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" Addressing budget issues is usually a balancing act in which cuts are weighed against revenue increases to find the best solution for the state. "
" As Democrats, we will never be fooled into believing that if we are patient enough, that Donald Trump could be a good president. "
" As the youngest child of a single immigrant mother with a third-grade education, I never thought in my wildest dreams that I'd ever be an elected official. "
" Banning plastic bags so that people use paper bags or imported reusable bags that will end up in local landfills soon thereafter is not the only solution to our plastic bag challenge. "
" California continues to pass the most ambitious laws in the world to expand clean energy and combat climate change. "
" California Democrats - we fight on the front lines - we don't equivocate on the sidelines. "
" California is the greatest beacon of opportunity the world has ever known. But we didn't get here through years of political seniority - we built it through acts of audacity. "
" California lost its way in 1994 with Prop. 187, but that tragic episode gave birth to a new California consciousness - one that will now do everything within its power to protect our diversity and the economic power it has created. "
" California serves as our nation's cutting edge on many fronts. "
" California's university system is one of the premier higher education systems in the world, and we should require that non-resident students pay a premium to attend it. The revenue generated from these fees can be used to increase affordability and access for more Californians. "
" California will not become a cog in the Trump deportation machine. "
" Cap and trade is an important tool in California's climate policy portfolio. It sends a price signal to industries to reduce their carbon pollution while generating billions of dollars in revenue for investments in clean transportation and direct pollution reduction. "
" Clean air shouldn't be a privilege dictated by where you can afford to live but a right to which we are all entitled. "
" Clean energy isn't just good for the planet; it's good for consumers' monthly utility bills and for the economy. "
" Democrats are very good at governing. When it comes to messaging, I'm not too sure about. "
" Dependence on oil from volatile foreign markets undermines our economic security and threatens our national security. Moreover, that addiction is producing toxic air and a public-health epidemic. "
" Domestic workers allow many people with disabilities to maintain independent, productive lives and live in their own homes - not in institutions. "
" Drafting local police into Trump's immigration crackdown undermines public safety and is a colossal waste of taxpayer dollars. "
" Equity and economic justice are now hardwired into all of our climate policies. "
" Foreign relations should involve human rights, workers' rights, and environmental protection. "
" From education to the environment, from high wages to health care to human rights, California is proof that progressive policies put into action improve the human condition of all individuals. "
" Hollywood is here to stay, and we have to keep the momentum going. "
" I am not delusional. Listen, I am not naive to the fact that people are not shouting my name all over the state of California. "
" I am not just a defender of the California Dream. I am a product of it. "
" I believe strongly that when you have political capital, you should use it in a manner that helps improve the human condition. You shouldn't just compile power and hold onto power for power's sake. "
" I believe that every family - it doesn't make a difference who you are or where you come from - deserves to have quality healthcare. It is a universal right. It's not the exclusive privilege of the elite and the wealthy. "
" I didn't know how to do a press release, so I'd call the local Assembly member and say, 'Hey, can you fax me one of your press releases?' 'Which one?' 'Any one.' "
" I don't believe other states should be in the business of luring production out of California. We've made it clear that no one is going to out-compete California. "
" I don't believe that all folks who supported Donald Trump are racist. I think that there was a lot of economic anxiety, there was a lot of economic panic. A lot of deep-rooted economic insecurity. I think what Trump did, you know, very astutely, was he tapped into this vein, and he promised them a job. "
" I don't believe the federal government should be snooping into American citizens' cell phones without a warrant issued by a federal judge. You cannot give the federal government extraordinary powers to eavesdrop without a warrant. It's simply un-American. "
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