Posts Tagged ‘Dianne Feinstein’

Feinstein drought bill heads for House merger

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014
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In the novel “A River Runs Through It,” later made into a movie, Norman Maclean wrote, “Eventually all things merge into one, and a river runs through it. ... I am haunted by waters.” Driven by the haunting reality of lack of California farm water, the Democratic and Republican drought...

CA Senate OKs GOP drought declaration

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014
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  “Fire, water and government know nothing of mercy,” runs an Albanian proverb. So far in 2014, California has been wracked by merciless firestorms and severe drought even before the driest days of summer. And members of both political parties have not had merciful words for each oth...

Feinstein attacks environmentalists on drought

Monday, May 19th, 2014
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  On May 15, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., didn’t pull any punches about her recent attempt to push her drought bill through Congress.  She blasted environmentalists for having “never been helpful to me in producing good water policy. You can’t have a water infrastructure for 16...

Why is GOP rebuffing Sen. Feinstein’s drought bill?

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014
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U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., is renewing her call to Republican senators to vote for her revised compromise drought bill, S. 2016, the California Emergency Drought Relief Act of 2014.  Feinstein claims her bill is five votes short of the 60 needed for  passage. If passed, the Sena...

Feinstein wants to keep pot illegal, alcohol legal

Thursday, March 20th, 2014
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It used to be liberals strongly favored personal liberty. Some still do. Many don't. Sen. Dianne Feinstein has joined Gov. Jerry Brown in opposing legalizing marijuana in California, a state that's the country's biggest pot farm. AP wrote: The state's senior senator told The Associated Press in ...

Sen. Feinstein upset over CIA searching congressional computers

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., generally has a liberal record. Yet the head of the Senate Intelligence Committee long has defended the vast snooping of the NSA and the other intelligence agencies. Perhaps she is having second thoughts after she attacked the CIA for searching the computers of Co...

Sen. Feinstein moves toward compromise on drought legislation

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014
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  Crises commonly produce compromise. That seems to be happening in the U.S. Congress with solutions to California's drought. In particular, Sen. Dianne Feinstein appears to be moving away from her San Joaquin River Restoration Act of 2009, which was a response to a 2006 court decision and gave...

Feinstein/Boxer drought-relief proposal already carried out

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014
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On Feb. 11, 25 days after Gov. Jerry Brown declared an official drought, California Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer introduced a drought-relief bill. Senate Bill 216, " The California Emergency Drought Relief Act of 2014," was introduced concurrently with President Barack Obama’s visi...

Obama drought relief package aids his constituency

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014
Obama, drought, white house photo

On Friday Feb. 14,  President Barack Obama choppered into California’s drought zone in Democratic-leaning Fresno. As shown in the adjacent photo from the White House, he traveled with U.S. Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer and Rep. Jim Costa, all California Democrats. He surveyed the d...

Drought Wars: Where did the farm water go?

Thursday, February 6th, 2014

Where did that farm water go? That's a major question stalking California during its record drought. The finger-pointing sure is under way. On Feb. 4, environmental writer Dan Bacher pointed at state water managers, claiming they made the California drought worse by taking water from Northern C...