Three Reasons Democrats Will Make California the Face of Obamacare

By: Wednesday June 5, 2013 8:01 am

The Democratic Party has decided to make California the face of Obamacare implementation. Multiple left-leaning writers have hailed California as the example of the law working. On Friday President Obama is going to fly all the way to San Jose to deliver a speech touting the new law. If the Affordable Care Act is going [...]

California Voters Overwhelmingly Support Marriage Equality

By: Friday March 1, 2013 7:18 am

If Proposition 8 were put back on the ballot today in California it would be defeated easily. A new Field Poll finds that there has been a significant shift in public opinion about same-sex marriage over the past four years. The poll found California voters now support marriage equality by a two-to-one margin. Field Poll [...]

California Health Insurance Rating Review Bill Passes Key Committee

By: Friday August 26, 2011 1:33 pm

In a 6-3 party line vote Thursday the California State Senate Appropriations Committee approved AB 52, a bill that would give California regulators the power to reject health insurance premium increases. Because the bill previously passed the Senate health committee back in July the legislation can now go before the full Senate. The fate of [...]

California Group Looking to Put Public Option on the Ballot

By: Thursday August 25, 2011 10:28 am

The California based organization, Consumer Watchdog, is looking to put a measure on the 2012 November ballot in California that would create a public health insurance option in the state and provide state regulators more control of premiums. From the San Francisco Chronicle: As Republicans try to make President Obama’s landmark health care law a [...]

California Considering Basic Health Plan

By: Wednesday August 17, 2011 7:44 am

Some in the California state legislature are looking to create a new Basic Health Plan as part of implementing the Affordable Care Act. The law give states the option of automatically putting people making less than 200% of the Federal Poverty Level in a state run Basic Health Plan instead of forcing them to buy [...]

California Bill to Control Health Insurance Increases Clears Senate Committee

By: Thursday July 7, 2011 7:28 am

The bill, AB 52, which would give California regulators the power to control and deny unreasonable private health insurance premium increases late yesterday clear a critical Senate Committee vote. The Senate Health Committee approved the measure in a 5-3 vote. The bill, AB52, now goes to the Senate Appropriations Committee.

Health Insurance Regulation Working Even Before Becoming Law

By: Friday June 10, 2011 7:58 am

Last week the California Assembly narrowly passed AB52 which will give state regulators the ability to reject unjustifiably large premium increases from private health insurers. The bill still needs to pass the state Senate before it would become law but clearly it has the health insurance industry scared.

Just Say Now Launches Online Phone Banking for Marijuana Reform

By: Friday October 1, 2010 7:21 am

This morning, Just Say Now is proud to announce a new tool to put marijuana reform directly in the hands of activists: online phone banking to identify supporters of marijuana reform before November’s election.

There are thousands of voters in Arizona, California, Oregon, and South Dakota who we need to vote for marijuana reforms. We’re targeting calls to young voters and “surge voters” – people who turned out in 2008 but who are not yet likely to vote in the midterm elections.

Eric Sterling: No on 19 Co-Chair Lee Baca “Intoxicated by the Money and Hysteria Against Marijuana”

By: Wednesday September 8, 2010 2:00 pm

Eric Sterling is a member of the Just Say Now advisory board, and President of The Criminal Justice Policy Foundation. He released this statement in response to comments made by LA County Sheriff Lee Baca to the effect that the proliferation of marijuana dispensaries has resulted in more crime in Los Angeles: In the early [...]

What Part of “Not a Priority” Does the DEA Not Understand?

By: Wednesday July 28, 2010 12:18 pm

Earlier this month the DEA conducted several coordinated raids of California medical marijuana dispensaries and collectives. Problem is, these DEA raids are in direct opposition to the directive issued by President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder last year that designated raids on legal medical marijuana dispensaries to “not be a priority” for the DEA. Today, Firedoglake publisher Jane Hamsher joined drug policy reform organizations and a conservative group, led by the Marijuana Policy Project, in condemning the DEA’s raids.