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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.

Sonoma County’s jobless brace for federal benefit cut

A lifeline that helped many people who lost their jobs during the recession stay afloat could be cut at the end of the month.

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.

Federal government shutdown hits North Coast

Natalie Manning packed up some paperwork from her office in downtown Santa Rosa and headed home Tuesday morning not sure when she would be able to work again or, more importantly, when her next paycheck would arrive.

Sonoma County laments plan to end Saturday mail

Across the nation Wednesday, people absorbed the news that the Postal Service plans to stop delivering mail on Saturdays as a cost-savings measure. The change will take effect in August.

Sonoma County weighs in on ‘fiscal cliff’ repercussions

If the country heads over the fiscal cliff Tuesday, Californians will be slapped simultaneously with a slew of federal tax increases and higher state income and sales taxes from Proposition 30. Absent a last-minute deal, the federal tax increases alone will hit the average family with more than $3,500 in higher taxes in 2013.

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.

New lines, old politics

I just returned from the raging waters of Yosemite to catch the ripples from the redistricting commission’s draft congressional maps.

See your share of the U.S. budget

Do you know your share of defense spending under the federal budget proposal unveiled Monday by President Barack Obama?

Woolsey aims for 20 years in Congress

Democrat Rep. Lynn Woolsey is seeking a 10th term in the Nov. 2 election. Republican Jim Judd, a Rohnert Park businessman making his first run for public office, said he offers voters a clear alternative. Libertarian Joel Smolen and Eugene Ruyle of the Peace & Freedom Party also are on the ballot.

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