Used to be that being successfully prosecuted for holding a decent quantity of crack could put you behind bars for up to five years. No longer. California Gov. Jerry Brown last night signed a bill that will make possession of crack and possession of powder cocaine for sale the same crime, both worth two to four years in state prison.
September 30, 2014
August 19, 2014
Signed by representatives of the Courage Campaign, SEIU and NextGen Climate –whose founder, billionaire philantrapist Tom Steyer, has pledged to spend millions this year opposing candidates who deny climate change – a letter to Harris on Tuesday suggests that the oil industry will collude to raise gas prices if the regulation takes effect.
August 9, 2014
Groups boycotting the Beverly Hills Hotel have set their sights on Rep. Ed Whitfield (R-Ky.), who plans to hold a fundraising weekend at the hotel for his Thoroughbred PAC. UNITE HERE Local 11 and the Courage Campaign plan to stage a demonstration across the street from the hotel on Friday evening, just as donors are scheduled to be gathered at the Polo Lounge for an opening reception, according to a copy of the invite obtained by the Sunlight Foundation. Also planned for Saturday is a poolside event, with a cabana reserved.
August 7, 2014
Bowing to potential consumer and U.S. government backlash amid intense political pressure from the White House and its powerful hometown Chicago Congressional leadership, Walgreen this morning said its takeover of European retailer Alliance Boots won’t result in an overseas domicile that would allow the drugstore giant to avoid higher corporate taxes here.
July 16, 2014
The billionaire backer of a long-shot effort to break California into six separate states submitted signatures to state officials on Tuesday aimed at putting his proposal before voters in 2016.
May 27, 2014
Dozens of controversial state bills were shelved Friday by legislative committees, including measures that would provide healthcare coverage to people in the country illegally, impose a tax on oil drilled from the ground and require campaign contributions to be reported within 24 hours.
May 14, 2014
Here are some reactions to Gov. Jerry Brown's May budget revision:
April 30, 2014
Deep discontent with Gov. Jerry Brown’s budget proposal among California progressives is prompting a coordinated campaign for more spending on education and health care programs.With most Democratic lawmakers unwilling to criticize their own party’s governor in an election year, outside progressive groups are taking up the fight to restore previous budget cuts. They’re planning a rally Tuesday outside the state Capitol. “In a robust time where we have this type of surplus but nobody is really hurting, then I think it’s prudent to sock more money away for a rainy day fund,” says Paul Song with the Courage Campaign. “But right now, when we have so many people that are suffering, we want to see that money go to help the people that have really sacrificed for the last several years in a down economy.”
April 11, 2014
When Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich was shown the door after being outed for giving $1,000 to Proposition 8's campaign to ban same-sex marriage in California, it was a turning point for both the gay rights movement and for Silicon Valley.
March 28, 2014
Gun-control groups said Thursday they were trying to find a new legislative leader to champion firearms restrictions after one of their most outspoken supporters was charged in a federal gun-trafficking case.