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Nov 5, 2014

House Dems again seek vote on wildfire bill

The bill aims to curb the raiding of non-fire accounts to pay for wildfire suppression when costs exceed an agency’s budget. As such, the plan would allow more money to be spent on hazardous fuels reduction and other prevention efforts designed to reduce the number of huge wildfires that have plagued the western U.S. in recent years.

Mar 29, 2012 | Sacramento Bee

The Ryan Republican Budget: Medicare's Death by a Thousand Coupons

Make no mistake, if this plan ever becomes law, it will mark Medicare's death by a thousand coupons. Seniors remaining with traditional Medicare will pay more as private insurers siphon off the healthiest and youngest among them. Seniors purchasing private insurance will also shoulder more of the cost of medical care as the value of their insurance coupon declines over time.

Feb 6, 2012 | Appeal Democrat

Marysville forum: Jobs outlook bleak in Yuba-Sutter

It is no secret the Yuba-Sutter job market is — at best — sluggish. Just ask Marysville's Dave Fleming. "I haven't been working since I was laid off six months ago," Fleming said. "It is what it is in this economy — it's really tough times." Fleming, 39, was one of more than 50 people looking for answers and maybe some hope at a community meeting on Saturday in Marysville addressing jobs and economic growth in Yuba-Sutter. The event was hosted at the Arts Council Auditorium on E Street and was sponsored by the Yuba-Sutter Democratic Club, Rebuild the...

Feb 2, 2012 | SCPR

Oil Drilling Off California Coast Approved By House Panel

A GOP-led House committee has approved bills that open the Arctic National Wildlife Preserve to oil drilling, encourage oil shale development in Colorado, Utah and Wyoming and push new oil drilling off the Santa Barbara coast. Republicans say the measures provide energy security and a source of revenue to help pay for roads and bridges, but it was the offshore oil lease sales that sparked the most spirited debate. Any discussion of offshore oil drilling among Californians revolves around the 1969 spill off the Santa Barbara coast that dumped 200,000 gallons of crude across 35 miles of...

Jan 25, 2012 | Vacaville Reporter

Solano County's congressmen pleased with Obama's speech

In an attempt to meet a fractured economy head-on and make the needed adjustments to get it back on track, President Barack Obama on Tuesday emphasized in his State of the Union address the importance seeing beyond political differences and challenged Congress to take the steps necessary to bridge the gap. Area representatives are taking a stance firmly behind him. "President Obama gave a very strong and optimistic speech about our country, but made equally strong challenge to Congress to stop blocking efforts to rebuild the middle class and move America forward," said U.S. Rep....

Jan 25, 2012 | Stockton Record

Area politicians weigh in on Obama's address

Shortly after President Barack Obama finished his third State of the Union address Tuesday evening, lawmakers with ties to the area offered their perspectives on the talk. Democrats agree Obama was dynamic, inspirational and scored points on addressing the need to grow the nation's middle class. One area Republican agreed with the president's rhetoric but believes his policies and actions don't reflect his words. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the overall reactions to the address were largely consistent with party lines. However, Obama did receive respect from one Democratic lawmaker...

Jan 25, 2012 | Appeal Democrat

Yuba-Sutter Republican rebuttal to Obama: ‘Not much has improved'

The president called for raising taxes on the rich, luring high-tech manufacturers to America and setting up training programs to prepare workers to succeed in those high-tech manufacturing jobs. After he finished, local Democrats hailed the speech a success; local Republicans criticized him. "He failed to really touch on the major issues and crises that are touching the country today," said Rick Reiss, member of the Yuba County Republican Central Committee. The United States needs to bolster its economy, cut government spending, pay down the national debt and drill for its own oil...

Jan 20, 2012 | Daily Republic

Senior Resources Fair offers services, information to locals

About 100 senior citizens and 20 agencies participated in Rep. John Garamendi’s Senior Resources Fair Thursday at Mount Calvary Baptist Church. The three-hour event included workshops on insurance, as well as scams and frauds that target seniors. Peggy Pellon represented the local Area Agency on Aging. The agency strives to make it to all events such as the resource fair, she said. “It’s an opportunity to do outreach to seniors and diverse cultures,” she said. Some seniors aren’t aware of the services the Area Agency on Aging offers, including depression screening. As one ages, there are a...

Jan 18, 2012 | Berthoud Recorder

Defense Act Is Unconstitutional

Each year, Congress authorizes the budget of the Department of Defense through a National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The NDAA of 2012, however, is unlike any previous ones. This year’s legislation contains highly controversial provisions that empower the Armed Forces to engage in civilian law enforcement and to selectively suspend due process and habeas corpus, as well as other rights guaranteed by the 5th and 6th Amendments to the U.S. Constitution, for terror suspects apprehended on U.S. soil. The final version of the bill passed the House on December 14, the Senate the following day...

Jan 11, 2012 | Greater Long Beach

Poor Richardson’s Almanac: In Today’s Entry, Garamendi Endorses Janice Hahn

Congressman John Garamendi, a Democrat from a Northern California district, has announced his support for Janice Hahn in her attempt to win the congressional seat that Richardson currently occupies. Garamendi’s endorsement comes with the observation that Hahn ’s campaign “hit the ground running” last July—and was politic enough not to mention how such energy compares with the negative vibes that swirl around Richardson like shrieking demons. “Already in her few months since being sworn in to the House, she’s been a leader and has stood up to protect the rights of working people and women’s...