Senator Nancy Skinner Looks Back on Her Legislative Legacy: "I'm a bold legislator, but I've also been a fortunate one..."
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by The California State Senate Democratic Caucus
4d ago
With her time in the legislature ending this fall, State Senator Nancy Skinner is ready to talk legacy - the record of progressive public policy she takes pride in, the gender equality and representation she has championed in and out of the State Capitol...and the little granddaughter who brings her joy ..read more
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A Conversation with the New Senate Majority Leader, Lena Gonzalez: "We, as women, we just press on..."
Then There's California
by The California State Senate Democratic Caucus
1M ago
Women's History Month has passed, but the discussions continue, and the State Senate's new Majority Leader, Senator Lena Gonzalez, shares her viewpoints on the growing number of women in elected office and in the work force, pay disparity & 'occupational segregation,' reproductive rights...and seeing the movie "Barbie ..read more
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Senator Lola Smallwood-Cuevas on the Memory & Legacy of Rosa Parks: "We have to be like Rosa, we have to stand up on these issues..."
Then There's California
by The California State Senate Democratic Caucus
3M ago
In honor of Black History Month 2024, Senator Lola Smallwood-Cuevas celebrates the memory of civil rights icon Rosa Parks, and explains how her courageous actions that helped launch the Montgomery, Alabama bus boycott in 1955 placed her front and center at the nexus of the ongoing fight for racial and gender equality. Click here for a closed-captioned version of this episode ..read more
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Senator Ben Allen & LA Times Reporter Rosanna Xia ~ California's Coastline & the Rising Sea
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by The California State Senate Democratic Caucus
3M ago
State Senator Ben Allen & Los Angeles Times Environmental Reporter Rosanna Xia - author of the book "California Against the Sea - Visions for Our Changing Coastline" - join together in a conversation about how our state is confronting the environmental and political challenges related to sea level rise, and the lessons our coastal communities are learning about our rising oceans in this ongoing era of climate disruption.  Click here for a closed-captioned version of this podcast ..read more
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Senator Bill Dodd, on Artificial Intelligence: "It's not just the future, it's the present..."
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by The California State Senate Democratic Caucus
3M ago
State Senator Bill Dodd shares his perspective on California's leading role in encouraging A.I. innovation and creativity...while also prioritizing individual privacy and 1st amendment rights. Click here for a closed-captioned version of this episode ..read more
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Senator Josh Becker on CA's Climate Change Solutions / "The New Enviromental Future"
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by The California State Senate Democratic Caucus
3M ago
Despite continued grim climate change forecasts, California continues to be a global leader on climate solutions, and State Senator Josh Becker updates us on our state's continued success in 'getting to zero' greenhouse gas emissions and accelerating our transition to 100% clean energy. Click here for a closed-captioned version of this episode ..read more
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Senator Catherine Blakespear / "I feel that tremendous sense of honor to have been chosen to do this work..."
Then There's California
by The California State Senate Democratic Caucus
3M ago
She's a former 3-term city mayor, a journalist, and is passionate about transportation issues, the environment, addressing homelessness, and tackling gun violence. Meet newly-elected State Senator Catherine Blakespear! Click here for a closed-cationed version of this episode ..read more
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Senator Anthony Portantino, on Gun Violence / “The more guns in more hands, the more violence we have in our society. It’s that simple.”
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by The California State Senate Democratic Caucus
3M ago
When it comes to gun safety, California is a safer state than others, and our gun laws work in concert with each other. Senator Anthony Portantino joins us to talk about the ongoing effort to protect Californians from gun violence and his current gun safety legislation. Click here for a closed-captioned version of this episode ..read more
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Senator Maria Elena Durazo & The Summer of Labor~2023
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by The California State Senate Democratic Caucus
3M ago
Is the summer of 2023 the 'Summer of Labor?' State Senator Maria Elena Durazo of Los Angeles talks about the waves of so-called 'labor unrest' sweeping the country, the surge of unions elections, and how thousands of union employees have walked off the job - or are preparing to walk off the job - for better pay, health care, and improved working conditions. Click here for a closed-captioned version of this episode ..read more
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OUR 100TH EPISODE! "Pie with the Pro Tem" / Senate President Pro Tem Toni G. Atkins
Then There's California
by The California State Senate Democratic Caucus
3M ago
To celebrate our 100th episode, State Senate President Pro Tem Toni G. Atkins baked us a pie(!), and served up some delicious conversation about her SB 447 - The BRIDGE Project, Pride Month, legislative diversity...and of course, Dolly Parton! Click here for a closed-captioned version of this episode ..read more
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