Millions of Americans Have a Chance to Vote on Marijuana Reform Today

By: Tuesday November 4, 2014 9:10 am

Today, millions of Americans across a dozen states will have a chance to vote on marijuana reform at either the state or local level. The four biggest marijuana reform measures are on the ballot in Oregon, Alaska, Washington, D.C. and Florida. If you want to make your voice heard on the issue, this is your chance.


Californians Plan to Vote Overwhelmingly for Criminal Justice Reform and Reducing Prison Sentences

By: Wednesday September 24, 2014 9:45 am

The people of California are planning to vote overwhelmingly to change how several minor offenses are treated under the criminal justice system. According to a new PPIC poll, 62 percent of likely voters are planning on supporting Proposition 47 while only 25 percent plan to vote against the measure. The measure is supported by Democrats, Independents and Republicans.

Shut California’s Fukushima: Diablo Must Go!

By: Sunday September 7, 2014 6:56 am

The catastrophe at Fukushima was not an accident. It’s unfolding again in California.
The next west coast quake could easily shake the two reactors at Diablo Canyon to rubble.

They are riddled with defects, can’t withstand potential seismic shocks from five major nearby fault lines, violate state water quality laws and are vulnerable to tsunamis and fire.

Domino Effect: Pension Cutters Gamble on a California Ballot Measure

By: Thursday July 24, 2014 7:17 pm

Jon Coupal is nothing if not blunt when he describes one motive behind a Ventura County ballot measure that would replace the “defined benefit” pensions currently enjoyed by county employees and replace them with 401(k)-type plans for all future hires.

“This is meant to be a template for other counties,” Coupal tells Capital & Main. By that, the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association’s president means the measure’s conservative and libertarian backers see the “Sustainable Retirement System Initiative” as the newest and most promising weapon in their assault on California’s public employee retirement plans.

Thoughts on Education After Vergara vs. California

By: Thursday June 12, 2014 7:10 pm

I can’t say what you were all thinking when you read about this ruling, and the commentary that followed from the White House — my own immediate reaction was that they’re now getting what they want directly, rather than having to fuss over “school reform!” Want to mess with the teachers’ unions? Have the courts do it! Perhaps in the future we can now expect a new era of honesty, in which open-ended class warfare upon teachers and students is no longer seen as requiring justification through the ever-expanding rationalizations of “school reform.”

It’s the Guns, but It isn’t Just the Guns

By: Wednesday May 28, 2014 3:04 pm

The killings in Isla Vista by one misogynist thug represent a terrible loss of life, most killed with a gun. Of course people can die so many ways, and the Isla Vista murderer managed to stab three people to death and run one down with his car. Still, the focus is and should be on the quickest, easiest way and thus most dangerous way to kill a lot of people: guns.

Backroom Fix: How Eight Democrats Denied Health Plans to Hundreds of Thousands of Californians

By: Wednesday May 14, 2014 6:30 pm

Jim Araby was dead asleep when his cell phone rang at 6 a.m. last June. Until then the labor activist had been enjoying an idyllic family vacation in Guerneville, on Sonoma County’s Russian River. But the number appearing on his phone told him the call was from Sacramento, suggesting bad news. The voice he now heard confirmed it.

“Can you get here?” a union colleague asked. “We need you.”

In Plain Sight: The Rise of Corporate Democrats in California

By: Tuesday April 15, 2014 7:17 pm

Marin County is one of California’s most liberal regions and, with its iconic redwoods and stunning coastline, it is also a power center for environmental activism. And so, when a bill to give the state Coastal Commission authority to levy fines against shoreline despoilers came for a vote in the state Assembly in 2013, it was taken for granted that Marin’s new Assemblyman, Marc Levine, would vote for passage. That didn’t happen.

California Democrats Add Marijuana Legalization to Their Platform

By: Monday March 10, 2014 12:08 pm

Over the weekend the California Democratic Party decided to make support for marijuana legalization part of their official platform.

Gov. Jerry Brown Shows his Age With Absurd Marijuana Answer

By: Monday March 3, 2014 9:21 am

California Governor Jerry Brown (D) really showed his age this weekend when he decided to responded to a serious question about marijuana legalization with absurd concerns about potheads making the country weak. From Meet the Press: DAVID GREGORY: Forty years ago, we weren’t talking about legalizing marijuana in states either. Is that a good idea [...]

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