4 hrs ago
Contra Costa Times
Contra Costa County softening policies on immigrant deportations
The Contra Costa Sheriff's Office is finalizing a new immigrant detention policy that would decrease the number of deportations stemming out of County Jail.
15 hrs ago
Federally funded front group misleads IRS, taxpayers, lawmakers
It's a stunning admission: the Internal Revenue Service targeted conservative groups for special scrutiny in the run-up to the 2012 election.
Wed May 22, 2013
The Daily Republic
Lynch Canyon expansion still being pursued
Work continues to try to add 264 acres to 1,039-acre Lynch Canyon open space, using a $2.4 million Congressional earmark from 2005.
Obama threatens to veto Republican student loan plan
The White House threatened on Wednesday to veto a Republican bill to switch federal student loan interest rates to a market-based system, arguing the plan would create more uncertainty for students and families.
Why should Californians pay for $50 billion tunnel boondoggle?
Restore the Delta responded to Meral's latest claim by asking, "So why then should rate payers from Southern California and tax payers throughout the state be asked to pick up the tab for a $50 billion project that will not make more water for Southern California or save the Delta? Photo of Jerry Meral at BDCP meeting by Dan Bacher.
20 members of Congress urge Boy Scouts to accept gays
Twenty members of Congress have sent a letter to the Boy Scouts of America, urging it to drop its ban on gay youth and adults.
Tue May 21, 2013
DeFazio vying for Markey slots
Rep. Ed Markey hasn't yet won the Massachusetts special election for the open Senate seat, but some of his colleagues are already weighing in on his committee seats.
House Advances Student Loan Fix
The days of fixed-rate student loans could be coming to a close, with House Republicans on Thursday advancing a proposal that would link rates to financial markets.
Fri May 17, 2013
Assemblyman Jim Frazier's student aid bill moves forward
A bill to protect students' financial aid from being nickeled and dimed by bank fees has passed the State Assembly and now moves to the Senate.
Thu May 16, 2013
House to take up student loan fix
It's a better deal at first, but student loan rates could steadily climb and cost students more over the long haul under the plan House Republicans are considering.
Contra Costa Times
Contra Costa small-business honorees: 'We just work'
The 13th annual Contra Costa Small Business Award Luncheon honored 14 serial entrepreneurs as event host Contra Costa Council marked 2013 as a year when retro trades and high-tech industries came together.
Sun May 12, 2013
Lawmakers turn to student loan concerns
May 13, 2013 - Lawmakers in the House and Senate last week issued statements and proposed bills to address the debts of student borrowers as the CFPB released its report on student loan affordability.
Fri May 10, 2013
School tech grants should go to schools with a real plan
Over the past decade, the United States has spent upwards of $100 billion on K-12 classroom technology to no discernible effect.
Senate Bill Once Again Targets Seclusion, Restraint in Schools
Rep. George Miller re-introduced in the House The All Students Safe Act, which would set for the first time minimum safety standards at schools to curb teacher and staff abuse in how they apply seclusion and restraint to students when dealing with emotional or behavioral outbursts.
GMO Labeling Effort Reaches Washington
For months we've been writing about state efforts to label genetically modified organisms .
Thu May 09, 2013
Death at School: New Bill Aims to Protect Disabled Kids
Lawmakers re-introduced legislation Thursday aimed at protecting children with autism and other disabilities from being injured in American schools, saying they were hopeful that greater awareness of the dangers of improper use of restraints will give the bill a better chance of passage.
Overnight Health: Pelosi brushes off ObamaCare worries
Well, there's at least one Democrat who's still saying good things about ObamaCare: House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi .
Republicans to back Obama's student loan idea
House Republicans are willing to give President Barack Obama a rare win, the chairman of the Education and Workforce Committee said Thursday in outlining a deal that would let college students avoid a costly hike on their student loans.
Wed May 08, 2013
Congress Votes For Trading Overtime
The Republican-led House on Wednesday approved a measure that would give private sector workers the option of trading overtime pay for extra time off weeks or months later.
Tue May 07, 2013
White pushes private school choice at congressional hearing
On the same day the Louisiana Supreme Court struck down the state's funding method for its private school voucher program, State Superintendent John White Tuesday was telling Congress the benefits of giving parents a choice of schools -- public or private.