy organization, released the following statement in response to a California rally held by Michael Moore and a variety of advocates in support of a gov …"

Holder, Duncan stunned by discipline figures

By Susan Ferriss

Holder, Duncan express shock at suspensions of thousands of preschoolers.

Excerpts from this story referencing "California":

"… being forced to drop out — as the Center reported on farmworker kids in California — or forced into dubious at-home learning plans, as the Center …"

"… into dubious at-home learning plans, as the Center also reported from California. The Education Department’s assistant secretary for civil rights, Cathe …"

California report: Don't spend new education money on campus police

By Susan Ferriss

As California readies to direct millions to districts with neediest kids, a new policy brief warns against spending it on campus security.

Excerpts from this story referencing "California":

"… arners and foster care children.” …"

"… and black students. The new education money was raised by a tax increase California voters approved in November 2012. Proposition 30, as the measure was dubbe …"

"… Center has reported. The brief notes that during the last academic year, California schools, statewide, had one counselor for every 808 students, one of the w …"

Tough new fracking rules in Colorado drawing keen attention in Texas, where boom rages on

By Zahra Hirji, Lisa Song and Jim Morris

Air pollution rules adopted last month in Colorado may have an impact on oil and gas drilling in Texas.

Excerpts from this story referencing "California":

"… are the next wave of issues for oil and gas,” Baizel said. Lawmakers in California and Pennsylvania are already considering adopting similar methane rules, h …"

Harsh school discipline gets more scrutiny in Congress

By Susan Ferriss

Researchers and educators urge schools to embrace alternatives to kicking kids out on suspension.

Excerpts from this story referencing "California":

"… said Dan Losen, one of the researchers, who is based at the University of California at Los Angeles. He spoke at a Congressional briefing Thursday sponsor …"

"… Thursday, Ramiro Rubalcaba, the principal of Azusa High School in southern California, described how he struggled with doubts about alternative discipline metho …"

Japan agrees to return some plutonium

By Douglas Birch

After years of resistance, Japan agrees to return a portion of plutonium to the U.S.

Excerpts from this story referencing "California":

"… med guards with security clearances at the sites in Texas, New Mexico, and California where most of its bomb fuels are stored. With the encouragement of the Un …"

A world awash in a nuclear explosive?

By Douglas Birch and R. Jeffrey Smith

Japan is leading a global move towards dangerous reactors fueled by a nuclear explosive, Thomas Cochran and other experts say.

Excerpts from this story referencing "California":

"… ears since specks of plutonium were first synthesized at the University of California, Berkeley. Japan, still reeling from the nuclear reactor disaster at Fuku …"

Education groups battle teachers unions in state races

By Rachel Baye

Groups funded by billionaires back state-level candidates who want to weaken teachers unions and promote charter schools.

Excerpts from this story referencing "California":

"… e said last year during an interview at the Commonwealth Club of California. Rhee said StudentsFirst is the first education-oriented national interes …"

"… in support for a bill that would eliminate the last-in-first-out clause of California teachers’ contracts. The next day, Ron introduced the bill. Rhee’s gr …"

"… country. Brian Johnson, who lost the 2012 primary race for a seat in the California Assembly, was the beneficiary of outside spending by StudentsFirst and oth …"

"… Walton’s granddaughter Carrie Walton Penner. Bloomberg, Hastings and the California Charter Schools Association — which received 52 percent of its funds fro …"

White House seeks to chip away at severe Labor Department judge shortage, case backlog

By Jim Morris

The White House is requesting an additional $2 million from Congress for its overworked, understaffed Office of Administrative Law Judges.

Excerpts from this story referencing "California":

"… before administrative law judges.” Paul Mapes, a retired judge in California, speculated by email that if 10 positions are added to the OALJ “it's mo …"

Center's report on black lung wins prestigious Goldsmith Prize

Investigation detailed denials of black lung benefits to coal miners.

Excerpts from this story referencing "California":

"… l, the Wall Street Journal and a collaboration involving the University of California’s investigative reporting program, The Center for Investigative Reportin …"

Obama announces foundation-funded project to help black, Latino youth

By Susan Ferriss

'My Brother's Keeper' is a $200 million program aimed at keeping minority youth out of the criminal justice system.

Excerpts from this story referencing "California":

"… on various communities, from working class immigrant farmworker regions in California to liberal enclaves like San Francisco. When people hear a range of grim …"

"… tion;  the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Atlantic Philanthropies and the California Endowment. The Casey Foundation, Atlantic Philanthropies and the Californ …"

"… lifornia Endowment. The Casey Foundation, Atlantic Philanthropies and the California Endowment are Center donors. In a statement, Kenneth H. Zimmerman, direct …"

Labor Department unveils changes to aid miners in black lung benefits cases

By Chris Hamby

Following the series Breathless and Burdened, U.S. officials unveil a series of initiatives to create a level playing field for coal miners.

Long-awaited EPA pesticide protections a 'mixed bag' for farmworkers

By Ronnie Greene

After more than two decades, the EPA revised rules to protect farmworkers from pesticides, but advocates say they don't go far enough.

Excerpts from this story referencing "California":

"… itoring of applicators who handle toxic pesticides, following the leads of California and Washington. That is not happening, either. “Those programs have bee …"

The mysterious online war against a payday lending crackdown

By Daniel Wagner

Anonymous group called "Stop the Choke" says Obama crackdown on illegal online payments is "destroying the free market."

Excerpts from this story referencing "California":

"… id in an email. The Republican chairman of the House Oversight Committee, California Rep. Darrell Issa, last month demanded more information on the i …"

Netflix stacking deck on Capitol Hill

By Dave Levinthal

'House of Cards' distributor is accelerating its own political efforts in Washington.

As drilling ravages Texas’ Eagle Ford Shale, residents 'living in a Petri dish’

By Jim Morris, Lisa Song and David Hasemyer

In partnership with InsideClimate News and The Weather Channel, Center examines oil industry exploitation of Texas’ Eagle Ford Shale.

Excerpts from this story referencing "California":

"… nce,” said Isobel Simpson, an atmospheric scientist at the University of California, Irvine, who studies air pollution around the world. Chemicals released d …"

Dems introduce plan for public financing of campaigns

By Michael Beckel

Bill would provide matching funds to candidates who limit size of contributions.

Billionaires use super PACs to advance pet causes

By Michael Beckel

Wealthy donors who bankrolled their own issue-focused super PACs dominated the 2013 fundraising game.

Excerpts from this story referencing "California":

"… o break the list of the top 10 super PAC donors in 2013 was John Jordan, a California vintner who ranked ninth overall after contributing $1.7 million to a supe …"

Pop-up pro-Clinton group fades after scrutiny

By Michael Beckel

Pro-Clinton super PAC linked to man sought by investigator regarding financial problems.

Excerpts from this story referencing "California":

"… nt through Chapter 7 bankruptcy proceedings in 2012, and that same year, a California court ruled that John Gibson owed a developmentally disabled man roughly $ …"