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 …

Continue reading
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 …

Continue reading
March 2, 2017

Senate’s blunder is fitting coda to Tom Hayden’s time in Sacramento

Tom Hayden might have viewed the amateurish events that played out on the Senate floor Thursday as a fitting coda to his time in Sacramento. Undoubtedly, he would have had something to say about it all. On Thursday, a duly elected senator got removed from the Senate chamber for speaking her mind. Only this time, Republicans in Washington, D.C., weren’t …

Continue reading
June 19, 2015

SB 350 sounds good, but misses the mark

By Senator Janet Nguyen, published in the Press-Telegram June 19, 2015 Senate Bill 350, the “Clean Energy and Pollution Reduction Act of 2015,” carries a positive name and many wonderful-sounding promises. Unfortunately, these promises could potentially generate long-term problems for all Californians. Without providing any specifics on how Californians are to meet this steep mandate, SB 350 proposes a 50 …

Continue reading
April 2, 2015

California Sen. Janet Nguyen’s story may have you waving U.S. flag

By George Skelton, Los Angeles Times April 2, 2015 Every time she looks up at California’s Capitol dome and walks into the grand old building, says freshman state Sen. Janet Nguyen, “I think to myself, ‘Wow!’ “I’m one of 40 state senators in California. Never in my entire life did I think I would become a state senator. It’s the …

Continue reading