California

Threatened for not watering lawn in a drought

Threatened for not watering lawn in a drought

Laura Whitney and her husband, Michael Korte, don’t know whether they’re being good citizens during a drought or scofflaws. On the same day the state approved mandatory outdoor watering restrictions with the threat of $500 fines, the Southern California couple received a letter from their city threatening a $500 penalty for not watering their brown […]

Shooting spree brings new push for gun control

Shooting spree brings new push for gun control

Senator Richard Blumenthal said on Sunday he wanted to revive gun control legislation rejected by Congress in the wake of the 2012 Newtown, Connecticut, school massacre, saying it could have helped prevent this weekend’s deadly California shooting spree. Blumenthal, a Democrat from Connecticut, said on CBS’s “Face the Nation” program the legislation, which failed last […]

California Republicans cite immigration reform support

California Republicans cite immigration reform support

Republican Rep. David Valadao says he’s not worried that Congress’ failure to pass immigration legislation will hurt his prospects for re-election to a district in California’s agricultural heartland. Same goes for GOP Rep. Jeff Denham, who represents a neighboring district in the state’s San Joaquin Valley. Still, the California congressmen are making sure voters know […]

Kamala Harris: A rising California political star

Kamala Harris: A rising California political star

California Attorney General Kamala Harris sought to engage and energize fellow Democrats on Saturday and warned them not to become complacent with their domination of state politics. A rising star widely expected to seek higher office, Harris, 49, urged Democrats to “stay awake” at her party’s annual convention in Los Angeles, drawing a standing ovation […]

Obama to Supremes: Overturn gay marriage ban

Obama to Supremes:  Overturn gay marriage ban

The Obama administration wants the Supreme Court to overturn California’s gay marriage ban, outlining a broad legal argument that could ultimately be applied to other state prohibitions across the country. The administration’s friend-of-the-court brief, filed Thursday evening, unequivocally calls on the justices to strike down California’s Proposition 8 ballot measure, although it stops short of […]

Court weighs constitutionality of gay marriage ban

Court weighs constitutionality of gay marriage ban

A line of questioning at an appeals court hearing over California‘s gay marriage ban suggested the three judges could issue a decision that would legalize same-sex marriage in that state but leave intact bans in other western states under the court’s jurisdiction. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals heard nearly three hours of arguments […]

Sister Sarah says there will be dancing in the streets

Sister Sarah says there will be dancing in the streets

Sarah Palin says Republicans and the tea party faithful will be dancing in the streets come election day because voters will return government to the little people. Campaigning in California, the former Alaska Governor and failed Vice Presidential candidate drew an enthusiastic crowd of about 2,000 in Orange County, bolstering GOP efforts to make substantial […]

Pot measure donations: Down to seeds and stems

Pot measure donations: Down to seeds and stems

In a state where contentious ballot measures can spawn multi-million-dollar throwdowns, no one for or against California’s high-profile marijuana legalization initiative has raised much cash. Most notably absent are big donations from the thriving medical marijuana industry, a seemingly natural base of support for a measure being sold as a way to raise tax revenue […]

Pelosi, Democrats failed to deliver on ethics promises

Pelosi, Democrats failed to deliver on ethics promises

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi promised four years ago that Democrats would lead “the most honest, most open, most ethical Congress in history.” But as her party defends its record with its majority in jeopardy, two prominent Democrats await ethics trials. Two other party members gave Congressional Black Caucus Foundation scholarships to relatives. Most importantly, lobbyists, […]

Gay candidates add to mid-term election mix

Gay candidates add to mid-term election mix

Laure Rondeau, an 82-year-old Catholic, supports Providence Mayor David Cicilline for Congress because he wants to get the troops out of Afghanistan and says Washington is losing sight of what’s happening to regular people. The sexual orientation of the openly gay mayor doesn’t figure into her decision. “That doesn’t bother me at all,” Rondeau says. […]