Something Rotten in Sacramento

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Randy Shaw: Despite veto-proof Democratic majorities, the California Legislature is as dominated by, and beholden to, big money interests as ever before, leaving even long-protected programs for the poor like Lifeline phone service now open to attack.

Time to Call a Satan a Satan?

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Peter Laarman: The radical Republicans in Washington and in many statehouses want to further punish and distress the poor; they want to enshrine prejudice and discrimination; they want to shred human and civil rights that are currently secured by law.

Pink Sneakers Cushion a Will for Women’s Rights

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Walter and Rosemary Brasch: State Sen. Wendy Davis, a Democrat and a 50-year-old Harvard graduate lawyer, put on a pair of comfortable pink sneakers this week, and talked for more than 11 hours to block an oppressive Republican-sponsored bill to kill almost all of the state’s medical abortion clinics and impose their governmental will upon all women.

‘Idiot America’

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Berry Craig: All that matters to Rick Perry’s people is that politicians have “common sense” on issues like what one of my union buddies calls “the Four Gs – God (love), guns (love), gays (not love) and government (not love, except for the military).”

Why Republicans Can’t Learn

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Robert Reich: The real answer is the Republican base is far more entrenched, institutionally, than was the old Democratic base.

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