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SACRAMENTO BEE EDITORIAL: Bills could shed light on secret ballot money

May 22, 2013

Since the infamous 2010 Citizens United ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court, our elections have been inundated with gobs of secret donations for spending by outside groups on political ads.

At the time, Justice Anthony Kennedy believed "prompt disclosure" would be the rule. But Congress hasn't acted.

So lawmakers in more than a dozen states, California among them, are proposing legislation to force groups to disclose their donors. They are right to jump in.

THE MARINA DEL REY ARGONAUT: Santa Monica: Marathoner running for pancreatic cancer awareness named Woman of the Year

May 20, 2013

She ran 52 marathons in 52 weeks and now she’s the 2013 Woman of the Year for the state’s 28th Senate District.

Julie Weiss of Santa Monica was selected for the honor by Sen. Ted Lieu after she completed her inspiring goal of running 52 marathon races over one year by finishing the Los Angeles Marathon in March. Weiss, who was dubbed the “marathon goddess” for her feat, set out on the challenge as a way to help fight pancreatic cancer and to honor her father, who passed away from the disease.

CNBC: Common Sense, Fairness and California's Retroactive Tax on Entrepreneurs

May 20, 2013

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By: Brian Overstreet for CNBC.com

$250,000. Plus interest.

That's how much I suddenly owe the state of California in retroactive tax.

In 2012, I sold my company Sagient Research. At that time, I qualified for a 50 percent tax exclusion through California's Qualified Small Business ("QSB") incentive.

NBC-TV LOS ANGELES: "Marathon Goddess" Julie Weiss Named SoCal Woman of the Year

May 19, 2013

"Marathon Goddess" Julie Weiss' successful completion of 52 marathons in 52 weeks has earned her the title of "Woman of the Year" for California's 28th district. Weiss embarked on her challenge to raise awareness for pancreatic cancer, which killed her father. This video aired during the NBC4 News at 6 p.m. on May 19, 2013. View the segment HERE: For information on Sen.

EL SEGUNDO HERALD: Ban on Gay Conversion Therapy Serves Step in Right Direction

May 16, 2013

By Cristian Vasquez

In September of 2012 the Governor signed into law Senate Bill 1172, which sought to prohibit a mental health provider from “engaging in sexual orientation change efforts” with a patient under the age of 18. The bill indicates that any sexual orientation change efforts attempted on a patient not at least18 years of age by any mental health provider will be considered unprofessional conduct and expose the provider to disciplinary action by their licensing entity.

MARINA DEL REY ARGONAUT: Santa Monica: Marathoner running for pancreatic cancer awareness named Woman of the Year

May 16, 2013

She ran 52 marathons in 52 weeks and now she’s the 2013 Woman of the Year for the state’s 28th Senate District.

Julie Weiss of Santa Monica was selected for the honor by Sen. Ted Lieu after she completed her inspiring goal of running 52 marathon races over one year by finishing the Los Angeles Marathon in March. Weiss, who was dubbed the “marathon goddess” for her feat, set out on the challenge as a way to help fight pancreatic cancer and to honor her father, who passed away from the disease.

TORRANCE DAILY BREEZE: L.A. Marathon: 52 races in 52 weeks for Santa Monica woman

May 15, 2013

By Stephanie Carey

When Julie Weiss crosses the finish line on Sunday in her purple jersey and a flower in her hair, she won't be celebrating having just run 26.2 miles.

For the 42-year-old Santa Monica resident, the L.A. Marathon represents a much larger accomplishment.

The race will mark the end of a journey Weiss set off on last March to run 52 marathons in one year.

That's one marathon a week and a total of 1,362.4 miles. She's well aware people may think she's certifiable for taking on such a task, but she has a purpose.

ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER EDITORIAL: Blocking a blow to small business

May 14, 2013

Bill would avert $120 million in retroactive state taxes resulting from tax board decision.

Sen. Ted Lieu, a Torrance Democrat, frankly, seems to us the rather unlikely sponsor of legislation that aims to spare California businesses from $120 million in retroactive state taxes, no matter how unfair the assessments.

So count us pleasantly surprised that the lawmaker is carrying Senate Bill 209, which would reenact a recently struck-down income tax deferral for capital gains when selling qualified small-business stock.

HUFFINGTON POST: State Sen. Ted Lieu On DOJ AP Scandal

May 14, 2013

California State Senator Ted Lieu (D) joins Jacob to discuss the late-breaking story of the Department of Justice seizing the phone records of Associated Press journalists.