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June 11, 2024

A group of House Democrats steps up to try to stop Project 2025 and a Trump White House

by Lisa Mascaro

Warning about the far-right Project 2025 agenda for a Donald Trump White House, a group of House Democrats has launched a task force to start fighting the proposal and stop it from taking hold if the Republican former president returns to power. Democratic Rep. Jared Huffman of California is unveiling The Stop Project 2025 Task Force on Tuesday, the latest sign that congressional Democrats and outside groups are treating Trump’s campaign seriously in the expected rematch against Democratic …  Continue Reading

June 11, 2024

Trump’s Project 2025 plot would take ‘wrecking ball’ to US institutions, key Democrat warns

by David Smith

The blueprint for a potential second Donald Trump presidency known as Project 25 would take “a wrecking ball” to America’s democratic norms and institutions, a leading Democrat has warned. Representative Jared Huffman spoke to the Guardian before the launch of a congressional working group designed to sound the alarm about the rightwing roadmap and ensure that Trump never has the chance to implement its extreme agenda. The near 900-page Project 2025 handbook was produced by the Heritage …  Continue Reading

June 11, 2024

House Democrats prepare to highlight right-wing 'Project 2025' plans

by Joy Reid

“Have you heard of Project 2025?” is one of the most frequently asked questions in liberal politics these days.  As more Americans start to tune into the November elections, a group of Democrats is trying to ensure that that question is also being asked by independent voters, Trump-skeptical Republicans and those "double-haters" who haven't made up their minds yet. Developed by the far-right Heritage Foundation, “Project 2025” is a set of policy initiatives written by Trump-supporting …  Continue Reading

June 06, 2024

Lawmakers to SEC: Don’t give up on climate disclosure rule

by Emma Dumain

Thirty-eight lawmakers are urging the Securities and Exchange Commission to strengthen climate emissions reporting requirements for publicly traded companies The message shows progressive anxiety that the agency may not be prepared to push as hard as it can to force executives to disclose their carbon footprints. Its landmark rule on the issue is currently on hold pending litigation. “While the rule is an important step forward that will provide investors with key information about publicly …  Continue Reading

June 06, 2024

On 80th anniversary of D-Day, Sonoma County veterans reflect on supreme courage, sacrifice


Eighty years ago on Thursday, some 150,000 troops from the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada and other Allied nations fought the climactic battle of World War II, landing on the beaches of Normandy, France and punching through Hitler’s “Atlantic Wall,” at frightful cost. Twenty years ago Thursday, on the 60th anniversary of D-Day, Izaak Schwaiger landed in Iraq along with the rest of the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit. A military translator, he was stationed in Najaf, a Shia holy city …  Continue Reading

June 05, 2024

Biden official offers support for reworked minerals list

by Hannah Northey

A senior U.S. Geological Survey official Tuesday voiced support for legislation that would expand the federal government’s list of critical minerals to include materials like copper. Colin Williams, who leads the agency's mineral resources program, said the administration would work with lawmakers to make sure H.R. 8446 protects the integrity of two federal critical minerals lists — one from the USGS and a second from the Department of Energy. “As a possible way to manage the two lists, the …  Continue Reading

June 04, 2024

Jared Huffman calls for last year’s salmon relief funds to be expedited

by Sage Alexander

U.S. Rep. Jared Huffman co-sent a letter to federal administrators on Tuesday calling for disaster relief funding to be allocated quicker for the state’s salmon fishery closure in 2023. A year later and no disaster funds have been distributed, and fishermen face another closed season. “California’s commercial, sport, and charter fishers, tribes, businesses, restaurants, and the communities who depend upon the salmon fishery cannot afford to wait any longer for the relief needed to weather the …  Continue Reading

May 29, 2024

Natural Resources leaders spar over mine permitting plans

by Hannah Northey, Garrett Downs

House Natural Resources Republicans are probing whether the Interior Department flouted federal law and sidestepped public scrutiny when proposing new metrics for assessing mine approvals. Democrats are already calling the investigation a sham. Chair Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.) and Reps. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.), chair of the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, and Pete Stauber (R-Minn.), chair of the Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources, are questioning the Bureau of Land …  Continue Reading

May 24, 2024

‘This is awful’: GOP slams offshore energy budget

by Heather Richards

House Natural Resources Republicans assailed Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Director Liz Klein in a hearing Thursday for seeking increased funding for offshore wind while slowing down offshore oil leasing. “We cannot let the Department of the Interior sacrifice the livelihoods and security of Americans on the altar of hollow commitments to environmental activists,” said Energy and Mineral Resources Chair Pete Stauber (R-Minn.), calling on Klein to hold more offshore oil sales. Republicans …  Continue Reading

May 23, 2024

National Endowment for the Arts awards grants

U.S. Rep. Jared Huffman has shared the news that several recipients in California’s Second Congressional District — including two in Humboldt County — have been awarded a total of $120,000 through the National Endowment for the Arts. The California Film Institute in San Rafael has received $30,000 for Grants for Arts Projects — Media Art to support the Mill Valley Film Festival and related community programming. The Marin Shakespeare Company in San Rafael has received  $20,000 for Grants for …  Continue Reading

May 22, 2024

California Senate passes bill aiding SMART tax renewal

by Adrian Rodriguez

As SMART officials stay mum on when they will seek extension of a sales tax needed to keep trains rolling, a bill enabling voters to place a renewal on the ballot has passed the California Senate. Senate Bill 904, authored by state Sen. Bill Dodd, a Democrat from Napa, was proposed to help the Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit secure its sales tax dollars, which account for nearly half of the agency’s total revenue. The tax collects about $51 million annually. The new legislation would clarify …  Continue Reading

May 22, 2024

Angel Island gets $1.5 mil federal grant for Ayala Cove dock upgrade

by Francisco Martinez

Angel Island State Park has received a $1.5-million federal grant toward upgrading the dilapidated boat dock at Ayala Cove. The funding, announced May 13 by Rep. Jared Huffman, D-San Rafael, comes from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Boating Infrastructure Grant program. The state park will combine the grant with $1.2 million in funding from the California Department of Parks and Recreation to complete the $2.7 million overhaul, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The …  Continue Reading

May 21, 2024

Dems to GOP: Investigate mining companies, not greens

by Hannah Northey

House Democrats are trying to flip the script on the GOP's investigations into whether environmental groups are illegally representing foreign interests. Natural Resources ranking member Raúl Grijalva (D-Ariz.) and Reps. Melanie Stansbury of New Mexico and Jared Huffman of California on Monday called on Chair Bruce Westerman of Arkansas to expand an ongoing investigation to include mining companies with foreign ties that may be sidestepping congressional oversight. The Republican-led …  Continue Reading

May 20, 2024

California congressman urges closer consultation with tribes on offshore wind

by Claire Rush and Jennifer McDermott

A congressman who represents California’s north coast has sent a letter to federal regulators asking that they “urgently place” a senior official in the state to respond to tribal needs as wind power is developed offshore. U.S. Rep. Jared Huffman sent the letter as the U.S. offshore wind industry begins to take shape and as tribal communities in California and Oregon express frustration with what they say is a lack of consultation on proposals that affect culturally significant waters and …  Continue Reading

May 08, 2024

Democrats seek probe of foreign mining on public lands

by Hannah Northey

House Natural Resources ranking member Raúl Grijalva and a number of other Democrats are planning to ask Congress' watchdog to investigate the extent to which foreign-controlled companies are extracting minerals from public lands, and whether those entities are complying with U.S. environmental and human rights standards. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) and five of his colleagues will ask the Government Accountability Office on Wednesday to probe how much is known about foreign investment in mining of …  Continue Reading

May 08, 2024

Pipeline hearing hones in on safety, emissions concerns

by Andres Picon

A House subcommittee on Tuesday revisited concerns about pipeline safety and fossil fuel emissions as it works to add finishing touches to a bipartisan reauthorization bill for the nation’s pipeline regulator. The Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines and Hazardous Materials met for its latest hearing on the “Promoting Innovation in Pipeline Efficiency and Safety (PIPES) Act,” H.R. 6494, which would renew safety programs at the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials …  Continue Reading

May 07, 2024

Nearly 75 Democratic lawmakers support Biden's LNG pause

Nearly 75 U.S. lawmakers from President Joe Biden's Democratic party on Tuesday praised his pause on approvals of exports of liquefied natural gas, or LNG, saying it would protect Americans from pollution and potential higher prices.   Senators Jeffrey Merkley, Edward Markey and Representative Jared Huffman spearheaded a letter to Biden saying the pause allows the government to study whether the additional exports could saddle U.S. households and businesses with higher natural gas bills, …  Continue Reading

May 07, 2024

Federal judge: Russian River dam releases are violating Endangered Species Act

by Andrew Graham

A federal judge ruled Monday that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has violated the Endangered Species Act by disturbing salmon populations through flood-control releases from Coyote Valley Dam into the Russian River. Those releases, which relieve pressure upstream from the 66-year-old dam during rainy months, kick up sediment from the bottom of Lake Mendocino, a reservoir that serves as critical water storage for Sonoma County. The sediment increases turbidity in the river that harms and …  Continue Reading

May 01, 2024

House approves gray wolf, mining and public land bills

by Scott Streater, Michael Doyle, Hannah Northey

The House on Tuesday passed several Republican-led natural resources bills amid sometimes fierce debate, underscoring the divide between the parties on public lands and endangered species. The bills, which passed mostly along party lines, seek to overturn a new Bureau of Land Management rule elevating conservation as a formal use, delist the gray wolf in the lower 48 states and reverse a mining ban on sensitive federal lands in Minnesota. The Republican-led House also approved H.R. 615, …  Continue Reading

May 01, 2024

House GOP Passes Bills That Attack Environmental Protections, Benefit Oil And Mining Companies

by Chris D’Angelo

Never missing an opportunity to make life easier for extractive industries, House Republicans passed a suite of bills this week to boost development and dismantle environmental protections across millions of acres of federal land. The bills stand little chance of passing in the Democratic-controlled Senate, but they give GOP industry allies something to tout heading into the 2024 elections. And since several of the measures closely mirror priority actions found in Project 2025, the 920-page …  Continue Reading

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