NEW LAW WOULD PREVENT PREDATORY ADA LAWSUITS

Beginning in 2014, a series of lawsuits were filed against California desert businesses for technical ADA law violations. Businesses could either pay an average of $5,000-$10,000 to drop the suit, or fight the lawsuit at a potential cost of tens of thousands of dollars. Most lawsuits were filed without any

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STATEWIDE PRIMARY ELECTION OFFICES UP FOR ELECTION

A handful of offices representing Morongo Basin will be on the June 5th, 2018 primary ballot. The first day for citizens to declare their candidacy and file the required documents is Monday, February 12. Offices up for election include the U.S. Senate seat now held by Dianne Feinstein; the U.S.

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REP. COOK VOTES FOR BIPARTISAN BUDGET AGREEMENT

Rep. Paul Cook this week voted for the Bipartisan Budget Act to keep the federal government running for another two years. In a press release, Cook described the act, passed late Wednesday, as a “bipartisan, bicameral agreement that ensures America’s Armed Forces have the necessary resources to maintain military readiness.”

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CANDIDATE FILING OPENS THIS MONTH, LOCAL RACES GETTING STARTED

The opening date for candidates to file to run for office in California begins Monday, February 12. Congressman Paul Cook has told Z107.7 News that he intends to run for re-election to his seat in District 8. In addition, Republican Cook has at least two challengers: Democrats Rita Ramirez and

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REP. COOK VOTES FOR TAX REFORM

Rep. Paul Cook joined fellow Republicans this week in voting for the final version of HR1, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which passed the House of Representatives 227-203.

Cook explained his vote by saying that the new law will provide crucial tax relief for middle-class and low-income Americans. “Despite

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PAUL COOK VOTES TO PUBLICIZE AND COMBAT IRANIAN GOVERNMENT CORRUPTION

Representative Paul Cook of Yucca Valley voted Wednesday, with nearly every other Republican congressman, to pass a bill requiring the Department of Treasury to disclose the assets of Iran’s top political and military leaders. The Iranian Leadership Asset Transparency Act, HR1638, approved in a 289-135, vote, will force the Department

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CONGRESSMAN VOTES TO RESTRICT ASSISTANCE TO PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY

Rep. Paul Cook of Yucca Valley voted Tuesday for HR 1164, the Taylor Force Act. The bill, which passed the House of Representatives unanimously, would restrict U.S. assistance to the Palestinian Authority until it stops subsidizing terrorists through “pay to slay” policies. This legislation is in response to the Palestinian

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NOMINATE VETERANS FOR CONGRESSMAN COOK’S “HEROES OF THE 8TH”

Congressman Paul Cook of Yucca Valley is asking for nominations of veterans to honor at a ceremony next month. Managing editor Tami Roleff has the details… Congressman Paul Cook of Yucca Valley plans to honor military veterans from his district at a ceremony December 19. “Heroes of the 8th” Veterans

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CONGRESSMAN COOK NAMED AS CHAIR OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS SUBCOMMITTEE

Congressman Paul Cook of Yucca Valley was named Thursday as the new chair of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere. The Western Hemisphere subcommittee covers political relations between the United States and other nations in North and South America. The subcommittee conducts oversight on regional institutions, foreign

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AT FIRST THOUGHT SAFE, CASTLE MOUNTAINS MONUMENT NOW IN THE CROSS HAIRS

A national monument that was not on the original list of 27 national monuments whose boundaries were to be reviewed by the Secretary of the Interior, may be threatened with revision or elimination after all. In April, Donald Trump signed an executive order directing Department of the Interior Secretary Ryan

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CONGRESSMAN COOK CALLS ACTIVISTS STATEMENTS ON MOJAVE TRAILS FALSE

Congressman Paul Cook is calling statements that a pending decision on the Mojave Trails National Monument is tied to the Cadiz Water proposal false. Wednesday, reacting to the announcement that the Sand to Snow monument will not be changed, The Mojave Desert Land Trust issued a statement that said, “Secretary

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CONGRESS EXTENDS VETERANS CHOICE PROGRAM

After a first attempt failed last week, the U.S. House of Representatives on Friday unanimously passed a $2.1 billion bipartisan bill to extend the Veterans Choice Program. Representative Paul Cook of Yucca Valley voted in favor of the measure, which allows veterans who live 40 miles or more from a

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COOK VOTES IN FAVOR OF WATER RIGHTS BILL

Representative Paul Cook of Yucca Valley joined all the Republican members of Congress in sponsoring HR23, The Gaining Responsibility on Water Act, or GROW Act, which was passed in the House Wednesday on a mostly party-line vote, 230-190. Cook said the bill would change water management plans and environmental restoration

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COOK VOTES IN FAVOR OF BILLS CRACKING DOWN ON ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION

The U.S. House of Representatives passed two bills Thursday in support of the administration’s immigration crackdown, and Representative Paul Cook of Yucca Valley voted in favor of both of them. Kate’s Law, and No Sanctuary for Criminals Act, passed largely along party lines. Kate’s Law is named for Kate Steinle,

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COOK VOTES IN FAVOR OF FINANCIAL CHOICE ACT

Representative Paul Cook of Yucca Valley voted with every other Republican—except one—to pass HR 10, the Financial Choice Act of 2017. No Democrats voted in favor of the bill. The Financial Choice Act rolls back some regulations in the Dodd-Frank Act of 2010, which, Cook said, “imposed significant costs on

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CONGRESSMAN’S COOK’S VETERAN’S EMPLOYMENT BILL SIGNED INTO LAW

Unemployed veterans, listen up: a new bill authored by Congressman Paul Cook and signed into law Friday by President Trump, may help you earn a paycheck. Reporter David Haldane tells us what’s up… If you’re a U.S. military veteran having a hard time finding a job, you may be about

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RITA RAMIREZ TO RUN AGAINST PAUL COOK AGAIN

Four months since Rita Ramirez lost to Rep. Paul Cook in the 2016 congressional election, she’s already looking for a rematch. At a recent protest at Cook’s office in Redlands, Ramirez was handing out fliers that read “2016 Elections: Dr. Rita Ramirez will run for Congress District 8 in 2018.”

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CONGRESSMAN COOK VOTES WITH OTHER REPUBLICANS ON STEP TO REPEAL ACA

U.S. Representative Paul Cook of Yucca Valley voted Friday, along with most of his fellow Republicans, to approve a budget resolution that is the first step in repealing the Affordable Care Act. The vote was 227-198, with nine Republicans crossing party lines to vote with Democrats against the resolution. The

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CONGRESSMAN TO HONOR “HEROES OF THE 8TH” VETERANS TONIGHT

Congressman Paul Cook of Yucca Valley will once again honor veterans in his third annual “Heroes of the 8th” event Thursday, October 27, in Apple Valley. Cook will recognize veterans of the armed services who answered the call once again by serving as public safety professionals. Cook will also provide

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CONGRESSMAN COOK MAKES A VISIT TO LA CONTENTA MIDDLE SCHOOL

Rep. Paul Cook dropped in on a Morongo Basin middle school Monday to tell stories of his life and career. Reporter David Haldane spoke to someone who was there… Eighth-graders at La Contenta Middle School in Yucca Valley got a surprise early yesterday: a visit from a real live congressman,

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