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California Senate ‘Condemns’ Trump Executive Order on Refugees

California Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Léon (D-Los Angeles) and fellow Democrats passed Senate Resolution 16 Monday, condemning President Donald J. Trump’s recent executive order restricting travel from terror-prone countries and suspending the refugee program.

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California Senate Leader Advises Democrats: Don’t Secede

Kevin de Léon, the President Pro Tem of the California State Senate, used his address at the swearing-in of new members on Monday to attack President-elect Donald Trump — but also advised fellow Democrats against seceding from the Union.

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In Blue California, Democrats On Verge Of Regaining Supermajorities

California continues to cement its place as a national outlier, with Hillary Clinton clobbering Donald Trump by nearly 30 points as the last ballots are counted. Now, California Democrats looked to have gained a supermajority in the state legislature as well.

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Kristin Olsen’s Vote For Higher Taxes Gets Her Nowhere

Recently, the Los Angeles Times exposed that special interest groups representing certain “business” interests in Sacramento have put serious pressure on the California Republican Party not to fund the potential candidacy of Assembly Republican Leader Kristin Olsen in a bid against incumbent State Senator Kathleen Galgiani, a Democrat.

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California State Senate Votes to Replace Serra Statue with Sally Ride

A largely partisan state Senate debate between Democrats and Republicans ended Monday with a decision to replace the statue of Father Junipero Serra in Washington, D.C.’s National Statuary Hall Collection with a statue of NASA astronaut Sally Ride, the first American woman in space and an acknowledged lesbian. The resolution needed 21 votes to pass; the final tally was 22-10.

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Vaccine Bill Opponents: We’ll Pull Our Kids out of School

Parents opposed to a California legislative effort to revoke their ability to exempt their children from some vaccinations plan to bring their children to a hearing Wednesday before the Senate Education Committee–and promise to yank those kids out of school if the measure passes into law.