Vaughn Palmer: Horgan hopes ending big money politics is a game-changer

VICTORIA — For what was billed as the last big fundraiser for the New Democratic Party before formal commencement of the 2017 election campaign, Opposition leader John Horgan launched the proceedings on an apologetic note. “I give you my absolute assurance that I won’t be taking a lot of your time this evening,” Horgan assured the crowd of 550 or so gathered at a Vancouver hotel Thursday evening. “I would rather be watching the Canucks tonight and I know you would as well.” No need to add that he would sooner be doing anything, anywhere else. He and his supporters have made denunciations of such fundraisers a centrepiece of their… Read More

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White House staff also will skip correspondents dinner

By JILL COLVIN WASHINGTON (AP) — White House staff will be skipping this year’s White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner along with President Donald Trump. The White House Correspondents’ Association announced Tuesday evening that they’d been informed that staff would not be attending out of “solidarity” with the president, who previously announced his intention to skip the annual dinner. The board says in a statement that it “regrets this decision very much,” but that the event will go on as planned. The annual fundraising dinner, which raises money for college scholarships, typically draws a mix of politicians, journalists, celebrities, as well as the president and first lady. Top White House staff… Read More

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Dialysis centers: California bill proposes to improve staffing, inspections

California could become one of almost a dozen states in the country to require higher staffing levels at dialysis clinics that help treat tens of thousands of these patients if a bill by a Southern California legislator becomes law. The proposal also would mandate annual inspections of each facility. But Senate Bill 349, introduced by Sen. Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens, is being fiercely opposed by a coalition of doctors, patients, rural clinics and dialysis centers as it heads to an initial vote Wednesday at a state Senate Health Committee meeting. Opponents of the measure argue that federal data shows that California’s dialysis clinics are currently ranked among the highest in… Read More

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