2:03 PM, Jul 30, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
A Democratic congresswoman told her colleagues at a House hearing Wednesday morning that the debate over a bill that would grandfather in otherwise canceled group plans under the Affordable Care Act reminded her of a comedy skit about "whiners."
"I don't know how many of you recall years ago on Saturday Night Live, there was a segment entitled, 'The Whiners.'" said Anna Eshoo of California. "You know, they sat on the sofa and all they did was whine. They were a broken record. And I can't help but think of that segment on Saturday Night Live."
Watch the video below (the appropriate segment begins at around 16:10):
Here's an example of the SNL sketch to which Eshoo refers.
The text of the bill that Eshoo and her colleagues were discussing can be read here.
10:56 AM, May 27, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
It appears that in the age of Obamacare, no health care plan is safe. Not even one covering California farm workers and named after Robert F.
Told to cancel his plan.9:14 AM, May 22, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
It's not just veterans at VA hospitals who are having trouble finding care. One young Marine veteran in California can't find a doctor who will accept his Anthem Blue Cross insurance plan he purchased through Covered California, the state's Obamacare exchange. KPIX-TV reports:
11:43 AM, May 9, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Beverly Hills has banned fracking. Which makes it "the first municipality in California to prohibit the controversial technique for extracting natural gas and oil from underground rock deposits," according to Reuters.
Democrats' "culture of corruption" provides an opening for CA GOP.9:20 AM, Apr 15, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
The Republican party's best chance to win a statewide office in California for the first time since 2006 all started with a check for $800. Pete Peterson’s wife Gina is graphic designer in Santa Monica who owns her own business, a limited liability company. Last year, she was getting ready to pay her company's annual $800 licensing tax to the secretary of state’s office, which oversees business licensing. Only in California are LLCs taxed so much just to keep a license. In Delaware, the annual tax is just $300, and in Missouri, it’s just a one-time $50 free.
Marianne Williamson’s campaign to save America’s soul, starting with California’s 33rd Congressional District Feb 17, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 22 • By ZACK MUNSON
8:34 AM, Feb 4, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
The Washington Post reports that Sandra Fluke is preparing a run for Congress in California.
"Women's rights activist Sandra Fluke appears to be moving forward with a run for Congress," reports the Post.
Feb 3, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 20 • By THE SCRAPBOOK
Doug Kmiec has had an amazing political journey. Today a chaired professor at Pepperdine Law School, Kmiec has traveled nearly the full gamut of public life: He worked in the Office of Legal Counsel under both Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush and pursued an active career teaching law, at Notre Dame and Catholic University. He was thought, for a time, to be one of the leading lights in conservative Catholic legal circles.
8:01 AM, Jan 22, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
A local reporter finds a California woman who, since enrolling Obamacare, can't find a doctor:
"Beth Kramer says she's running out of options. And out of time," says the local reporter.
11:02 AM, Aug 29, 2013 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
San Bernardino is a smallish city to the east of Los Angeles but a judge's ruling yesterday that it is, indeed, insolvent will reverberate loudly across the country in all those jurisdictions where political power was bought by promises of future benefits that are now coming due and cannot be financed. The biggest marker took the form of pension and health care benefits for retiring municipal employees. The bankruptcy ruling makes it likely that they will get a haircut.
4:52 PM, Jul 30, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Republican Andy Vidak, the newly elected California state senator from Fresno, won a heavily Democratic and Hispanic district in last week's special election. The Washington Times reports that Vidak succeeded because he and other local Republicans showed up: