Calif. Dems Meet in Sacramento; Back Gun Control, Prop 13 Reforms

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SACRAMENTO – California Democrats adopted resolutions on Sunday affirming many of their biggest political goals, including changing California’s landmark property tax limitation law, Proposition 13, supporting more gun control legislation and imposing a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing for oil. Delegates to the party’s annual convention also urged President Barack Obama to reject the Keystone XL […]

No assault weapons ban: Not in Dems’ Senate bill

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WASHINGTON – An assault weapons ban won’t be in the gun-control legislation that Democrats bring to the Senate floor next month, a decision that means the ban’s chances of survival now are all but hopeless. The ban is the most controversial firearms restriction that President Barack Obama and other Democrats have pressed for since an […]

More Gun Laws = Fewer Gun Deaths… Maybe…

CHICAGO − States with the most gun control laws have the fewest gun-related deaths, according to a study that suggests sheer quantity of measures might make a difference. But the research leaves many questions unanswered and won’t settle the debate over how policymakers should respond to recent high-profile acts of gun violence. In the dozen […]

State of The Union: Obama to Stress Jobs & Afghan War Troop Withdrawal

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WASHINGTON – Seeking to focus on nation-building at home, President Barack Obama will use his State of the Union address to call for more spending on infrastructure and manufacturing, while also announcing the withdrawal of 34,000 U.S. troops from Afghanistan within a year. The highly-anticipated announcement on the next phase of the troop withdrawal will […]

Mortgage Protection, Gun Control & Pension Changes Amongst New Laws for 2013

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SACRAMENTO – Homeowners will have increased protections from foreclosure under some of the hundreds of state laws taking effect with the new year. California also is studying whether to create the nation’s first state-administered retirement savings program for some 6 million private-sector workers, although it will take additional legislation before the program can be fully […]

Urban Advocates Say New Gun Control Talk Overdue

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WASHINGTON – For years, voices have cried in the urban wilderness: We need to talk about gun control. Yet the guns blazed on. It took a small-town slaughter for gun control to become a political priority. Now, decades’ worth of big-city arguments against easy access to guns are finally being heard, because an unstable young […]