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Friday, March 02, 2018

China warned Taiwan on Friday it would only get burnt if it sought to rely on foreigners, adding to warnings from state media the country could go to war over Taiwan if the United States passes into law a bill promoting closer U.S. ties. The legislation, which only needs President Donald Trump's signature to become law, says it should be U.S. policy to allow officials at all levels to travel to Taiwan to meet their Taiwanese counterparts, permit high-level Taiwanese officials to enter the United States"under respectful conditions" and meet with U.S. officials. Beijing considers democratic Taiwan to be a wayward province and integral part of"one China", ineligible for state-to-state relations, and has never renounced the use of force to bring the island under its control. China's Taiwan Affairs Office said the bill was a serious contravention of the"one China" principle. read more

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

A progressive political action committee (PAC) hit the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) on Tuesday, calling it "out-of-touch" on gun control laws and criticizing its lack of support for single-payer healthcare. The Justice Democrats -- founded by The Young Turks creator, progressive activist Cenk Uygur -- shared its criticism of the DCCC in response to reports that the DCCC told lawmakers not to support single-payer healthcare and to refrain from talking about gun-control policies in the wake of a mass shooting last year. "It's becoming evident that the DCCC -- and the billionaire donors and revolving door consultants that make up the Democratic Party's establishment -- believe Democrats can only take back Congress running on a watered-down message," the Justice Democrats said in a statement. read more

Thursday, February 15, 2018

The Washington state senate passed a bipartisan bill Wednesday to abolish the death penalty. Senate Bill 6052 passed the state senate 26 to 22 and will now go to the state house for a vote. If signed into law, the bill would repeal the death penalty for aggravated first-degree murder and replace it with life without parole, the News Tribune reported. Republican State Sen. Maureen Walsh sponsored the bill and said she didn't do so out of sympathy. "That's not why I'm doing this," said Walsh, whose district in Walla Walla is where the state's death row is located. "I'm doing this maybe because I feel like it's somewhat our responsibility as legislators to vet these issues here in this forum in this venue." A major concern over maintaining a death penalty is the cost. A recent Seattle University study found that death penalty cases cost an average of about $1 million more than life imprisonment cases. Moral concerns were also a part of the debate. read more

Sunday, February 11, 2018

if there's been one consistent thing about Donald Trump since he emerged as a presidential candidate in June 2015, it's this: When women accuse men of sexual assault or domestic abuse, Trump sides with the men. The most recent example of this trend has played out over the last 72 hours -- as Trump has repeatedly noted that Rob Porter, his former staff secretary, denies the charges of physical and emotional abuse levied against him by both of his ex-wives as well as a former girlfriend. "Peoples lives are being shattered and destroyed by a mere allegation," the President tweeted Saturday morning "Some are true and some are false. Some are old and some are new. There is no recovery for someone falsely accused - life and career are gone. Is there no such thing any longer as Due Process?" read more

Wednesday, February 07, 2018

Democrats won an exurban St. Louis seat in the Missouri state House of Representatives on Tuesday, racking up another victory in a district carried easily by President Trump in the 2016 election. Voters in Jefferson County appeared to choose Mike Revis, a 27-year old Democrat, to fill a seat left vacant when the incumbent quit to run for county executive. With all ten precincts within the district reporting, Revis led Republican David Linton by 108 votes, or about three percentage points. If Revis's lead holds, it would mark a significant swing from 2016, when President Trump won the district by a 61 percent to 33 percent margin. Four years before that, Mitt Romney beat President Obama in the district, south and west of St. Louis, by a 55- to 43-percent margin.


Prison conditions and sentencing reform

After the United States Supreme Court in Brown v. Plata (2011) declared California's prisons so overcrowded they inflicted cruel and unusual punishment, Harris fought federal court supervision, explaining "I have a client, and I don't get to choose my client."[12] After California failed to fully implement the court's order to reduce crowding, and was ordered to implement new parole programs, lawyers for Harris appealed the decision on grounds that if forced to release these inmates early, prisons would lose an important labor pool.[80]

Harris refused to take any position on criminal sentencing-reform initiatives Proposition 36 (2012) and Proposition 47 (2014), arguing it would be improper because her office prepares the ballot booklets.[12] Former California Attorney General John Van de Kamp considered her explanation "baloney".[12]
Daniel Larsen case

On August 24, 2012, the Los Angeles Times published an editorial calling on Harris to release Daniel Larsen from prison.[81] Larsen, who was sentenced to 28 years to life under California's three strikes laws for possession of a concealed weapon in 1999, was declared "actually innocent" by a federal judge in 2009 and ordered released. Evidence in favor of Larsen included that of a former chief of police and the actual owner of the knife; Larsen's original lawyer, who failed to call a single witness, has since been disbarred.[82] Larsen remained in prison because Harris's office objected to his release on the grounds that he missed the deadline to file his writ of habeas corpus. The California Innocence Project, which had taken up Larsen's case, said this amounted to a paperwork technicality. The Times editorial stated that if Harris was not willing to release Larsen, Governor Jerry Brown should pardon him. In March 2013, Larsen was released on bond with the case on appeal by order of Attorney General Harris "on technical grounds".[82] In September 2013, the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals upheld the ruling, and on January 27, 2014, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office dismissed the charge.[83]

He sounds good to me

Meet Kevin de León -- the Next Senator From California?


The fact that he has couple of trump humpers whining here makes him even seem better

Who ever thought that rightostupid and Andrea would come out loving Sen. Dianne Feinstink

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