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  • Senate leader ponders budget cuts to GOP districts

    April 27, 2011 7:15 PM

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - The Democratic leader of the state Senate says he is interested in the possibility of targeting Republican districts for budget cuts if GOP lawmakers continue their refusal to let Californians vote on tax extensions. Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg on Wednesday told reporters he has... more »
  • Dream Act would grant citizenship for illegal immigrants in college

    December 9, 2010 1:44 PM

    Young illegal immigrants on the Central Coast could have a pathway to citizenship if the Dream Act passes. The House passed the bill last night 216 to 198. The bill grants hundreds of thousands of undocumented immigrants brought to the United States before the age of 16 a chance... more »
  • Local Democrats respond to Tea Party protests

    April 15, 2010 10:02 PM

    Many democrats in Santa Maria have some different views on the issue of healthcare and the economy. They say the healthcare reform bill passed with majority support-- and blame Republicans for driving up the national debt while President George W. Bush was in office. "People have a right to... more »
  • Tentative deal in health care talks to drop public option

    December 9, 2009 11:56 AM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - Senate Democrats say they're getting closer to pushing President Barack Obama's health care overhaul through the Senate. The latest potential breakthrough comes after a tentative deal to drop a government-run insurance option. Instead, the health care bill may offer nonprofit health plans run by the Office of... more »
  • Senate opens health care debate this week

    November 30, 2009 11:54 AM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - The 60 votes Democrats mustered to move the bill forward aren't there as the Senate debate begins today on the health care overhaul. That creates a delicate situation for Majority Leader Harry Reid, who must figure out how to put those 60 votes together again to... more »

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