Framing Fracking

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Richard Mathews: The California Democratic Party has called for a moratorium, but many of our Democratic legislators have not been convinced. By framing the debate incorrectly, we are missing an opportunity to convince them.

What to Watch for on Election Night

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ere are some tips on what to watch for and when on election night.  Nate Silver shows Obama leading in state polls for states adding to 303 electoral votes.  He figures on the Democrats being most likely to keep their current count of 53 Senate seats.  This chart will help you track progress towards those milestones. We could [...]

Obama Accomplishments

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Richard Mathews: It is time for an update to the list of Obama accomplishments. This is based on an older list by David Phillips and a recent one by Obama WILL Be ReElected In 2012.

An Anti-Government Challenge

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Richard M. Mathews: Unless you are wearing 100% cotton made on the plantation you have had in the family for generations without the benefit of outside seed or fertilizer, the clothes have got to go.

Reconciliation Is Conventional, Not Nuclear

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Richard M. Mathews: With the death of the public option in the Senate version of the health care reform bill, more attention is being paid to the budget reconciliation process. The House-Senate conference could bring back the public option, but a filibuster could still kill it. The reconciliation process would allow the bill to pass with a simple majority of 51 votes rather than the 60 needed to overcome a filibuster.

Ending the Annual Budget Impasse Ritual

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The California budget process is broken due to the requirement for a two-thirds vote to pass the budget. I would like to suggest a different procedure that preserves the minority protections of the two-thirds requirement while encouraging negotiation and ensuring that there definitely will be a budget passed. Proposal: If no budget passes by the [...]

Fair and Balanced Districts?

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by Richard M. Mathews – In a November 25 editorial (“Prop. 11’s point”), the Los Angeles Times stated, “California is supposed to end up with a lot more of those evenly balanced districts.” The Times does not understand of the process of gerrymandering. Balanced districts must not be our goal.

Who Builds the Economy? Democratic Presidents Do!

by Richard M. Mathews – I wrote recently about how Democratic presidents create many more jobs than do Republican presidents. What about the rest of the economy? I don’t want to talk down the economy as George W. Bush’s team did when he was running for president in 2000. They insisted that the economy was [...]

Impeach on January 19th

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Many people are saying it is too late for impeachment. “Bush will be out of office shortly anyway.” “Congress could never impeach and remove him before he is gone.” “We have to focus on the election.” “There are only a few weeks of Congress in session before they quit for the year.” It does not [...]

Who Creates Jobs? Democratic Presidents Do!

A recent poll asked whether private companies, Congress, or the president has the most to do with creating new jobs. I find it amusing when pollsters ask for opinions on something that is purely factual. Only 5% got the right answer and said it is the president. Look at the private sector job growth results [...]

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