January 25, 2012 |
The State of the Union address is a political exercise in the best of times. But when a president is running for reelection and Congress is dominated by his most bitter opponents, there's even less pretense than usual. The State of the Union address that President Obama delivered Tuesday was, in a sense, the first formal speech of his reelection campaign. It was his chance to wedge himself into the noise of the Republican primary campaign for 66 minutes of uninterrupted television time, and he took advantage of it. It was a blue-collar speech, aimed largely at the swing voters Obama most needs to woo - middle- and low-income workers still struggling in the recession's wake.
March 28, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- First-time jobless claims rose last week for the second straight week, but few analysts were worried that it signaled a shift in the recently improved labor market. The Labor Department said Thursday that 357,000 people filed initial claims for unemployment benefits in the week ended last Saturday. That was up from a revised 341,000 in the prior week and 334,000 in the one before that. Analysts were expecting the number of jobless claims to tick up after falling in recent weeks, but not by so much.
November 4, 2010 |
During the campaign season, it was easy to dismiss the idea of a green energy future for California as mere campaign rhetoric. But with the second coming of Jerry Brown, the reelection of Barbara Boxer and voter endorsement of state policies to curb global warming, California really is poised to lead the country to a greener future. FOR THE RECORD: California: A Nov. 4 Op-Ed about Jerry Brown and California's green future said voters passed Proposition 187 in 1984. It passed in 1994.
November 14, 2012 |
The fact that climate change got some attention at Wednesday's presidential press conference could be viewed as progress by environmentalists, after they watched the issue go virtually ignored during the just-concluded campaign. President Obama made many of the right sounds for activists on the issue. In response to a question from the New York Times's Mark Landler, Obama said America must “make sure that this is not something we're passing on to future generations, that's going to be very expensive and very painful to deal with.” But the president also signaled that reducing carbon emissions comes nowhere near the top of his agenda, at least as he looks forward to the start of his second term.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 24, 2010 |
Even as both major gubernatorial candidates are opposing a November ballot proposal that would suspend California's global warming law, the landmark environmental measure remains a salient issue in the campaign, exposing key differences over how the next governor would shape energy policy. Democrat Jerry Brown has fully embraced the 2006 law, which aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels over the next decade. And he is using the issue to drive a wedge between Republican rival Meg Whitman and the state's environmentally conscious voters.
January 19, 2010 |
As the one-year anniversary of Barack Obama's presidency rolls around, a fresh wave of polling shows his approval ratings have dropped amid public anxiety over his handling of the economy, healthcare and other issues. Much as they say they like the president personally, people have expressed unhappiness about some of his actions. Obama's advisors are devising ways to revive his political prospects and rebuild the coalition that propelled him into office, but the overriding question for 2010 is: Can President Obama rebound?
April 21, 2010 |
We are the authors of an often-cited study about the economic impact of California's landmark global warming law, AB 32. The law was passed in 2006 to control the state's greenhouse gas emissions; now some in Sacramento want to see it shelved. And to bolster their case they are misrepresenting our research — despite the facts and over our objections. Our research, "Addressing the Employment Impacts of AB 32, California's Global Warming Solutions Act," which was released in February 2009, has been used by groups like the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Assn.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 1, 2009 |
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger came to Los Angeles on Monday to announce a new $75-million "clean energy workforce training program," which he said would help train more than 20,000 workers for green-sector jobs. The program is intended to train young workers and the unemployed to become solar installers, green-building designers and weatherization installers. The state received $20 million for the job-training effort from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The rest will come from the California Energy Commission, as well as community groups and educational institutions.
November 14, 2011 |
Last year, the medical technology firm Numira Biosciences packed its bags and left Irvine for Salt Lake City. When asked about the firm's departure, its chief executive praised Utah's quality of life but also blamed California's business environment for the move. "The tipping point was when someone from the Orange County tax [assessor] wanted to see our facility to tax every piece of equipment I had," Michael Beeuwsaert told the Orange County Register. For years, California could rely on its temperate climate and a talented workforce to attract and keep businesses even as taxes and regulations increased.