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July 25, 2013 | By Bettina Boxall
A Republican congressman who represents the northern Mojave Desert has asked the federal government to launch a full-fledged environmental review of Cadiz Inc.'s proposed groundwater pumping project. The request by U.S. Rep. Paul Cook (R-Yucca Valley) joins a similar one made last year by Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), making a rare show of bipartisan unity on a publics lands issue. In a June letter to U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell that was released Thursday by the National Parks Conservation Assn., Cook echoed  opponent concerns about Cadiz's plans to pump groundwater from beneath its holdings in the eastern Mojave and sell the water to urban Southern California.
July 12, 2013 | By Jason Song
A U.S. congressman from California isn't applauding Janet Napolitano's nomination to be the next president of the University of California system. Napolitano plans to step down as secretary of Homeland Security in September. She is also the former governor of Arizona. Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) said it was "disappointing to see an individual with such a poor record on civil liberties and government selected to run the University of California," he said in a statement.
July 3, 2013 | Bloomberg News
William H. Gray III, a Baptist minister and Democrat from Philadelphia who during six terms in Congress became the first black party whip - the No. 3 leadership post - and first black chairman of the House Budget Committee, has died. He was 71. He died unexpectedly Monday while in London with one of his sons to attend the Wimbledon tennis tournament, according to family spokesman William Epstein. A third-generation pastor of Bright Hope Baptist Church in Philadelphia since 1972, he was elected in 1978 to represent Pennsylvania's 2nd Congressional District, which covers areas in and around Philadelphia.
June 27, 2013 | By Richard Simon
WASHINGTON -- Orange County Congressman John Campbell (R-Irvine) announced Thursday that he will retire when his term expires, continuing the large turnover in the state's House delegation. "At the end of this term, I will have spent 14 years serving in full-time elected politics," the conservative Republican said in a written statement. "I am not nor did I ever intend to be a career politician. I am ready to begin a new chapter in my life. " His term ends Jan. 3, 2015. Campbell, 57, was first elected to the House in 2005 to succeed Christopher Cox, who resigned to chair the Securities and Exchange Commission.
May 11, 2013 | Hugo Martín, Los Angeles Times
The 149 air traffic control towers that were scheduled to close this summer because of federal sequestration will remain open until at least September, government officials said Friday. The Federal Aviation Administration said legislation approved by Congress last month allows the agency to transfer funds from other accounts to keep the towers open until the end of the fiscal year. The towers, run by contract workers, operate at small airports such as Brown Field Municipal Airport in San Diego, Riverside Municipal Airport, Whiteman Airport in Pacoima, Oxnard Airport, Southern California Logistics Airport in Victorville and Fullerton Municipal Airport.
April 30, 2013 | By Michael A. Memoli
SOMERVILLE, Mass. - Stephen Lynch was in a hurry on Friday morning, first to a pair of diners along Broadway, then down the street to a firehouse. By day's end, he'd hit 18 stops in six cities and towns in the Boston area, as he worked to do “14 days worth of work in four days,” as a volunteer put it. Lynch, a Boston-area congressman, is by all accounts the underdog in Tuesday's Democratic primary for the U.S. Senate seat vacated by John F. Kerry. Fellow congressman Ed Markey has most of the establishment Democratic support, including a late endorsement from Caroline Kennedy.
April 24, 2013 | By Mark Kellam
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank), lead sponsor of the Armenian genocide resolution in Congress , delivered his remarks in Armenian on the House floor Wednesday as he honored the estimated 1.5 million Armenians who were massacred in 1915 at the hands of Ottoman Turks. His remarks come the same day that President Obama once again did not use the word “genocide” in his annual statement about the tragic event. According to his office, in his Armenian address, Schiff said: “I speak to you from the floor of the House of Representatives in the language of your grandparents and your great-grandparents - the language they used to speak of their hopes, their dreams, their lives and their loves in the years before 1915....
April 23, 2013
Robert W. Edgar Six-term Pennsylvania congressman Robert W. Edgar, 69, who represented Pennsylvania for six terms in the House of Representatives, served as president of the Claremont School of Theology and went on to lead the public interest group Common Cause, died Tuesday after collapsing while exercising on a treadmill at his home in Burke, Va., according to his wife, Merle. Edgar, a liberal Democrat, was elected in 1974 in a large class of newcomers that went to Washington after the Watergate scandal.
April 2, 2013 | By Anthony York
SACRAMENTO -- Against the wishes of President Obama, a Democratic upstart has announced his challenge to incumbent Rep. Mike Honda (D-San Jose) in next year's elections. The announcement from Ro Khanna, who worked in Obama's Commerce Department, illustrates the continued impact of new California election rules approved by state voters in 2010. With voters free to vote for a candidate regardless of their party registration, and new political districts drawn by an independent commission, the power of party leaders to control elections has been diminished.
April 1, 2013 | By Marisa Gerber, Los Angeles Times
When Boyle Heights shop owner Arturo Macias hears fellow Latinos use the Spanish word for "wetback," he doesn't necessarily take offense. Macias, who crossed illegally into the U.S. through Tijuana two decades ago, has heard the term " mojado " for much of his life and sees it less as an insult than a description of a common immigrant experience. "As a country of immigrants," he says in Spanish, "in one way or another, we're all mojados . " Macias is very offended, however, when he hears a non-Latino say "wetback.
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