February 23, 2018

Umberg jumps into state Senate race, gets attacked by Republicans

Former Assemblyman Tom Umberg has joined the Democratic field to challenge Republican state Sen. Janet Nguyen, bringing strong credentials — and immediately drawing a harsh attack from the California Republican Party. The attorney served in Sacramento’s lower chamber twice, from 1990 to 1994 and again from 2004 to 2006. He is a retired Army colonel and former federal prosecutor who …

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February 5, 2018

Association of the United States Army honors Senator Janet Nguyen

The Master Sergeant Leroy Arthur Petry Chapter of the Association of the United States Army has awarded Senator Janet Nguyen the 2017 Legislator of the Year Award. The award, which recognizes Senator Nguyen’s excellence in leadership and longstanding support for Veterans, was presented to Senator Nguyen at the State Capitol. “To be recognized by an association that represents Veterans who …

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January 5, 2018

Senator Janet Nguyen honored as a “Champion of Manufacturing” by California Manufacturers and Technology Association

In acknowledgement of her efforts to create a positive business environment for California’s manufacturing sector, the California Manufacturers and Technology Association (CMTA) has recognized Senator Janet Nguyen as a “Champion of Manufacturing”; a designation given to legislators whose votes align with CMTA’s position on key manufacturing bills. According to the CMTA, “Champions of Manufacturing” are companies, partners, and individuals who …

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June 4, 2017

Single-payer health care is a failed promise

Senate Bill 562, the single-payer health care bill, and its steep price tag, is not the solution to our broken health care system. The Senate Appropriations Committee estimates SB562 would cost $400 billion annually to cover all health care costs for every Californian. That’s more than double California’s proposed budget of $180 billion. Supporters hope the federal government will cover …

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April 20, 2017

Senator Janet Nguyen’s bill to save the Middle Class Scholarship clears Senate Education Committee

Senate Bill 326, authored by Senator Janet Nguyen to protect the state’s only scholarship for middle class students from being eliminated from the state budget, cleared the Senate Education Committee. Senator Nguyen introduced SB 326 in response to Governor Brown’s plans to phase out funding for the Middle Class Scholarship to 75 percent of 2017-2018 levels, eventually eliminating the program …

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April 15, 2017

Tackling college student homelessness and housing insecurity

Homeless. This is not a word that most of us would associate with college students. Yet, a silent epidemic of student homelessness has spread throughout our public colleges. According to unofficial studies conducted by the California State University system, the University of California system and the Wisconsin Hope Lab, 10 percent of CSU students and 14 percent of California’s community …

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March 2, 2017

California Democrats had muzzle ready for GOP senator

The Democrats who muzzled a Republican state senator and had her dragged out of the chambers had plenty of warning of what was coming, and went through with the eye-popping scene after pressuring her in advance not to open her mouth on the Senate floor. State Sen. Janet Nguyen of Garden Grove (Orange County), who was born in what was …

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March 2, 2017

Democratic leaders silence Nguyen, stir up old conflict

The state Senate’s Democratic leaders blew it badly Thursday when they forcibly prevented Republican Sen. Janet Nguyen, a refugee from Vietnam, from criticizing the late Tom Hayden. Earlier in the week, senators took turns lionizing Hayden, who served in the Senate, as a visionary progressive. Nguyen purposely waited two days before arising to present, first in Vietnamese and then in …

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