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The California Senate has passed a so-called "anti-Arizona" bill to prevent racial profiling by police and allow local law agencies to ignore federal requests to detain nonviolent illegal immigrants for deportation, a state lawmaker said.

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Sergey Brin finally lets someone else wear Google Glassupdated: Wed May 30 2012 13:56:00

Sergey Brin has once again hit the town with Project Glass -- but this time he let someone else wear Google's augmented reality headset. California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom wore the specs on "The Gavin Newsom Show," and later told Wired about his brief experience with one of the world's most rarefied pieces of technology.

Vision of the future: Augmented realityupdated: Wed May 30 2012 13:56:00

Anna Coren explains how Google's "Project Glass" take augmented reality to the next level

CNNMoney: California expected to reap Facebook windfallupdated: Tue Feb 28 2012 18:00:00

Facebook's upcoming IPO could be a golden egg for the Golden State.

CNNMoney: States look to hike tax on millionairesupdated: Mon Jan 16 2012 05:06:00

As the "tax the rich" debate rages in Washington D.C., some states are turning to their wealthiest residents to bring in much-needed revenue.

New laws target abortion, immigration, alcohol and animalsupdated: Sun Jan 01 2012 07:25:00

New laws going into effect Sunday cover some of the nation's most contentious issues, from immigration to abortion, while others deal with tanning beds, tuition and where you can sell a pet.

Immigrant investors purchase U.S. futureupdated: Sun Jan 01 2012 07:25:00

Buying green cards, or investing in American businesses? CNN's Deb Feyerick reports on the EB-5 program.

California to endure nearly $1 billion in midyear budget cutsupdated: Tue Dec 13 2011 17:11:00

California Gov. Jerry Brown announced Tuesday almost $1 billion in midyear budget cuts as a result of insufficient state growth.

California fight over gay marriage gets back on track after state high court rulingupdated: Thu Nov 17 2011 14:12:00

A complex legal fight over the constitutionality of same-sex marriage is back on track after California's highest court on Thursday allowed an appeal over a controversial ballot initiative to move ahead in federal court.

California governor allows warrantless search of cell phonesupdated: Tue Oct 11 2011 12:33:00

California Gov. Jerry Brown has vetoed a bill that would have prohibited police in that state from conducting warrantless searches of the cell phones of people under arrest.

CNNMoney: State tax revenue falters as economy weakensupdated: Fri Oct 07 2011 11:52:00

Just when states thought their tax revenues were finally on the mend...

Appeals court removes Carl Lewis from New Jersey ballotupdated: Thu Sep 22 2011 14:49:00

A federal appeals court removed Olympian Carl Lewis from a New Jersey state Senate race ballot Thursday, yet another turn in his on-again off-again quest for candidacy.

California bill would ban warrantless cell phone searchesupdated: Wed Sep 21 2011 16:53:00

If you get arrested in California, the photos, e-mails and other personal data on your cell phone soon could be a bit safer from prying police eyes soon. A bill passed by the state legislature would require law-enforcement officers to obtain a warrant before searching the cell phone of a person placed under arrest.

Romneys share looks but not traits, colleagues sayupdated: Sat Sep 10 2011 12:31:00

A few decades ago, in the very early stages of one of the most volatile presidential campaigns in American history, Mitt Romney's father was seen as the man to beat for the Republican nomination.

California high court hears key legal dispute over same-sex marriageupdated: Tue Sep 06 2011 19:08:00

California's highest court on Tuesday appeared to support the right of official opponents of gay marriage to defend Proposition 8, the 2008 initiative defining marriage as only between one man and one woman.

California governor signs bill requiring schools to teach gay historyupdated: Fri Jul 15 2011 01:26:00

Democratic California Gov. Jerry Brown said Thursday he had signed a bill that will require public schools in the state to teach students about the contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans.

CNNMoney: California lawmakers pass budget with deep cutsupdated: Wed Jun 29 2011 09:44:00

California lawmakers approved an $86 billion budget late Tuesday that imposes deep spending cuts but does not extend tax hikes.

California lawmakers pass budget dealupdated: Wed Jun 29 2011 02:49:00

California lawmakers passed a budget bill Tuesday night that will reduce the state's monetary shortfall from $26 billion to $5 billion, officials said.

California lawmakers to vote Tuesday on deficit planupdated: Tue Jun 28 2011 19:07:00

Both chambers of the Democrat-controlled California legislature are scheduled to vote Tuesday afternoon on a budget deal to reduce the state's staggering $26 billion deficit to $5 billion, officials said.

CNNMoney: State and local tax revenue on the riseupdated: Tue Jun 28 2011 14:58:00

First the good news: State and local tax revenues climbed 4.7% in the first quarter, fueled by a surge in personal income taxes.

CNNMoney: California budget deal reachedupdated: Tue Jun 28 2011 07:23:00

Conceding defeat on his tax extension proposal, California Governor Jerry Brown unveiled a budget Monday that imposes deep spending cuts.

CNNMoney: California lawmakers lose pay until they pass balanced budgetupdated: Tue Jun 21 2011 16:32:00

California lawmakers will forfeit their pay until they pass a balanced budget, the state controller said Tuesday.

CNNMoney: Jerry Brown vetoes California budgetupdated: Thu Jun 16 2011 18:45:00

California Governor Jerry Brown vetoed Thursday the budget passed by state lawmakers the day before that relied on spending cuts, fund transfers and one-time revenue boosts.

CNNMoney: California lawmakers pass a balanced budgetupdated: Thu Jun 16 2011 05:26:00

California lawmakers passed a balanced budget Wednesday that relies on spending cuts, fund transfers and one-time revenue boosts, but allows them to keep collecting their paychecks.

CNNMoney: California budget comes in under the wireupdated: Wed Jun 15 2011 18:09:00

California lawmakers unveiled a balanced budget Tuesday that cuts billions from education but likely allows them to keep collecting their paychecks.

California prison remedy would send low-level offenders to countiesupdated: Wed Jun 08 2011 00:50:00

California wants to shift low-level state offenders to county jails as a way to reduce overcrowding, as ordered by the U.S. Supreme Court, under an unfunded plan that would require legislative and voter approval, the state's top corrections official said Tuesday.

CNNMoney: No budget, no pay for California lawmakersupdated: Thu Jun 02 2011 18:32:00

California lawmakers can kiss their pay goodbye if they don't pass a balanced budget by June 15.

'Walmart of Weed' to open in Arizona, promote growing your ownupdated: Wed Jun 01 2011 17:08:00

It's called the "Walmart of Weed."

'Walmart of Weed' opens in Arizonaupdated: Wed Jun 01 2011 17:08:00

WeGrow opens its latest store in Phoenix, Arizona, selling marijuana-growing equipment but not the drug itself.

Where does California put 33,000 released inmates?updated: Thu May 26 2011 08:55:00

Hasn't California suffered enough?

California officials: We'll fix prison crowding, won't free 33,000updated: Tue May 24 2011 17:49:00

California officials said Tuesday they won't arbitrarily free 33,000 inmates and they will submit plans to the federal courts in two weeks specifying ways to remedy prison overcrowding under a U.S. Supreme Court order this week.

Arnold Schwarzenegger puts movie comeback on holdupdated: Thu May 19 2011 22:51:00

Arnold Schwarzenegger has placed his movie comeback on hold "until further notice" to focus "on personal matters," the lawyer for the former California governor said Thursday.

CNNMoney: California's $10.8 billion budget battleupdated: Mon May 16 2011 17:32:00

California Governor Jerry Brown unveiled a revised budget Monday that calls for a $9.3 billion tax extension, coupled with a $2.6 billion cut in spending.

CNNMoney: California nightmare: Spending cuts vs. tax extensionupdated: Tue May 03 2011 15:28:00

Keep paying higher taxes or face deep, painful cuts in services. Those are the options Californians are faced with.

CNNMoney: California insurer: Audit backs 59% rate hikeupdated: Fri Mar 04 2011 23:50:00

Blue Shield of California said an independent review of its proposed premium hikes -- totaling as high as 59% -- found that the rates are "reasonable [and] not excessive."

States hope to cash in on Florida's rejection of rail fundsupdated: Mon Feb 21 2011 08:19:00

Florida's decision this week to shun federal funding for high-speed rail has set off an auction house-like frenzy among some states hoping to get a bigger piece of the pie.

CNNMoney: Jerry Brown bans official California state trinketsupdated: Fri Feb 18 2011 16:44:00

California Governor Jerry Brown is getting serious about his state's $25 billion shortfall. He has frozen state hiring, cut official cell phone use, and now, he's cracking down on coffee mugs and key chains.

CNNMoney: California Gov. Jerry Brown pushes tax hikesupdated: Tue Feb 01 2011 10:23:00

Californians should decide whether they want to pay $12 billion more in taxes to help plug the state's massive budget shortfall, Gov. Jerry Brown said on Monday.

Police investigate graffiti threat to California governorupdated: Fri Jan 21 2011 16:29:00

California authorities were investigating graffiti Friday that threatened the life of Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown, said Cpl. Anthony Bertagna of the Santa Ana Police Department.

CNNMoney: California's Brown plans $12.5 billion in cutsupdated: Thu Jan 13 2011 09:28:00

After years of cutting billions and billions in spending, California has to do it again.

CNNMoney: California budget: Jerry Brown's $12 billion in painful cutsupdated: Thu Jan 13 2011 09:27:00

California Gov. Jerry Brown unveiled Monday a draconian budget plan that would slash $12.5 billion in spending and extend $12 billion in tax hikes.

Court defers ruling on California same-sex marriageupdated: Wed Jan 05 2011 07:12:00

A federal appeals court in San Francisco, California, decided Tuesday to indefinitely delay consideration of a controversial case regarding the constitutionality of that state's voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage.

New governors could drown in red inkupdated: Wed Jan 05 2011 05:46:00

Like many of the nation's new governors, in capitals from Sacramento to Albany, New York's Andrew Cuomo has shunned the usual inaugural pomp because of the state's dire circumstances of soaring budget deficits and sinking public confidence.

Tough choices for US statesupdated: Wed Jan 05 2011 05:46:00

The overall economy may be improving, but states are facing tough choices in 2011. CNN's Mary Snow has more.

2011's new crop of governorsupdated: Mon Jan 03 2011 21:19:00

From coast to coast, new governors warn of tough times ahead but vow a commitment to bi-partisanship.

Old face ushers in new era for governorsupdated: Mon Jan 03 2011 21:19:00

Former California Gov. Jerry Brown returned to his state's highest office Monday -- restoring an old political dynasty while helping to usher in a new balance of power in statehouses across the country.

CNNMoney: Wells Fargo to modify 15,000 mortgagesupdated: Tue Dec 21 2010 10:32:00

Wells Fargo, in an agreement with California's attorney general announced Monday, said it would provide $2 billion worth of loan modifications to nearly 15,000 homeowners.

Proposition 8 debated in courtupdated: Tue Dec 07 2010 08:30:00

A federal appeals court questions attorneys on both sides of the same-sex marriage debate. KRON reports.

Will Proposition 8 stand? Federal appeals court judges must decideupdated: Tue Dec 07 2010 08:30:00

The latest legal battle over same-sex marriage is in the hands of a panel of California federal appeals court judges.

Fortune: Political gridlock railroads high-speed trainsupdated: Tue Nov 23 2010 11:45:00

Whether or not a multi-billion-dollar high-speed rail project is good for the nation, the current political schizophrenia over its funding is causing rail companies lot of pain.

Nikki Haley: Back to basicsupdated: Wed Nov 03 2010 16:17:00

After a "brutal 18-month" campaign, governor-elect Nikki Haley thanks fed up voters for her win in South Carolina.

GOP has picked up 10 governorships from Democrats, CNN projectsupdated: Wed Nov 03 2010 16:17:00

Republicans appear to have regained the majority of U.S. governorships, capturing 10 in states where the previous executives were Democrats, according to CNN projections of exit poll data.

How Meg Whitman spent a fortune -- and lostupdated: Wed Nov 03 2010 11:40:00

On a day that millions of Americans in other parts of the country turned the electoral map red by electing a sea of Republicans, California voters stayed true blue and kept doing what they usually do on Election Day -- elect Democrats.

Carl Paladino: 'We're mad as hell'updated: Wed Nov 03 2010 06:26:00

New York gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino urges supporters to continue fighting for the ideals of their campaign.

GOP picks up 10 governorships from Democrats, CNN projectsupdated: Wed Nov 03 2010 06:26:00

Republicans appeared to have regained the majority of U.S. governorships Tuesday night, capturing 10 in states where the previous executives were Democrats, according to CNN projections of exit poll data.

Midterm elections: Latest updatesupdated: Wed Nov 03 2010 02:44:00

Here's what you need to know right now as results come in for Tuesday's midterm election:

What New York races might tell usupdated: Tue Nov 02 2010 17:48:00

With roughly 500 races in 50 states, there's no shortage of indicators to keep an eye on this Election Day. But there's an unlikely state that could help measure the extent of Republican gains Tuesday -- New York.

Obama: Get out and voteupdated: Tue Nov 02 2010 17:48:00

President Obama talks with WGCI in Chicago, encouraging the public to get out and vote.

Candidates from political familiesupdated: Mon Nov 01 2010 14:58:00

Harry Truman's only friend in Washington may have been a dog, but that's probably because he didn't have his loved ones scattered throughout the nation's political infrastructure, as many of today's elected officials and candidates do.

Quick shots: Get ready for a GOP waveupdated: Thu Oct 28 2010 10:09:00

Editor's note: There are five days to go before voters cast ballots in the hotly contested midterm elections. In this special feature, CNN's political contributors share their quick thoughts on what's making news.

Campaign circus: 12 months of GOP hunksupdated: Wed Oct 27 2010 13:47:00

As Election Day gets closer, the rhetoric gets more intense, interesting and, shall we say, passionate. Here are some things you might have missed.

Campaign Circus: Is a wig a campaign contribution?updated: Fri Oct 22 2010 13:13:00

As Election Day gets closer, the rhetoric gets more intense, interesting and, shall we say, passionate. Here are some things that you might have missed.

Quick shots: California dreamin' in 2010updated: Mon Oct 18 2010 09:41:00

Editor's note: There are 15 days to go before voters cast ballots in the hotly contested midterm elections. In this special feature, CNN's political contributors share their quick thoughts on what's making news.

Candidate in California governor's race arrestedupdated: Sat Oct 16 2010 10:33:00

A Green Party candidate in the California's governor's race was arrested Tuesday after trying to get into a debate she was not allowed to participate in.

Why the California governor race mattersupdated: Sat Oct 16 2010 10:32:00

American Morning's Kiran Chetry talks to Joe Hagan with New York Magazine about the upcoming California governors race.

Letting bygones be bygones, Bill Clinton stumps for former rivalupdated: Sat Oct 16 2010 10:32:00

Talk about burying the hatchet. When former President Bill Clinton turned out to rally for California Democratic gubernatorial nominee Jerry Brown on Friday night, the former rivals hugged and made up. Really, they embraced.

'Outsider' vs. 'insider' in Oregon raceupdated: Thu Oct 14 2010 09:08:00

Former NBA player Chris Dudley looks to become the first Republican to win the Oregon governorship since 1982.

Oregon's Dudley unconventional candidate in unconventional yearupdated: Thu Oct 14 2010 09:08:00

If 2010 truly is the year of the political outsider, then Chris Dudley should be sworn in as the next governor of Oregon in January.

California governor candidates spar over 'whore' remarkupdated: Fri Oct 08 2010 13:19:00

The California governor's race has devolved into a skirmish over the word "whore."

Whitman: Allegations based on liesupdated: Fri Oct 08 2010 13:19:00

Gloria Allred said she has proof that Meg Whitman knew more about her housekeeper's citizenship than she is revealing.

California legislature passes budget planupdated: Fri Oct 08 2010 11:16:00

Both chambers of the California legislature ended a nearly 100-day fiscal standoff early Friday, approving an $87.5 billion budget package.

California lawmakers, Schwarzenegger reach deal on stalled budgetupdated: Sat Oct 02 2010 02:31:00

California lawmakers reached a deal Friday on the state's budget that could solve its $19 billion deficit.

Whitman's husband says it's 'possible' he saw Social Security letterupdated: Fri Oct 01 2010 02:41:00

The husband of Meg Whitman, California's Republican nominee for governor, said "it was possible" he saw a 2003 letter that questioned his housekeeper's Social Security number, but he insisted it did not make him suspect she was an undocumented worker.

Meg Whitman: This is a smear attackupdated: Thu Sep 30 2010 17:50:00

California gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman defends firing her housekeeper after hearing she was an illegal immigrant.

Meg Whitman offers to take polygraph test on maid chargesupdated: Thu Sep 30 2010 17:50:00

Meg Whitman, California's Republican nominee for governor, denied Thursday ever seeing a letter from the federal government questioning her former housekeeper's Social Security number.

Immigrant's abuse claims against Whitman rock California raceupdated: Wed Sep 29 2010 19:08:00

The hot-button issue of illegal immigration erupted in the California race for governor Wednesday as a Mexican housekeeper once employed by GOP nominee Meg Whitman alleged that she had been "exploited, disrespected, humiliated and emotionally and financially abused" by the former eBay CEO.

California closer to getting a budgetupdated: Fri Sep 24 2010 06:29:00

California has created a framework for an agreement on a budget that could solve the state's $19 billion deficit.

8 current and former officials from Bell, California, arrestedupdated: Tue Sep 21 2010 22:39:00

Eight current and former Bell, California, city officials arrested and charged Tuesday with misappropriation of funds and making or receiving illegal loans demonstrated "corruption on steroids," the Los Angeles County district attorney said.

Under new California law, residents will get extra taxes refundedupdated: Mon Sep 13 2010 13:57:00

The acting California governor on Monday signed legislation that will return "illegal and excessive taxes" to the residents of a town that drew anger for high salaries paid to its leaders, the governor's office said.

California bill to ban plastic bags failsupdated: Wed Sep 01 2010 03:36:00

California's Senate has voted down a measure that would have banned plastic bags at grocery stores.

California bill to ban plastic bags goes to Senate voteupdated: Tue Aug 31 2010 16:14:00

The California State Senate is expected to vote Tuesday on a bill that would ban the use of plastic bags by retailers in the state, including grocery stores, convenience stores and drugstores. This year's Senate session ends Tuesday, so it's the last opportunity for the Senate to pass the bill.

California Senate passes tougher sentencing laws for sex offendersupdated: Tue Aug 24 2010 20:38:00

A bill that seeks to increase prison sentences and extend parole terms in California for certain sex crimes against minors was passed in a unanimous vote by the state Senate on Tuesday.

State agencies close as workers go on furlough in Californiaupdated: Fri Aug 20 2010 16:46:00

Jay Alan was lonely at work Friday. And a bit poorer.

CNNMoney: California's Furlough Fridays are backupdated: Fri Aug 20 2010 12:37:00

Closed signs went up at California agencies Friday as a second slew of mandatory furloughs went into effect for government employees in an effort to resolve California's $19 billion budget deficit.

CNNMoney: California close to issuing IOUs - againupdated: Thu Aug 19 2010 13:09:00

California is once again running out of money and may have to issue IOUs within a few weeks.

California city asked to return property taxes to legal limitupdated: Mon Aug 16 2010 03:22:00

The Bell City Council is expected to be asked Monday to approve a property tax rate that meets state law. The California city, which has drawn anger for the high salaries paid to its leaders, plans to repay $3 million in property tax overcharges.

California city to return property taxes to legal limitupdated: Fri Aug 13 2010 19:40:00

A California city that has drawn anger for the high salaries paid to its leaders plans to repay $3 million in property tax overcharges and return tax rates to the legal limit, the interim city manager said Friday.

Top officials in California urge judge to allow same-sex marriageupdated: Sun Aug 08 2010 09:42:00

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger asked a federal judge Friday to allow same-sex marriages while an appeal over the struck-down law that banned them makes its way through the courts.

CNNMoney: No pay cut for California workers - for nowupdated: Fri Jul 16 2010 19:15:00

A judge on Friday ruled against California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's request to force the state controller to cut 200,000 state employees' pay to minimum wage temporarily.

Fortune: 4 reasons why Texas beats California in a recessionupdated: Wed Jul 14 2010 18:18:00

Back in 1965, The Mamas & the Papas reached the top of the charts with "California Dreamin'," a song pining for a return to the warm safety of their home state. But these days they'd be better off dreaming about Texas.

Schwarzenegger signs $20M payment to Jaycee Dugardupdated: Sat Jul 10 2010 08:40:00

California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Friday signed a $20 million settlement for Jaycee Dugard, a woman who was held captive for 18 years by a convicted rapist who had been under the supervision of the state.

Parole officers talked to Jaycee Dugard during captivityupdated: Thu Jul 08 2010 20:24:00

Parole officers saw and spoke to Jaycee Dugard during visits to the home of the man accused of holding her captive for 18 years, but they never questioned why she was there, California officials disclose in newly released documents.

CNNMoney: California to workers: It's minimum wage for youupdated: Thu Jul 08 2010 12:53:00

A year ago, California dealt with its budget crisis by handing out hundreds of thousands of IOUs to contractors and taxpayers. This year, it's threatening to cut state workers' wages to the bone.

Schwarzenegger orders minimum wage for California state workersupdated: Fri Jul 02 2010 08:38:00

As many as 200,000 state workers in California could see their pay scale slashed to minimum wage, if orders from the governor's office are followed.

California lawmakers approve $20 million to settle Dugard claimsupdated: Thu Jul 01 2010 22:51:00

The California Assembly on Thursday passed a bill appropriating $20 million to kidnapping victim Jaycee Dugard to settle her claims against the state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, according to the chief clerk's office.

Top issues: Illegal immigrationupdated: Thu Jul 01 2010 11:08:00

Immigration reform returned to the U.S. political arena in 2010, three years after it was knocked down by a much-debated Senate vote. The issue drew national outrage and support after Arizona enacted a state law that allows police to ask for proof of legal U.S. residency.

Arizona Governor signs immigration billupdated: Thu Jul 01 2010 11:08:00

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer says controversial immigration law represents what's best for the state.

Take politics back from the extremesupdated: Thu Jun 24 2010 17:15:00

Meg Whitman and Carly Fiorina grabbed the headlines out of California's primary vote last week. But the most important decision California voters made had nothing to do with nominating two technology industry CEOs to run for governor and senator.

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