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San Francisco Is 2nd Leading City In U.S. For Ivory Imports Despite California Ban On Elephant Parts

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) — The ivory trade continues to thrive and is certainly having an impact on the global elephant population. San Francisco is actually the second leading city in the United States for ivory imports, according to San Francisco SPCA’s Dr. 242 more words


Is the Madhya Pradesh Bharatiya Janata Party Government trying to extinguish people's Right to constitutional remedies?

Lalit Shastri

Is the Bharatiya Janata Party Government in Madhya Pradesh bent upon extinguishing the citizens’ Fundamental Right to constitutional remedies by following the route of bulldozing and passing a Bill through brute majority in the special one-day session of the state Assembly tomorrow in order to enact a law to prevent people from approaching the superior court directly to file writ petitions as public interest litigation (PIL) against State ministers or government officers accused of indulging in corruption on the basis of information procured through the Right to Information Act. 795 more words


Closed Captioning of California Legislative Proceedings: Cost Prohibitive

California has a legislative bicameral body known as the Assembly and Senate with capitol in Sacramento.  The legislature’s purpose is to write laws to protect the general welfare of the public and appropriate funds to the executive branch to ensure state government is functioning accordingly. 328 more words

State Senate

Rally 'round the flag, Irvine edition

It’s always nice to have patriotic visitors to my campus, and wonderful to see members of the community and students engaging in civil discourse.  But the flag controversy is a sideshow that distracts from real issues in the University of California. 480 more words

Standing Up For The Victims

By Amy Paulin

I wrote an op-ed piece for The Journal News that appeared over the weekend. The piece is about a Westchester resident who was allegedly assaulted at The University of Stony Brook. 840 more words

New York State

The road to reform in Albany

By former Assemblyman Steven Sanders

The King is dead. Long live the King!

By now you have heard, ad nauseum, about the indictments and resignation of Sheldon Silver as speaker of the New York State Assembly. 715 more words


Vacancy in the House

It has been more than a month since Michael Grimm resigned his congressional seat in disgrace after pleading guilty to tax fraud relating to his ownership of a Manhattan health-food restaurant. 446 more words