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California Update for Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Mar 21, 2018
Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

• The California Senate will swear in its first ever female leader Wednesday — and its first openly gay leader too. San Diego Democrat Toni Atkins takes the oath as Senate President pro Tem at a unique moment for the state.

• In San Francisco Wednesday the nation's first-ever court hearing on the science of climate change will take place. Major oil companies will answer questions like what created the ice age and what are the sources that cause the planet to warm.

Today's reporting by Ben Adler and Ezra David Romero.

California Update for Friday, March 16, 2018

Mar 16, 2018
Ben Adler / Capital Public Radio

• California isn’t moving to a single-payer health care system anytime soon. So a coalition of liberal advocacy groups is calling for policy actions this year to achieve statewide universal coverage under California’s current health care system.

• Lawmakers think the underground pot market is growing. That’s why a new bill would eliminate taxes on cultivating cannabis and drop the excise tax from 15 to 11 percent for three years.

Today's reporting by Ban Adler and Ezra David Romero.

California Update for Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Mar 14, 2018
Mitch Barrie / Flikr

• As high school students around the country prepare to walkout to protest for tighter restrictions on firearms, California lawmakers and policy advocates are preparing their own responses after the Parkland shooting.

• Donald Trump visited the U.S.-Mexican border and spoke to Marines at Miramar Air Station Tuesday in San Diego during his first trip to California as president. The president’s visit was fraught with political tension.

Today's reporting by Ben Bradford and Drew Sandsor.

California Update for Friday, February 23, 2018

Feb 23, 2018
Ben Bradford / Capital Public Radio

• An energized yet fractured California Democratic Party meets this weekend in San Diego for its annual convention. Tensions between the party’s establishment and progressive wings could shape races for governor, Senate and Congress.

• Democratic Senator Tony Mendoza resigned over sexual harassment allegations Thursday.

Today's reporting by Ben Adler and Sammy Caiola.

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