JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Given the choice of whether to expand Medicaid under President Barack Obama's health care law, many Republican governors and lawmakers initially responded with an emphatic "no."
Now they are increasingly hedging their objections. Read More
DENVER (AP) — Colorado's governor signed bills Wednesday that place new restrictions on firearms, signaling a change for Democrats who have traditionally shied away from gun control in a state with a pioneer tradition of gun ownership and self-reliance. Read More
WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton's embrace of gay marriage Monday signals she may be seriously weighing a 2016 presidential run and trying to avoid the type of late-to-the-party caution that hurt her first bid.
Her chief Democratic rivals endorsed same-sex marriage as much as seven years ago, and it's widely popular with Democratic and independent voters. Read More
And speaking of racial profiling: In honor of Black History Month, Ted Nugent will be embarking on what he’s calling the “Black Power 2013” tour (no, this is not an Onion piece). Read More
Immigration reform is an innately thorny subject. It forces lawmakers to balance the interests of immigrants and employers interested in filling jobs with the fears of citizens who believe immigrants deprive Americans of opportunities.
Efforts to reform immigration take an absurd turn when one side lobbies for greater admission of one small class of workers, but that we should crack down on all the rest. Read More
I read with dismay the article about Proposition 30 and Gov. Jerry Brown (“Passage of tax increases spells big win for governor,” Thursday). On the cover, the subheading read: “Governor says taxes will pave way to state fiscal stability.” In the story it then says that, “The changes will provide $6 billion to balance the state budget.” Read More
The political cartoon portraying conservatives and libertarians as insensitive and callous toward the poor is grossly mistaken (Today’s Cartoon, Pat Oliphant, Wednesday). Caring and compassion are good only when they are voluntary and individual. Voters and bureaucrats are spending someone else’s money. Public compassion is always compulsory and inefficient. Government agencies have spent zillions of dollars over the past decades to alleviate poverty; there is still no lack of poor people. Read More
On a day when Rep. Nancy Pelosi should have been celebrating the Supreme Court victory of the sweeping health care reform that she helped pass, the House minority leader instead found herself in the middle of another partisan whirlwind. Read More
California’s legislature on Friday approved the main bill in a state budget plan advanced by its Democratic leaders to close a $15.7 billion shortfall despite opposition from Democratic Governor Jerry Brown.
The votes by the Assembly and state Senate on the $92 billion budget plan followed vows by Democratic leaders of the bodies that they would meet the legislature’s midnight deadline for a budget plan. Read More
I have read of the domestic violence accusations against Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi with mixed feelings. After carefully looking at the facts, I don’t think a man who was about to be sworn in as sheriff would do something like this with so few days before his swearing-in ceremony. Also, there had not been any evidence of previous domestic violence in his household, and his wife did not contact the authorities herself. Read More