• May 2017
  • 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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  • Town hall brings drama, fears on health care

    By Tom Kiskin Appeared Originally On Ventura County Star More than 200 people filled every inch of a library conference room in Camarillo, standing in doorways and lined up four deep in the back. Some carried signs to a Tuesday night town hall meeting held by U.S Rep. Julia Brownley, D-Westlake Village. “Patients Over Politics,” […]

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  • Rep. Brownley Testimony before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction and Veterans Affairs

    Chairman Dent, Ranking Member Wasserman Schultz, and distinguished members of the Subcommittee, thank you for the opportunity to testify today about my priorities for the Fiscal Year 2018 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act. The Military Construction and Veterans Affairs portfolio includes a number of important priorities for my district, and I’m pleased to […]

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  • Lawmakers attempt action on 24 VA facilities in limbo

    By Niki Wentling Appeared Originally on Stars And Stripes WASHINGTON – A handful of lawmakers is again making attempts to open 24 new Department of Veterans Affairs facilities across the country, some of which have been held up by Congress for two years. The VA must receive congressional approval to lease medical facilities with annual […]

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