• May 2017
  • Lawmakers Battle Over Whether New Health Care Bill Hurts Vets

    By Richard Sisk Originally Appeared on Millitary.com A partisan fight broke out in the House Veterans Affairs Committee on Friday over whether the new health care bill proposal to replace Obamacare would help or hurt vets. The Republican chairman of the committee, Rep. Phil Roe of Tennessee, vehemently said the proposed bill, called the American […]

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  • Why did Trump sour on lemon ban?

    By Editorial Board Originally Appeared on The Ventura County Star As proponents of free trade, we find it difficult to make protectionist arguments against the Trump administration’s decision last week to lift a ban on lemon imports from Argentina, even though Ventura County is one of the top lemon-producing areas in the United States and stands […]

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  • Amped up: County constituents flood Congress with messages

    By Tom Kiskin Originally Appeared on The Ventura County Star Minutes after a political activist posted U.S. Rep. Steve Knight’s cellphone number on Facebook, Sam Kaeser’s fingers danced. “No AHVA,” the 60-year-old Democrat from Simi Valley texted the Republican congressman, then firing off a second message. “Oops — no AHCA! Stupid autocorrect.” She sat with […]

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  • U.S. ends ban on importing Argentine lemons, angering California citrus growers

    By Associated Press Originally Appeared In The Los Angeles Times The California citrus industry was livid Tuesday over the Trump administration’s decision to allow lemon imports from Argentina’s top producing region for the first time in 16 years. The U.S. Department of Agriculture said Monday that it will lift the ban on lemons from northwestern […]

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  • Oxnard VA clinic moving in right direction

    By Editorial Board Originally Appeared in The Ventura County Star Ventura County veterans who rely on the Department of Veterans Affairs for medical care have received a triple dose of good news in the past two weeks, giving us renewed optimism that the VA might finally and permanently fix its longtime health care woes. If […]

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  • April 2017
  • A year later, veterans wait less at Oxnard clinic

    By Tom Kiskin Originally Appeared in The Ventura County Star Patients wait far less for appointments at an Oxnard Veterans Affairs clinic that a year ago struggled with staffing shortages and was considered among the worst in the nation for wait times, according to new VA records. In February, veterans who were returning patients at […]

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  • A year later, veterans wait less at Oxnard clinic

    By Tom Kisken The Ventura County Star story here.  Patients wait far less for appointments at an Oxnard Veterans Affairs clinic that a year ago struggled with staffing shortages and was considered among the worst in the nation for wait times, according to new VA records. In February, veterans who were returning patients at the clinic […]

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  • Members of Congress urge Tillerson to condemn gay Chechnya arrests

    By Micheal Lavers Originally Appeared in The Washington Blade Fifty members of Congress have asked Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to publicly criticize the arrest of gay men in Chechnya. They note in an April 7 letter to Tillerson that they are “greatly disturbed by reports of arrests, disappearances and extrajudicial murders of gay men […]

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  • California members of Congress react to Syria strikes

    By Bartholomew Sullivan Originally Appeared in The Ventura County Star WASHINGTON – While some members of Congress representing Ventura County deemed Thursday night’s U.S. missile attack on a Syrian airbase a “necessary” response to the regime’s sarin gas attack on civilians, all said Friday that further military action there must come in consultation with Congress. […]

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  • March 2017
  • Local women band together in political activism

    By Amanda Covarrubias Originally Appeared in The Ventura County Star At first, Darlynn Childress stood alone outside the Target in Westlake Village. Soon, other women began walking up, greeting her with laughter and hugs. But this was no chance meeting of suburban moms at a store they visit often to pick up cereal, aspirin and […]

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  • Gold Coast Health Plan Co-Sponsors Seniors Health & Safety Forum

    By Steven Lalich Originally Appeared in The Ventura County Star Nearly 150 seniors, caregivers and health care professionals from Ventura County and the greater Los Angeles area turned out for a seniors’ health and safety event on March 3 at the Ventura County Office of Education in Camarillo. Gold Coast Health Plan, a co-sponsor of […]

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  • How would Obamacare repeal affect seniors?

    By Tom Kiskin Originally Appeared in The Ventura County Star Prescription costs for people on Medicare, government-paid nursing home stays, in-home care and the cost of flu shots could be affected by proposals to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, advocates and other experts said at a senior forum Friday. “I think they have […]

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  • DREAMers invited to Trump speech as guests of Democratic lawmakers

    By Bartholomew D Sullivan Originally Appeared on USA Today WASHINGTON — In the audience facing President Trump on Tuesday night during his first speech to a joint session of Congress will be at least four DREAMers, undocumented immigrants whose futures he will be deciding soon. The four, all guests of Democratic members of Congress, were brought to […]

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  • February 2017
  • DREAMers invited to Trump speech as guests of Democratic lawmakers

    By Bartholomew D Sullivan The USA Today story here. WASHINGTON — In the audience facing President Trump on Tuesday night during his first speech to a joint session of Congress will be at least four DREAMers, undocumented immigrants whose futures he will be deciding soon. The four, all guests of Democratic members of Congress, were brought to the U.S. illegally […]

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  • House Overturns Rule Protecting Planned Parenthood

    By Alexandra Villarreal Originally Appeared on NBCDFW.com The Republican-led House this week overturned a regulation then-President Barack Obama put in place to protect Title X funding, prompting criticism from Democrats and others over the move’s impact on women’s health care. The House on Thursday scrapped a rule that barred state and local governments from withholding […]

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  • Julia Brownley hosts health care town hall in Camarillo

    By Tracy Lehr Originally Appeared on KEYT CAMARILLO, Calif. – Hundreds of people packed a town hall meeting hosted by Rep. Julia Brownley on Tuesday night at the Camarillo Library. The hot topic was health care. Brownley invited a panel of health care professionals to talked about health care needs and the Affordable Care Act. […]

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  • Julia Brownley hosts health care town hall in Camarillo

    By Tracy Lehr  The KEYT story here. CAMARILLO, Calif. – Hundreds of people packed a town hall meeting hosted by Rep. Julia Brownley on Tuesday night at the Camarillo Library. The hot topic was health care. Brownley invited a panel of health care professionals to talked about health care needs and the Affordable Care Act. Many […]

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  • Immigration orders stir deportation fears

    By Amanda Covarrubias and Tyler Hersko Originally Appeared in The Ventura County Star Broad new immigration policies announced Tuesday under the Trump administration are heightening fears among people living in Ventura County without documentation, advocates for immigrants said. The orders from the Department of Homeland Security also threaten to harm the agricultural industry, which is experiencing a […]

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