December 23, 2013 |
Here's something that California doesn't need: a replay of Proposition 8 in slightly different form. But it may get one. Opponents of a new state law that expands the rights of transgender students say they have submitted enough signatures to place a measure on the ballot to repeal it. Recent spot counts by the secretary of state show they may not have reached the threshold. In our view, California would be better off if the petitions were found to be lacking. As with Proposition 8, which altered the California constitution to ban same-sex marriages, this proposal is based on fear of and intolerance toward people whose sexuality falls outside of traditionally accepted norms.
December 5, 2013 |
Prohibition ended 80 years ago Thursday. The top headlines on the Los Angeles Times' front page conveyed the news: " Dry Era End Proclaimed on Utah's Ratification: Roosevelt Calls on Nation to Ban Bootlegger and Saloon's Return; Huge Liquor Imports Authorized" "Rum Flows in Quietly: Repeal Hailed in Sane Style" My favorite tidbit from the main story involves when and how President Franklin Roosevelt signed a proclamation about the...
November 19, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The latest polling on President Obama and his signature healthcare reform law provides a raft of bad news for the White House and Democrats, but a strong cautionary note for Republicans as well: The public disapproves of what Obama has done, but doesn't support the GOP's alternative. First the bad news for Obama: The latest Washington Post/ABC News poll shows the public by 55%-42% disapproves of his performance in office. By 63%-33%, Americans disapprove of his handling of the health law. Perhaps even more ominously for the president, by 52%-46%, the public now has an unfavorable view of Obama, himself.
October 22, 2013 |
Another week, another attack on the 2010 healthcare law. Days after opponents of Obamacare failed to derail it by shutting down the government, a federal court in Washington took up a lawsuit aimed at canceling the premium subsidies the law provides for many low- and moderate-income Americans. It's the first of two such challenges to reach the federal courts this month, and it illustrates - again - how some of the law's critics are trying to repeal it by inflicting the maximum possible damage on the public.
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October 20, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO - It seems pretty simple: If a student has male genitalia, the kid uses the boys' bathroom. If there are female organs, then it's the girls' room. Right? But what if the student wears a skirt, makeup and lipstick, and has a penis? Which restroom then? California voters may be asked to answer that question next year in the November election. And it's not really so simple after all. What if a kid with a penis is standing at the boys' urinal wearing a dress and a pretty hair bow?
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September 20, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO--The National Organization for Marriage, which backed Proposition 8's now defunct ban on same-sex marriage, announced Friday that it would work to repeal a new California law that permits transgender students to use bathrooms that correspond to their gender identity, not their physical sex. Brian Brown, president of the anti-gay marriage group, called the transgender law “a horrible attempt by activists to strip society of...