West Coast, East Coast: The Shrinking Local Electorate

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Randy Shaw: It’s time to end the de facto voter suppression caused by local election cycles that most voters ignore. Ballot initiatives — put up for vote during state and national election cycles — should be used to put an end to this once worthy but now undemocratic political process.

Did Federal Shutdown Boost Immigration Reform?

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Randy Shaw: Will Tea Party Republicans let Boehner hold a vote on Obama’s top priority issue — immigration reform — or will their increased post-shutdown animosity toward the President prevent such action?

Governor Jerry Brown Surprises Us Again

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Randy Shaw: Brown retains his stubbornness on prison and state fiscal issues, but in his strong support for addressing income inequality he has surprised Californians again.

Obama Saving Boehner’s Bacon?

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Barack Obama: Instead of doubling down on marginalizing Boehner’s unreasonableness to secure a House vote on immigration reform, the President threw him a life raft — and emboldened GOP House opposition to all of Obama’s domestic priorities.

Did the Occupy Movement Actually Happen?

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Randy Shaw: Even its critics thought the Occupy movement raised important questions about dramatically rising income inequality in the United States. And that’s why I doubt Obama would be considering Summers if the Occupy movement were still dominating the public debate.

Are We in a Golden Age of Activism?

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Randy Shaw: I have always believed that successful activist campaigns provide a roadmap for future struggles. But the mainstream media rarely credits activists’ movements with winning struggles against big moneyed interests. This has left many activists unaware of these victories and unable to use the lessons of these successes to their own struggles.

Who Will Win Town Hall Immigration Battle?

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Randy Shaw: The future of immigration reform could well to be decided in the next three weeks. And this will occur not in the halls of Congress but in Congressional Town Hall meetings across the nation.

Opposition Grows to AT&T’s Attack on LifeLine Program

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Randy Shaw: AT&T’s proposed hijacking of the LifeLine program is particularly surprising in light of Democratic Party control of the California Legislature and the Governor Brown-appointed California Public Utilities Commission’s (CPUC’s) strong opposition to AB 1407.

Vassar Sends a Message

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Randy Shaw: Thank goodness there are still college presidents like Vassar’s Hill, whose school not only reflects a commitment to socioeconomic diversity, but who is willing to speak the truth on a subject many college presidents refuse to honestly address.

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