Banked time-off pay for California workers creates huge taxpayer liability

In a Los Angeles Times study of payroll data from the state controller’s office, California paid nearly $300 million for banked time off in 2018. (George Rose/Getty Images, File) In California, it pays to hold onto your allotted vacation days, at least if you’re a state government worker. A Los Angeles Times study of payroll data from the state controller’s office has found ...

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Iowa governor's husband recovering from emergency appendectomy

Kevin Reynolds and Gov. Kim Reynolds are seen in an undated photo, taken while Kim Reynolds was Iowa’s lieutenant governor.  (Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs) The husband of Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds was back home Tuesday after undergoing an emergency appendectomy around 4 a.m., the governor said. Kevin Reynolds, known as the state’s “First Gentleman,” was admitted to a hospital ...

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Democrat who resigned after masturbation allegation may be planning political comeback: report

Matt Dababneh, 37, who resigned after being accused of sexual misconduct by multiple women, has transferred more than $1 million to his lieutenant governor campaign account, according to a campaign finance report filed Tuesday.  (California State Assembly) A California Democrat who resigned last year amid sexual misconduct allegations — including that he allegedly masturbated in front of a female lobbyist ...

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'Sex and the City' star considers run against New York's Cuomo

Actress Cynthia Nixon arrives at the 31st Independent Spirit Awards in Santa Monica, Calif., Feb. 27, 2016.  (Reuters) Cynthia Nixon, who played Miranda Hobbes on HBO’s “Sex and the City,” is reportedly considering challenging New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo in his bid for re-election this year. Cuomo, a Democrat, is still popular, but is viewed as vulnerable because of his ...

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Pennsylvania Supreme Court issues new congressional map, which could benefit Dems

The revised map of Pennsylvania’s 18 congressional districts as drawn by the state’s Supreme Court  (Twitter/jjabbott) Pennsylvania’s high court issued a new congressional district map for the state’s 2018 elections Monday, the latest attempt to carve out voting boundaries in time for the state’s May 15 primary. The map, approved in a 4-3 decision by the Democratic-majority state Supreme Court, ...

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