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Support for Gay Marriage in Party Platform

The Democratic Party Platform Drafting Committee has recommended including support for gay marriage as part of the 2012 Democratic Party platform. The platform will be ratified at the...

President Clinton Will Nominate Barack Obama for Reelection

President Bill Clinton will play a major role at the Democratic National Convention by giving a primetime speech on Wednesday, September 5. He will eloquently describe why the Democratic...

Obama Administration Offers Hope to Thousands of Young Immigrants

With the DREAM Act stalled in Congress, President Obama has issued a policy directive safeguarding young immigrants brought to the U.S. as children from deportation proceedings, enabling many...

Ash Kalra heads crackdown on payday lenders

San Jose City Councilman Ash Kalra is spearheading an effort to curb payday lenders, capping their number and imposing stricter requirements on where they can be located. With fees equivalent...

Focus on health care reform: A Q&A with Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones

California's Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones wants the power to block excessive rate increases by the state's largest health insurance companies, a policy that 34 states have already...

Nora Campos's Facebook privacy bill passes unanimously in State Assembly

Local Assemblywoman Nora Campos doesn't believe that your employer should force you to disclose your Facebook password, and it appears many of her fellow lawmakers agree. In response to a...

Democrats fight for Tax Fairness

Insisting that deficit reduction must mean that millionaires pay their fair share, Senate Democrats fought to pass the "Buffett rule" this week, which would ensure that millionaires pay at...

President Obama Targets Market Manipulation of Oil Prices

President Obama urged Congress to tighten federal oversight of oil markets to prevent speculators from inflating prices. Among other restrictions, the president called on legislators to...

Happy Anniversary Obamacare!

This month, the Affordable Care Act (or, as it is better known, "Obamacare") celebrates its second anniversary. While it won't be fully implemented until 2014, the law is already providing...

Assembly votes to support overturning Citizens United

Democrats in the California Assembly, led by local Assemblyman Bob Wieckowski, have called on Congress to pass a constitutional amendment overturning the controversial Citizens United Supreme...

Senate Democrats Defeat Controversial Birth Control Measure

With Republicans in solid opposition, Senate Democrats defeated an amendment that would have undone the new White House rule requiring insurance companies to cover contraceptives as free...

President Obama talks values, slams bailout opponents in UAW speech

In a "barn-burner" of a speech to United Auto Workers, President Obama strongly defended his bailout of U.S. carmakers, lauding the resurgence of the American auto industry and slamming those...

Dems Fight GOP Effort to Attach Birth Control Amendment to Highway Bill

Senator Barbara Boxer vowed to use her chairmanship of the Environment and Public Works Committee to fight a Republican attempt to attach an anti-birth control amendment to national highway...

Obama Proposes Mortgage Relief for Struggling Homeowners

In his latest effort to bring relief to homeowners, President Obama has proposed helping struggling borrowers lower their monthly payments by allowing them to refinance their mortgages at...

CFPB Up and Running

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, long fought by Republicans, has hit the ground running. Even before its new chief, Richard Cordray, finally took office last month, the bureau was...

Governor Hails Bold Future in State of the State Address

After a year of wrestling with the state budget, Governor Jerry Brown took time to outline a bold future for California in his annual State of the State speech. Hailing California's...

Governor Brown Lambastes Climate Change Deniers at California Academy of Sciences Conference

Calling them climate change deniers "political lemmings" who are putting the future at risk, Governor Jerry Brown called for investment technologies that will blunt the effects of...

GOP Blocks Vote on Money for Teachers and Firefighters

Senate Republicans once again defeated Democratic efforts to get Americans working again, this time filibustering a $35 billion aid package to states for hiring teachers and first responders...

Jerry Brown Signs California Dream Act

Removing a barrier to college for thousands of high-achieving, but undocumented, students, Governor Jerry Brown signed the California DREAM Act as one of hundreds of bills signed at the...

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