January 29, 2014 |
Like almost all of the State of the Union speeches before it, Tuesday's was visually dominated by men: The television screen filled most of the time with President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden in dark suits and medium-blue ties; next to Biden, Republican House Speaker John A. Boehner, in a dark suit and pale green tie. Occasionally, the camera would move to the audience, more mixed but still suffused with dark suits. Only during Nancy Pelosi's brief tenure as House speaker, when she was one of the big three dominating the screen, has it been any different.
January 28, 2014 |
WASHINGTON -- Republicans accused of waging a "war on women" attempted to send a message to the nation with the selection of Washington state Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, the top woman in GOP leadership and a mother of three, to deliver the party's response Tuesday night to President Obama's State of the Union address. The House GOP, though, will send another message just hours before the president visits the House chamber -- voting on a bill called the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortions Act, which seeks to expand a prohibition on the use of federal dollars to pay for abortions.
October 18, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Not long ago, California was so deep in crisis that top officials pleaded with Washington for a financial bailout. A lot has changed. Now, in the wake of the federal government shutdown, many in Washington are looking to California for guidance. Over the last several years, California has upended its entire system of electing politicians. The state has become a national pioneer in efforts aimed at creating a more moderate, responsive body of elected officials less inclined to dig partisan trenches.
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August 19, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO -- Nearly 50 activist groups sent a letter to Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday opposing changes proposed by his office to state environmental laws to expedite development projects. The governor's Office of Planning and Research submitted proposed changes to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) that “would actually do a tremendous amount of damage to the important environmental protections it currently provides,” said the letter, signed by representatives of groups including Sierra Club California, the League of Women Voters of California and the Planning and Conservation League.
July 22, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- At a summer lunch with reporters in her Capitol conference room, Rep. Nancy Pelosi rolled out an ambitious economic agenda for women with next year's congressional elections in mind. She launched a legislative agenda of family-friendly policies, such as paycheck fairness for women, an increased federal minimum wage, and President Obama's proposed early childhood education initiative. The Democrats' agenda, coming as the legislative season begins to make way for next year's campaigns, was designed to stand in contrast to bills being debated under the GOP majority on the House floor.
July 4, 2013
Today marks 47 years since the Freedom of Information Act was signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson. FOIA established the public's right to access government records and to know what our government is doing, both its successes and failures. It allows all of us to hold government accountable. Gov. Jerry Brown recently backed down after attempting to water down the state's public access law, the Ralph M. Brown Act, by making it optional for government agencies to provide requested information.