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Contra Costa Times editorial: Passing hike in cigarette tax is a must

The Field Poll released Wednesday should make the California Legislature's job easier as it tackles health care in a special session this summer: Californians like the direction of health care reforms, the poll found, and -- this is the big news -- they favor a cigarette tax increase to maintain 
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Daniel Borenstein: Attorney General Kamala Harris is right about Chuck Reed's latest pension initiative

Pension initiative from former San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed and former San Diego Councilman Carl DeMaio would alter public employees' vested pension rights. They could challenge Harris' ballot wording in court or embrace it to accurately promote their initiative as one that would truly reform pensions. 
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Aug. 28 letters to the editor

She did it right; no reason for outrageYes, according to laws, rules and policies of the State Department at that time. Neither she nor her predecessors -- Condoleezza Rice and Colin Powell, who also used private email -- broke any laws and were not criminally liable. 
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Chris Brown owns 14 Burger Kings

Peyton Manning, Kanye West, Magic Johnson, Rick Ross, Jimmy Buffett, and Hank Aaron also own fast food joints.