January 6, 2011 |
A group of state legislators came to Washington on Wednesday to unveil legal language they say is a blueprint for states to pass immigration laws that might force a Supreme Court review of the 14th Amendment, which grants U.S. citizenship to any child born on U.S. soil, regardless of the parents' citizenship. The group is pushing state legislation that would take two approaches: It would create two tiers of birth certificates, one of which states would produce only for babies born to U.S. citizens and legal residents; and it would attempt to skirt laws stipulating that the federal government defines U.S. citizenship by adding a second level of "state" citizenship.
March 10, 2010
The self-outing of state Sen. Roy Ashburn, who confessed that he is gay on a right-wing talk-radio program Monday, was undoubtedly agonizing -- not only for Ashburn but for his family (the divorced senator has four daughters). But although we sympathize with Ashburn and hope he can turn his life in a more positive direction following this revelation, there's really no excusing his political hypocrisy. Ashburn, a Republican from conservative Bakersfield, has a deeply anti-gay voting record.
September 5, 2009 |
An insurance industry-backed bill that would make it easier for auto insurers to persuade motorists to fix their dents only at company-selected garages won a key vote Friday in the state Senate and should be on the governor's desk next week. Insurers say the bill is needed so that they can give policyholders full information about the benefits of having work done at select auto body shops. Those advantages include lifetime guarantees, fast turnarounds and quality repairs, the insurers say. But opponents -- an unlikely coalition of car dealers, auto body shops, trial attorneys and consumer activists -- contend the bill would weaken safeguards against "steering," an illegal practice in which motorists are pushed with a combination of economic incentives and penalties into taking their cars to certain body shops.
July 25, 2008
If it was all about getting the Legislature's attention, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's plan to cut state workers' pay to the federal minimum wage succeeded admirably. Democrats responded with shock. Republicans responded with incredulity. But so far, neither side has responded with a budget. Lawmakers could honestly point out that they and their staffs haven't been getting any pay since July 1, the long-since-lapsed constitutional deadline for Schwarzenegger to sign into law a budget for the fiscal year currently underway.
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June 16, 2005 |
Republicans in the Legislature spoiled an effort by Democrats to meet Wednesday's constitutional deadline for passing a state budget, calling the plan too expensive -- although it differed little from the one proposed by the Republican governor a month ago. Only eight Republican votes were needed for lawmakers to approve the $115.7-billion budget bill and send it to the governor's desk for his signature.
February 26, 2005 |
The law in Kansas is explicit: A fetus old enough to survive outside the womb cannot be aborted -- unless continuing the pregnancy would endanger the woman's life or irreversibly harm her physical or mental health. In demanding access to the medical records of women who had late-term abortions, Kansas Atty. Gen. Phill Kline suggested this week that doctors might be violating that law by aborting viable fetuses too freely.