Browsing the "California" Tag

Why the Gun Violence Research Ban at the CDC?

May 5th, 2014 | by Rhonda Winter

To better understand which laws and policies actually work to lower gun deaths, accurate research on what is effective is needed; but for decades the Center for Disease Control has been prevented from doing any scientific study on the issue whatsoever


California Gun Safety Victory Bans High Capacity Clips

March 6th, 2014 | by Rhonda Winter

Despite the efforts of the National Rifle Association to block a local ban on high capacity ammunition clips, a federal judge has dismissed the gun lobbyist group's lawsuit, and has ruled that the new weapons safety regulation will become law today in Sunnyvale, California


Jerry Brown Asks: How Many People Can Get Stoned?

March 3rd, 2014 | by Rhonda Winter

While Brown was postulating about possible threats to the state's competitive edge if too many people start smoking legal weed, these words actually came out of his mouth: "How many people can get stoned, and still have a great state or a great nation


New Gun Control for California Works to Advance Public Safety

August 11th, 2013 | by Rhonda Winter

California is once again leading the nation in enacting more sensible gun control regulations. This week the state Congress is continuing to draft legislation that would create a comprehensive database for the purchase of ammunition, as well as require all guns to remain locked up when they are not in use, and extend how long a person is prohibited from owning weapons after they have made violent threats against someone


California Senate Passes Sweeping Gun Control Reforms

May 29th, 2013 | by Rhonda Winter

This week the California State Senate approved seven related gun control bills, which include universal background checks for anyone who wishes to purchase ammunition. People in the state who have a criminal record, severe mental illness, or a restraining order filed against them, would also be disqualified from owning firearms


California Environmental Wins: Expanded Marine Sanctuaries & New Fracking Rules

December 20th, 2012 | by Rhonda Winter

This week California released its first ever hydraulic fracturing regulations, and the Obama administration also announced plans to expand two Northern California marine sanctuaries, extending the protected areas from Monterey Bay all the way to the picturesque Mendocino coast. The larger oceanic sanctuary will permanently ban oil drilling along more than 50 miles of Northern California seashore, while the proposed fracking rules will help to protect the region's water supply and fragile environment


Rachel Maddow Interviews Marriage Equality Attorneys David Boies & Ted Olson

October 6th, 2012 | by Rhonda Winter

This week at NYU's law school Rachel Maddow engaged attorneys David Boies and Ted Olson in an informed discussion concerning their current challenge to Proposition 8, California's same-sex marriage ban. The two dedicated marriage equality activists had argued on opposite sides of the Bush v Gore Supreme Court decision after the divisive 2000 presidential election; but the former political opponents now both passionately agree that discrimination against any group is both illegal and unconstitutional



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