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Cannabis in the CV: California Could Become a Sanctuary State for Marijuana; Cathedral City Restricts New Dispensaries

Cannabis in the CV: California Could Become a Sanctuary State for Marijuana; Cathedral City Restricts New Dispensaries

Monday, June 19, 2017  |  Sean Planck

No, Jefferson. Let it go …

Our evil elf of a U.S attorney general is whining about pot again, this time in a letter asking Congress not to renew the Rohrabacher-Farr amendment.

The Rohrabacher-Farr amendment, which became law in December of 2014, prohibits the Department of Justice from spending any f...

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Democracy in Crisis: The Indictment of Journalist Aaron Cantú Portends a Grim Future for the First Amendment

Democracy in Crisis: The Indictment of Journalist Aaron Cantú Portends a Grim Future for the First Amendment

Friday, June 16, 2017  |  Baynard Woods

Dozens of defendants, each sitting with their own lawyer, fill a Washington, D.C., courtroom, looking like college students wearing their nicest clothes for a job interview.

However, the situation here is far more serious: They are all facing charges of felony rioting, conspiracy to riot and destruct...

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Blowing the Whistle: Palm Springs Government Critics Judy Deertrack and Robert Stone Take Credit for Going to the Feds—as They Launch City Council Campaigns

Blowing the Whistle: Palm Springs Government Critics Judy Deertrack and Robert Stone Take Credit for Going to the Feds—as They Launch City Council Campaigns

Tuesday, June 13, 2017  |  Brane Jevric

Judy Deertrack and Robert Stone—both of whom have declared their intent to run for the Palm Springs City Council—recently disclosed that they were informants to the FBI regarding the Palm Springs City Hall corruption case.

The case has resulted in bribery charges in connection with downtown developme...

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Democracy in Crisis: Comey's Reference to Hoover Reminds Us That Things Could Be Much, Much Worse

Democracy in Crisis: Comey's Reference to Hoover Reminds Us That Things Could Be Much, Much Worse

Friday, June 09, 2017  |  Baynard Woods

Hundreds of people were lined up in the marble hallways of a Senate office building, hoping to get one of the 88 public seats in Room 216, where James Comey, the FBI director Trump fired over the Russia investigation, was scheduled to testify at 10 a.m. on Thursday, June 8.

That was at 8:30 a.m. More...

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Dreamers Insured: Democrats Plan to Expand Health Care for California's Undocumented Young Adults

Dreamers Insured: Democrats Plan to Expand Health Care for California's Undocumented Young Adults

Thursday, June 08, 2017  |  Elizabeth Aguilera

California’s Democratic legislators want to extend health benefits to undocumented young adults, the continuation of an effort that ushered children without legal status into the state’s publicly funded health care system last year.

It is unclear when the program would start or how much the state would...

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The Gender Reading Gap: Girls Outperform Boys Consistently on Standardized Tests—and 75 Percent of Black Boys Don't Meet State Standards

The Gender Reading Gap: Girls Outperform Boys Consistently on Standardized Tests—and 75 Percent of Black Boys Don't Meet State Standards

Thursday, June 01, 2017  |  Matt Levin

Three of four African-American boys in California classrooms failed to meet reading and writing standards during the most recent round of testing, according to data obtained from the state Department of Education and analyzed by CALmatters.

More than half of black boys scored in the lowest category o...

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29 Oct 2012

The Media on Prop 37: Six Articles to Enlighten

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Unless you’ve been living under rock (and if you’ve been living under a rock, well, you’re probably not reading this brand-new local-news website), you know that Proposition 37 is Big News, both here in the Coachella Valley and around the country.

In summary: Prop 37, on the Nov. 6 ballot, would require that any food using genetically engineered ingredients be labeled as such (save meats, dairy products and booze). Proponents say that consumers have a right to know what they’re putting in their bodies; opponents say that such labels are unnecessary and would cause unneeded concern, since many scientists say genetically engineered foods are perfectly safe.

We at the Independent believe that more information is always better, so we think Prop 37 has more pluses and minuses. But there are minuses.

For your enlightenment and/or entertainment (and/or horrification), are some links to some links to Prop 37 stories, from news sources around the country, that cover those pluses and minuses.

This is a helpful Q&A if you’re just confused as heck, and you want the basics.

This piece points out that the American Association for the Advancement of Science—the folks behind Science magazine—thinks that labeling would "mislead and falsely alarm consumers."

This interesting, but flawed (see the intro editor’s note and the comments) points out how some science is hinting that there could be dangers lurking in genetically engineered eats.

Populist Jim Hightower, who’s a big fan of Prop 37, points out how some organic-food companies—who like Prop 37—have been exposing the fact that they’ve been bought out big food companies—who are decidedly against Prop 37.

This is a nice, recent primer on how much dough is being spent on the campaign, and by whom.

This article, despite some serious hyperbole, discusses some of the legal issues regarding the proposition.

So, there you go … a little light reading on an important topic.

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