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Will Surfrider’s distortions block Orange County desalination plant?

November 1, 2013 By Joseph Perkins. “Please join us in protecting our coast and ocean by sending the Coastal Commission a message today: DENY THE HUNTINGTON BEACH OCEAN DESALINATION FACILITY AND ENSURE THAT THIS PROJECT, AND THE MANY MORE TO FOLLOW, WON’T DESTROY PRECIOUS MARINE LIFE AND HABITAT!” So screams an online appeal by the Surfrider Foundation to its “powerful activist network,” which apparently is OK...

CA not enjoying TX-sized boom in revenues from oil

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October 31, 2013 By Wayne Lusvardi.   California increased its revenues last year by $8 billion a year, through passing the Proposition 30 and Proposition 39 tax increases. Texas has added even more to its revenues, but did so a different way. The fracking boom added $28.6 billion in revenues to the Texas state budget during the last three years, or $9.3 billion a year. Yet it's a Los Angeles-based oil company, O...

Obamacare: This is going to hurt

October 31, 2013 By Katy Grimes. Ouch! That's the cry of someone trying to sign up for the Affordable Care Act, usually called Obamacare. Health insurance cancellation notices have gone out to millions of  Americans. Many cannot get insurance at all. And for many who can, "premium shock" strikes those seeing their health plans canceled and renewed at higher rates. Insurance industry experts are warning that two-t...

Sequester cuts likely to remain in place

October 31, 2013 By Adam O'Neal. This week, for the first time since the end of the government shutdown, budget talks between Democrats and Republicans began. The aim of the negotiations is to avert another government shutdown when temporary funding runs out January 15 and to raise the federal debt ceiling before the nation reaches its borrowing limit sometime in February. Another budgetary consideration looms large,...
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