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Lack of party affiliation a popular idea, except in California’s election results

Shedding political party labels is increasingly popular among California registered voters, but in casting ballots they are reluctant to pick candidates who do the same.

Rep. Mike Thompson introduces bill to address gun violence by mentally ill

Rep. Mike Thompson, head of the House Democrats’ panel addressing gun violence, introduced a multi-pronged measure Friday on mental health approaches to preventing tragedies like the murder of six students last week at UC Santa Barbara.

Reps. Mike Thompson, Luis Gutierrez: Time to act on immigration (w/ video)

Standing on the steps of an outdoor patio of the Chateau St. Jean winery in Kenwood on Saturday evening, Congressmen Mike Thompson, D-St. Helena, and Luis Gutiérrez of Illinois challenged Republicans in Congress to bring the bipartisan immigration bill to a vote or risk losing more elections in the future.

Brown, Thompson step in to aid PACE loan program for homeowners

Gov. Jerry Brown and Rep. Mike Thompson are involved in separate efforts to boost Sonoma County’s groundbreaking program to help residents pay for energy-saving improvements to their homes.

Congressmen oppose cuts in geothermal payments

Reps. Mike Thompson and Jared Huffman are urging President Barack Obama not to eliminate geothermal royalty payments totaling nearly $2 million a year to Sonoma and Lake counties.

Rep. Mike Thompson tours Sonoma factory to promote manufacturing

Thompson, D-Napa, met employees of Price Pump Co. and other manufacturers.

Rep. Mike Thompson decries cut to federal unemployment benefits

The termination of federal unemployment benefits last month halted payments to 3,086 Sonoma, Lake and Mendocino county residents totaling about $936,000 in the first week, according to state figures.

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.

Congressmen Jared Huffman, Mike Thompson won’t forgo pay during shutdown

North Coast lawmakers are continuing to be paid during the federal government shutdown despite a growing list of members of Congress who said they will voluntarily forgo their salaries while government workers are furloughed.

Congressmen Jared Huffman, Mike Thompson weigh in on possible government shutdown

A partial federal government shutdown starting Tuesday is the likely outcome of this weekend’s Capitol Hill drama over federal spending and Obamacare, the Redwood Empire’s two Democratic congressmen said.

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