FROM Ellen Hanak
Water Rights in California Governor Jerry Brown defended his water use restrictions yesterday on ABC’s This Week. Criticism has come from those in California who believe farmers who grow water-hungry crops should have to cut back on their usage as well. Brown claims historic water rights limit what restrictions could be imposed, but he left open the possibility for review in the future. Do the state’s archaic water rights make sense while a drought strains California’s dwindling resources?
Water Politics on Tap for President's Visit As the drought continues, the Metropolitan Water District has issued a " water supply alert " for the 19 million people it serves. Meantime, water use has become a political issue in Sacramento and Washington. President Obama will visit the San Joaquin Valley tomorrow. Republicans have focused attention there in a way that puts the Democrats on the defensive. Governor Brown — political pro that he is — is always ready to decry the effects of partisanship. So what's the potential impact of the competing proposals?
The Senate Overrides Bush’s Veto on a Bill With $1 billion for Water Projects in California With overwhelming votes by both political parties, the House and the Senate have overridden a veto by President George W. Bush . It calls for $23 billion dollars for 900 water projects including the LA River , the Salton Sea and levees and dams in Northern California.
Truth and Lies in Trumpland Donald Trump is using mis-information like no President has before him. It's an unprecedented challenge to the news media, and a potential threat to democracy. We hear how the "leader of all the people" is dividing Americans and confusing the rest of the world.
GOP 'Nukes' the Senate filibuster on SCOTUS nominees Senate Democrats today blocked Judge Neil Gorsuch's appointment to the US Supreme Court… but just for the moment. The Republican majority has changed the rules to force a likely confirmation as soon as tomorrow.
"Tough on crime" rhetoric sees a revival at Sessions' DOJ The pendulum swings between treatment-focused approaches to drug abuse and tough law enforcement. Now, after years of Obama-era "reforms," President Trump’s Attorney General, Jeff Sessions wants local police freed from federal restrictions to fight another "war on drugs."
Trump's ethical conflicts pile up as transparency diminishes President Trump's refusal to reveal his income tax returns is just one example of a lack of transparency that could be hiding conflicts of interest. Other conflicts are already obvious from his appointments. And he's being sued for using his job to increase his profits.