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Karen Bass

Getting Governments and the United Nations to Focus on Women and Youth

Dawn Laguens | Posted 02.11.2014 | Politics
Dawn Laguens

Now is the time to keep up the momentum. We must make our voices heard to ensure that the health and rights of women and young people get the focus they deserve, at home and abroad, as the global community decides how best to allocate attention and resources.

Republican Hypocrisy on Kids Act

Rep. Karen Bass | Posted 09.23.2013 | Latino Voices
Rep. Karen Bass

For the sake of children who were brought here through no fault of their own, let's hope that Republicans pick up on the contradiction between supporting the children of undocumented immigrants while simultaneously promoting policies that would tear families apart.

Time To Get Serious on Student Loan Debt

Rep. Karen Bass | Posted 07.06.2013 | Politics
Rep. Karen Bass

Last month marked the one year anniversary of student loan debt crossing the $1 trillion mark -- making it second only to mortgage debt. Americans now owe more in student loan debt then credit card or automobile debt with the past 10 years showing a staggering 511 percent increase.

Giving Thanks for Adoptive Families

Rep. Karen Bass | Posted 01.27.2013 | Black Voices
Rep. Karen Bass

If you have yet to think of adoption, please take this holiday season to remind yourself of what family means to you and how good it would feel to offer those same blessings to a child in need.

The Power of Foster Care Politics

Daniel Heimpel | Posted 08.08.2012 | Politics
Daniel Heimpel

While the nation bemoans a "gridlocked" Congress and Comedy Central's Messrs. Stewart and Colbert aptly ridicule both presidential candidates for a disregard of specificity on one hand and hubris on the other, I have borne witness to a very different vision of our elected leadership.

Bill Targets Improved Education For Foster Children

AP | KELLI KENNEDY | Posted 07.31.2012 | Education

MIAMI — Federal lawmakers proposed a bill Thursday that would give social workers better access to school records in an effort to improve educat...

David Lohr

Former Congressional Intern Mysteriously Found Dead In California River

HuffingtonPost.com | David Lohr | Posted 04.03.2012 | Crime

Authorities in California have positively identified the body found floating in a river channel last week as Elgin Stafford, a former intern of Los An...

Iran Threat Reduction Act Actually Enhances Threat of War

Stephen Zunes | Posted 01.14.2012 | World
Stephen Zunes

Never in the history of this country has Congress ever restricted the right of the White House or State Department to meet with representatives of a foreign state, even in wartime. If this measure passes, it will establish a dangerous precedent.

SLUMBER PARTY: One-Fifth Of House Freshmen Sleep In Offices

CBS News | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

(CBS) By Phil Hirschkorn & Wyatt Andrews WASHINGTON - Michigan Congressman Tim Walberg considers sleeping in his Capitol Hill office a luxury. ...

New law jails paparazzi - now what? (Part 2)

Robin Sax | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Robin Sax

By Robin Sax and Carmela Kelly Continued from yesterday (read Part 1) Can you imagine the out of control, desperate, illegal, reckless and dangerous...

New Law Jails Paparazzi -- Now What? (Part 1)

Robin Sax | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Robin Sax

By Robin Sax and Carmela Kelly The paparazzi have officially gone overboard. They are overzealous, over the top and will go to any lengths for a phot...

Class Warfare Heats Up in California

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Joseph A. Palermo

No California governor, not Ronald Reagan, not George Deukmejian, not Pete Wilson, has so bludgeoned the state's employees to the extent Arnold Schwarzenegger has.

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.

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.

Meet Felton Newell and the Dubious LA Political Machine Opposing Him

Morris W. O'Kelly | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Morris W. O'Kelly

You have to love politics in all of its gory splendor. The elected officials charged with the stewardship often engage in questionable if not outrigh...

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 ...

Diane Watson To Retire

Rep. Watson to retire | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

Rep. Diane Watson (D-Calif.) is set to announce her retirement, according to Democratic sources. Watson's central Los Angeles district isn't expected...

Invest In Child Care, Invest In The Future

Daniel Heimpel | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Daniel Heimpel

Shortsighted budgeting has befallen most public entitlements, including foster care. This despite years of research that has consistently shown that investing in children is met with positive returns.

Yes We Can: Perez In California = Progress for the Nation

Rick Jacobs | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Rick Jacobs

In the coming days, Perez may well make history, becoming the first openly gay speaker of any state legislature in the United States.

Of Bricks And Boomerangs: Social Worker's Tuitions And California's Prisons

Daniel Heimpel | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Daniel Heimpel

To save money the UC System was about to raise undergraduate tuition by 32 percent, in addition to hiking fees for professional degrees.

If Governor Schwarzenegger Had Taken Yes for an Answer - No IOUs

Karen Bass | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Karen Bass

Small businesses, students, seniors, and taxpayers will all start receiving IOUS. This shameful day didn't have to arrive. In fact, Governor Schwarzenegger had several opportunities to prevent it.

California Needs a New Constitution

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

If Arnold and the Democrats can waste state money holding failed ballot initiatives and "special elections" they can set aside a little cash for a Constitutional Convention.

Getting Inspired by the Women's Foundation of California

Nour Akkad | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Nour Akkad

One woman creating change is inspiring, but an entire organization of women creating change is groundbreaking.

Obama's California: Angst and Irony for Winning Democrats

William Bradley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
William Bradley

California Democrats are a lot happier about the elections next year than the one in a few weeks.