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Feb. 2022: Enough of the Bad Stuff

Things are looking glum for progressives in the near and medium future. As I’ve written before, the long-term trends are on our side, e.g., voter diversity, younger voter age, populations shift to cities. But there is plenty of well-placed concern about a return to...

Jan. 2022: Congressional Dots

Sometimes we see news stories about the activities of Congress written in Dragnet’s Sergeant Joe Friday style, “Just the facts, Ma’am.” Readers (and maybe journalists) might be excused for not connecting dots on complex stories about two main functions of Congress:...

Dec. 2021: That Texas Mess

There are serious questions being raised recently by the anti-abortion law in Texas, about which the US Supreme Court heard arguments on a technicality last month. Specifically, whether the federal government may contest a state law that infringes on Constitutional...

Nov. 2021: Small States Equal Big Stakes

You’ve read my rant before. We live in a big state. California is geographically large (third after AK, TX), diverse (second only to HI), an economic engine (taken alone, the 5th largest economy in the world after US, China, Japan, and Germany), and population (we...

Oct. 2021: Talibanism Here at Home

First, a big “Thank You!” to readers who voted NO on the recent recall ballot measure. It was a vote for continued good government, even if sometimes uncomfortable or inconvenient. What? American Taliban? Shades of 2001 John Walker Lindh. No, this is about doctrinaire...

Aug. 2021: What’s a republican To Do?

It’s always tough being in the minority party in Congress. The best legislators in the minority party stay true to their basic raison d’être. They introduce and promote legislation in the interest of their home districts. They vote on all bills according to their...