Gavin Newsom

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Debate Over Silencers: Hearing Protection Or Public Safety Threat?

There's a wall-long mural in the manufacturing area of SilencerCo, in West Valley City, Utah, that shows a crowd of people with muzzled mouths. One's holding a sign that says, "Fight the Noise." Another says: "Guns don't have to be loud."<p>As a leading manufacturer and seller of gun silencers — or …

Gun Rights

South Dakota governor vetoes bills trying to loosen gun laws

It’s not something you see every day: a Republican governor in a Republican-dominated state vetoing a Republican-backed gun bill.<p>That’s what happened in South Dakota on Friday, as Gov. Dennis Daugaard followed through with his threats to veto a pair of bills that would have loosened the state’s gun …

Equality

White House calls climate change funding 'a waste of your money' – video

The administration has unveiled President Donald Trump’s first budget, including a proposed 31% cut in funding to the Environmental Protection Agency. The cuts would remove funding for the Clean Power Plan and scrap all climate change research programs and partnerships. White House budget director …

Climate Change
Equality

Schwarzenegger knocks down Senate rumors

Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, the subject of buzz about a possible return to politics, told his fans on Facebook Sunday that his first mission will be to work on redistricting reform — not the U.S. Senate.<p>Schwarzenegger was inundated by press inquiries last week after POLITICO …

Arnold Schwarzenegger

Really High Noon in the Nevada Desert

Federal prosecutors threatened to bust a celebration in Nevada, where pot is now legal. The new battle over states’ rights is coming.<p>LAS VEGAS—It had the makings of a duel in the desert, the first clash between the legion of marijuana lovers emboldened by a surge of legalization and a new federal …

Cannabis

Those Bigoted Boston Parade Organizers Are Out of Allies

This week in the laboratories of democracy.<p><i>(Permanent musical Accompaniment To This Post)</i><p><i>Being our semi-regular weekly survey of what's goin' down in the several states where, as we know, the real work of governmentin' gets done, and where a man can't give his address out to bad company.</i><p>We begin …

Assisted Suicide

How Safe Is Marijuana, Really?

​Some experts think strict guidelines should be established<p>Weed may be legal in eight states and national legalization might be becoming increasingly popular (this guy even uses it at work) but some experts are concerned about the potential long-term impacts of regular marijuana use.<p>In a new paper …

King's College London

Scientists Just Confirmed The Hottest Day In Antarctica - Motherboard

One of the coldest places in the world is warming up fast.<p>Scientists from the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) announced a new record high temperature of 63.5 degrees Fahrenheit for the continent of Antarctica. The temperature was initially recorded on March 24, 2015 at the Argentine …

Global Warming

Official: Calif. faces $50B price tag for flood control

WASHINGTON (AP) — California faces an estimated $50 billion price tag for roads, dams and other infrastructure threatened by floods such as the one that severely damaged Oroville Dam last month, the state's natural resources secretary said Wednesday.<p>Nearly 200,000 people living near the country's …

Water

Siberia's 'doorway to the underworld' is growing at an alarming rate

<b>Expanding as much as 98 feet per year as the permafrost warms, the crater is opening up to reveal ancient forests and other curiosities.</b><p>Back in the …

Climate Change

Highest Recorded Temperatures In Antarctica Announced And They May Surprise You

Antarctica has been referred to as the “last place on Earth.” It has recently been in the news because of a gigantic rift in the Antarctic Peninsulas’s Larsen C ice shelf. Some scientists have suggested that if part of the shelf breaks off, it could be an iceberg the size of the state of Delaware. …

Global Warming

California demands details of Trump administration immigration arrests

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - California legislative leaders on Monday demanded detailed information from the Trump administration on immigration arrests and raids in the most populous U.S. state, amid growing concern that agents are targeting non-criminals for deportation.<p>Citing reports that …

Immigration

LGBTQ Advocates Fear 'Religious Freedom' Bills Moving Forward In States

There are renewed efforts at the state level to pass so-called religious freedom bills. LGBTQ rights advocates believe that's because local lawmakers are anticipating support from the Trump administration.<p>In Alabama, there's a bill that allows adoption agencies that are religiously affiliated to …

Equality

Why California's eroding coast is a problem – and what the government can do

El Niño brought unprecedentedly powerful waves to the Pacific Coast in 2015-2016, while droughts starved beaches of sediment, according to a new …

Climate

'Dreamer' arrest a wake-up call for immigrant rights groups

Immigration

Congress blocks rule barring mentally impaired from guns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress on Wednesday sent President Donald Trump legislation blocking an Obama-era rule designed to keep guns out of the hands of certain mentally disabled people.<p>On a vote of 57-43, the Senate backed the resolution, just one of several early steps by the Republican-led Congress …

Senate clears roll back of background-check rule for president's signature

WASHINGTON — The Senate voted Wednesday to overturn a rule barring gun ownership for some who have been deemed mentally impaired, clearing the measure for President Trump's signature.<p>The Obama-era rule required the Social Security Administration to send records of some beneficiaries to the National …

Government

San Francisco is taxing the rich to pay for free community college

<b>New York (CNN) —</b> San Francisco will be the first city in the nation to offer free community college to all residents starting this fall, Mayor Ed Lee announced this week.<p>The city will pay for it by taxes on properties selling for more than $5 million.<p>The real estate transfer tax, as it's called, …

College & University

Gun rights advocates prepare push for more guns in schools – grizzly bears or no

Attempts to allow more guns in K-12 schools were defeated in 15 states last year but second amendment campaigners are only encouraged by Trump’s election<p>Andrew McDaniel is a rural legislator from the gun-loving state of Missouri. But when he heard that America’s new secretary of education had …

Guns

California is not 'out of control,' leaders tell Trump

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - California leaders pushed back on Monday against President Donald Trump's claim that the state is "out of control," pointing to its balanced budget and high jobs numbers in the latest dustup between the populist Republican and the progressive state.<p>The state's top …

Government

The Bowling Green Massacre Is Fake. Mentally Ill Americans with Easier Access to Guns Is Real.

The Kellyanne Conway Chronicles.<p>DJ Kellyanne Conway can always get a gig. Cable news outlets continually book someone who has made it her post-election mission to undermine the concept of objective reality. Conway joined Chris Matthews last night to explain why we so desperately needed the …

Guns

These immigrants can go to college, but blocked from student loans

<b>New York (CNN) —</b> Mitzie Perez is one of the 750,000 DREAMers who are allowed to legally go to college, but their status as temporary residents leaves them with few ways to pay for tuition.<p>They're not eligible for federal grants or loans. And it's widely known among DREAMers that banks are turning …

Loans

UC Berkeley erupts in protests over Milo Yiannopoulos speech

Protests erupted on the University of California at Berkeley campus Wednesday night over a scheduled appearance by conservative provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos.<p>Yiannopoulos, an editor for the far-right website Breitbart News who many identify with the alt-right, a white-nationalist movement, was set …

Bigotry

Red, blue states split over Trump's 'sanctuary city' order

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — President Donald Trump's promised crackdown on "sanctuary cities" has triggered divergent actions from blue and red states, revealing the deep national divide on immigration as some move to follow his order and others break with the U.S. government to protect immigrants in the …

Think States Alone Can’t Handle Sea Level Rise? Watch California

Last March, a paper by a geoscientist named Rob DeConto came out in <i>Nature</i>. And as far as geology papers go, it was a big deal: It outlined a new …

Climate Change

The Coolest Cannabis Farm in Oregon

The secret to growing really good weed is a lot of R.E.M.<p>In a dank, disheveled office on the outskirts of Portland, Oregon, Richard Vinal is marveling at the handpan steel drum he has just unboxed, shipped here to Hillsboro from Asheville, North Carolina. "I know the guy who makes these," he crows. …

Cannabis

The 10 US colleges that stand to lose the most from Trump's immigration ban

Last week, President Donald Trump signed an executive order that bars citizens of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen from entering the US for 90 days and all refugees for 120 days. Opponents of the ban worry that the temporary travel ban will turn into a permanent one.<p>Around the …

College & University

GUNMAKER CEO: Fewer people are buying ammunition after the election because Hillary Clinton didn't win

People seem to be easing up on their ammunition buying after the presidential election.<p>John Fischer, CEO of Winchester-maker Olin Corporation, said that gun retailers are seeing slower than expected sales of bullets and ammunition post-election.<p>"Winchester did experience a slowdown in commercial …

Elections

Californians are calling for a split from the US — but one secessionist group has odd ties to Russia

The tweets began within hours of President Trump's victory on November 8.<p>"We'll just take our avocados and legal weed and go#CalExit," one person tweeted.<p>"#Calexit I'm all in for this! We're basically in our own little world anyway. And let's elect #BernieSanders as our supreme leader!" another …

Russia