When veteran legislative staffer Howard Posner began working on a bill that would allow driverless, computer-controlled cars to roam California’s highways, he figured lawmakers would find the idea alarming. They didn’t.
Bain Capital, the private equity firm co-founded by GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney – and portrayed by President Barack Obama’s supporters as a gang of corporate raiders – has pumped nearly $4.5 million into Democratic campaigns and causes, public records show.
In the latest sign of trouble for the Homeland Security Department's inspector general, the agency has removed five oversight reports from its website pending an internal review of a possible conflict of interest.
Until recently, California state prisons were so packed that inmates were living literally on top of each other. In May 2011, the Supreme Court ordered California to drastically reduce its inmate population.
Archivists are working to better code secret audio tape recorded by former President Richard Nixon in hopes that researchers will have an easier time searching, listening to and following along with the material in a simpler web interface.
With the U.S. Supreme Court decision on Arizona's get-tough immigration enforcement law in the rearview mirror, state lawmakers nationwide might be gearing up for more action on related bills in the coming year.
Expense records obtained by the Center for Investigative Reporting show a Homeland Security Department office spent more than $482,000 on conference sessions for its staff. But in a press release, the office said the training cost $342,906.
Former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown and a longtime business partner are among investors in a company drawing criticism for working with local government officials to take over and discount underwater mortgages.