| Nov 11, 2013
| 5:25 PM
WASHINGTON — The banking industry's top lobbyist urged GOP lawmakers to support the bipartisan Senate immigration reform legislation as essential for business and the "most Republican of causes."
Frank Keating, a Republican and former Oklahoma...
| Nov 5, 2013
| 5:28 PM
HOBOKEN, N.J. -- Republican Gov. Chris Christie romped to an easy reelection in this blue-leaning state Tuesday, according to Associated Press projections, appealing to voters across ideologies after a race that set him up for a potential presidential...
| Oct 31, 2013
| 6:25 PM
Reaction was broad and swift Thursday to the announcement by UC president Janet Napolitano that she would allocate $5 million in university funds to help the system's estimated 900 students who entered the country illegally.
The issue of how to...
| Oct 27, 2013
| 7:00 AM
THABYUCHAING, Myanmar — U Abdul Samat spent his life farming the rice paddies that stretched, brilliant green, in all directions. Now he was nearly 90 years old, a great-grandfather who walked with a cane.
He was also a Muslim, and the men who...
| Oct 9, 2013
Should immigrants be allowed to serve on juries? It's a no-brainer. Of course they should. And they should be allowed to vote, to serve in the Legislature, to become governor. It would be morally wrong and blatantly unconstitutional to deny these basic...
| Oct 4, 2013
| 7:52 AM
It isn't often that someone can overturn two decades of stupidity with a stroke of a pen. California Gov. Jerry Brown achieved that distinction this week when he signed a law allowing undocumented immigrants to apply for driver's licenses.
In doing so,...
| Sep 30, 2013
| 9:43 PM
SACRAMENTO — For the first two years of his late-in-life second act as governor, Jerry Brown focused almost exclusively on California's woeful budget situation.
Now, with the immediate crisis having passed after a hard-won tax increase, Brown is...
| Sep 17, 2013
Re "State's license bill is driving debate," Sept. 14
I agree with Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood: If someone is in the country illegally, it makes no sense to give him the legal ability to drive.
Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck states...
| Sep 16, 2013
| 10:36 AM
When lawmakers finished their work just after midnight on Friday morning, they had passed a full slate of significant legislation.
Among the measures waiting for Gov. Jerry Brown's signature are an increase to the minimum wage, driver's licenses for...
| Sep 15, 2013
| 7:36 PM
SACRAMENTO — It's a new era in Sacramento — a markedly improved one, so far.
Watching the lawmakers, you don't cringe nearly as much.
They're actually getting things done in the state Capitol. You can set aside that old label...
| Sep 15, 2013
Late on the last night of the legislative session, California lawmakers passed a bill allowing undocumented immigrants to obtain driver's licenses. If the bill is signed by the governor, it will be an important and long-overdue step forward that will...