Governor Brown Vetoes Rights for Limited-English Voters

Governor Brown Vetoes Rights for Limited-English Voters

Earlier this year, Senators Leno and Padilla introduced Greenlining-sponsored legislation, Senate Bill 654. I wrote in a previous blog post, SB 654 would require initiative petitions to be translated into federally required minority languages consistent with the Federal Voting Rights Act. This would allow all voters, including those that are still learning English, to help decide what issues will appear on the ballot. But Governor Brown vetoed this bill for a second year in a row. Read his veto message here. I was hopeful and optimistic as the governor continued to sign pro-immigrant legislation this year (a turnaround from previous years). This includes bills allowing undocumented immigrants to become attorneys, drive…
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Arizona’s at it Again…

Arizona’s at it Again…

Yes folks, four months after the Supreme Court ruled that Arizona could not require proof of citizenship for federal elections, Arizona found yet another way to undermine our democracy. Arizona is looking to ban residents from voting if they cannot prove their citizenship, as the Huffington Post reported. State Attorney General Tom Horne wrote, “Because Arizona law requires a registration applicant to provide evidence of citizenship, registrants who have not provided sufficient evidence of citizenship should not be permitted to vote in state and local elections.” Therefore, Arizona plans to create two separate voter rolls, one for folks who register using the state form and one for those who register…
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Should Young Adults Buy Health Insurance Under the Affordable Care Act? One Story

Should Young Adults Buy Health Insurance Under the Affordable Care Act? One Story

Much discussion of the Affordable Care Act, aka “Obamacare,” involves whether young adults – who may feel like they’re so healthy they don’t need insurance – will buy coverage. I’ve seen why it matters. More than 20 years later, it still hurts. His name was Tim. He was the center of my world. He was young, strong and just turning 31 years old. He seemed invincible — until the day in early 1992 when he was diagnosed with inoperable cancer of the liver and pancreas. I will spare you the story of how he ended up in this situation without health insurance, except to say that it involved unbelievably horrible…
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Covered California Now Open for Business

Covered California Now Open for Business

You may have heard by now that something big is afoot in California. For our seven million uninsured, this thing called — take your pick —  the Affordable Care Act, Obamacare, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, or simply health care reform — is a big opportunity for us to get affordable health care coverage so that one catastrophic injury or illness won’t bankrupt us. Covered California, the new health insurance marketplace for Californians, is now open and is where you can go to determine if you’re eligible for private insurance with financial assistance or no cost insurance through Medi-Cal. You also might have been confused by what you’ve heard,…
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Landline to VoIP: Should we have a “Separate but Equal” Standard for Phone Calls?

Landline to VoIP: Should we have a “Separate but Equal” Standard for Phone Calls?

Do you have a landline?  Do you know what a landline is?  If your answer to either question is no, don’t feel too bad because you are not alone.  In fact you might be part of the majority of phone subscribers in the U.S.  Because of this, you probably have no idea that a battle—yes, I said battle—is happening right now that will decide the future of the old-fashioned landline telephone.  This battle concerns all consumers of telephone services—landline AND digital. Telecommunication carriers are vehemently insisting that the FCC allow them to discontinue the analog system and transfer all of their analog customers to Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) or…
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