California Legislature Passes High Speed Rail Bond Issue, Moving Project Forward

By: Friday July 6, 2012 4:14 pm

High speed rail survived by the skin of its teeth today. In a closely watched vote of the California state Senate, a bill to issue the first $5.8 billion in bonds for the construction of high speed rail lines passed 21-16. It needed all 21 votes to pass. Four Democrats voted no – including Allen [...]

California State Senate Vote Do-or-Die for High Speed Rail

By: Friday July 6, 2012 6:55 am

Today is a consequential day in the future of high speed rail in America. The California State Senate will vote to approve initial funding for the state’s HSR project through a bond issue. The Assembly has already passed the funding, but observers expect a tougher road in the Senate. Governor Jerry Brown has been a [...]

California Passes Significant Protections Against Illegal Foreclosure Processes

By: Tuesday July 3, 2012 6:00 am

Pressured by a coalition of activists and state Attorney General Kamala Harris, the California legislature completed a months-long project yesterday to significantly improve its foreclosure process.  The measure gives homeowners a new right to sue over fraudulent practices, ends dual tracking – where servicers process foreclosures while negotiating loan modifications – and extends a single [...]

Michigan “Vagina” Controversy Part of a Long History of Sexism in the State Legislature

By: Friday June 15, 2012 2:15 pm

By now you’ve probably heard about Michigan State Reps. Lisa Brown and Barb Byrum, who were blocked from speaking on the floor of the legislature because of comments like Brown’s “I’m flattered you’re all so concerned about my vagina, but no means no” at the end of a debate on an abortion bill. Byrum used [...]

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