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Agriculture

Can Congress Bring More Broadband to Americans in Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill?

The public got a look at the 2,702-page federal infrastructure bill on Sunday, giving the country more details on how the Biden administration will tackle broadband infrastructure investment. The $65 billion being doled out to states for broadband comes in a variety of programs. The meat of the broadband funding ...
Agriculture

Biden, Psaki Add to White House “Dog Days of Summer”

A couple of weeks ago, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said that the White House was working with Facebook and other social media companies to target accounts spreading misinformation. Reaction to her comments and answers from reporters varied, but the lasting takeaway is that misinformation on social media is ...
Blog

Newsom’s Misguided Funding Priorities on Wildfire Prevention

With multiple wildfires raging across Northern California, you would think Gov. Newsom would be in line for good headlines for his handling of the wildfire fighting and prevention efforts.  Think again.  The Governor is apparently burning bridges with recent news that he misled Californians about wildfire protection. On June 23, ...
Blog

What the Supreme Court NCAA Ruling Means for Student Athlete Compensation

Student athletes got a big win on Monday, June 21, 2021, when the United States Supreme Court ruled that the National Collegiate Athletic Association, or NCAA, cannot limit education-related benefits like graduate scholarships, computers, paid internships, and more. The Ruling Writing for the court, Justice Neil Gorsuch said, “The Ninth ...
Blog

Is Colorado “Equal Pay” Law Excluding Remote Workers?

A new state law in Colorado attempted to close gender pay gaps. Instead, the “Equal Pay for Equal Work Act” is excluding Colorado candidates from remote work positions. The main issue with SB 19-085, passed in the Colorado State Legislature in 2019, is how it requires transparency with information on ...
Agriculture

California Has Millions of Acre-feet of Water Waiting to Be Built

As part of its May Revise rollout, the Newsom administration announced $5.1 billion for water infrastructure and drought response. While the announcement invests on funding better data collection, continuing the implementation of Sustainable Groundwater Management Act, or SGMA, and maintaining current water infrastructure, nothing in Newsom’s proposed funding will solve ...
Blog

California Drought Brings the Hammer Down on Arrowhead’s “Free Water”

The fight between Nestlé and the California State Water Resources Control Board finally bubbled over last month after years of finger-pointing. In an April 23, 2021 letter, the board  ordered that Nestlé  cease-and-desist “unauthorized diversions and threatened unauthorized diversions from Strawberry Creek in San Bernardino County…” The letter, which according ...
Blog

MyTurn Is Actually a Marginal Success Compared to Historic Performance of Government Technology Projects

Reports this week have put MyTurn, California’s $50 million COVID-19 scheduling website, on the long list of IT and technology blunders by government. The headline in the Sacramento Bee says it all, “California spent $50 million for a COVID vaccine scheduling website. It flopped.” The state’s ongoing technological woes should ...
Blog

Why the Senate Parliamentarian Budget Reconciliation Approval is a Big Deal

Any comedy lovers and fans of stand-up comedians know that the number one rule of improv, or “improvisation,” is to say yes. The United States Senate Parliamentarian Elizabeth MacDonough is doing her best improv impersonation by saying yes (again) to Senate Democrats in their quest to use the budget reconciliation ...
Coronavirus

Dr. Henry Miller and Lars Larson Discuss Vaccine Passports

Henry Miller, M.S., M.D. and Lars Larson talk about vaccine “passports” and the concern that documentation for vaccines could be expanded for other uses. Larson compares the vaccine passports to the widespread use of social security cards and the pending policy questions from requiring medical documentation. Lars Larson National Podcast ...
Agriculture

Can Congress Bring More Broadband to Americans in Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill?

The public got a look at the 2,702-page federal infrastructure bill on Sunday, giving the country more details on how the Biden administration will tackle broadband infrastructure investment. The $65 billion being doled out to states for broadband comes in a variety of programs. The meat of the broadband funding ...
Agriculture

Biden, Psaki Add to White House “Dog Days of Summer”

A couple of weeks ago, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said that the White House was working with Facebook and other social media companies to target accounts spreading misinformation. Reaction to her comments and answers from reporters varied, but the lasting takeaway is that misinformation on social media is ...
Blog

Newsom’s Misguided Funding Priorities on Wildfire Prevention

With multiple wildfires raging across Northern California, you would think Gov. Newsom would be in line for good headlines for his handling of the wildfire fighting and prevention efforts.  Think again.  The Governor is apparently burning bridges with recent news that he misled Californians about wildfire protection. On June 23, ...
Blog

What the Supreme Court NCAA Ruling Means for Student Athlete Compensation

Student athletes got a big win on Monday, June 21, 2021, when the United States Supreme Court ruled that the National Collegiate Athletic Association, or NCAA, cannot limit education-related benefits like graduate scholarships, computers, paid internships, and more. The Ruling Writing for the court, Justice Neil Gorsuch said, “The Ninth ...
Blog

Is Colorado “Equal Pay” Law Excluding Remote Workers?

A new state law in Colorado attempted to close gender pay gaps. Instead, the “Equal Pay for Equal Work Act” is excluding Colorado candidates from remote work positions. The main issue with SB 19-085, passed in the Colorado State Legislature in 2019, is how it requires transparency with information on ...
Agriculture

California Has Millions of Acre-feet of Water Waiting to Be Built

As part of its May Revise rollout, the Newsom administration announced $5.1 billion for water infrastructure and drought response. While the announcement invests on funding better data collection, continuing the implementation of Sustainable Groundwater Management Act, or SGMA, and maintaining current water infrastructure, nothing in Newsom’s proposed funding will solve ...
Blog

California Drought Brings the Hammer Down on Arrowhead’s “Free Water”

The fight between Nestlé and the California State Water Resources Control Board finally bubbled over last month after years of finger-pointing. In an April 23, 2021 letter, the board  ordered that Nestlé  cease-and-desist “unauthorized diversions and threatened unauthorized diversions from Strawberry Creek in San Bernardino County…” The letter, which according ...
Blog

MyTurn Is Actually a Marginal Success Compared to Historic Performance of Government Technology Projects

Reports this week have put MyTurn, California’s $50 million COVID-19 scheduling website, on the long list of IT and technology blunders by government. The headline in the Sacramento Bee says it all, “California spent $50 million for a COVID vaccine scheduling website. It flopped.” The state’s ongoing technological woes should ...
Blog

Why the Senate Parliamentarian Budget Reconciliation Approval is a Big Deal

Any comedy lovers and fans of stand-up comedians know that the number one rule of improv, or “improvisation,” is to say yes. The United States Senate Parliamentarian Elizabeth MacDonough is doing her best improv impersonation by saying yes (again) to Senate Democrats in their quest to use the budget reconciliation ...
Coronavirus

Dr. Henry Miller and Lars Larson Discuss Vaccine Passports

Henry Miller, M.S., M.D. and Lars Larson talk about vaccine “passports” and the concern that documentation for vaccines could be expanded for other uses. Larson compares the vaccine passports to the widespread use of social security cards and the pending policy questions from requiring medical documentation. Lars Larson National Podcast ...
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