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​Public Affairs / Politics

    Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin’s campaign for controller got a bipartisan boost Tuesday when Chuck Reed, San Jose’s Democratic mayor, endorsed the Republican candidate.San Francisco Chronicle

    The Senate has passed a bill to rescue highway and transit funding that House Speaker John Boehner says he won’t accept, keeping the specter of a “highway cliff” alive with just days before Congress is set to leave for its August recess.Politico

​Human Resources / Health & Safety

​Economy

    As 29 members of California's Congressional delegation signed a letter urging state legislative leaders to reauthorize and enhance the state's film and TV production tax incentive program, others are questioning whether such industry-specific measures are a good idea.Southern California Public Radio

    Gains in consumer spending and business investment helped the U.S. economy rebound more than forecast in the second quarter following a slump in the prior three months that was smaller than previously estimated.Bloomberg

    U.S. companies hired 218,000 workers in July, marking four straight month of private job growth above 200,000, but the figure fell short of what analysts projected and the previous month's level, a report by a payrolls processor released on Wednesday showed.Reuters

​​Environmental / Agriculture

​​International

    Banks in the eurozone are more willing to lend to businesses for the first time in seven years, a survey by the European Central Bank showed on Wednesday, raising hopes that one essential component of economic growth could be starting to recover.The New York Times

    Thailand's economy continued to struggle in the second quarter of 2014, with the country's growth and manufacturing activity dropping—a scenario that highlights concerns over the junta's ability to revive consumption and investment hit hard by months of political instability.The Wall Street Journal

    Driverless cars will be tested on U.K. roads starting in January, providing an opening for carmakers and technology companies as the government looks for ways to improve safety and lower pollution.Bloomberg

    Japanese industrial output fell the most since the March 2011 earthquake, highlighting the widening impact to the economy of April’s sales-tax increase.Bloomberg

​Infrastructure / Education

​​Opinion / Editorial

    A column by journalist David Cay Johnston in the Sacramento Bee re-visited arguments made by opponents of the Proposition 30 tax increases – including me – that jobs would be killed if the taxes were increased.Joel Fox in Fox&Hounds Daily

    Kevin McCarthy may be a one-man refutation of the old adage that “nice guys always finish last.”Dan Walters in The Sacramento Bee

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