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July 2021: Socialism Scary?

Civil Rights icon and longtime Congressman, the late John Lewis, often talked about using counterintuitive “good trouble” as a means of constructive change. Can there also be a “good socialism”? One of the better ideas of the American democracy is its innate...

June 2021: What’s Up With Kevin McCarthy?

Kevin McCarthy represents the 23rd Congressional District of California between Fresno and Lancaster. In the 2020 election, he won by 25 points, so he is well-supported by his district, notwithstanding being only one of only 11 republicans in the 53 member California...

May 2021: Doubt

Reasonable doubt. That’s all Derek Chauvin’s defense team needed to create in one Minneapolis juror’s mind during the murder trial to avoid a guilty verdict. Just create a tiny reasonable doubt that the mountain of professional testimony, medical evidence, and...

May 2021: Filibuster À La Carte

The filibuster remains unchanged from last month, as it has for a couple hundred years, so the Senate didn’t act to eliminate it. The expressed original intent of the legislative filibuster was to allow a sizeable minority to have a voice when only a slim majority...

Apr. 2021: fil-uh-buhs-tur

The mere mention of the word, filibuster, causes tingles to run down the spine of every American senator. Senators in the minority party love it for its literal showstopping authority. Those in the majority quake at the thought of even a single member aborting the...

Mar. 2021: 3 Dot Journalism

Recent history has offered some perspective on how important things are, or should be. The ex-President became “ex,” but refused to concede and his followers sacked the Capitol in a deadly insurrection. For many readers, politics is certainly a lesser thing in life....

Feb. 2021: Blue and Gray

Now that the deposed and twice-impeached former president has gone into seclusion in that other “sunshine state,” Let the hypocrisy begin! I’m looking at you, republican members of Congress, particularly the shameful Californian Kevin McCarthy, Minority Leader. Last...

Jan. 2021: They’re Not In Kansas Anymore

Congratulations to readers who recognize the title borrowed from the 1939 movie, “The Wizard of Oz” (not the 1900 book). Extra credit if you noticed the divergence from what Dorothy really said: “WE’RE not in Kansas anymore.” Originally the allusion to Kansas was a...

Dec. 2020: Interregnum

[ in-ter-reg-nuhm ] Literally, “between reigns.” In American politics it means the time between the election and inauguration of a new president. Last month we didn’t know what would be happening by publication time. This month we are absolutely sure of the near...

Nov. 2020: Where Will We Go From Here?

Well, if it wasn’t enough of a challenge to write a column with some currency two weeks in advance, let’s throw in a national election that may – or may not – have been decided by the time you read this. Unhappily, some things will remain: (1) We will still be...