FROM Hannah-Beth Jackson
Pay Equality in California: Will It Work in Hollywood? Last year, when Patricia Arquette won an Oscar for Boyhood, she stunned the audience with a speech about the continuing difference in pay between men and women doing the same work. That was part of the motivation for a new law, which has just gone into effect in California: The Fair Pay Act . We talk with the bill's author, Democratic State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson from Santa Barbara.
Are Budget Cuts at CA Courts Causing Injustice for Millions? In yesterday's annual address to the State Legislature, Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye said the lack of sufficient funding for state courts is risking a civil rights crisis. It's a familiar message, and one that struck home to one Democrat Hannah-Beth Jackson, who chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Dueling Democrats and Prison Reform The US Supreme Court says California’s prisons are too crowded, and Governor Brown wants to rent beds in private prisons and out-of-state facilities. Democratic Assembly Speaker John Perez and Republicans in both legislative houses agree. But yesterday, a State Senate committee approved an alternative to reduce the inmate population by rehabilitation, including drug treatment, as well as preventive measures.
Legislators Call for Investigation into Sterilizations in Prison In a story we aired on Tuesday, the Center for Investigative Reporting discovered that 150 pregnant women were sterilized in California prisons between 2006 and 2010 — without the required notification to top state medical officials. Inmates and their advocates said they were pushed to sign up, and a prison doctor said the cost was minimal compared to potential welfare payments for unwanted children. Some legislators are outraged, including Hanna-Beth Jackson, a State Senator from Santa Barbara and chair of the Women's Caucus.
Human Rights in the era of Donald Trump President Trump’s UN Ambassador, Nikki Haley, said today the US might pull out of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council. Serious violators of human rights are members of the Council itself–and a US resignation could make things worse. Later on today’s show, now that he’s into his second term, comedian turned US Senator Al Franken is telling jokes again.
Is the threat from Russia missing from the Russia meddling probe? There's much being made about the Trump administration's possible ties with Russia. But the bottom line is Russia's effort to influence American democracy. Do the President and his aides care enough to take action before voters go back to the polls?
Trump plays scolder-in-chief with NATO allies At the opening of NATO’s dramatic new headquarters in Brussels today, President Trump acknowledged that Article 5 — promising that “an attack on one nation is an attack on all” -- has only been invoked one time: in the aftermath of September 11. But the President failed to provide what 27 other Alliance members have been waiting for: a re-commitment by America’s new leader to Article 5. Instead, they got a scolding.