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Schiff Enters Field Competing for Feinstein Senate Seat
2023-01-26 23:03:08
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., confirmed one of California politics’ most poorly kept secrets, announcing Thursday that he is running in 2024 for Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s Senate seat. Schiff is the second candidate to formally enter what is... Read More

In The News
President Heads to Northern California to Survey Storm Damage
2023-01-19 17:47:23
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden is traveling to Northern California today to view the damage left by a series of “atmospheric rivers” that have battered the state’s coast for the past nine weeks. Biden left the White House aboard Marine... Read More

Renewable Energy
Auction of California Offshore Wind Leases Draws $757M in Winning Bids
2022-12-12 17:45:16
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — California’s first auction of offshore wind development rights received more than $757 million in winning bids, the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management announced. In all, roughly 373,268 acres were earmarked for wind farm development, with the sites... Read More

2022 Elections
2022 Election Features Few Climate Initiatives, but Those on the Ballot Are Big
2022-11-07 19:52:03
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — In most recent years, a slew of climate, energy and environmental initiatives have appeared on state ballots across the nation. This year, perhaps as a result of the Biden administration’s all-out push to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to... Read More

Rio Tinto Partners With Canada to Decarbonize Plant, Boost Critical Minerals Processing
2022-10-17 18:04:41
by Dan McCue

MONTREAL — Rio Tinto is partnering with the Canadian government to invest up to $537 million over the next eight years to decarbonize its operations in Sorel-Tracy, Québec, and to position the business as a center of excellence for critical... Read More

In The States
Newsom Signs California Community Solar Act Into Law
2022-09-26 21:41:17
by Dan McCue

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California Gov. Gavin Newsom last week signed into a law a new program intended to help low-income communities reap the benefits of solar power. It has been estimated that nearly half of Californians who rent or have... Read More

In The States
California Sues Amazon for 'Taking Vengeance' on Small Businesses
2022-09-14 21:30:47
by Madeline Hughes

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The state of California is suing Amazon alleging antitrust violations of how the “dominant online retail store in the United States” takes vengeance on small businesses who attempt to put their products on other websites for cheaper... Read More

In The States
California Bans the Sale of New Gasoline Cars After 2035
2022-08-26 17:14:10
by Dan McCue

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The California Air Resources Board approved a sweeping measure on Thursday that prohibits the sale of new internal combustion vehicles in the state by 2035, a vote that some believe could dramatically accelerate the nation’s transition toward... Read More

Wildfires Have Destroyed Almost All of California’s Forest Carbon Offsets, Study Says
2022-08-08 17:49:35
by Dan McCue

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Carbon released during an epic series of wildfire seasons in California has effectively wiped out most of the 100-year buffer that had been built into the state’s carbon trading system, a new study has found. According to... Read More

Harris to Announce $1B to States for Floods, Extreme Heat

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is making more than $1 billion available to states to address flooding and extreme heat exacerbated by climate change. Vice President Kamala Harris is set to announce the grant programs Monday at an event in... Read More

In The States
California Amps Up Crypto Protections
2022-07-08 14:25:04
by Madeline Hughes

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Regulating cryptocurrencies has been top of mind for many lawmakers and regulators across the country as prices fluctuate and scams become even more common. In California, the Department of Financial Protection and Innovation has been cracking down... Read More

Animal Rights
Court Decisions Support Biden Rules on Protecting the Environment
2022-07-06 16:03:06
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON —The Biden administration won another court victory on July 5 in its efforts to roll back Trump-era environmental policies that limited protections for wildlife under the Endangered Species Act.  A federal judge in California threw out an interpretation that... Read More

Incumbents Under Pressure With Primary Season in Full Swing
2022-06-07 15:14:28
by Reece Nations

SAN ANTONIO — Election season is heating up as seven states will hold primary elections on Tuesday to determine which candidates will square off in November. By the time polls close throughout the states of California, South Dakota, New Mexico,... Read More

2022 Elections
2022 Midterms: What to Watch in Primaries in Seven States

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Primary elections in seven states Tuesday will set the stage for U.S. House and Senate races this fall, with many contests shaped by political fissures in both major parties and the lingering shadow of former President Donald Trump.... Read More

Demographics and Redrawn Boundaries Could Net Dems Big Win in California
2022-05-31 23:16:40
by Brock Blasdell

LOS ANGELES, Calif. — Increasing Asian and Latino populations across California have reshaped the state’s voter demographics heading into the 2022 midterms. Amid congressional redistricting, it could create the perfect opportunity for Democrats to win seats in the 2022 primary... Read More

In The States
California Fights Inflation With Relief Package, Minimum Wage Bump 
2022-05-17 16:51:23
by Reece Nations

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Californians are getting help addressing the costs of rising inflation through a higher minimum wage and a new relief package proposal from Gov. Gavin Newsom. California's minimum wage will rise to $15.50 per hour next year under... Read More

In The News
Parishioners Subdue Gunman in Fatal California Church Attack

LAGUNA WOODS, Calif. (AP) — A man opened fire during a lunch reception at a Southern California church, killing one person and wounding five senior citizens before a pastor hit the gunman on the head with a chair and parishioners... Read More

In The States
California Considering Extending Life of Last Nuclear Plant 
2022-05-05 21:15:24
by Reece Nations

AVILA BEACH, Calif. — As California braces for possible electricity shortages in the coming summer months, Gov. Gavin Newsom is considering delaying the planned decommissioning of the state’s last nuclear power plant. The Diablo Canyon Power Plant was scheduled to... Read More

Renewable Energy
California Nearly Reaches 100% Renewable Energy Milestone
2022-05-05 17:10:16
by Dan McCue

FOLSOM, Calif. – California reached a major energy milestone on April 30, coming oh so close to having 100% of its energy produced from renewable resources. It happened on a Saturday afternoon when statewide energy demand hit 18,672 MW. Shortly... Read More

California Attorney General Alleges Oil Industry Deceived Public on Plastic Waste
2022-04-29 19:32:32
by Tom Ramstack

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California’s attorney general announced Thursday he is beginning an investigation into the oil industry for allegedly causing and then covering up the harm from plastic waste. The oil industry promoted development of plastic products and then deceived... Read More

Millions Must Cut Water Use in Drought-Stricken California

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Southern California's gigantic water supplier took the unprecedented step Tuesday of requiring about 6 million people to cut their outdoor watering to one day a week as drought continues to plague the state. The board of... Read More

In The States
Supporters of California Arts Education Ballot Initiative Submit 1M Signatures
2022-04-26 15:53:39
by Dan McCue

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Supporters of a measure that would invest between $800 million and $1 billion to expand arts and music education in California schools have submitted 1 million signatures to qualify the effort for the November ballot. The success... Read More

Civil Rights
California Reparations Panel to Meet in San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California’s first-in-the-nation reparations task force meets in person Wednesday, the first time members have gathered face-to-face since their inaugural meeting nearly a year ago and mere weeks after the group voted to limit restitution to descendants... Read More

In The States
Conway Headed to Runoff in Bid to Replace Nunes
2022-04-06 15:35:09
by Dan McCue

FRESNO COUNTY, Calif. — Former California Assemblywoman Connie Conway, a Republican, advanced to a runoff election Tuesday to fill the remainder of former Rep. Devin Nunes’ term in California’s 22nd Congressional District. However, a slow count and the fact ballots... Read More

Dwight Chapin, the 'President's Man,' Talks Nixon, Ukraine and More
2022-03-07 21:29:15
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — One of my late mother’s favorite stories of my childhood involved my first “vote” in a federal election. It was the fall of 1968 and I was in kindergarten and our teacher, Mrs. Blumberger, decided that in addition... Read More

2022 Elections
Republicans Vying for Nunes Seat Hew Close to His Legacy
2022-03-03 17:11:46
by Dan McCue

FRESNO, Calif. — The four Republicans running to serve out the unexpired term of former Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., have a number of things in common. They’re all for stricter voting laws, would likely try to defund schools that allegedly... Read More

State News
California Adopts Nation's 1st 'Endemic' Virus Policy

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California became the first state to formally shift to an “endemic” approach to the coronavirus with Gov. Gavin Newsom's announcement Thursday of a plan that emphasizes prevention and quick reaction to outbreaks over mandated masking and... Read More

McNerney to Bid House Adieu After 2022
2022-01-18 22:19:20
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — Rep. Jerry McNerney, D-Calif., the Northern California Democrat who jumped from energy to public service, announced Tuesday he’s retiring at the conclusion of his third term. McNerney joined 26 other Democrats who have announced they plan to leave... Read More

Expert Discusses Gaps in Federal Policy to Ban Surprise Medical Bills
2022-01-05 18:42:23
by Alexa Hornbeck

WASHINGTON — A federal law banning surprise medical bills U.S. patients may receive following an emergency room visit, air ambulance trip, or receiving care out-of-network went into effect on Jan 1., but health policy expert Jack Hoadley finds that gaps... Read More

New Report Studies Anti-Asian Sentiment in the COVID Era
2022-01-04 14:04:38
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON — The pandemic led to increased bias against Asians according to a recent report. The RAND Corporation recently published findings from a series of surveys that identified key themes regarding the causes of, reaction to, and mitigation measures against... Read More

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