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Federal officials to expand national marine sanctuaries on Sonoma, Mendocino coasts

The four-decade battle to preserve Sonoma County’s scenic coast from offshore oil drilling came to an apparent end Thursday as federal officials announced plans to expand two marine sanctuaries, putting an area the size of Delaware off-limits to energy development.

Woolsey pushes ocean protection

With her time in Congress running short, Rep. Lynn Woolsey, D-Petaluma, is pursuing a new approach to protecting more of the North Coast from oil drilling — one that doesn’t require a vote in the Republican-controlled House.

Sonoma County greets Obama’s same-sex marriage support with elation, resignation

Emotions in Sonoma County ranged from elation and praise to resigned acceptance after President Barack Obama announced Wednesday that he supports same-sex marriage. Advocates were exhilarated that Obama declared his support after remaining elusive on the topic for years. And opponents, while disagreeing with Obama’s position, said they were not surprised.

The Shark weighs in on this redistricting game, then and now

If the first map released by the California Redistricting Commission brought the second-guessers out of the woodwork, the second one is a topic custom-built for the entire spectrum of wonks and political junkies. PD columnist Gaye LeBaron discusses the history of redistricting in Sonoma County with an old friend, Sam the Shark.

Woolsey: Redistricting had no impact on retirement

Rep. Lynn Woolsey urged North Bay residents to write to the California Citizens Redistricting Commission objecting to its plan to create a coastal congressional district from Marin County to the Oregon border. But she says the plan had nothing to do with her decision to retire.

Sanctuaries bill OK’d by Senate panel

California Sens. Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein on Wednesday hailed a Senate committee’s approval of their bill to expand two North Coast marine sanctuaries that would permanently prohibit offshore oil drilling.

Zane: Woolsey basically stabbed us in the back

Sonoma County Supervisor Shirlee Zane is fuming today over a vote by Rep. Lynn Woolsey supporting legislation Zane says will “open the flood gates to us becoming a Northern California Las Vegas.”

A few exit poll nuggets

Beyond the headlines – Jerry Brown and Barbara Boxer winning – there are some interesting details coming from California exit polls. Among the details, courtesy of the Los Angeles Times and the Sacramento Bee, are: – Voters in the gubernatorial election were more inclined to support an insider with experience than an outsider looking to […]

Endorsement Watch: U.S. Senate

The Press Democrat Editorial Board endorsed incumbent Barbara Boxer in the U.S. Senate race. Did the PD Editorial Board make the right pick? Disagree with the choice? Discuss the endorsement here.

Boxer stumps in Santa Rosa

The annual barbecue held by Sonoma County Democrats at Doyle Park was a forum Saturday for Sen. Barbara Boxer to lambaste her Republican opponent, former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina.

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