California Legislature passes $156.4-billion 2014-15 budget


Los Angeles Times | June 15, 2014 | 6:23 PM

The Legislature on Sunday passed a $156.4-billion budget, approving new funding for preschool, the bullet train and welfare payments. The budget includes a plan for eliminating the shortfall in the teacher pension fund.

For the latest information go to www.latimes.com.

Key teacher job protections violate California’s constitution, judge rules


 

An L.A. County Superior Court judge ruled today that key job protections for California teachers violate the state’s constitution.

The ruling came in a lawsuit challenging laws governing the process for laying off, granting tenure and dismissing teachers.

A Silicon Valley-based group called Students Matter brought the lawsuit on behalf of nine students, contending the targeted laws hinder the removal of ineffective teachers and disproportionately hurt low-income and minority students.

For the latest information go to www.latimes.com.

Turncoats …


Democrats won a majority of New York state Senate seats in 2012. But after the election, a group of turncoat Democrats decided to caucus with the GOP, throwing the majority to the Republicans and killing the Democrats’ progressive agenda:

  • Getting money out of elections
  • Higher minimum wage
  • Fracking ban
  • Paid medical leave
  • Safeguards for reproductive rights
  • Stronger equal pay laws
  • The New York state DREAM Act

Now, two of these turncoats—Jeff Klein and Tony Avella—are running for re-election … as Democrats.

You read that right: Jeff Klein and Tony Avella betrayed their party, threw the majority to the Republicans, killed the Democratic agenda and now they’re running for re-election as Democrats.

Can you chip in $3 each to progressive primary challengers John Liu and Ollie Koppell and help Daily Kos elect a real Democratic majority?

Let me make this perfectly clear: New York Democrats have a huge majority in the state Assembly and control the governor’s office. The state Senate is the only thing blocking them from passing a solidly progressive agenda into law—and these two “Democrats” did everything they could to kill it.

New York is a deep blue state with national influence. Whether we succeed or fail to implement a progressive agenda there will have a huge impact our ability to pass a progressive agenda everywhere.

What’s more, whether we succeed or fail to punish wayward New York Democrats when they stab their party in the back will have a huge impact on our ability to keep wayward Democrats in line everywhere.

Beat two turncoat Democrats and elect a Democratic majority: Contribute now.

Keep fighting,
Michael Langenmayr, Daily Kos

the Senate ~~ CONGRESS 6/16 ~~ the House


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The Senate stands adjourned until 2:00pm on Monday, June 16, 2014.

Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will be in a period of morning business until 5:30pm with Senators permitted to speak therein for up to 10 minutes each.

At 5:30pm, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session and proceed to a series of 3 roll call votes on the following:

–        Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #740 Salvador Mendoza, Jr. – to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Washington,

–        Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #741 Staci Michelle Yandle – to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of Illinois, and

–        Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #778 Darrin P. Gayles – to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of Florida.

If cloture is invoked on any of the nominations, on Tuesday, June 17th at 11:00am, all post-cloture time will be considered expired and the Senate will vote on confirmation of the nominations in the order listed above followed by a cloture vote on  Executive Calendar #572 Peter Joseph Kadzik – to be an Assistant Attorney General.

For the information of all Senators, during Thursday’s session of the Senate, Senator Reid filed cloture on the following nominations in the following order:

–        Executive Calendar #740 Salvador Mendoza, Jr. – to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Washington,

–        Executive Calendar #741 Staci Michelle Yandle – to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of Illinois,

–        Executive Calendar #778 Darrin P. Gayles – to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of Florida,

–        Executive Calendar #572 Peter Joseph Kadzik – to be an Assistant Attorney General, and

–        Motion to proceed to Legislative Calendar #428, H.R.4660, the Commerce, Science, Justice and Related Agencies Appropriations bill.

At 5:30pm today, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session and proceed to a series of 3 roll call votes on the following motions:

  1. Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #740 Salvador Mendoza, Jr. – to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Washington,
  2. Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #741 Staci Michelle Yandle – to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of Illinois, and
  3. Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #778 Darrin P. Gayles – to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of Florida.

Under a previous order, at 11:00am tomorrow, Tuesday, June 17, there will be up to 4 roll call votes on the following items:

  1. Executive Calendar #740 Salvador Mendoza, Jr. – to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Washington,
  2. Executive Calendar #741 Staci Michelle Yandle – to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of Illinois,
  3. Executive Calendar #778 Darrin P. Gayles – to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of Florida,
  4. Executive Calendar #572 Peter Joseph Kadzik – to be an Assistant Attorney General. If cloture is invoked on the Kazik nomination, there would be up to 8 hours for debate equally divided prior to a vote on confirmation of the nomination.

Last week, Senator Reid also filed cloture on the motion to proceed to Calendar #428, H.R.4660, the Commerce, Science, Justice and Related Agencies Appropriations bill, which will be the legislative vehicle used for the Commerce, Science, and Justice (CJS); Transportation, HUD (THUD); and the Agriculture appropriations bills. We hope to reach an agreement to begin consideration of the Appropriations bill by consent and to withdraw the cloture motion.

Following the cloture vote on the Gayles nomination tonight (the last roll call vote in the 5:30pm series), there will be a voice vote on confirmation of Executive Calendar #788, Alice G. Wells, to be Ambassador to Jordan.

At 5:31pm, the Senate began a 15-minute roll call vote on Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #740 Salvador Mendoza, Jr., of Washington, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Washington.

Invoked: 55-37

At 6:00pm, the Senate began a 10-minute roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #741 Staci Michelle Yandle, of Illinois, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of Illinois.

Invoked: 55-37

At 6:18pm, the Senate began a 10-minute roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #778 Darrin P. Gayles, of Florida, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of Florida.

Invoked: 55-37

WRAP UP

Roll Call Votes

1)      Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #740 Salvador Mendoza, Jr., of Washington, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Washington; Invoked: 55-37

2)      Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #741 Staci Michelle Yandle, of Illinois, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of Illinois; Invoked: 55-37

3)      Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #778 Darrin P. Gayles, of Florida, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of Florida; Invoked: 55-37

 

Legislative items

Began the Rule 14 process of the following items in order to place the bills on the Legislative Calendar:

–          H.R.4453, S Corporation Permanent Tax Relief Act and

–          H.R.4457, America’s Small Business Tax Relief Act.

 

Additional Executive Items

Confirmed Executive Calendar #788, Alice G. Wells, of Washington, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan by voice vote. 

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Last Floor Action:6/13
11:02:52 A.M. – The Speaker announced that the House do now adjourn pursuant to a previous special order.

The next meeting is scheduled for 12:00 p.m. on June 17, 2014.

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