October 24, 2013 |
They have the shape, feel and nicotine of tobacco cigarettes, but e-cigarettes should not be regulated like tobacco products, makers of the popular new product say. The Smoke Free Alternatives Trade Assn., an industry group, is lobbying to avoid Food and Drug Administration regulation under the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act. "This is a critical time for ... the e-cig industry at large," said Cynthia Cabrera, the trade group's...
October 4, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO - Gov. Jerry Brown has signed into law legislation that was heavily lobbied by Silicon Valley entrepreneurs and aimed at boosting sales of high-tech goods and services. Four measures, part of a package of 18 business-friendly bills approved Friday, seek to ease the regulatory burden on developers of smartphone-based payment systems; reverse a retroactive tax hike on investors in small start-up companies, and create a "Made in California" program to help market innovative, locally manufactured consumer products.
October 3, 2013 |
As the medical device tax begins to look more and more like Obamacare's sacrificial lamb , the invaluable MapLight provides us with a rundown of the device industry's spending to kill the tax. The raw number -- and we do mean raw: Supporters of the repeal have contributed $39.8 million to current members of Congress since the tax was enacted. In the house, the top collector is Rep. Andy Harris (R-Md.) ($485,428), with Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) a close second at $464,974.
September 20, 2013 |
Whatever your views about the legality of the Obama administration's requirement that employee health plans cover contraception, you have to hope that the Supreme Court will take the case of Sebelius vs. Hobby Lobby Stores Inc. et al. After all, how often do law professors get to refer to a case that rhymes? Poetry aside, the court has every reason to hear the case, in which a federal appeals court in Colorado looked with favor on the argument that Hobby Lobby, a “biblically founded” chain of hobby and craft stores, is protected by the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (or RFRA, as it's known inside the Beltway)
September 18, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO -- Mark Zuckerberg is in Washington, his first time there in three years, to make the case for immigration reform. After meeting with lawmakers on Capitol Hill, the Facebook chief executive was interviewed onstage for about an hour at the Newseum by James Bennet, editor in chief of The Atlantic. "The purpose of this trip is largely for immigration and not for Facebook," Zuckerberg said. With the launch of its political advocacy group Fwd.us, Zuckerberg has assumed a much larger role in national politics.
August 1, 2013 |
USC reached out to UCLA offensive line coach Adrian Klemm last winter, hoping he'd make the jump across town. UCLA Coach Jim Mora knew he needed more financial firepower to retain his staff. So UCLA did what it believed it needed to do. Klemm, a skilled recruiter, and others on staff, received raises following their 9-5 season and pushed the pool of money for assistant football coaches to an unprecedented level for the university. UCLA will pay assistants $2.442 million in base salaries and talent fees this season.