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  • Obama grants protections to 'spectacular' Mendocino County coast

    Obama grants protections to 'spectacular' Mendocino County coast
    WASHINGTON — President Obama on Tuesday, using his executive authority to bypass Congress, added about 1,665 acres of "spectacular" Mendocino County coastline to the California Coastal National Monument. It is the first onshore addition to the...
  • Jerry Brown wants Republicans to back off drought proposal

    SACRAMENTO -- When it comes to California's drought, Gov. Jerry Brown has a message for Republicans in Washington, D.C. -- thanks but no thanks. The governor, in a letter sent Monday, said a proposal from House Republicans to alleviate the situation...
  • 28 Republicans may now face the tea-party music after debt-limit vote

    Right-wing and tea-party groups already have House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) on their enemies list, thanks to his stance on last year's bipartisan budget agreement. One can only wonder what will happen to the rest of the House GOP leadership now...
  • Even as shutdown deal nears, 'a Kafka-esque moment' at parks hearing

    WASHINGTON — Even as a deal was in the works to end the federal government shutdown, bickering continued Wednesday morning -- over the closing of national parks. House Republicans accused the National Park Service of barricading open-air monuments...
  • Beware the clear-cutters

    Beware the clear-cutters
    Even before the embers from the Rim fire had stopped smoldering, the House of Representatives was using the catastrophic forest fire as an excuse to pass a harmful logging bill. HR 1526, the so-called Restoring Healthy Forests for Healthy Communities...
  • Koster to concede to DelBene in 1st Congressional District race Friday

    Koster to concede to DelBene in 1st Congressional District race Friday
    Snohomish County Councilman John Koster said Thursday he plans to call Democrat Suzan DelBene on Friday to concede the race for the congressional seat in the redrawn 1st District that runs from Redmond north to the Canadian border. As of 10:26 p.m....
  • Obama unveils scaled-back oil-drilling plan

     
    Citing the lessons of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, the Obama administration reversed course Wednesday and pulled plans to open the eastern gulf and portions of the Atlantic coast to oil and gas exploration. "We need to proceed with......
  • Gloucester supervisor attends national conference in D.C.

     
    Supervisor Gregory Woodard is joining more than 1,300 elected and appointed officials at the National Association of Counties' 2011 Legislative Conference in Washington D.C., said a county spokeswoman. Woodard is the lone representative from Gloucester --...
  • Gas prices spur move to open offshore drilling in California, Alaska, East Coast [Updated]

     
    With high gas prices once again becoming a high-octane political issue, House Republicans on Tuesday launched a drive to open up more coastal areas to oil drilling, including a stretch off Southern California. The pro-production legislation comes a day...
  • Gulf oil spill claim payouts reach $5.5 billion

     
    A year and a half after the massive Gulf of Mexico oil spill, the administrator of BP’s $20-billion restitution fund told Congress Thursday that he has has paid out about $5.5 billion to more than 213,000 victims of the nation’s worst offshore...
  • Battle brewing over expanding wilderness protections in the West

     
    The Obama administration on Thursday recommended stronger protections for federal land in nine Western states, but many of the proposasl are likely to face resistance in the Republican-controlled House....