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Stories for March 29, 2012

Democrats React to GOP Budget Plan

March 29, 2012
Jenny O'Mara, California Capitol Network

The budget plan put forth by Republicans in the California legislature is getting a lukewarm reception from members on the other side of the aisle.

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AG's Argument Challenged By Woman Who Killed Her Pimp

March 29, 2012
By Amita Sharma

Sara Kruzan was convicted as a teenager of killing her pimp. California's attorney general is fighting her request for a new trial.

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Poll Shows Big Bump For Fletcher

March 29, 2012
By Katie Orr / Capital Public Radio

A new poll out today shows mayoral candidate Nathan Fletcher’s decision to leave the Republican Party may be playing well with voters.

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GOP State Budget Proposal: No New Taxes, No Education Cuts

March 29, 2012
Ben Adler, California Capitol Network

Republicans in the California legislature say they can balance the state budget without raising taxes or cutting education.

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State Lawmakers Don Hoodies In Support Of Florida Teen

March 29, 2012
Jenny O'Mara, California Capitol Network

Some California state lawmakers wore gray hooded sweatshirts around the Capitol Thursday morning. They were showing support for a Florida teen who was shot to death by a volunteer neighborhood watch captain.

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Four San Diego-Based Ships Headed to Waters Near Iran

March 29, 2012
By Beth Ford Roth

Four San Diego-based minesweepers are headed to the waters of Iran, in the wake of tensions in the Strait of Hormuz.

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Candidates For San Diego Mayor Spar At Raucous LGBT Debate

March 29, 2012
By Katie Orr / Capital Public Radio

There was plenty of give-and-take among a field where two of the four major candidates are gay.

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Hero Soldier Dies Saving Life of Afghan Girl (Video)

March 29, 2012
By Beth Ford Roth

A U.S. Soldier who died saving the life of a little girl in Afghanistan is being called a hero.

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Weekend Preview: Art After Dark, The Nervous Wreckords And New Comedy Club

March 29, 2012
By Angela Carone, Claire Caraska, Maureen Cavanaugh

Whether you're looking for outdoor daytime adventures or you prefer indoor nighttime art, music and comedy events, we've got you covered. Here are some of this weekend’s highlights.

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Obama Spends Millions More Than GOP Campaigns

March 29, 2012
Associated Press

The costly Republican primary has been draining Mitt Romney's wallet and giving President Barack Obama time to build an expansive campaign architecture with offices in 45 states and hundreds of employees.

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Supporters of Anti-Obama Marine Plan Rally at Camp Pendleton

March 29, 2012
By Beth Ford Roth

Supporters of a Camp Pendleton Marine who's facing dismissal from the service because of anti-Obama Facebook posts are planning to rally today at the base.

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Japanese Cherry Blossoms Adorn San Diego's Waterfront

March 29, 2012
By Diana Crofts-Pelayo

Celebrating the 100th anniversary of the first gift of cherry trees from Japan to the U.S., the Port of San Diego is dedicating 15 cherry trees near the USS Midway Museum on Harbor Drive. They were a gift from the Consul General of Japan in Los Angeles.

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San Diego County Spares Local Planning Groups

March 29, 2012
By Alison St John

San Diego County Board of Supervisors has voted to reject a Red Tape Reduction Task Force recommendation that would have eliminated or muzzled community planning groups.

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How The Health Law's Collapse Could Help Democrats

March 29, 2012
Ron Elving, NPR

ANALYSIS: It could create a bounce-back issue for outraged liberals in 2012 and beyond.

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La Jolla Landmark May Have To Move As Postal Service Downsizes

March 29, 2012
By Dwane Brown

The Postal service is trying to save money by closing or relocating some of its post offices. But the idea isn't going over so well at the main Post Office in La Jolla.

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Bill Maher's Obama SuperPAC Donation Causing Stir

March 29, 2012
Carrie Kahn, NPR

The comedian's $1 million check to the superPAC supporting President Obama is the first seven-figure donation to the group since Obama gave his tacit endorsement of the fundraising strategy. Conservative women upset by Maher's remarks about them say the superPAC should give back the money.