Rights and Liberties

Leftists seek SEC regulation of corporate speech

Friday, August 9th, 2013
1stamendment

This is the second in a two-part series on the battle over corporate political speech. Part one can be read here. “We see political spending as distorting markets in policy making and creating a skewed playing field,” said Bruce Freed, founder of the Center for Political Accountability, in a ...

Debaters clash over allowing corporate free speech

Wednesday, August 7th, 2013
Newseum First Amendment

This is the first article in a two-part series on the battle against corporate political speech. The U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizen’s United decision in 2010 affirmed the right of businesses, associations and unions to freely engage in politics. Since then, leftist groups have increased the pr...

Public ‘onslaught’ stopped union PLA bid

Monday, July 1st, 2013

July 1, 2013 By John Hrabe If you’re jaded about politics and question whether elected officials listen to their constituents, consider the story of how a group of concerned taxpayers and small business owners stopped the Coast Community College District in Orange County from adopting a controve...

UFW strong-arms its own employees

Monday, June 24th, 2013

June 24, 2013 By Katy Grimes What would Cesar Chavez say? The iconic co-founder of the United Farm Workers union organized across California to improve farm laborers' pay, benefits and working conditions. Cesar Chavez Day is a state holiday on March 31. Now the UFW is resisting its own employees'...

State auditor will scrutinize Child Protective Services

Thursday, June 6th, 2013

June 6, 2013 By Katy Grimes SACRAMENTO -- It's audit time for Child Protective Services, part of the California Department of Social Services. A protest rally by 100 people at the Capitol Wednesday morning charged the agency with both abusing its powers and neglecting real cases of child abuse. I ...

Obamacare grants exemptions for everyone but taxpayers

Tuesday, February 5th, 2013

Feb. 5, 2013 By Katy Grimes Obamacare is beginning to directly affect Californians' wallets -- and health. New regulations released last week from the Internal Revenue Service and the Department of Health and Human Services made it clear that spouses and children will get financially squeezed...

Oakland hires ‘Stop-and-Frisk’ Bill Bratton to fight crime

Monday, January 28th, 2013

Jan. 29, 2013 By Dave Roberts Oakland’s website prominently touts that it has been ranked by the New York Times as the fifth best place in the world to visit. It beat out every other North American city as well as Tokyo, Florence and Vienna. The Times praises Oakland’s sophisticated restaurant...

L.A. Sheriffs set the standard for dealing with the homeless

Monday, July 9th, 2012

Editor's note: This is the second part of a three-part series on how the homeless and mentally ill are treated in California. Part One was about the Kelly Thomas beating and death. July 9, 2012 By Tori Richards Welcome to 450 Bauchet St., a 10-acre compound in the heart of downtown Los Angeles th...

Jerry Brown: An Enlightened Despot?

Monday, July 2nd, 2012

July 2, 2012 By Katy Grimes It is becoming rather difficult to distinguish California as part of a Representative Republic, when the Democratic party is able to hold budget "negotiations" without any Republican input, and the Governor attempts to manipulate the November ballot to favor a vote of h...

Noted Lawyer Slammed in Judicial Gulag

Tuesday, July 5th, 2011

JULY 5, 2011 By RICHARD TRAINOR When I met Richard Fine in the summer of 2001, he was riding high. Shortly after that he was rotting in jail. A prominent attorney with a thriving practice in Beverly Hills, in the sunny days of 2001 Fine was a political insider with powerful connections to U.S. Se...