California Legislature Ultraliberal? Well, maybe not (Santa Cruz Sentinel)

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Within its Democratic supermajority, California’s 80-member state Assembly includes business-friendly moderates known as “Mod Dems” who heed the state Chamber of Commerce’s list of “job-killer” bills. And then there are the Democratic legislators from swing districts in more conservative parts of the state. With their seats on the line every two years, Assembly members are in constant campaign-mode.
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Charter backers win their first L.A. school board majority (Los Angeles Times)

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The election has been a proxy war between wealthy charter school advocates and public employee unions. Charter supporters appeared to secure their first-ever majority on the seven-member Los Angeles Board of Education, a move that could accelerate the already-rapid expansion of charter schools across the city. Election day brought to an end a more than $14-million campaign fueled by outside spending.
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