Election Reform

Election Reform

Replacing Marguerite LaMotte in LAUSD District 1

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Robert Skeels: Angelenos in LAUSD District 1 should honor the memory of the late Marguerite Poindexter LaMotte by electing someone who, like her, values student need over corporate greed.

Rand Paul’s Putin Problem

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Brent Budowsky: One moment Paul says he might support a military attack against Iran. Then he implies he might accept a nuclear-armed Iran and follow a policy of containment. Then he says he won’t tell us what policy he prefers, comparing himself to Ronald Reagan.

Mitch’s Tough Out

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Berry Craig: The other day, Grimes swatted another one into the cheap seats after McConnell got the expected NRA endorsement. She promptly tweeted a renewal of her months-old challenge to the senate minority leader to meet her on a gun range.

Run Against the Supreme Court

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Bill Fletcher Jr.: Progressive candidates need to make the McCutcheon decision their battle cry and use it to demonstrate the extent to which the 1% is moving at breakneck pace to derail any pretense of democracy.

The Underdogma of Elizabeth Warren

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Lauren Windsor: In this edition, we feature a particularly fiesty Elizabeth Warren, who takes down GOP leading men Paul Ryan and Ted Cruz in her speech at the recent Humphrey-Mondale Dinner in Minnesota.

Poor People Lose Out When Elections Are Bought and Sold

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David Love: The McCutcheon decision is like a voter ID requirement, except that only a relative handful of people— millionaires and billionaires, that is—can afford to buy it.

Republican Great White Hopes: Manipulating Election Laws

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Stanley Kutler: Across the land, Republican state legislators have shouted “voter fraud, voter fraud” to justify various schemes to restrict voting. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is now leading the charge, which makes sense since the phony fraud redounds to his benefit.

Don’t Blame Koch Brothers; Beat Them

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Brent Budowsky: The latest brainchild of Washington insider Democrats, to waste millions of dollars running attack ads against conservative mega-donors Charles and David Koch, might be the worst idea since the owner of the Titanic cut the budget for lifeboats.

Jim Crow: The Dirty Bird Flies Again

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Berry Craig: What scares Republicans the most is an America that is becoming less white, less conservative and less male dominated. They fret that a more diverse and more tolerant America is potentially a more Democratic America.

Bill Clinton and Steny Hoyer: ‘Wall Street Democrats’ Fight Back

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Richard Eskow: People wonder why Gallup reports that millennials are at or near record levels of alienation from both political parties? When leaders of both parties emphasize deficits over jobs, their disaffection becomes easier to understand.

This Is LA: We Don’t Do the “Same Old, Same Old” Here

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Marianne Williamson: I don’t see how the Democratic Party will get its progressive soul back, as long as progressives continue to co-dependently tow the line with the corporatist direction of either major party.

A Biscuit, a Puppet and the Captain of Team Mitch

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Berry Craig: I’d bet the farm that McConnell is none too eager to verbally spar with Kentucky’s “Southern steel magnolia,” who, by the way, once taught kickboxing.

Why Politicians Run for Office … Any Office

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John Wildermuth: If flexibility, the ability to adapt quickly to changing circumstances, is one of the most important virtues in our new, high-tech world, boy, are California politicians virtuous.

How Should Bernie Sanders Run?

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Bernie Sanders Candidacy: Excitement around a possible Sanders run is palpable. There is a deep desire among many for a new direction.

If Paul Ryan Is a ‘Moderate,’ I’m the Easter Bunny

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Radical Paul Ryan: Let’s hope that the mainstream media will remind voters of Ryan’s consistently ultraconservative views.

Is Obama Endangering Democrats?

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Unpopularity of President Obama: Dems need Robert Kennedys, not Karl Roves. With Kennedy, it was all hands on deck; Obama.

Mitch McConnell’s Mike Dukakis Misfire?

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Mitch McConnell Misfire: McConnell figured the CPAC rifle-toting would earn him precious bona fides with skeptical tea partiers.

Betty Yee Says Some California Democrats Swayed by Power, Money

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Betty Yee delivered a stinging rebuke of her party Sunday, saying that California Democrats have become disconnected from their core values.

Racism: The Elephant in the Living Room

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Racism: Republicans blow fuses when somebody says the GOP practices dog-whistle politics to pander to white prejudice.

Hillary Clinton: Playing a Dog-Eared “Hitler” Card

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Hillary Clinton and Hitler Card: Inaccurate comparisons between foreign adversaries and Hitler have served the interests of politicians.

GOP Loves Vladimir Putin

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Vladimir Putin combines all the decisiveness of the no-apology Bush with all the Winter Olympics accolades of no-apology Mitt Romney.

Kesha Rogers LaRouche Connection

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Kesha Rogers is not the type of candidate the Democrats’ progressive, pro-Obama constituency would want if they read the fine print.

‘Champion of Labor’ Sheila Kuehl’s Next Challenge: LA County Government

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Sheila Kuehl: When talking with other politicians, her years of legislative and legal training make her a persuasive advocate.

Meet Wendy Davis’s Running Mate

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Leticia Van de Putte Campaign: What I’ve seen is that Latinos are mad and not just Latino Democrats, Latino Republicans are mighty mad.

Bill Clinton’s Rescue Ride

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Bill Clinton Campaigns: Bill Clinton has begun his ride to rescue Democrats in the 2014 midterm elections.

Speaker John A Pérez, Absolutely Qualified and Ready to Lead for California Women

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Toni Atkins, Holly Mitchell, and Bonnie Lowenthal: There is no one we trust more than Speaker John A. Pérez to be our next State Controller.

Marianne Williamson and Me

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Marianne Williamson Campaigning: Marianne had me at hello. She may be a New Age guru, but there’s nothing “woo woo” about her politics.

Would Rand Paul Lead the GOP to ‘Goldwaterloo’ II?

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Rand Paul and Monica Lewinsky: More than a few of my fellow Kentucky Democrats hope Paul will be the GOP presidential nominee in two years.

Will Double-Digit Gender Gap Help Ditch Mitch?

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Mitch McConnell Gender Gap: Kentucky women are not idiots even though they are closely related to Kentucky men.

They’ve Done Their Time, Now Let Them Vote

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Letting Formerly Incarcerated Vote: California’s secretary of state is disenfranchising tens of thousands of California citizens.

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