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North Coast policyholders hope to keep health insurance with Obamacare change

Facing a big jump in the cost of her health insurance, Ellyn Moscowitz of Jenner said she was heartened by President Barack Obama’s decision Thursday, to allow some people to keep their health plans for one more year, but she worried about how it will play out.

Healdsburg City Council backs federal ban on assault weapons

Straying from its usual practice of sticking to local issues, the Healdsburg City Council on Monday adopted a resolution supporting the reinstatement of a federal assault weapons ban.

Santa Rosa council supports federal assault weapons ban

The day after the Petaluma City Council expressed support for the federal assault weapons ban, the Santa Rosa City Council fired off two letters supporting efforts by Sen. Diane Feinstein and Congressman Mike Thompson to curb gun violence. Both letters referenced the December school shooting in Newtown, Conn., where 20 children and 6 adults were killed by a gunman using an assault-style rifle.

Petaluma City Council backs gun-control bill

The Petaluma City Council waded into the national gun control debate Monday night by backing a proposal to renew and broaden a federal ban on assault weapons and large-capacity ammunition magazines.

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.

Senate drops tribal ‘reservation shopping’ measure

County officials are rejoicing after a controversial measure regarding tribal land acquisition was removed from an omnibus spending bill before the U.S. Senate. Critics, including Sonoma County Supervisor Shirlee Zane, have lobbied against the measure, saying it enables “reservation shopping,” the practice of rural tribes seeking urban locations for casinos.

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.”