| Oct 1, 2013
| 2:17 PM
The government shutdown is a bridge way too far, but I hate to admit that the right-wing Republican caucus sometimes has a point. Just take a look at what bureaucrats get up to on their equivalent of New Year's Eve. It's as wild and crazy a moment for...
| Sep 26, 2013
| 11:52 AM
Note to congressional Republicans: You won the battle over the stopgap spending bill. Time to declare victory and move on.
Washington has been transfixed by Sen. Ted Cruz's impossible quest to use a must-pass stopgap spending bill to "defund Obamacare."...
| Sep 9, 2013
| 6:01 PM
College students might have something to smile about when classes start next year.
A one-year freeze on tuition and mandatory fees at the state’s public universities is in the works, and if approved by the Legislature, it could represent more...
| Aug 30, 2013
| 1:43 PM
SACRAMENTO -- State lawmakers on Friday shelved dozens of bills for the year because of their high cost, including a measure that would have allowed families on welfare to get additional aid if they continue to have more children.
| Aug 19, 2013
| 7:58 AM
State lawmakers on Monday resume the process of whittling down more than 1,000 pending bills to a number that won’t cause Gov. Jerry Brown carpal tunnel syndrome as he signs them.
The Senate Appropriations Committee has 64 bills on its agenda...
| Aug 19, 2013
| 2:00 PM
Republican U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk on Monday sought to move past a controversy that flared over his call for mass arrests of gang members by pushing for new federal gang-apprehension initiatives to assist local law enforcement.
Earlier this year, Kirk had...
| Aug 12, 2013
| 11:44 AM
A proposal to increase the minimum wage by $2 over five years was sidelined, at least temporarily, on Monday because it would cost the state millions of dollars.
The Senate Appropriations Committee put the bill by Assemblyman Luis Alejo (D-Watsonville)...
| Jun 12, 2013
Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.) , a former chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, is hopping mad. Sensenbrenner considers himself the father of the Patriot Act, the 2001 law that gave the federal government new powers to investigate potential...
| Jul 31, 2013
| 5:04 AM
Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville (R-Monroe) is planning a vote late Wednesday in his Senate Government Operations Committee on a revamped Medicaid expansion bill and two different health care coverage alternatives offered up by a pair of...
| Jul 28, 2013
New polls tell us that the public's attitudes about race relations have taken a hit since President Barack Obama's historic election. Can we all get along? Obama's election to the White House was a marvelous measure of how far the nation has come in terms...
| Jul 19, 2013
| 10:09 AM
PIERRE — State government’s surplus was many millions of dollars more than the $24.2 million that was shifted into the reserve fund recently.
The Legislature with the governor’s approval stashed extra money into budgets throughout...
| Jul 1, 2013
| 3:00 PM
Federal funding announced Monday ensures that federally-contracted air traffic control towers, like the tower at Hagerstown Regional Airport, will remain open through September 2014.
U.S. Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski, chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations...