Tim Carpenter, a progressive political and social activist, and founder of Progressive Democrats of America passed away on Monday after a long battle with cancer. He was 55-years-old. For more than three decades Carpenter fought for progressive causes such as single payer health care, nuclear disarmament, campaign finance reform, peace, and economic and social justice.
A federal appeals court ruled Thursday that an Anaheim man’s First Amendment rights were not violated when his speech drew strong reactions at Orange County Board of Supervisors meetings. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals also upheld a board rule barring “personal, impertinent, slanderous or profane remarks” at public meetings. But the court made its ruling “unpublished,” meaning it does not set precedent for future cases.
On Tuesday, the Paycheck Fairness Act of 2014 failed to pass out of the United States Senate on a 53-44 party-line vote. The proposed legislation would have strengthened laws prohibiting pay discrimination based upon gender. In the senate, a bill usually requires a vote of at least 60 members to move forward to the floor for consideration. This parliamentary process allows a minority of senators to effectively stop a bill that would pass on a majority vote.
Cal State University Fullerton announced this morning that Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez will address Cal State Fullerton’s graduating class during this year’s May 18 commencement ceremonies. Richard K. Davis, chairman, president and chief executive officer of U.S. Bancorp, will be Cal State Fullerton’s May 17 commencement speaker, on the first of two days of graduation ceremonies. The Class of 1983 alumnus will be awarded an honorary doctor of humane letters.
North Orange County Community College District Trustee Michael Matsuda, and long time friend of LiberalOC, has been appointed by the Anaheim Union High School District Board of Trustees a Superintendent for the district. Founded in 1898, the AUHSD has a student population of approximately 31,000, making it one of the largest school districts in the state.