Posts Tagged ‘Dianne Feinstein’

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

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

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

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
California Water Balance Summary chart

  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

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...

Actual state residents would struggle to recognize Paul Krugman’s California

Saturday, November 30th, 2013

What is it about California that inspires such insistently cheerful happy talk from New York Times columnist/Princeton professor Paul Krugman? This spring he claimed that California was in the middle of a roaring comeback. Has he ever been here? Read coverage of our Legislature? Read the Census B...

Bullet train dead in water — yet state to proceed with eminent domain

Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

Eminent domain is one of the greatest government assaults on individual rights that one sees on a regular basis in the United States. Even in its purer form, in which land is seized for projects with broad general public benefit, such as a freeway or reservoir, it is often abused. But what appear...

Wild card water bill surfaces with no earmarks

Friday, October 25th, 2013
Water Development Act cover

Is it possible to imagine this kind of water bill coming out of Congress? It would: custom essay order Include no political earmarks; Streamline environmental clearances for water projects; De-authorize $12 billion of backlogged dormant water projects; Take the selection of projects away fr...