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One Legislative Story on the Budget
6-1-2011 4:03 pm
Ray Haynes
State Capitol
 

The Legislature is getting to the point where it must pass a budget.  The good news is that the Democrats don't need a single Republican vote to pass that...


Another Ammo Bill Passes Out Of Senate
6-1-2011 11:37 am
Doug LaMalfa
North California
 

SB 124, a bill to further regulate and limit ammunition purchases passes the State Senate.  It is a followup to AB 962 of last year that was found...


Jerry Brown - & His emerging crime wave
5-25-2011 10:56 am
Shawn Steel
Statewide
 

With the appropriately named Brown vs. Plata up to 46,000 felons will be prematurely released from California state prisons. The vast majority of these...

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USC student protest: Did the school really have to call their parents?

Source: LAT Opinion
Apr 19, 2014 9:04 am

When 18 USC students staged a sit-in Tuesday outside the office of university President C.L. Max Nikias to protest the school’s business dealings with a vendor — the parent company of which has ties to factories in Bangladesh — scho…

The latest Keystone XL pipeline delay: Good for vulnerable Democrats?

Source: LAT Opinion
Apr 18, 2014 7:25 pm

If the Keystone XL pipeline debate has a soundtrack, I'm guessing it includes a track from Snoop Dogg that's even older than TransCanada Corp.'s application for a permit. That would be 2004's " Drop It Like It's Hot ." Because every time it seems poi…

Law to protect women helps gays too

Source: LAT Opinion
Apr 18, 2014 7:13 pm

What does the federal Violence Against Women Act have to do with outlawing discrimination against gays and lesbians? A good deal, it turns out.

Mexico quake: Is it just me, or are the temblors heading for L.A.?

Source: LAT Opinion
Apr 18, 2014 5:38 pm

A magnitude 7.2 temblor hit Mexico on Friday, with shaking felt across much of the country. Is it just me, oh fellow residents of La La Land, or does it feel like — in earthquake-speak — the Big One is getting just a little too close for…

Feminist thought police takes on Kirsten Dunst

Source: LAT Opinion
Apr 18, 2014 4:19 pm

You can't say anything these days without getting into trouble with the feminist thought police.

Smoke weed, turn into a pothead? Not so fast.

Source: LAT Opinion
Apr 18, 2014 3:28 pm

Los Angeles Times Opinion LA blogger Paul Whitefield argues that a just-released study reporting differences in the brain scans of marijuana consumers versus non-users may just validate the stereotype that those who ingest the substance become "pot…

The Fallacy of Taxes v Services

Source: Calitics
Apr 18, 2014 2:57 pm

Field poll shows voters want lower taxes and services, just not any of the services they like By Brian Leubitz The Field polling organization occasionally asks voters how they feel about the balance of government services versus taxes. And in the mos…

If the Government Takes Your Money Illegally, Shouldn’t You Get it Back?

Source: FlashReport
Apr 18, 2014 2:50 pm

Did you know, if the State of California takes your money in the form of an illegal tax or fee, you might not be able to get it back? I was outraged when I first learned if a taxpayer pays a tax or fee that is later found to be unconstitutional or il…

William Fitzgerald loses his lawsuit appeal against OC Board of Supervisors

Source: Liberal OC
Apr 18, 2014 11:30 am

A federal appeals court ruled Thursday that an Anaheim man’s First Amendment rights were not violated when his speech drew strong reactions at Orange County Board of Supervisors meetings. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals also upheld a board ru…

Mexican American Business & Professional Association Endorses Scott Peters for Congress

Source: SD Politico
Apr 18, 2014 10:45 am

‘Peters is best choice for Latinos and small businesses’San Diego – The Mexican American Business & Professional Association (MABPA) has endorsed Congressman Scott Peters for re-election over a field of challengers in the race for the 52nd …

The Toxic Denial Department

Source: CA Progress Report
Apr 18, 2014 8:00 am

By Liza Tucker Consumer Watchdog What is a polluter’s shill to do when trying to save a client hundreds of millions of dollars in cleanup costs? Well, one tactic is to manipulate the public living near the site of a partial nuclear meltdown into b…

Rewriting Gay History: The Honeymoon Is Over

Source: CalBuzz
Apr 18, 2014 4:01 am

By Hank Plante Special to Calbuzz Now that the history of the gay rights movement is being written, and with the battle over same sex marriage looking like a fait  accompli, there is another war brewing — over who gets credit for the win. A ne…

United Unions Call for Diamond’s Removal from DPOC Leadership Post

Source: Liberal OC
Apr 17, 2014 9:09 pm

Two independent sources tell TheLiberalOC that at Wednesday’s special Executive Board meeting of the OC Labor Fed, that all 90-plus unions represented by the LaborFed united with the 20-plus Building Trade unions in demanding that the Democ…

How Bloomberg plans to use the NRA's tactics in the gun control fight

Source: LAT Opinion
Apr 17, 2014 9:07 pm

Aside from the cowardice of some lawmakers, a major obstacle to passing federal firearms legislation is that sparsely populated, gun-friendly states have the same representation in the Senate as populous, more gun-safety-minded ones. That amplifies t…

Portland's 'big flush' proves it: Life's better there than in SoCal

Source: LAT Opinion
Apr 17, 2014 4:38 pm

There’s the TV show “Portlandia,” and then there’s real-life Portland. Sometimes, though, it can be hard to tell them apart.

Emails show FEC Vice Chair Ann Ravel keeping tabs on former agency FPPC

Source: CalNewsroom.com
Apr 17, 2014 12:32 pm

Last October, Ann Ravel received a promotion. California’s chief political watchdog was tapped to join the Federal Election Commission. But, that didn’t mean she left her former agency high and dry. Emails obtained through a public record…

Secretary John Laird, Ocean 'Protector'

Source: CA Progress Report
Apr 17, 2014 8:00 am

By Dan Bacher On Monday John Laird, Secretary for Natural Resources and Chair of the California Ocean Protection Council, sent a memo to the "California Ocean and Coastal Community" discussing recent letters on the federal FY15 budget that he sent to…

CalPERS hikes rate $459 million, funding still low

Source: Cal Pensions
Apr 17, 2014 4:34 am

The CalPERS board approved a major rate hike yesterday, $459 million, to replenish state worker pension funds that remain low, even though the stock market has rebounded from a post-crash low five years ago. The first of three rate hikes to cover the…

CA Teachers Association Weighs For Inland Empire GOP Candidates Glen Miller and Gary Jeandron

Source: FlashReport
Apr 17, 2014 3:07 am

There is no single public employee union in our state that is more partisan, more liberal, and spends more money working to elect Democrats to office than the California Teachers Association. So imagine my surprise, and distress, to see two Republica…

Gov. Brown looks to fix Rainy Day Fund measure

Source: Calitics
Apr 16, 2014 8:52 pm

Looks to fix 2010's ACA 4 that will appear on November ballot by Brian Leubitz Gov. Brown has always been fond of the concept of a rainy day fund. He's included the concept on many occasions, speeches, budgets, etc. Add "special session" to that list…

Obama, Lofgren & Pelosi blast GOP on immigration

Source: CCTimes/OakTrib Politics Blog
Apr 16, 2014 7:31 pm

The rhetoric flew hot and heavy as Wednesday marked one year since the Senate’s introduction of a bipartisan comprehensive immigration reform bill. The Senate passed the vote, but the House’s GOP leadership has refused to take up that bill or off…

CA17: Khanna & Honda argue over campaign $$$

Source: CCTimes/OakTrib Politics Blog
Apr 16, 2014 5:20 pm

Rep. Mike Honda and Democratic challenger Ro Khanna got into another dustup over each other’s campaign contributions Wednesday, while a new report filed with the Federal Election Commission shows Republican challenger Vanila Singh gave her camp…

Does new marijuana study back Gov. Brown's warning about pot smokers?

Source: LAT Opinion
Apr 16, 2014 4:54 pm

Maybe Jerry Brown was more right about marijuana than folks gave him credit for -- at least if a new study on pot has merit.

Don't by fooled by pope's latest move: Carnival time is over

Source: LAT Opinion
Apr 16, 2014 4:26 pm

For all its fascination with Pope Francis, the secular media haven’t paid much attention to a papal appointment that has stirred up the Catholic blogosphere. The no-frills pope has “confirmed” (reappointed) Msgr. Guido Marini as M…

Why split Calif. into only six states? Go libertarian all the way!

Source: LAT Opinion
Apr 16, 2014 4:08 pm

Until now I was unclear on why California should be divvied up into six states. But I wasn’t alone. Tim Draper, the Silicon Valley venture-capitalist billionaire guy who is trying to collect enough signatures to put a California balkanization p…

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