46 min ago
The Orange County Register
Boxer, Feinstein push for drought relief
Keeps the Delta Cross Channel Gates open as much as possible to send more water south from the Bay Delta.
Trending on the Topix Network
Thu Apr 17, 2014
House Dems demand Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam turn over documents on union bid
Rep. George Miller, ranking Democrat on the House Education and the Workforce Committee, sent a letter to Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam on Wednesday demanding "all communications" between state government officials, Volkswagen and any "third parties" regarding any proposed state financial incentives relating to the German automaker's Chattanooga ... (more)
CBO: Minimum wage boost would cost firms $15B
A Senate Democratic bill gradually increasing the federal minimum wage to $10.10 hourly would require private businesses to spend $15 billion more in salaries when it takes full effect in 2017, the Congressional Budget Office estimated Thursday.
Wed Apr 16, 2014
Senator Manchin Defends Law Firm Accused of Concealing Black Lung Medical Evidence
Only one day after the Center for Public Integrity's reporting series on denials of black lung benefits to coal miners was awarded the Pulitzer Prize, Senator Joe Manchin defended the controversial law firm at the center of the investigation.
Congress Opens Inquiry Into Haslam Administration's $300M Offer
Two House Democrats announced Wednesday that they have opened an inquiry into the confidential $300 million offer that the Haslam administration made to Volkswagen that appeared to have hinged on VW's talks with the United Auto Workers.
Tue Apr 15, 2014
Halfway To Concord
Birthday Bash to support the George Miller Youth Fund, May 3
The George Miller Youth Fund will be the beneficiary of proceeds from the May 3, Birthday Bash for Rep George Miller, at Shadelands Ranch, on Ygancio Valley Boulevard in Walnut Creek, CA, from 5-6:30 pm.
Federal Charter Measure Clears Hurdle in House
States and districts would be encouraged to help grow high-quality charter schools-and ensure that they enroll and retain English-language learners and students in special education-under a bipartisan bill approved overwhelmingly by the House Education and the Workforce Committee last week.
Sun Apr 13, 2014
Austin Civil Rights Panel Labels Common Core Criticism a 'Fraud'
The role of the federal government in education was the main focus when former George W. Bush Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings and California congressman George Miller sat down for a chat with moderator Bob Scheiffer, CBS-TV "Face the Nation" fixture on the closing day of the 50th Annual Civil Rights Summit, April 10. 36th U.S. President ... (more)
Thu Apr 10, 2014
Inside Bay Area
Federal bill calls for expanding Los Vaqueros Reservoir near Brentwood
Los Vaqueros Reservoir in Brentwood would be tripled in size to provide Californians with more insurance against water shortages and drought, under a federal bill introduced Thursday.
The Politics of Drought: California Water Interests Prime the Pump in Washington
Last year, as California endured one of its driest years on record, the Westlands Water District made it rain 3,000 miles away -- on Capitol Hill.
Wed Apr 09, 2014
House rejects expatriate ACA bill
The House on Wednesday rejected a bipartisan bill that would have changed how expatriates and their insurance carriers comply with Obamacare, amid strong opposition from senior Democrats who said it created large loopholes in the health law.
The Huffington Post
Busy Day For House GOP: Blocks Bills On Minimum Wage, Equal Pay, LGBT Rights, Mine Safety
In a single committee meeting Wednesday, House Republicans voted against considering bills to raise the minimum wage, reform mine safety law and expand equal pay and discrimination protections.
Contra Costa Times
Concord High School hosts an inaugural Car, Truck and Bike Show on April 19, at the school, 200 Concord Blvd., Concord.
Tue Apr 08, 2014
Charter Schools: We Want to Break Through the Partisan Gridlock | Commentary
As strong advocates for parental school choice, we were pleased that New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio was open to learning about the tremendous opportunities that charter schools can offer students and families.
Enough Is Enough: It's Time for a $10.10 Minimum Wage | Commentary
In an era of intense partisanship and frequent political gridlock, achieving social change sometimes requires finding a middle ground position that marks meaningful progress in advancing an important end.
Is public school for sale?: the cost of KIPP
Bipartisan charter school legislation introduced in the House will allow states to "receive grants to develop and expand high-quality charter schools under a new bipartisan bill recently introduced in the House.
Give 'Em a Raise
I have a Facebook friend, "Manny", whose politics are very far right. Manny defends the Duck Dynasty racist guy.
Mon Apr 07, 2014
Cybercast News Service
Dem on Opponents of Minimum Wage Hike: They're - Standing on Throat of Our Economy'CNS
Rep. George Miller said Thursday that Republicans who oppose increasing the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour are "standing on the throat of the economy."
EDITORIAL: Virginiaa s Moran laments our a underpaida Congress
Rep. James P. Moran is calling it quits after 12 terms, a tacit concession that Democrats won't win back the House in November.
The Huffington Post
What Scripture Tells Us About the Minimum Wage
"You shall not abuse a needy and destitute laborer ... but you must pay him his wages on the same day ... for he is needy and urgently depends on it ..." -- Deuteronomy 24:14-15 As leaders and partners in a large, diverse community of religious organizations working to improve economic security for the vulnerable and end poverty in the United ... (more)