| Dec 16, 2013
| 5:20 AM
WASHINGTON California Reps. Ami Bera and Raul Ruiz are precisely the kind of Democrats whose government offices Republicans would like to shut down next year.
Both are doctors who weren't in Congress in 2010 to vote for the Affordable Care Act, but...
| Dec 14, 2013
| 12:50 PM
WASHINGTON Congress will revisit unfinished business with Yosemite National Park next year.
One pending bill would expand Yosemite's boundaries. Another would rename a local mountain peak. A third would speed salvage logging in the park's vicinity....
| Dec 12, 2013
| 5:23 PM
WASHINGTON — Reps. Dana Rohrabacher, an Orange County conservative, and Maxine Waters, a Los Angeles liberal, on the same side of an issue?
The Ripley's Believe It or Not moment came Thursday in a House vote to pass a budget deal designed to...
| Nov 30, 2013
| 8:19 PM
WASHINGTON — California's congressional delegation has long been known for its inability to get along. But Golden State Republicans aren't just on the opposite side of issues from Democrats. Lately, they've been at odds among themselves.
| Nov 14, 2013
| 2:13 PM
WASHINGTON — The "closed’’ signs at the national parks have been down for weeks but states still don't know whether they will be reimbursed by federal taxpayers for their costs of reopening landmarks such as the Grand Canyon and Statue...
| Oct 16, 2013
| 9:13 PM
WASHINGTON — California House Republicans on Wednesday split over a measure to end the government shutdown and lift the U.S. borrowing authority, highlighting divisions within GOP ranks over the strategy for reining in federal spending.
| Oct 6, 2013
| 6:37 PM
BUCKHORN MEADOWS, Calif. — Calls for massive salvage logging, restoration and reforestation projects in the 257,000 acres of public wilderness scarred by the Rim fire have ignited controversy over how to proceed with the largest recovery effort...
| Oct 6, 2013
Re "Yosemite closure a blow to U.S. image," Oct. 3
Although I appreciate the words by my congressman, Tom McClintock (R-Elk Grove), on the House floor last week about the importance of Yosemite National Park to our local economy, words are not enough....
| Oct 3, 2013
It was entirely predictable. Even before the ashes have cooled on the 257,000-acre Rim fire in and around Yosemite this year, the timber industry and its allies in Congress were using the fire as an excuse for suspending environmental laws and expanding...
| Sep 20, 2013
| 11:20 AM
WASHINGTON — In response to fires that have ravaged the West this year, the House on Friday approved a bill that would expand logging in national forests despite a White House veto threat.
The measure, which would impose limits on environmental...
| Sep 4, 2013
| 2:05 PM
A third Republican has decided to take on Democratic Rep. Ami Bera (D-Elk Grove) for a Northern California congressional seat next year.
Igor Birman, who emigrated with his family from the former Soviet Union as a child and is now chief of staff to Rep....
| Jul 10, 2013
| 9:08 AM
WASHINGTON -- The National Park Service said it needs five more months to finish a plan to "protect and enhance" the Merced River, which runs for 81 miles inside Yosemite National Park
The park service is facing criticism for proposing to eliminate some...