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Still $40,000 in Debt, Chuck DeVore Plans 2012 Run

Has it been two weeks since Chuck DeVore left office?  I hadn’t thought about it until I got an email from new Assemblyman Don Wagner on his swearing in ceremony (more on that in a bit).  But Chuck can’t wait until 2012 and the LA Times is reporting he is already planning to run but…

Senate Delays Dream Act Vote

While the U.S. Senate was supposed to vote on the Dream Act today, the vote has been postponned until a vote can be talen on the controversial tax cut compromise worked out between the GOP and President Obama.  The Dream Act, which passed the House yesterday, grant legal status to undocumented students brought to this country by…

Dream Act Passes the House

  The Dream Act, legislation designed to give undocumented residents an easier path to citizenship, narrowly passed in the House of Representatives tonight.  The legislation moves on to the Senate where Senate Majority leader Harry Reid will push for passage. From the LA Times story: The House passed the bill 216 to 198. The Senate…

New CBS/NY Times Poll: Public Trusts Democrats More

This exceptional opinion column in today’s New York Times is well worth reading and should serve as a reminder that the leadership demonstrated by President Obama and the accomplishments of the Democratically-controlled Congress in the past two difficult years has been, in many ways, exceptional.  Consider for a moment thet state of our nation if…

Senate Restores Emergency Jobless Benefits for Unemployed

The Senate, beating back partisan objections from Republicans, has approved legislation that restores emergency jobless benefits to millions of people  who have ben unemployed for more than six months.  The Republican senators who contniue to push for tax cuits for the wealthiest Americans delayed action to help the unemployed for weeks. The measure moves into the House of Representatives for approval…

Senate Passes Largest Health Care Expansion Since Medicare

While most of us were still asleep, the United States Senate passed landmark legislation to reform health care. The legislation moves the country closer to the largest expansion of medical coverage since Medicare more than four decades ago. On a 60-39 party line vote the Senate concluded months wrangling to craft the Senate bill. The $879 billion proposal, is far from perfect, and still must be reconciled with the House bill in conference committee.