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Bloom's Anti-Free Speech Bill Heads to Appropriations; Assembly Judiciary Staff Calls it Unconstitutional

Marcy Winograd | Posted 04.25.2016 | Politics
Marcy Winograd

Our lawmakers in Sacramento aren't making much sense. On the one hand, the California Assembly Judiciary Committee voted unanimously in April -- over...

California Assembly Passes Right-To-Die Bill Inspired By Brittany Maynard

Reuters | Marina Fang | Posted 01.03.2017 | Politics

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - A hard-fought measure to legalize physician-assisted suicide in California cleared the state Assembly on Wednesday desp...

Slushy Politics in California

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 06.03.2016 | Los Angeles
Hoyt Hilsman

For years, watchdog groups in California have criticized the existence of a slush fund controlled by the speaker of the California Assembly. The fund, which is not subject to any credible audit or oversight, has spent over $100 million in the past six years, mostly for pet projects and peddling political influence.

California Assembly Passes Bill Banning Crisis Pregnancy Centers From Misleading Patients

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 05.26.2015 | Politics

The California Assembly passed legislation Tuesday that would require faith-motivated crisis pregnancy centers to provide comprehensive information ab...

Bill Takes Aim At Campaign Corruption In California Schools

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 08.19.2014 | Politics

A California bill banning school and college administrators from raising money for their board members’ campaigns -- a major conflict of interest br...

Lydia O'Connor

State Could Be First To Provide Low-Income Families This Overlooked Necessity | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 08.06.2014 | Politics

A staff member at West Valley Community Services, a basic needs center in Cupertino, Calif., recently overheard a mother admit she was withholding liq...

Big Win For Food Industry In Repealing California 'Glove Law'

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 03.31.2014 | Healthy Living

In a move that’s sure to please California bartenders and sushi chefs, the state’s Assembly Health Committee voted unanimously to overturn the inf...

Why Women Should Support California Senate Bill 115

Carol Chodroff | Posted 09.29.2013 | Politics
Carol Chodroff

Too many children lack loving, supportive, stable caregivers in their lives. When our laws deprive our children of ongoing, loving relationships with the only parents they have ever known, we must all speak up on behalf of our children to preserve and protect those relationships.

The California Bill That Leaves Injured Workers to Fend for Themselves

Sarita Gupta | Posted 08.21.2013 | Politics
Sarita Gupta

We shouldn't tolerate sports team owners taking a page from Walmart's playbook to increase their profits at the expense of workers and taxpayers.

A Game of Numbers: 54 Assembly Votes Needed to Pass California Paralysis Cure Research Bill

Don C. Reed | Posted 07.28.2013 | Los Angeles
Don C. Reed

It is Monday morning as this is written, 3:47 a.m. On Wednesday or Thursday of this week, the full California Assembly will vote yes or no on paralys...

The Single Most Important Thing To Happen In California Politics

Posted 11.07.2012 | Los Angeles

California Democrats hitched their wagon to President Barack Obama's rising star this election season, a strategy that's paid off handsomely for the p...

California Should Not Pass "Multiple Parents" Bill

Elizabeth Marquardt | Posted 08.17.2012 | Los Angeles
Elizabeth Marquardt

California legislators should not support SB1476, which seeks to allow multiple legal parents for children. There are better ways to protect children without conferring full parental status on three or more people.

Why Is It So Hard to Do the Right Thing?

Melanie Lundquist | Posted 10.02.2012 | Education
Melanie Lundquist

What does it take to get Americans to forget labels such as Democrat and Republican, Conservative or Liberal -- and filter everything through the lens of the right thing to do?

So Much For Holding Polluters Responsible In California

| Posted 02.10.2012 | Green

This article comes to us courtesy of California Watch. By Corey G. Johnson Under pressure from construction, architect and other industry groups...

'The Public Is Fed Up With Wealthy Donors Who Manipulate Elections'

Aaron Sankin | Posted 02.01.2012 | San Francisco

A bill that would have given California voters more insight into the funding of political advertisements in the post-Citizens United era of unlimited ...

New Law Will Increase Access to Healthy California Foods

John A. Perez | Posted 12.26.2011 | Los Angeles
John A. Perez

California's nutritional shortcomings extend beyond that of trans fat and caloric challenges, and into the disturbing realm of simple access to affordable, healthy food options.

Time for Sunshine in Sacramento

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 10.09.2011 | Los Angeles
Hoyt Hilsman

Would you believe that, after the recent scandals in California around illegal compensation and government secrecy, the California legislature is keeping the budgets of legislators and legislative committees secret?

In a Perfect World: A Law to Cure Paralysis -- Paid for by Those Who May Cause It!

Don C. Reed | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Don C. Reed

Car impact is the number one cause of spinal cord injury paralysis. Those whose heedless actions can inflict agony on others should be part of the answer: helping repair what their recklessness may cause.

Bipartisan Seating at the State of the Union? Why Stop There?

Bradley W. Bloch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bradley W. Bloch

It's hard to caricature someone you've broken bread with. This brings us to Third Way's proposal: intermix the parties during the State of the Union address.

On Boy Scouts Question, CA Chooses Equality

Geoff Kors | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Geoff Kors

Our youth, regardless of their sexual orientation, need to see positive images of LGBT people. They need to learn that LGBT people deserve, just like anyone else, to live lives free of prejudice.

We All Have a Responsibility to Speak Out on Arizona

Karen Bass | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Karen Bass

What Arizona politicians have done is unconscionable -- and unconstitutional -- and it may not be neighborly to point that out, but it certainly is the American way.

Earth Day 2010: Progress Towards a Green California

Karen Bass | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Karen Bass

In the California Legislature we remain committed to implementing and advancing AB 32, our landmark global warming bill, which rolls back greenhouse gas emissions in California to 1990 levels by 2020.

Safety Net Most Critical in Economic Crisis

Karen Bass | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Karen Bass

There are some emerging, if still fragile, signs that the worst of the Great Recession is behind us: the closing of the Dow above 11,000, revenues in ...

Gov 1.0 and Powerful Happenings

Alan W. Silberberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Alan W. Silberberg

We need more "Camp Karen" types of activities in all of our civic spaces. In bringing dignity back to politics, we all grow as a people.

This Foster Care Month Sees Hope Ahead

Karen Bass | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Karen Bass

May is National Foster Care Month and for California's 65,000 foster children and those who advocate on their behalf, it's a month to raise awareness ...