Does Sarah Palin Understand the Meaning of the Word Federalist?

According to everything I’ve learned, the term “federalist” referred to those who believed in a strong central government. Jefferson was a federalist and Adams was an anti-federalist. Adams believed that power should be centrally located in the hands of an elite few — alternatively, Jefferson believed that centralized power lead to corruption.

Sarah Palin’s Feminine Wiles Fall Short

Shortly after the Katie Couric-Sarah Palin interview, a slew of reports hit the Internet assessing the VP candidate’s performance. Try as I might, I was hard pressed to find a single report that looked favorably on Palin’s delivery. Slate‘s Christopher Beam said that Palin resembled, “a high-schooler trying to BS her way through a book [...]

U.S. Supreme Court Issues a Stay of Execution for Troy Anthony Davis

Troy Anthony Davis

Troy Anthony Davis was granted a last-minute reprieve today, September 23, 2008, according to a report by Rusy Domin of CNN International. This morning, before going to work, Dick and I joined hands in prayer for the life of Troy Anthony Davis. He was scheduled to be executed tonight at 7:00pm ET in Georgia for [...]

Six Degrees

ive former U.S. Secretaries of State gathered at George Washington University to give advice to the next president of the United States. Nothing profound or unexpected was uttered from a single one. It was more of the same – the same players living their comfortable lives speaking their politically correct language. I was hoping to [...]

Uniting a Divided Nation

Not too long ago, Dick and I joined our local Unitarian Universalist Church, Neighborhood Church in Pasadena. Shortly after we started attending, the church contacted us about a potluck dinner they were having for the congregation’s “people of color.” Being a newcomer to the church, I tried my best to be gracious as I inquired [...]

Blind to Racism. . .part I

Black Girl

Blind to Racism is a series that tells of incidents you won’t hear about in the media or history books. These are the types of incidents, frequently experienced by people of color, that inform them of the progress the country is or isn’t making on the racial divide.

The Bradley Effect

ince Obama’s presidential aspirations are beginning to look like they have the possibility of becoming reality, we’re hearing a term in political parlance that we haven’t heard for quite some time. The term I’m referring to is the “Bradley Effect”. I first heard mention of this phenomenon sometime in January 2008 during the Democratic Presidential [...]

The Defiant Gesture 40 Years Later

Olympics

On Friday, the Olympics unveiled the official posters of the Beijing 2008 Olympic and Paralympic Games set to begin at the end of July. The artists did a beautiful job. The posters are available for all to see on the official Beijing Olympic website, posted right beneath the official Olympic slogan “One World One Dream.” [...]

Occassionally, We Get Feedback

Barack Obama

love doing surveys and polls. We put questions out on the Web, people answer, we post their responses. It’s a pretty simple process. But this simple process yields a big payoff. It results in us hearing from you. For me, getting your reponse is what makes the survey process rewarding. Everyday, Dick and I are [...]

Good Job, Hillary

Donna Brazile

Anyone reading the L.A. Progressive knows I support Barack Obama. But I have to admit that as I sat watching and listening to Hillary Clinton announce that she was suspending her campaign this past Saturday, I felt a tinge sadness and a sense of loss. I didn’t expect to feel this. I was getting tired [...]

Semi Final Results – LA County Superior Court

Candidate Votes JUDGE-SUPERIOR COURT – OFFICE NO 3 DANIEL P RAMIREZ………………….381,923 JUDGE-SUPERIOR COURT – OFFICE NO 4 RALPH W DAU…………………………..308,358 SYDNEE R SINGER…………………….159,657 JUDGE-SUPERIOR COURT – OFFICE NO 35 JUAN C DOMINGUEZ………………..365,981

Should We Judge the Judges?

Judging the Judges

On Tuesday, June 3rd, Californians will go to the polls. Many will struggle over which candidates to select for the Superior Court Judge offices. Two weeks ago, I posted an article, “Judging the Judges.” In it, I said I’d get back to you before June 3rd. In preparation for this post, I learned from Progressive [...]

The Love of a Gay Man

Leopold Allen and Alessandra Ferri

n the day I was born, my uncle, Leopold, went up and down our block in the South Bronx announcing to the neighbors, and anyone else who would listen, that I had finally arrived. He was as excited about my birth as my parents  or any new parent would have been. That day, my first [...]

Judging the Judges

Cynthia Loo

When the time comes to vote in judicial races, I’m usually frustrated. This sense of frustration is driven by my lack of knowledge about the candidates and difficulty associated with getting enough information to make an informed decision. A few years ago, when I was relatively new to the Northeast Democratic Club, I attended a [...]

American By the Numbers: Read Them and Weep

400,000 – number of veterans likely to experience homelessness nationally 49,724 – number of homeless veterans in California 89% – percent of homeless veterans who received honorable discharges $49,158 – median household income in 2000 (adjusted for inflation) $48,201 – median household income in 2006 $12,168 – salary of a full-time minimum wage employee without [...]

Progressives Meet with Superdelegates

Progressive California Democratic activists are taking the initiative to talk directly to as many superdelegates as will listen. At an upcoming California Democratic Council Convention, the activists are holding a superdelegate panel. The panel will be moderated by Frank Russo of the California Progress Report. Any and all Democratics are invited to attend. This convention [...]

Sharon’s Primary Analysis Spreadsheet

Pennsylvania Vote Cartoon

Sharon’s Presidential Primary analysis spreadsheet is an Excel file containing a state by state listing of pledged delegates, super delegates, whether the state had a caucus or primary, and the date of that caucus or primary. Florida and Michigan have been excluded from this analysis. Click here to see the totals for each candidate: the-primaries.xls [...]

Sunday’s Caucuses: What It Takes to Win

Last week, a dear friend introduced me to a young activist who happens to be running to be an Obama delegate to the National Democratic Convention. My friend had spoken fondly of the young activist on several occasions, telling me of the many progressive causes she had volunteered to support. When the activist and I [...]

Expo Line: Different Strokes for Different Folks?

“Building Safe and Community Responsive Rail Lines: An Expo Line Update” was the topic of this month’s Urban Issues Breakfast Forum held at the Staples Center Lexus lounge this week. Usually held on the fourth Friday of each month, the forum gives community activists, politicians, local residents, and business owners a chance to break bread [...]

The More Things Stay the Same: Sharon Remembers Forced Busing

Forced Busing for school desegregation

School Desegregation Busing (Part 2 of a 2 part story) ast forward 20 years after the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court decision and we found ourselves embroiled in yet another school desegregation controversy. The more things change… It was September 1973, I was about to enter the 11th grade in a new [...]

Why I Support Barack Obama

Barack Obama

I started this campaign season as a Kucinich supporter. As it became clear I’d have to select one of the leading Presidential candidates, I began to look earnestly for differences between them. I listened as emphasis was placed on “experience”, “two different Americas” and “Hope.” From my vantage point, the positions taken by the three [...]

As the Black Vote Goes

Tavis Smiley

he presidential primaries for both parties could be all over but the shouting come February 5th. By then, voters in 32 states—including big hitters like New York, Florida, Michigan, and our own California—will have selected their party’s nominee. With roughly 6% of California’s voting population, Black voters could have a decisive voice here in California [...]

Are Progressives Blind to the Prison-Industrial Complex?

Prison

ver the summer, my husband Dick and I attended one of the first meetings of the Downtown Los Angeles Chapter of the Progressive Democrats of America. Amid the high rises and lofts of the rapidly growing middleclass demographic of LA’s Civic Center, a modest sized group of progressive activists gathered on the patio of the [...]

It’s Not Just McArthur Park

may day

Violent May Day Immigration Rights Rally rganized as a peaceful May Day March and immigration rights rally, the events held at MacArthur Park last week turned violent when members of the Los Angeles Police stormed into the mostly peaceful crowd of workers, activists, media, and immigrants at the Los Angeles rally. Today’s technology facilitated the [...]

Gunfire Down Below

Jose Huizar and Bill Bratton

Gang Violence in Highland Park When my husband Dick and I moved into our hilltop home in the Mount Washington community of Los Angeles, we were thrilled. Looking north across Highland Park, Glendale, Eagle Rock, and Pasadena, it has a spectacular view to the San Gabriel Mountains beyond. It took a week or so to [...]

The Iron Rainbow

Iron Rainbow2

Self-Segregation in the Democratic Party? Over the past few months, my husband, Dick, and I have attended several functions put on either to raise funds for or celebrate victories that were ultimately achieved in three local California Assembly Districts: ADs 44, 45, and 48. The two of us enjoy good relationships with people in all [...]

African Americans and Immigrants Rights

Bridges not Walls

Some African-Americans, many of which are longtime loyal Democrats, believe immigration is hurting US workers, focusing primarily on undocumented workers

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