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AP / Jeff Chiu

Getting a Read on Prop. 8’s Proponents

The celebration about U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker’s ruling overturning California’s Proposition 8 hardly got under way before a trio of federal appellate judges put the kibosh on it all on Monday by putting gay marriage on the shelf for the time being.

Posted on Aug 17, 2010 READ MORE


anti-prop 8 rally
AP / Eric Risberg

Reason Beats Hate in Prop. 8 Ruling

When public discourse is so dominated by hysterical sound bites of religious intolerance and xenophobia, it is inspiring to read federal Judge Vaughn R. Walker’s ruling overturning Proposition 8, the California voter initiative banning same-sex marriage.

Posted on Aug 16, 2010 READ MORE


Prop. 8 protest
AP / Marcio Jose Sanchez

Judge Lifts Stay, Gay Marriages in California Soon to Be a Go (Updated)

Twitter is abuzz with the news that Judge Vaughn R. Walker has lifted a stay on his historic Prop. 8 ruling, meaning gay couples in California can once again legally marry beginning Aug. 18. Officials are standing by.

Posted on Aug 12, 2010 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Schwarzenegger Urges Resumption of Gay Marriages

As the gay marriage train prepares to leave the station, it’s odd but telling to see Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger urging the resumption of same-sex marriages in California while Democratic President Barack Obama remains opposed.

Posted on Aug 7, 2010 READ MORE


The Judge Who Slew Prop. 8

The 14th Amendment is a mighty sword, and U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker used it Wednesday to flay and shred all the specious arguments—and I mean all of them—that are used to deny full marriage rights to gay and lesbian Americans. Bigotry has suffered a grievous blow.

Posted on Aug 5, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / clementine gallot (CC-BY)

Federal Judge Says Gays Have a Right to Marry

Federal Judge Vaughn R. Walker on Wednesday found California’s ban on gay marriage unconstitutional. In his decision, the George H.W. Bush appointee wrote: “Proposition 8 both unconstitutionally burdens the exercise of the fundamental right to marry and creates an irrational classification on the basis of sexual orientation.” (continued)

Posted on Aug 4, 2010 READ MORE


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Flickr / fictures

Gambling for California’s Future

In case you hadn’t heard, the Golden State ain’t so golden these days, and Gov. Schwarzenegger is having a tough time finding a way to yank California out of a yawning financial hole. This is where gambling comes in.

Posted on Aug 4, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Reed Saxon

We All Live on Turtle Island

When speaking of the natural world, for good reason we often turn to Native American myth. Turtle carries the world on its back is what many of these myths tell us; we are all citizens on turtle island.

Posted on Jul 22, 2010 READ MORE



Tesla Motors

How Clean Are Electric Cars? Depends on the State

With high-profile deals, expanding infrastructure and a growing list of models, the electric car is finally arriving, but, as they say, your mileage may vary. Charge that Tesla Roadster in Georgia, where they burn coal to power the grid, and you may as well be driving a Prius.

Posted on Jul 19, 2010 READ MORE



boc.ca.gov

Technical Difficulties Bring Luck to Calif. Workers

California’s outdated technical infrastructure has made 200,000 state employees very, very happy. After an injunction by the governor to cut workers pay to the state’s $7.25 minimum wage, the state controller has successfully argued that such pay docking would be impossible given the state’s outdated payroll computer system.

Posted on Jul 16, 2010 READ MORE


Schwarzenegger
http://gov.ca.gov/

Schwarzenegger’s Unwelcome July Surprise

Around 200,000 state employees in California will notice an adjustment in their July paychecks—and it won’t be the kind of change they want. According to an order issued Thursday by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger ... (continued)

Posted on Jul 2, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / laverrue

Gay Marriage Goes Up for Argument in California

California’s a place that may seem a little kooky, a little crunchy, and definitely more than a little liberal when viewed from some other areas of the nation, but when it comes to the issue of gay marriage, it has yet to catch up with Iowa. Or Spain.

Posted on Jun 16, 2010 READ MORE


Brown

A Very Jerry Primary Party: Brown Readies for Battle With Meg Whitman

California Attorney General Jerry Brown is making his play to once again become governor of the Golden State, and he stepped out Tuesday night at Club Nokia in downtown Los Angeles to extoll the value of ... (continued)

Posted on Jun 9, 2010 READ MORE



Meg Whitman 2010 / Max Morse (CC-BY)

It Cost Meg Whitman Only $81 Million to Buy a Shot at the Mansion

Former eBay CEO Meg Whitman has promised voters to apply her business savvy to running the state that roughly one-tenth of Americans call home. She can start by explaining why she had to spend $81 million, most of it hers, to win the Republican nomination for governor of California. Her opponent, Steve Poizner, spent $25 million.

Posted on Jun 9, 2010 READ MORE



Ralph Nader on Prop. 14

What Ralph Nader has to say about California’s Prop. 14, Rupert Murdoch’s billion-dollar disaster, and reports and videos on the flotilla raid you won’t find in U.S. media.

Posted on Jun 3, 2010 READ MORE


pink slip sign
Flickr / aflcio

Where’s the Recovery?

As President Barack Obama, speaking last week in Buffalo, N.Y., was assuring the country that “our economy is growing again,” the usual large number of unemployed lined up at a community aid center in Los Angeles for food, clothing, advice and help finding a job.

Posted on May 17, 2010 READ MORE


Welcome to California
Wikimedia Commons / Tobias Müller

Arizona’s Immigration Debate Gets Californians Talking

Now that Arizona’s notorious SB 1070 has caught the nation’s attention, immigration may again move into front-and-center position in another Western state that is ever grappling with the issue. Yes, that would be our own Golden State of California.

Posted on Apr 30, 2010 READ MORE


Why Financial Reform Will Be Easier Than Health Care

For the first time in Obama’s presidency, Republicans are uncertain as to whether resolute opposition to a Democratic idea is in their political interest.

Posted on Apr 21, 2010 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza, File

Obama Flies In to Give Sen. Boxer a Boost

The president didn’t mince words Monday during a Los Angeles fundraiser for Sen. Barbara Boxer’s bid for re-election, warning “she might not win this thing.” One poll has Boxer about even with the competition, which has yet to be decided by state Republicans. (continued)

Posted on Apr 19, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / digitalshay (CC-BY)

The Secret Police of Los Angeles: Daryl Gates’ Paranoid Legacy

The former L.A. police chief, who died Friday, was notorious for presiding over a racist and brutal department (it had a nasty habit of strangling and shooting unarmed suspects to death), but he also had more than 200 spies keeping tabs on city bigwigs. One was even dispatched to Russia and Cuba, reports David Cay Johnston. (continued)

Posted on Apr 19, 2010 READ MORE


What Are They Smoking in California?

There is record support for marijuana legalization, as more Americans see the drug war for what it really is. But framing the debate in terms of tax revenue is just bad politics.

Posted on Apr 8, 2010 READ MORE


Jerry Brown
Wikimedia Commons / Phil Konstantin

California A.G. Says ACORN Workers Didn’t Violate Law in ‘Pimp’ Tapes

After reviewing the infamous video footage taken of right-wing activists James O’Keefe and Hannah Giles purportedly posing as pimp and prostitute, respectively, and talking to employees of the now-disbanded organization ACORN, California Attorney General Jerry Brown ... (continued)

Posted on Apr 2, 2010 READ MORE


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Wikimedia Commons / Joyce N. Boghosian

Californians Heckle Karl Rove Into Submission

Activists from Code Pink hounded Karl Rove off stage at a Beverly Hills event Monday. Ol’ Turd Blossom could be headed for more rough treatment as he takes his roadshow north.

Posted on Mar 30, 2010 READ MORE


The Looming Water Disaster That Could Destroy California

There’s a disaster waiting to happen in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, and a handful of wealthy farmers seem to like it that way.

Posted on Mar 25, 2010 READ MORE



Noam Chomsky Edition

The water disaster that could destroy California, how much NATO pays for dead Afghan children, and answers to frequently asked questions about health care reform.

Posted on Mar 24, 2010 READ MORE


Prius

The ‘Runaway Prius’ That Quite Possibly Wasn’t

Toyota might have cause to breathe a little easier after a couple bumpy months, as last week’s runaway-Prius story is looking like it could represent less of a PR disaster for the automaker than it originally appeared to be.

Posted on Mar 15, 2010 READ MORE


The Tax War Goes Online

Amazon has sent a message to states buckling under budget deficits: If you make us play by the same tax rules as other businesses, we’ll punish you.

Posted on Mar 11, 2010 READ MORE


Ashburn
lhc.ca.gov

Calif. State Sen. Ashburn: ‘I Am Gay’

California State Sen. Roy Ashburn is officially out of the closet. However, the Republican lawmaker from Bakersfield has some ’splainin’ to do, starting with his voting record, which has not exactly reflected a supportive stance toward LGBTQ causes.

Posted on Mar 8, 2010 READ MORE


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Posted on Mar 8, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / bpbailey

‘3, 6, 9, 12, Budgets Cuts Can Go to Hell’

In retaliation against California’s tuition hikes and education budget cuts, students from across the state kicked off a “Day of Action and Strike in Defense of Public Education” on Thursday with assemblies, walkouts and teach-ins. The action was part of a national protest.

Posted on Mar 5, 2010 READ MORE



Wikimedia Commons / Phil Konstantin

Why Jerry Brown Wants to Be California’s Next Governor

We’ve known for years that Jerry Brown would run to succeed Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2010, but the former two-term governor waited until Tuesday to make it official. In his announcement video, Brown promised not to raise taxes without ... (continued)

Posted on Mar 2, 2010 READ MORE


Braly
wellpoint.com

Health Insurance Executive Defends Rate Hikes Before Congress

Wow, times are really tough for health insurance companies! Take WellPoint Inc., for example, the big insurer that owns Anthem Blue Cross, which is planning double-digit rate hikes in California. WellPoint President Angela Braly explained to a House subcommittee Wednesday ... (continued)

Posted on Feb 24, 2010 READ MORE


Obama
White House / Pete Souza

Obama Debuts Health Care Reform Plan, Sans Public Option

Here we go again. In preparation for this week’s health care summit on Capitol Hill, President Barack Obama has unveiled his own plan for reforming America’s ailing system, which includes a mandate for consumers to buy insurance and doesn’t include a public option.

Posted on Feb 22, 2010 READ MORE


Palin
BBC

Palin Calls Global Warming Research ‘Snake Oil Science’

During her speech at a logging conference in Redding, Calif., on Monday, Sarah Palin criticized California’s environmental regulations, pointed to her polar-bear-related lawsuit against the federal government, and compared certain global warming research to “snake oil science.”

Posted on Feb 9, 2010 READ MORE


Obama's arrival
White House / Pete Souza

Nice Speech. Now What?

Words won’t put people to work. Not even Obama’s eloquence—and he did reach that point on occasion—will be enough to inject courage into the gutless Democrats running from a mild heath care reform bill. Nor will words turn Republicans away from the unrelenting opposition they think will bring down the Democrats.

Posted on Jan 28, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Rich Pedroncelli

California’s Folly — Prop. 13

California now struggles with fiscal and social disaster because of a 32-year-old initiative that makes raising revenues and passing budgets nearly impossible.

Posted on Jan 26, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / Marcy Reiford

Study Blames American Smog on Asia

Residents of Southern California are no strangers to smog, but new research suggests that South and East Asia could be to blame for increased levels of the brown stuff floating over the Western United States. Ozone and possibly other pollutants are apparently blowing over the ocean, causing all sorts of problems and reminding us that exporting our pollution to the developing world isn’t exactly working out.

Posted on Jan 20, 2010 READ MORE



AP / J. Scott Applewhite

An Omen in the Prop. 8 Battle?

Many fear that a recent decision by the U.S. Supreme Court may be an omen on how the court might rule if the legal battle over Proposition 8 arrives in Washington. The 5-4 decision ruled that Internet streaming of the Prop. 8 trial in San Francisco would cause a hostile public climate toward anti-gay marriage advocates.

Posted on Jan 17, 2010 READ MORE


Supreme Court
supremecourtus.gov

SCOTUS Bars Video Coverage of Prop. 8 Trial

Bad news for anyone hoping to keep tabs on the Proposition 8 trial via YouTube: On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court blocked a ruling by a federal judge to allow streaming video coverage of the trial contesting the ban on gay marriage in California. The top court’s decision holds only until Wednesday, however, so stay tuned.

Posted on Jan 11, 2010 READ MORE


Schwarzenegger
http://gov.ca.gov/

And Now, the California Budget Cuts

What’s to be done about California’s budget woes? Well, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is cutting way back on spending on such superfluous concerns as “health, welfare, transport and the environment,” according to the BBC. But really, this’ll hurt him more than it’ll hurt ... oh, never mind.

Posted on Jan 8, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / TenSafeFrogs

Liberal Linguist Wants to Save California

The nation’s biggest and richest state has been called ungovernable because, among other reasons, budgets and taxes have to be approved by a two-thirds majority of the Legislature. George Lakoff, the guy who gave us framing, is out to change things. (continued)

Posted on Jan 4, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / Matti Mattila

House Passes Earmark-Heavy Spending Bill

On Thursday, the House of Representatives approved a massive spending bill, totaling $447 billion, which includes quite a few earmarks. In fact, 5,224 earmarks made their way into the bill, adding up to about $3.9 billion. This did not please House Republicans, of whom not a single member voted for the measure.

Posted on Dec 10, 2009 READ MORE



cironline.org

Corporate Farmer Calls Upon Sen. Feinstein to Influence Environmental Dispute

Wealthy corporate farmer Stewart Resnick (shown above with wife Lynda) has written check after check to U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s campaigns, and when he needed her help, he got quick results.

Posted on Dec 6, 2009 READ MORE


California map

California Climate Change Primer With Your Host, Gov. Schwarzenegger

California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger apparently isn’t one of those Republicans who believe that growing international concerns about climate change stem from a vast left-wing conspiracy. Here, he takes stock of the climate-related challenges his adopted home state may face and what’s to be done about them.

Posted on Dec 4, 2009 READ MORE


Berkeley protest
Flickr/James Buck

Age Trumps Youth in UC Tuition Dispute

Student protesters may think they are simply battling a wasteful, callous government bureaucracy that is more concerned about bailing out Wall Street banks than supporting a frivolous thing like education. But really the fight is about something much more basic and widespread: It is a fight between the young and the old, between California’s baby boomer pensioners and everyone under 49.

Posted on Nov 24, 2009 READ MORE



Flickr / Epioles

Books, Not Bombs

With President Barack Obama’s Afghanistan war strategy soon to be announced, the juxtaposition of education cuts and military increases is incensing many, and helping to build a movement.

Posted on Nov 24, 2009 READ MORE


Despite Subsidies, Class Sizes Rise in California Schools

Most of California’s largest school districts are increasing class sizes in kindergarten through third grade, eroding the most expensive education reform in the state’s history.

Posted on Nov 19, 2009 READ MORE



gov.ca.gov

Schwarzenegger Says Hasta la Vista, Baby, to Politics

After terminating his second stint as California’s governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger will be looking for a fourth act in life. The movie-star-turned-politician told reporters in Italy, “I am not going to run for anything else.” So what’s next? Environmental activist? Hummer salesman? Judge on Project Runway? (continued)

Posted on Nov 18, 2009 READ MORE


Fiorina
cs.bris.ac.uk

Carly Fiorina Taking On Barbara Boxer for Senate Seat

She admits she hasn’t always been a true believer in our country’s electoral system, but former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina is now hoping to become a major player in the U.S. political arena by challenging longtime California Sen. Barbara Boxer for her congressional seat in 2010.

Posted on Nov 4, 2009 READ MORE


empty podium
White House / Pete Souza

Where Was Obama When Maine Needed Him?

Why did voters in Maine reject a law that would have sanctioned same-sex marriage? Well, according to some marriage equality supporters, one big reason currently resides at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, and another has to do with conservative scare tactics played out via television ad campaigns.

Posted on Nov 4, 2009 READ MORE


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