Democrats

Affordable care act

Lawmakers expand Medicaid in final budget

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – The state Legislature on Saturday passed a major piece of the federal Affordable Care Act, opting to expand Medicaid to 1.4 million low-income Californians, as it rushed to meet its deadline […]

06/15/2013

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Poll: Trust in government, Obama approval slip

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama’s re-election glow is gone. Congress’ reputation remains dismal. And only about one in five Americans say they trust the government to do what’s right most of the time, an Associated Press-GfK poll finds.

04/18/2013

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Gun background-check supporters struggle for votes

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate gun control supporters struggled Tuesday to salvage their drive to expand background checks to more buyers, buoyed by a visit from wounded former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords but facing enough potential opponents to derail their endeavor.

04/16/2013

President Barack Obama (AP Photo)

Obama raises California money for Democrats

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Making a down payment on his vow to go all in for Democrats in 2014, President Obama is courting well-heeled donors in California on a two-day fundraising jaunt that requires the president to walk a fine line:

04/04/2013

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House votes to prevent March 27 federal shutdown

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans pushed legislation through the House on Wednesday to ease the short-term impact of $85 billion in spending cuts and prevent a government shutdown this month.

03/06/2013

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Why can’t Washington compromise? They’re too human

WASHINGTON (AP) — Turns out politicians are people, too, only worse. Just ask pros who make their living in the trenches of everyday human drama such as divorce, family feuds or schoolyard scraps.

02/24/2013

Senate facilities workers make up beds on Capitol Hill in preparation for all-night floor debates. (AP Photo)

Top senators reach deal to curb filibusters

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate’s senior Democrat and Republican reached agreement Thursday to impose modest limits on the filibuster, the delaying tactics that minority parties have long used to kill legislation.

01/24/2013

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Face of the new Congress

(AP) – A closer look finds that Congress is undergoing some of the changes that have altered the face of America in general, with women and minorities playing increasingly more prominent roles.

01/03/2013

Fiscal cliff

Senate leaders offer dour take on ‘cliff’ talks

WASHINGTON (AP) – A Capitol Hill deal to avert the “fiscal cliff” was proving elusive Sunday as a deadline to avert tax hikes on virtually every American worker and block sweeping spending cuts grew perilously near.

12/30/2012

Flashpoints in "fiscal cliff" negotiations

WASHINGTON (AP) – There are numerous hurdles, big and small, in front of President Barack Obama and lawmakers on Capitol Hill as they seek a budget and tax agreement to avoid economy-rattling tax increases and […]

11/16/2012

Spending could tempt supermajority Democrats

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – With supermajorities in both houses of the California Legislature, voters have given Democrats a historic opportunity to push their agenda on issues such as tax reform and workers’ rights. But they […]

11/15/2012

Democrats seek supermajority in state Senate

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Months of campaigning and millions of dollars spent on 100 legislative races across California have boiled down to a handful of contests that will decide whether Democrats can seize unbridled control […]

11/06/2012

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