Joe the Trucker and “Real” America’s Pocketbook Politics

Shane Hamilton

by Shane Hamilton – Apparently “Joe the Plumber,” the McCain-Palin mascot for the “real [read: white, small-town, anti-elitist] America,” did not represent the political views of the majority of voters in the 2008 presidential election. Strikingly, a mixed-race, big-city, Harvard Law graduate garnered votes from more than just latte-drinking Volvo drivers.

The Rebirth of Keynes, and the Debate to Come

John Maynard Keynes

by Robert Reich – The economy has just about come to a standstill – not so much because credit markets are clogged as because there’s not enough demand in the economy to keep it going. Consumer spending has fallen off a cliff. Investment is drying up. And exports are dropping because the recession has now [...]

On Cabinet Picks, Obama Savvier than Progressive Critics

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by Randy Shaw – As Barack Obama’s Cabinet fills with Clinton Administration veterans, some are raising concerns why no “movement progressive” has been selected. Hillary Clinton’s appointment as Secretary of State galvanized fears that Obama’s cabinet is unduly “centrist,” a concern amplified by the daily parade of predominately white male Clinton veterans in the “possible [...]

Is It 1932 or 1952?

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by Colleen Doody – In the wake of Barack Obama’s historic victory, the question arises of whether we are witnessing a fundamental realignment in American politics. Does 2008 mark the “end of the conservative era” as Pat Buchanan claimed? Or will this election, like Bill Clinton’s before it, be a Democratic interlude in the midst [...]

Can We?

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by Wendy Block – “I can’t go on. I’ll go on.” — “The Unnamable” by Samuel Beckett Yea us! Americans just spent over a billion in time, energy and dollars and changed our government.

Latin America: Obama’s Opportunity

Venezuela held regional elections on Sunday, 23 November, and opposition candidates made substantial gains against the governing party of President Hugo Chávez, winning at least five governorships (of 22), including the two most populous states and the mayorality of Metropolitan Caracas). Chávez announced that he accepted the results, and added that “these elections demonstrated that [...]

A Global New Deal

Franklin Delano Roosevelt

s the economic crisis ripples through the world, some liberal commentators say that the only solution to it is a Global New Deal.  A Global New Deal is a fine idea if it globalizes the heart of the domestic New Deal: the promise of protecting everyone from the threat of abject poverty. U.S. foreign policy [...]

Where Is California’s Barack Obama?

Fresh off a thrilling presidential campaign, California Democrats face a Governor’s race without a candidate that can rally a multi-racial, class-crossing grassroots base. The three most talked about candidates — Dianne Feinstein, Jerry Brown and Gavin Newsom — neither offer a sharply new direction nor provide the transformational message that was at the heart of [...]

No on Proposition 11?

by Herb Engstrom – The October issue of “The Democratic Voice,” the newsletter of the Santa Clara County Democratic Club, contained an article entitled “No on Proposition 11″ by member Jeanne Lamar. Those of us who support Prop. 11 were not given an opportunity to respond before the publication of the newsletter. I’ll take this [...]

California: Fade the Red and Cue the Blue—Newly Registered Democratic Voters and Enthusiastic Turnout for Obama May Turn Heads–Downticket Races Ready to Flip

It is happening across the country, and California is no exception. Democratic voter registration is up, a record turnout of voters is expected, and polls show independent voters trending Democratic and districts once thought safely in the hands of Republicans from the State Assembly to the Congress are up for grabs. This last happened in [...]

Turning Red Districts Blue: Will Linda Jones’s Stealth Campaign Surprise the Antelope Valley?

The remorseless Santa Anas that whistle across the Antelope Valley teach residents of Palmdale, Riverside, Victorville, and surrounding communities all there is to know about high desert winds. But this November, those same folks might get to know a different kind of wind—one that could blow a Democrat into statewide office to represent their district [...]

Why I Support HR 7255, the “Immigration Fairness and Oversight Act”

Those acquainted with my political views know I am fundamentally opposed to illegal immigration and feel much needs to be done to overhaul our current immigration policies and create laws and procedures that are congruent with the state of California’s best interest. I oppose the presence of illegal aliens because of the stifling effect they [...]

Keeping Hope – and Housing – Alive in LA

Wall Street is in meltdown. Banks are collapsing. Developers can’t get loans to build homes. Housing values are plummeting. Millions of Americans are facing foreclosure.

Turning a Red District Blue: Is the Third Time a Charm for Ferial Masry?

by Dick Price – When classes end at Reseda’s Grover Cleveland High School, American History teacher Ferial Masry drives across town to a restaurant, changes her clothes in the ladies room, and begins walking the streets of the western San Fernando Valley, a traditional Republican stronghold she hopes to represent in the California Assembly as [...]

Another McCain-Palin Lie: Their Health Coverage Plan Has Nothing To Do With Health Or Coverage.

Countdown’s Keith Olbermann is donating $100 to charity for every lie told by or on behalf of John McCain and Sarah Palin during the campaign. McCain invented the Blackberry? $100. Palin says she’ll help special needs kids, not mentioning that she vetoed $250,000 for the Special Olympics? Another $100 from Keith. Every day seems to [...]

A Progressive Foreign Policy for the 21st Century

by John Peeler – The recent crisis between Georgia and Russia, and the ineffectually truculent response of the Bush administration, illustrate the utter bankruptcy of the Bush foreign policy, and the need for a fundamental reexamination. At the same time, there is little in the campaign rhetoric of Barack Obama — and none whatever in [...]

When Did God Become America’s Concierge?

Major league baseball has generated more great stories, than any other sport, about the delightfully odd assortment of characters that played the game across the past 175 or so years. Watching a video yesterday of Sarah Palin in her Wasilla church beseeching God to get her pipeline proposal approved reminded me one such story, supposedly [...]

A Bad Time for Budget Cuts to California’s Aged, Disabled, Poor, and Uninsured

The latest numbers are just in from the United States Census Bureau. According to analyses from the California Budget Project (CBP) they show that for low and middle income Californians there has been a decline in the real (inflation adjusted) household income. A separate analysis by Health Access California shows that more Californians are uninsured [...]

Progressive Democrats of LA Votes NO on Schwarzenegger’s PROP 11 Redistricting

by Linda Sutton – Progressive Democrats of Los Angeles voted overwhelmingly to OPPOSE the Proposition 11 redistricting initiative on the November ballot. Their endorsement committee voted UNANIMOUSLY to recommend opposing it, because the complex measure will result in Republicans taking control of the redistricting agenda. This constitutional amendment would apply only to the state offices [...]

The Drop Out Rate for Black Students in California: A Crisis

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he Department of Education released their new definition of a “Drop Out” and the tracking system that will have cost us taxpayers over $33 million dollars when complete. The new system requires each student to be assigned a special number that follows them throughout their school life. This is necessary in order to know when [...]

Progressive Values Stories: Gavin Newsom on Inclusivity and Noah’s Ark

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We are trying to construct a more inclusive society. We are going to make a country in which no one is left out. — Franklin D. Roosevelt I interviewed San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom about what he personally feels are the most important progressive values. He mentioned several progressive values, such as, Interdependence, Stewardship, Empathy [...]

TRUTH NOW on Proposition 11…the Fake Redistricting Reform Brought to You by Gov. Schwartzenegger and His Wrong-Wing Republican Gang

Want to live in a Red State? Want to have gridlock on redistricting in addition to the budget? Want to have the Republicans put in charge of “protecting” our coastline? This is the reality of the so-called “Voters First” proposition being put on the ballot this year by Arnold and his Republican fat cat cronies. [...]

Schwarzenegger Acting the Tough Guy to Cover for His Weakness? Both Houses of California Legislature Meeting This Morning—But Don’t Hold Your Breath

I was at the Governor’s press conference yesterday afternoon to see and hear directly his announcement that he would veto any bills sent to him before a state budget is passed. You can read his remarks in their entirety as dutifully transcribed by the Governor’s press office and published on these pages yesterday.

A Warning to All Mortgage Lenders in California and the Nation

Ted Lieu

By Ted W. Lieu — Just like unwary homeowners trapped in unsuitable loans and an ever-increasing mountain of debt, many of our nation’s lenders are facing significant difficulties remaining afloat.

Moving Bills on Parklands, Mobile Pensions, Ammunition Control through California’s Legislature

Kevin de Leon

The 45th Assembly District is characterized by high levels of gang violence, a lack of open space and parkland, and is one of the poorest Assembly District’s in the state of California. I have focused my efforts in Sacramento on improving the quality of life for my constituents and the millions of other Californians suffering [...]

Going Ballistic: Saving L.A. from Nuclear Terror

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By Tad Daley — I once asked a journalist friend, who had been chained inside the courtroom every single day of the O.J. Simpson trial, the obvious question. “Did he do it?” Or had the LAPD, instead, planted a boatload full of fake “evidence,” in an effort to frame the famous defendant? “How do you [...]

A Banner Year for California Democrats: Better Than the Post Watergate 1976 Election?

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Some astute political observers are seeing a parallel between this year’s general election in California and the elections of 1976 when the Republican Party cratered in the aftermath of Watergate. I remember 1976 very well. It was the year I graduated from law school, passed the bar, became an attorney, and began working for an [...]

California Assembly Passes Foreclosure Reform Bill But More Needed to Protect Future Borrowers from Predatory Loan Practices

Mortgage Crisis

Legislation that would reform the foreclosure process in California for the benefit of homeowners trying to hold on to their homes passed the Assembly today on a 55 to 18 vote, just one vote above the two-thirds majority it required. Ten Republican Assemblymembers joined 45 of the 48 Democrats in voting for the bill, while [...]

LAO Confirms Single Payer Reduces Health Care Spending, Contains Annual Growth

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This is my fifth essay for 2008. I interrupt my presentations on the current budget crisis to report on a confidential analysis of SB 840, my legislation creating a single payer health insurance system, requested by anonymous members of the Assembly [the requesters' names are not revealed, as a matter of course, by the Legislative [...]

Gubernatorial Candidates Come Calling

Jerry Brown and Cara Robin

Some wore Obama t-shirts, a few mourned Hillary’s exit, but the majority just talked about taking back our country from those who took us to war. Meeting near San Francisco last weekend, representatives to the California Democratic Party Executive Board, planned neighbor-to-neighbor voter outreach campaigns, passed resolutions calling for the elimination of water boarding and [...]

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