Affordable Care Act still doesn’t address undocumented immigrants

By Jasmine Brown Washington >> No matter how successfully President Obama remedies the Affordable Care Act, more than a million California residents will be unable to purchase insurance. That’s because undocumented immigrants, who make up roughly one-seventh of the 7 million people in the state without insurance, are explicitly excluded from participating in the insurance […]

Pressure mounts on GOP to back reform

By Brana Vlasic WASHINGTON – The House’s failure to pass immigration reform could create political trouble for a growing number of Republican representatives from districts with sharply rising Latino and Asian populations. The problem is especially apparent in California, where Latino and Asian populations in Republican districts are triple the national average. Both groups gave […]

Washington insider Chad Griffin to lead gay rights lobby as new president of Human Rights Campaign

By Claire Veyriras, California News Service WASHINGTON D.C. – Chad Griffin, a leader in the fight against California’s ban on same-sex marriage, will take the reins of the nation’s largest gay and lesbian lobbying organization on Monday. Griffin will be sworn in as president of the Human Rights Campaign, just days after a federal court […]

Washington insider Chad Griffin to lead gay rights lobby as new president of Human Rights Campaign

By Claire Veyriras, California News Service WASHINGTON D.C. – Chad Griffin, a leader in the fight against California’s ban on same-sex marriage, will take the reins of the nation’s largest gay and lesbian lobbying organization on Monday. Griffin will be sworn in as president of the Human Rights Campaign, just days after a federal court […]

National parks brace for cuts but not closures

By Claire Veyriras, California News Service Washington — Visitors to California’s national parks may notice more trash on the trails, longer lines at service booths and fewer rangers this summer as the pinch of the federal government’s budget problems grows increasingly difficult to overlook. Unlike the state’s park system, which is scheduled to close 54 parks […]

Health care act would add jobs

By Claire Veyriras, California News Service WASHINGTON – California could gain up to 100,000 jobs and $4.4 billion in economic spillover if the Supreme Court upholds President Obama’s health care plan next month, according to a new report. Southern California has the most to gain, according to the Bay Area Council Economic Institute. The reform […]

Health care act would add jobs

By Claire Veyriras, California News Service WASHINGTON – California could gain up to 100,000 jobs and $4.4 billion in economic spillover if the Supreme Court upholds President Obama’s health care plan next month, according to a new report. Southern California has the most to gain, according to the Bay Area Council Economic Institute. The reform […]

Report: Southland stands to gain thousands of jobs under Obamacare

By Claire Veyriras, California News Service Reform would add up to 65,000 jobs and more than $3 billion to region’s economy WASHINGTON – California could gain up to 100,000 jobs and $4.4 billion in economic spillover if the Supreme Court upholds the Obama health care plan next month, according to a new report.The Bay Area […]

Obama’s trips to California net big bucks for campaign

By Claire Veyriras, California News Service WASHINGTON – President Obama has dined atop San Francisco’s Nob Hill, overlooked the Pacific from Corona Del Mar, and rubbed shoulders with celebrities at George Clooney’s Hollywood mansion. But as he returns to California Wednesday for his 15th trip as president, Obama has yet to venture more than a […]

Obama returns this week to Bay Area for fundraisers

By Claire Veyriras, California News Service WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama has dined atop San Francisco’s Nob Hill, overlooked the Pacific from Corona Del Mar, and rubbed shoulders with celebrities at George Clooney’s Hollywood mansion. But as he returns Wednesday to California for his 15th trip as president, Obama has yet to venture more than […]

Obama to hit the California ATM once again

BY CLAIRE VEYRIRAS California News Service WASHINGTON — President Obama has dined atop San Francisco’s Nob Hill, overlooked the Pacific from Corona Del Mar, and rubbed shoulders with celebrities at George Clooney’s Hollywood mansion. But as he returns to California Wednesday for his 15th trip as president, Obama has yet to venture more than a […]

Budget cuts could take their toll on national parks

By Claire Veyriras, California News Service WASHINGTON — Visitors to California’s national parks may notice more trash on the trails, longer lines at service booths and fewer rangers this summer as the pinch of the federal government’s budget problems grow increasingly difficult to overlook. Unlike the state’s park system, which will close 54 parks for […]

State’s national parks feel budget pinch

By Claire Veyriras, California News Service WASHINGTON — Visitors to California’s national parks may notice more trash on the trails, longer lines at service booths and fewer rangers this summer as the pinch of the federal government’s budget problems grows increasingly difficult to overlook. Unlike the state’s park system, which will close 54 parks for […]

Santa Cruz, Watsonville health centers to get nearly $8 million

By Claire Veyriras and Laura Chilaka WASHINGTON – Santa Cruz health centers will receive nearly $8 million to expand service to thousands of uninsured, immigrant and other needy patients, the Department of Health and Human Services announced Tuesday. The grants are part of a $728 million nationwide program contained in the 2009 health care bill […]

Santa Cruz, Watsonville health centers to get nearly $8 million

By Claire Veyriras and Laura Chilaka WASHINGTON – Santa Cruz health centers will receive nearly $8 million to expand service to thousands of uninsured, immigrant and other needy patients, the Department of Health and Human Services announced Tuesday. The grants are part of a $728 million nationwide program contained in the 2009 health care bill […]

REGION: Community clinics to get $10M in federal grants

By Laura Chilaka and Claire Veyriras California New Service San Diego County health centers will receive nearly $10 million to expand service to tens of thousands of uninsured, immigrant and needy patients, officials with the Department ofHealth and Human Services announced Tuesday. The grants are part of a $728 million nationwide program contained in the 2009 […]

Santa Cruz, Watsonville health centers to get nearly $8 million

By Claire Veyriras and Laura Chilaka WASHINGTON – Santa Cruz health centers will receive nearly $8 million to expand service to thousands of uninsured, immigrant and other needy patients, the Department of Health and Human Services announced Tuesday. The grants are part of a $728 million nationwide program contained in the 2009 health care bill […]

Santa Cruz, Watsonville health centers to get nearly $8 million

By Claire Veyriras and Laura Chilaka WASHINGTON – Santa Cruz health centers will receive nearly $8 million to expand service to thousands of uninsured, immigrant and other needy patients, the Department of Health and Human Services announced Tuesday. The grants are part of a $728 million nationwide program contained in the 2009 health care bill […]

Santa Cruz, Watsonville health centers to get nearly $8 million

By Claire Veyriras and Laura Chilaka WASHINGTON — Santa Cruz health centers will receive nearly $8 million to expand service to thousands of uninsured, immigrant and other needy patients, the Department of Health and Human Services announced Tuesday. The grants are part of a $728 million nationwide program contained in the 2009 health care bill […]

Los Angeles area health centers win more than $30M in federal grants

By Claire Veyriras and Laura Chilaka California News Service WASHINGTON – Los Angeles area health centers will receive more than $30 million to expand service to tens of thousands of uninsured, immigrant and needy patients, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced Tuesday. The grants are part of a $728 million nationwide program specified in […]

Local health clinics get big boost from federal grants

By Claire Veyriras and Laura Chilaka, California News Service WASHINGTON D.C. — San Gabriel Valley area health centers will receive $7.5 million to expand service to tens of thousands of uninsured, immigrant and other needy patients, the Department of Health and Human Services announced Tuesday. The grants are part of a $728 million nationwide program contained […]

Reps. Miller, Thompson: Two Districts, Similar Vision

By Laura Chilaka California News Service Washington— From George Jr. to George III, the Miller family has a long history of representing downtown Martinez, a nearly half century long streak which will come to an end next year. As a result of newly drawn congressional boundaries, Rep. Mike Thompson of St. Helena and Republicans Stewart […]

States with highest gas prices back Obama

By Yousur Alhlou Washington — There is a curious relationship between a state’s gas prices and presidential politics. The higher the price of gasoline, the higher President Obama’s prospects of winning that state. Obama’s electoral map to victory bears a remarkable resemblance to a map of the nation’s highest gas prices. California, Illinois, Washington, D.C., and New York – […]

Why California may play key role in GOP race

By Yousur Alhlou Washington – Super Tuesday’s split decision gives California a rare opportunity to play a decisive role in determining the outcome of the Republican presidential contest. The failure of any candidate to take command of the campaign makes it increasingly likely that the state’s June 5 primary and its 172 delegates will be fiercely contested. […]

National Journal report paints Sam Farr as most ideological member of Democrats

By Yousur Alhlou WASHINGTON – What do Rep. Sam Farr, D-Carmel Valley, and House Republican whip Kevin McCarthy have in common? Both California representatives rank among the most ideological members of their party according to a newly released report by the National Journal, a nonpartisan Washington publication. The rankings highlight the divisive politics gripping Washington, […]

California’s clout at stake this election year

By Jessica Philipps WASHINGTON — California will lose a measure of clout in Congress after November’s election no matter which party best exploits the state’s freshly redistricted regions and election rules. Six California representatives with a combined 133 years of seniority have already announced their retirement. Another nine incumbents are regarded as vulnerable. That means […]

State’s grip in Congress could shift

By Jessica Philipps Washington– California will lose a measure of clout in Congress after November’s election no matter which party best exploits the state’s freshly redistricted regions and election rules. Democrat Dennis Cardoza and five other California representatives – with a combined 133 years of seniority – have already announced their retirement. Another nine incumbents, […]

Report shows who’s who among top political donors

Washington — DreamWorks co-founders Jeffrey Katzenberg and Steven Spielberg are among the affluent Californians taking advantage of new campaign rules that allow them to donate unlimited amounts to assist President Obama’s re-election. On the Republican side, former Univision CEO Jerry Perenchio has donated $2 million to elect Republicans and PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel has been a […]