Jayme Catsouphes



Tue January 17, 2012
Morning News Roundup

Connecting the Dots: Top news stories for Tuesday, January 17

Home to both Hollywood and Silicon Valley, California has become ground zero for the fight against online piracy. Filmmakers are looking for a way to stop the distribution of pirated content, but leaders in the internet world are vehemently opposed to policing the web. Craigslist and Wikipedia have both said they will go dark on Wednesday to protest proposed anti-piracy legislation…

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Tue January 10, 2012
News Roundup

Connecting the Dots: Afternoon edition for January 10

KJ Pargeter

Change is coming to a community college near you. Despite objections from concerned students and faculty, the community college Board of Governors voted to approve 22 recommendations they say will help community colleges weather the economic crisis. Several of them will make it harder for students to take classes outside their focus or to spend too many years in school...

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Tue January 3, 2012

Connecting the Dots for Tuesday, January 3

Opponents of the proposed redistricting lines that would be used in the 2012 California Senate elections will get to make their case before the California Supreme Court on January 10th. Fairness and Accountability in Redistricting (FAIR) submitted over 711,000 signatures along with a referendum challenging the new district maps. FAIR feels the new maps violate state Constitution by failing to respect existing city and county borders…

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Tue December 6, 2011

The Sales Tax Debate: Amazon v. the State of California

Under CC license, Flickr user 401K

That 52-inch flat-screen TV you just bought your loved one (or yourself) for the holidays should be arriving any day now. And what a deal – nice picture, good price, delivered right to your door. And since you made the purchase online, you weren’t charged California sales tax for that shiny new piece of technology.

Here’s the thing though: there’s a good chance you owe the California government some money. And the state needs it. You know it and Governor Jerry Brown knows it.

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Tue December 6, 2011

Connecting the Dots: Top stories for Tuesday, December 6

In an attempt to prevent deeper cuts to schools and other public services, Governor Jerry Brown has filed a ballot measure that would increase the sales tax by half a cent and income taxes by one or two percent, depending on annual salary. People who earn less than $250,000 will not see any change in their income tax rate. A number of outside groups have filed alternative tax measures as well, so tax hikes in California may be inevitable...

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