Monthly Archives: March 2014

Supes show-and-tell offers little real insight into candidates

Early reports on Thursday’s show-and-tell involving the supervisor candidates indicate it was a typical League of Women Voters production: Polite, eminently fair, but lacking in real substance. The problem is the format of asking everybody to respond to a set … Continue reading

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Why is Newmont Mining getting away with this? Because it can

Last week’s vote by a state Senate subcommittee to consider unloading Empire Mine State Historic Park is an illustration of how corporations can evade the consequences of their actions. The state has spent $36 million over the last six years to … Continue reading

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There goes the Democrats’ super majority in the state Senate

The arrest of state Senator Leland Yee Wednesday on a host of corruption charges is the third in a series of incidents that have wiped-out the Democrats’ super majority in the state Senate and proves once again that too much power corrupts. … Continue reading

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Observations from the center stripe: Play ball edition

THE GIANTS scored 89 fewer runs and gave up 42 more last season. They haven’t done much to improve their run production, so the pitchers better have a great year…MOST TEAMS that lose two of their five starters (including their … Continue reading

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Sell Empire Mine State Historic Park? Who knew!

While some local movers-and-shakers were in Sacramento Thursday urging a speed-up to repair of the Bridgeport Covered Bridge,  a Senate subcommittee was endangering the county’s prized tourist attraction. And none of Nevada County’s leaders had a clue this was happening. A state Senate subcommittee approved … Continue reading

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Old white guys aren’t the only opponents of affirmative action

It turns out old white guys, aka Republicans, aren’t the only people who object to affirmative action programs, a lesson the Democrats who control the state Legislature learned recently. After vehement protests from California’s large Asian community, the Legislature shelved a … Continue reading

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