Betty Yee Says Some California Democrats Swayed by Power, Money
John Hrabe: Yee, who has developed a reputation as an honest and effective numbers-cruncher at the state tax board, delivered a stinging rebuke of her party Sunday, saying that California Democrats have become disconnected from their core values.
Nowhere Near Enough: The State of Women’s Rights
Laphonza Butler: Let’s try to figure out where wages would be if we had set a minimum wage with inflation back when we first passed the minimum wage.
Mitch McConnell’s Mike Dukakis Misfire?
Berry Craig: Doubtless, McConnell figured the CPAC rifle-toting would be great PR for his campaign and earn him precious bona fides with skeptical tea partiers. Dukakis probably thought he’d look macho with a tank under him.
A Rift Among Senate Women: It’s About Time
Nia-Malika Henderson: Now, it’s the Senate as cat fight in the high school cafeteria, which is as much a caricature of women lawmakers as the original idea that framed them not as take-charge leaders, but hand-holding besties.
Media Up to Old Tricks in de Blasio Bashing
Randy Shaw: The media now defines de Blasio as a well-meaning, idealistic good doer whose lack of acumen has put him at the mercy of Governor Cuomo and others who know how hardball politics are played.
Sandra Fluke: Not Only Women
Sandra Fluke: it is patently wrong that we have huge employers like fast food chains and Walmart and places like that, paying their employees so little that they are forced to rely on public assistance programs for health insurance and for being able to actually take care of their families.
Obama’s Economic Significance
Richard D. Wolff: President Obama's proven reliability as outsider president extraordinaire - putting a disarming smiley face on capitalism's depredations - is his administration's economic significance.
Atheists Support L.A. Pastor Who Faces “Tribunal” for LGBT Advocacy
Sikivu Hutchinson: After publishing a column entitled “The 10 Reasons I Love LGBTQ folk” in Fleming’s paper, Pickens came under fire from church officials. The controversy erupted on the heels of internal criticism he’d received for performing a marriage ceremony for a lesbian couple last year.
Disposable Assets in the Fracking Industry
Walter Brasch: The gas drilling industry, for the most part, is non-union or dependent upon independent contractors who often provide little or no benefits to their workers. The billion dollar corporations like it that way.
Obama Economics: President Obama’s proven reliability as outsider president extraordinaire is his administration’s economic significance.
Steve Mikulan: I just wonder how long it will take American Airlines to figure it can get away with charging grieving travelers extra.
War & Peace
ACLU President Susan Herman: It is far from clear that the mega-surveillance programs are actually contributing to our safety.
People like Edward Snowden are not particularly unusual. Others have worked in the national security arenaonly to discover wrongdoing.