• May 2017
  • A vote for civil political discourse

    By Editorial Board Originally Appeared in The Ventura County Star You could call this year’s mail and phone bombardment of elected officials the “American Idolization” of politics. Or just the opposite, considering the vitriol of much of the correspondence. The average “American Idol” voter in 2008 cast 38 text-message votes, according to Nielsen Mobile. The […]

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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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  • April 2017
  • 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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  • 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
  • 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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  • Hundreds gather to support Muslims

    By Tom Kiskin Orginally Appeared in The Ventura County Star Hundreds of people gathered outside a Newbury Park mosque for a “Stand with Muslims” event Sunday. The event was triggered in part by an executive order by President Donald Trump for a travel ban that included temporarily blocking many people coming to the United States […]

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  • January 2017
  • Democrats urge Trump to exempt veterans, VA from 90-day federal hiring freeze

    By Nikki Wentling Appeared Originally in Stars and Stripes WASHINGTON – Dozens of Democrats urged President Donald Trump on Wednesday to exempt the Department of Veterans Affairs from the temporary federal hiring freeze he imposed Monday, saying it had the potential to harm veterans seeking health care and those trying to access benefits. They also […]

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  • Locals share common ground, prepare for what’s to come

    By Michael Sullivan Appeared Originally in The Ventura County Reporter The Women’s March sent a strong message that millions of Americans do not agree with the direction or vision that President Donald Trump has for America, and we will not support a president who does not respect the rights, equality and dignity of so many. […]

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  • November 2016
  • Stand Up for Return of Decency, Justice

    The election may have passed, but I join millions of Americans across the country who stand firm in the resolve that our nation will be one that works for everyone — a stronger, inclusive America built around uplifting and empowering all of its citizens.

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