Capitol Update

California Capitol Update – April 3, 2014

In This Issue Legislative Update Bill of the Week Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments in Contraceptive Mandate Cases Did You Know? News Clips and Articles City on the Hill Legislative Update Last week several bills were considered in the Assembly to address truancy in public schools including AB 1643, AB 1672, and AB 2141. These […]

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County’s Miscast Votes Blamed on ‘Calibration Error’

A curious story from Illinois is raising concerns of election fraud in the upcoming midterm elections. According to the group Watchdog.org, Republican candidate for state representative Jim Moynihan received a surprise when he cast his early ballot at a public library Monday. The voting machine recorded that Moynihah voted for his Democratic opponent. As he […]

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Dem-Appointed Judge: No Right to Gay Marriage

A U.S. federal judge ruled Tuesday to uphold a Puerto Rico law defining marriage as a union between a man and a woman.  District Judge Juan Perez-Gimenez became the first Democrat appointed to the federal court to rule in favor of a traditional marriage law since the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a key portion […]

Business as Usual in London Despite Terror Threat

LONDON — The threat posed by Islamic terrorism is as real in the United Kingdom as it is in other countries. According to the metropolitan police commissioner, five Britons a week travel to Iraq or Syria to join ISIS. These British jihadists are one of the main reasons the country’s terror threat level was raised […]

American Infant Killed in Jerusalem Terror Attack

JERUSALEM, Israel — A day after a Palestinian terrorist killed an American baby in Jerusalem when he plowed a car into a crowd, masked Palestinians threw rocks at a Jerusalem kindergarten. Wednesday’s terror attack was captured by a security camera that showed Abdul Rahman al-Shaludi driving off the road and accelerating as he ran over […]

Canadian Parliament Shooter a New Convert to Islam

More information is emerging about the man who shot a Canadian soldier in Ottawa on Wednesday.     On Wednesday morning, 32-year-old Canadian Michael Zehaf-Bibeau shot and killed Cpl. Nathan Cirillo as he stood guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Moments later, he stormed into the Parliament building with a blaze of gunfire before […]

Canada’s Parliament Locked Down After Shots Fired

Canadian security forces locked down the country’s Parliament building in Ottawa Wednesday after “dozens of shots” were fired inside. Police and witnesses say a gunman shot a Canadian soldier who was guarding the country’s National War Memorial, then entered Parliament and fired shots. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police issued a warning for people in downtown […]

Canadian Parliament Shooting Leaves Soldier Dead

Canadian security forces locked down the country’s Parliament building in Ottawa Wednesday after “dozens of shots” were fired inside. Police and witnesses say a gunman shot a Canadian soldier who was guarding the country’s National War Memorial, then entered Parliament and fired shots. An Ottawa hospital says it has received three victims from the shootings […]

Apple Pioneering ‘Contactless’ Payment Technology

Retailers are now moving toward a contactless payment society and Apple is one of the pioneers of this technology. The newest iPhones take a picture of your Visa or MasterCard, then Apple Pay creates what’s called a digital pay token.    Aaccording to Visa, the credit card number is never actually stored on the phone. Instead, […]

One of Three Americans Released from N. Korea

North Korea has released American Christian Jeffrey Fowle. He flew out of the communist country on a U.S. government jet Tuesday. The State Department credited Sweden with helping facilitate his release. The U.S. does not have formal relations with North Korea. “We welcome the DPRK’s decision to release him,” State Department spokesperson Marie Harf said […]

Authorities: Terror Ideology Behind Canadian Attack

Authorities say terrorist ideology caused a recent convert to Islam to drive his car into two Canadian soldiers, killing one.     The suspect, Martin Couture Rouleau, was eventually shot and killed by police. The public safety minister called the attack, which happened Monday in a city near Montreal, a “terrible act of violence against our country, […]

Sec. John Kerry Blames Israel for Rise of ISIS

JERUSALEM, Israel — For some observers, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s remarks tying the rise of ISIS with the lack of progress in Israeli-Palestinian negotiations follows a pattern he’s adhered to all along. The secretary of state made the remarks to Muslim guests at a State Department dinner celebrating the Eid al-Adha holiday. According […]