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California Back in Big Oil’s Crosshairs as Feds Quietly OK Offshore Fracking

“This move paves the way for offshore fracking permits that were previously frozen and the dumping of toxic wastewater directly into the Pacific Ocean.”

Posted on May 29, 2016 READ MORE


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Bernie Sanders Supporters Sue Over California’s Voter Registration Rules

Arguing that thousands will be disenfranchised because of confusing rules about registering to vote in the Golden State, supporters of the Democratic presidential candidate filed suit to extend the deadline.

Posted on May 27, 2016 READ MORE



‘Game On’: Bernie Sanders Ready to Debate Donald Trump in California

After Democratic rival Hillary Clinton refuses to debate him, Sanders accepts Trump’s idea for a high-ratings showdown.

Posted on May 26, 2016 READ MORE



Sanders Calls for Kentucky Vote Review, Clinton Nixes California Debate

With the Golden State’s presidential primary less than a week away, tension is ratcheting up in the Democratic campaigns.

Posted on May 25, 2016 READ MORE



Bernie Sanders Makes Hay With His Old-School Oratory Skills

Even in a short-attention-span era, the Democratic presidential candidate knows how to hold a crowd spellbound.

Posted on May 25, 2016 READ MORE



Bernie Sanders Draws Thousands at ‘A Future to Believe In’ Rally

The Democratic presidential candidate is on a tour of California. Truthdig has photos and videos from his visit to Santa Monica High School on Monday.

Posted on May 24, 2016 READ MORE



Los Angeles Press Club Nominates Truthdig for 20 Southern California Journalism Awards

Journalists from press clubs around the United States selected the finalists, and winners will be announced June 26 in downtown Los Angeles. 

Posted on May 23, 2016 READ MORE



This Could Be Make-or-Break Monday for Bernie Sanders

Young voters are signing up in record numbers for the California presidential primary, and Sanders is hoping for a final surge on Monday—the registration deadline in the delegate-rich state.

Posted on May 22, 2016 READ MORE



Long Beach Files Lawsuit Against Monsanto

The city joins six others on the West Coast that have sued the agrochemical giant for allegedly contaminating water sources with PCBs.

Posted on May 21, 2016 READ MORE



Glenn Beck: Facebook Meeting Felt ‘Like Affirmative Action for Conservatives’

The political pundit believes the tech company is not suppressing any political viewpoints, but he sees some troubling signs with the movement he loves.

Posted on May 20, 2016 READ MORE


Robert Scheer Talks California and the Importance of Millennial Movements

By Robert Scheer

In anticipation of California’s June 7 primary, Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer sits down for a Facebook Live discussion.

Posted on May 20, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Angelenos Press for Change in California With Fossil Fuel Industry Protest

Although the state is ahead of the curve on renewable energy, Saturday’s rally in Los Angeles was a reminder to politicians that there’s far to go before we “Break Free” of our dependence on coal, oil and gas.

Posted on May 19, 2016 READ MORE



The Big Issue Californians Are Not Hearing About This Election Year

While most voters’ attention is on the presidential primary and national-level races, it’s the legislative election that matters to the most powerful political force in the Golden State—big business.

Posted on May 19, 2016 READ MORE



Across Los Angeles, Hope Remains for a Big Upset in the California Primary

Their names don’t make headlines in the national media, but the idealists volunteering for the Bernie Sanders campaign are the future of the Democratic Party and of progressives who believe in the electoral process.

Posted on May 6, 2016 READ MORE



Bank of North Dakota Soars Despite Oil Bust: A Blueprint for California?

Despite North Dakota’s collapsing oil market, its state-owned bank continues to report record profits. With 50 times North Dakota’s population, California could do the same.

Posted on May 4, 2016 READ MORE



A Connecticut Yankee’s Introduction to California

A Northeastern native and longtime California resident reflects on his first time experiencing the colorful characters, culture and politics of the Golden State.

Posted on Apr 29, 2016 READ MORE



UC Berkeley Protesters Fight to Save Funding for Undocumented Students

A coalition of campus organizations interrupted the school’s “Cal Day” to draw attention to a $5 million fund that is set to expire soon. The money was originally earmarked for immigration attorneys, psychologists and a textbook rental system.

Posted on Apr 22, 2016 READ MORE



National Prison Strike Campaign Vows to End ‘American Slave System’

Starting Sept. 9, prisoners across the United States will begin a coordinated work stoppage to call attention to what they contend is involuntary servitude.

Posted on Apr 2, 2016 READ MORE



California Reaches Deal to Raise Minimum Wage to $15 an Hour

Numerous statewide polls have suggested that voters would approve a minimum wage proposal—perhaps even a more sweeping version—which forced lawmakers to take swift action.

Posted on Mar 27, 2016 READ MORE



Is Trump the Sequel to Schwarzenegger?

The parallels between the two are striking: Both capitalized on celebrity worship and voter discontent, neither had previous political experience and each is renowned for using sheer muscle—of one sort or another—to make their way in the world.

Posted on Feb 23, 2016 READ MORE



More Than Half the World’s Population Faces Severe Water Scarcity

A new study indicates that global water shortages are much more severe than previously thought, finding that 4 billion people suffer water scarcity during at least one month during the year, while half a billion experience it throughout the year.

Posted on Feb 13, 2016 READ MORE


VIDEO: ‘Days of Revolt’: Chris Hedges and Salinas Leaders Decry the Decline of Another Company Town

In this episode of teleSUR’s “Days of Revolt,” Truthdig columnist and series host Chris Hedges talks with two figures from the American agribusiness center of Salinas, Calif., about the corporate takeover of the city’s political system, its impact on local workers and the similarities between Salinas and Detroit.

Posted on Feb 11, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Rallying for Bernie Sanders, Seminar-Style

Pundits say voter anger is what characterizes this year’s presidential race, but it was a different story at a recent Sanders campaign gathering in Beverly Hills, where the candidate’s supporters quietly sought serious answers to issues including health insurance, fracking and campaign finance.

Posted on Jan 25, 2016 READ MORE



The Porter Ranch Gas Leak: Blame Gov. Jerry Brown

If you think Donald Trump is a national disgrace, you haven’t been paying much attention to what’s been happening in California.

Posted on Jan 23, 2016 READ MORE



Supreme Court to Hear Challenge to Teacher Unions That Could Deal a Major Blow to Liberals

On Monday, the Supreme Court justices who handed victories to liberals in 2016 will hear a case that labor leaders warn could bankrupt public-sector unions and further curtail their political power.

Posted on Jan 9, 2016 READ MORE



Out of Options, California Ships Hundreds of Troubled Children Out of State

One 14-year-old boy’s search for care takes him to Utah as his home state struggles to safeguard its most challenging children.

Posted on Jan 5, 2016 READ MORE



The Consequences for Violating Patient Privacy in California? Depends Where the Hospital Is

An analysis found California officials are inconsistently enforcing a 2008 patient privacy law. Hospitals in the state’s Inland Empire rack up deficiencies while Los Angeles hospitals almost never do.

Posted on Jan 5, 2016 READ MORE



2015 in Review: Amid the Gloom Covering Our Planet, Some Rays of Light

On the winter solstice, a Truthdig review of the year’s environmental stories finds cause for hope in our poison-riddled world.

Posted on Dec 22, 2015 READ MORE



Those Radical Aussies, and How They Tackled Gun Violence

What worked so well for Australia—firearm confiscation—unfortunately seems out of reach for the U.S. Even so, there are common-sense approaches in some foreign countries that could work here. Pictured right, California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, who is proposing a 2016 ballot initiative to strengthen the state’s gun laws.

Posted on Dec 15, 2015 READ MORE



Gov. Jerry Brown Names Dana Gioia, Former Chairman of the NEA, California Poet Laureate

The California governor announced earlier this month that Dana Gioia would take over the Golden State post, replacing Juan Felipe Herrera, who recently became U.S. poet laureate.

Posted on Dec 14, 2015 READ MORE



‘Right Out of California’ Book Review: On the Big Business Roots of Modern Conservatism

In her look at California labor disputes during the Depression, Kathryn Olmsted reveals a mirror reflected across eight decades: Even the government’s most modest policies on behalf of the poor were met with hysteria by the right.

Posted on Nov 13, 2015 READ MORE



Floods Will Add to California’s Drought Woes

Climate scientists predict that while the drought that has devastated the state for four years will become more extreme, it will be interspersed with bouts of serious flooding.

Posted on Oct 28, 2015 READ MORE



With a Spate of New Laws, California May Be the Most Progressive State in the Nation

In the span of just a few weeks, the state Legislature passed—and Gov. Jerry Brown approved—a series of bills that further the cause of social justice on a wide range of issues.

Posted on Oct 15, 2015 READ MORE



Cutting Emissions May Save Some U.S. Cities, but More Than 400 Appear ‘Already Lost,’ Study Finds

Researchers say it is already too late for Miami and New Orleans, which will be overcome by rising sea levels caused by man-made climate change. Under a worst-case scenario, New York could be unlivable by 2085.

Posted on Oct 15, 2015 READ MORE



Citizens United Is Headed for the California Ballot: Here’s What You Need to Know

All eyes will be on a state advisory referendum that’s expected to galvanize protests against a broken political process.

Posted on Oct 13, 2015 READ MORE



State Terror Against People of Color

Mothers of young men murdered by police in Orange County, Calif., testify to the systematic destruction of families and society that such shootings cause. And by extension they indict the capitalist evil that consciously holds the poor like animals in squalid pens.

Posted on Sep 28, 2015 READ MORE



Finally Acknowledging the Obvious, Los Angeles Moves to Declare a State of Emergency on Homelessness

Whether a Truthdig series had anything to do with it or not, the mayor has committed to finding $100 million to get 10,000 people off the streets and into programs to help them.

Posted on Sep 23, 2015 READ MORE



VIDEO: Unarmed Black Teenager Manhandled, Arrested for ‘Jaywalking’

Nine California cops gave Americans another reason to despise police officers on Wednesday when they wrestled a sobbing, passive black teenager to the ground after he allegedly jaywalked and refused to follow an officer’s orders.

Posted on Sep 18, 2015 READ MORE



Winners and Losers in the GOP Debate That Went On and On

This debate won’t alarm Democratic strategists. The Republican infighting will make them happy, and so too will the portrait it painted of an extreme, angry party that is also—Rubio and Bush excepted—very pessimistic about the future of our nation.

Posted on Sep 17, 2015 READ MORE



Helping the Homeless in the Face of GOP’s Brutal Funding Cuts

The task is labor-intensive, beginning with interviewing one person at a time, and it requires perseverance, patience and a willingness to work against all odds. It is made no easier by a callous, Republican-controlled Congress.

Posted on Sep 17, 2015 READ MORE



Report Card: Which Candidates at the GOP Debate Got a Gold Star?

Sorry, Republicans, but it’s still Donald Trump’s world. And sorry, Donald, but now you have to share it with Ben Carson.

Posted on Sep 17, 2015 READ MORE



Go Directly to Jail: Punishing the Homeless for Being Homeless

Although falling asleep, standing still and sitting down are all necessary for survival, more and more communities are treating these behaviors as crimes when done in public places by people with nowhere else to go.

Posted on Sep 10, 2015 READ MORE



Oil Giants Crush California Bill Aimed at Reducing Gasoline Use

The oil industry has derailed an environmental bill designed to reduce gasoline use by up to 50 percent by 2030.

Posted on Sep 10, 2015 READ MORE



California Police Killings Database Shows ‘Clear Racial Disparities’

Newly released records show that black men have been killed by police in California at eight times the rate of other residents over the past decade.

Posted on Sep 7, 2015 READ MORE



California to Move Thousands of Prisoners out of Solitary Confinement

Finally, some better news from our nation’s prison-industrial complex: California announced Tuesday that thousands of inmates in the state’s prisons would be shifted out of solitary confinement.

Posted on Sep 1, 2015 READ MORE



Truthdiggers of the Week: Inmates and Lawyers Against Solitary Confinement

A 2011 hunger strike by California convicts attracted the attention of human rights advocates, and that led to an extraordinary alliance. If this group of lawyers and prisoners has its way, the barbaric conditions in our prisons will come to an end.

Posted on Aug 22, 2015 READ MORE



Wolf Pack Found in California for First Time in Almost 100 Years

Seven wolves—two adults and five 4-month-old pups—have been spotted in a forested area in Northern California, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife announced.

Posted on Aug 21, 2015 READ MORE



Land in California Is Sinking Nearly Two Inches Per Month Due to Pumping in Drought

The rate at which vast areas of California’s Central Valley are sinking has accelerated as massive amounts of groundwater are pumped out to meet water shortages during the region’s historic drought.

Posted on Aug 20, 2015 READ MORE



Amid Drought, California Experiments With Leasing Water Rights

The state’s cities need water. Its farmers have the precious resource. Could leasing the rights to it solve the crisis responsibly?

Posted on Aug 1, 2015 READ MORE



California Gov. Jerry Brown at Vatican’s Climate Summit: ‘God Is Not Mocked’

California’s water-challenged residents know what it’s like to deal with ecological trouble in their own backyards, so it was only fitting that the Golden State’s Gov. Jerry Brown did a little preaching Tuesday at the Vatican’s climate-focused meeting of mayors from around the world.

Posted on Jul 21, 2015 READ MORE


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