Why the California Legislature Shouldn’t Punt on Pot Legalization

By: Thursday February 20, 2014 10:26 am

The big marijuana news this week is that it is unlikely a legalization initiative will get on the 2014 ballot in California. This is not a failure, only a temporary delay because the well-financed coalition decided to wait until 2016 when a Presidential election would produce a better turnout. In light of this decision it would be best if the California legislature would use this window of opportunity to approve their own legalization law.

What should be clear to everyone is that legalization in California is now inevitable.


Solitary Confinement in California Prisons: What Pelican Bay Prisoners Weren’t Allowed to Say to Legislators

By: Friday February 14, 2014 2:32 pm

California permits long-term solitary confinement of prisoners. It is one of at least eight states with prison systems where a practice that is known to cause significant psychological and physical effects is acceptable.

There has been an ongoing push to end solitary confinement in the state.

Careless: How Governor Brown Is Harming California’s Seniors and Disabled — and the People Who Care for Them

By: Wednesday January 22, 2014 7:10 pm

Andrea Vidales makes $9 an hour taking care of a blind Korean War veteran and an elderly couple in their Merced County homes. Under California’s In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) program, she spends about 60 hours every week bathing her clients, preparing their meals, cleaning house, paying their bills, driving them to doctors and dealing with other aspects of their medical care. She was delighted, then, when the Obama administration, through the U.S. Department of Labor, announced new regulations last September requiring in-home caregivers to be paid overtime for working more than 40 hours a week.

Another Poll Confirms Californians are Ready to Legalize Marijuana

By: Wednesday December 11, 2013 8:05 am

The latest Field Poll found 55 percent of California voters think marijuana should be legal and that 56 percent would vote for a proposed legalization initiative with age restrictions. This is a five point jump in support for the basic idea of legalizing marijuana since their 2010 poll.

Minimum Wage Increase Might Be Put on California’s Ballot…By a Conservative

By: Tuesday November 26, 2013 10:47 am

This could be one strange situation where a lone conservative millionaire ends up pushing the Democratic establishment in the state to the left on this issue.

“Deuce Bigalow” Won’t Make Movies in CA Because of Democrats

By: Tuesday October 1, 2013 6:20 pm

Saturday Night Live alum and rarely funny actor Rob Schneider says he hasn’t made a movie in California in seven years because Democrats.

Brown Out

By: Sunday September 29, 2013 1:00 pm

Governor Jerry Brown waited until late Friday to veto legislation requiring coroners to report to the medical board whenever narcotics cause deaths. The medical establishment has opposed the bill, which is aimed at weeding out the small number of dangerous and drug dealing doctors who are responsible for the vast majority of prescription drug overdose deaths.

PPIC Poll: 60% of Likely Voters in California Back Marijuana Legalization

By: Thursday September 26, 2013 7:40 am

Support for marijuana legalization continues to grow at a rapid pace. The latest Public Policy Institute of California poll found 52 percent of the state’s residents believe the use of cannabis should be legal, while only 45 percent think it should remain illegal.

NOM’s Brian Brown Asks Supporters to Donate to Politician but Links Donors to a Fake Campaign Website

By: Wednesday September 25, 2013 6:55 pm

This is shady. In a blog post on the National Organization for Marriage’s website and in email from NOM to its subscribers today, NOM president Brian Brown asks supporters to donate to the Congressional campaign of conservative Calif. Republican Kirk Jorgensen. However…

National Organization for Marriage Is Branching Out

By: Friday September 6, 2013 6:06 pm

NOM may have told the nation and the IRS that “The mission of [NOM] is to promote the importance of, and advocate for, marriage between one man and one woman, in law and society,” but we all know that NOM isn’t about promoting anything except anti-LGBT animus. The latest proof: NOM is now actively opposing a new law that protects transgender students.

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