Santa Monica Spending Millions to Appeal Challenge to At-Large Districts
California / Santa Monica / Voting Rights Act

Santa Monica Spending Millions to Appeal Challenge to At-Large Districts

I have been appalled seeing the Santa Monica City Council spend millions fighting a lawsuit challenging the city’s at-large voting district under California’s Voting Rights Act and moving forward on a multi-million dollar appeal of the trial court’s ruling invalidating the City’s at-large districts. Former Santa Monica Mayor Mike Feinstein wrote a column this week … Continue reading

CLBR #323: Miriam Pawel on The Browns of California
American History / California / California Politics / Cyber Law and Business Report

CLBR #323: Miriam Pawel on The Browns of California

Miriam Pawel, Author of The Browns of California The Family Dynasty That Transformed a State and Shaped A Nation LISTEN VIA THESE CHANNELS WMR iTunes Podbay Spreaker Stitcher As Governor Jerry Brown leaves the office a final time (see below), it is as the third longest serving Governor in American History.  Brown’s departure brings to … Continue reading

I Voted
2016 Election / California

I Voted

Below is a list on how I voted on the Federal, California and Santa Monica matters, along with a brief explanation of why. FEDERAL AND STATE OFFICES President   Hillary Clinton United States Senator Kamala Harris It is great that we get to choose between two good Democrats for Senate – Attorney General Harris and Congresswoman … Continue reading

Liberal Giant Henry Waxman Retires After 40-Years in Congress
California / California Politics / Congress

Liberal Giant Henry Waxman Retires After 40-Years in Congress

Liberal Giant Henry Waxman Retires After 40-Years in Congress December 27, 2014 My introduction to Henry Waxman came in 1980 watching the film “HR 6161: An Act of Congress” in my political science class at American University. The story was about the passage of the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1977 where a second-term Rep. … Continue reading

CA Senate District 26 Deserves An Experienced Leader, Not a Fluke
2014 Election / California

CA Senate District 26 Deserves An Experienced Leader, Not a Fluke

One of the more interesting races in Southern California is the State Senate battle between Ben Allen and Sandra Fluke in Senate District 26, a newly reshaped district that covers Los Angeles’ west side and beach cities from Santa Monica to Palos Verdes.  I had originally supported my friend Betsy Butler, who fell about 3,500 votes … Continue reading

Hayden’s Hatchet Job and California’s Hottest Assembly Race
2012 Election / California

Hayden’s Hatchet Job and California’s Hottest Assembly Race

Hayden’s Hatchet Job and California’s Hottest Assembly Race Democratic Underground May 24, 2012 Tom Hayden, who is now the Carey McWilliams fellow at The Nation, has weighed in on one of California’s hottest Assembly races just before the June 5th primary. Unfortunately, Hayden’s column is nothing more than a machine hatchet job which is both a disservice to … Continue reading

California / California Politics

Kinde Durkee Complaint: Scandal Rocks Who’s Who of Cal Dems

Durkee Complaint Her clients included: Los Angeles County Democratic Party-State Issues & Advocacy Committee Los Angeles County Democratic Party Hispanic Unity USA Rep. Adam Schiff Rep. Loretta Sanchez Rep. Linda Sanchez Norma Macias for Congress Michela Alioto for Congress Sister Act Committee Rep. Laura Richardson Rep. Susan Davis Los Angeles City Councilman Tony Cardenas for Congress … Continue reading

California Budget / Congressional Republicans / Stimulus Package / Supply-Side Economics

RAY BAN REPUBLICANS AND THE POLITICS OF DENIAL

The Republicans’ denial is part of a pattern of pretending that problems that do not fit their neat little world view either do not exist (e.g., global warming) or can be easily solved (e.g., abstinence will prevent the spread of AIDS). This is, after all, the party that had three presidential candidates. Continue reading

California / InitiatIive Reform

Special Election Sheds Light on Flawed Initiative Process

While the special election voters were clearly unhappy with Governor Schwarzenegger, there was another election day actor with approval ratings even lower than the Governor’s – the initiative process itself. The Governor can redeem both himself and the initiative process by making initiative reform the first measure submitted for the 2006 ballot. Continue reading