A Jefferson for Obama

Sally Hemings

A hornet’s nest was stirred up recently by my public endorsement of Obama as our next president and then again with my recognition during a speech at University of Virginia of the cousins in my family who are descendants of Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings. (As a member of the Jefferson family at large, I [...]

We’re Thrilled!

Michelle and Barack

Although Sharon flirted briefly with Clinton and Dick looked hard at Edwards, we came out early and strongly for Barack Obama, making our cases just before California’s January primary here and here. Through the spring, we worked a bit on the Obama campaign and continued our full support here on the LA Progressive. As we’re [...]

Elect the Barack Obama-Jim Webb Ticket

Jim Webb and Wife

Now that Barack Obama has emerged as the Democratic Party’s presidential nominee, our attention turns quickly to which running mate would most help secure victory in November and who would stand that proverbial heartbeat away from the presidency. Earlier this week, Linda Milazzo proposed on these pages the provocative and engaging choice of Caroline Kennedy. [...]

My Dream Ticket: Barack Obama & Caroline Kennedy

Caroline Kennedy

For nearly her entire 51 years, Caroline Kennedy has been part of the socio-political fabric of this nation. She first captivated America as the tiny daughter of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy. She was the delightful little blonde atop her pony Macaroni, and the adoring older sister to precocious brother, John. Caroline Kennedy, throughout her life, [...]

Hillary Clinton The Lovely Parting Gift

Barack and Hillary

I woke up one morning feeling like I’d awakened in a different country. Sort of. Barack Obama’s passing the numerical finish line was still not quite the end of the Democratic primary season. “She” had yet to concede. It should have been All-Obama-All-the-Time, but it wasn’t. Very well, then. He’s handled this turn of events [...]

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

Hillary Open to VP Spot

Obama Clinton 08

My wife and I have supported Sen. Obama for president since before Super Tuesday. However, as we have said, we believe that Sen. Clinton would also make an effective and honorable chief executive, commander-in- chief, and head of state. And those judgments were blind to color and gender. The fact that our party has now [...]

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.

Psychological Warfare On The Notion of a Black President; Playing On Black Fear and White Lunacy

Give Us Hillary or Give Him Death

The notion of the first black President in the history of the United States has become very real over the past couple weeks. So much so that we are now beginning to see both Barack Obama’s opposition (in both parties) and the media engage in a very vicious and mean-spirited wordsmithing that seeks to subtly [...]

So Let’s Talk About Assassination, Shall We?

Energizer Bunny Hillary

Yes. I heard it. But Hillary Clinton’s only one of the most recent public figures to bring up that dirty little unmentionable in American political history. She inferred, more than once, that she, in effect, might as well stay in because – well – something could happen (presumably to her Democratic competitor, Barack Obama), maybe [...]

The Case for Mental Health Screening of Candidates and Electeds

Linda Milazzo

In 1972, after graduating from New York’s Queens College, I took the New York State teaching exam. My degrees were in Theater and Speech Communications so I took the exam to teach speech. It was a particularly difficult test since it combined both art and science. The surprisingly good news – after five years of [...]

The Gothic Politics of Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton at Obama Inauguration Cartoon

Hillary Clinton famously found her voice in New Hampshire, but it took the senator until West Virginia to relocate her inner child. Yes, she’s once again embraced the Goldwater Girl of her youth. Once upon a time while she was still the front-runner, Hillary chastised Barack Obama for his naïve pledge to take unilateral action [...]

Re-create 1968: The Obama Wave & Leftists

1968 Vietnam Protesters

Presidential elections don’t create change. Grassroots social movements, putting pressure on politicians, does. However, who’s in the Oval Office creates the context we have to work within. If anyone doubts that, Bush-Cheney should be hard evidence. For the first time in 40 years, there’s a huge wave of “mainstream” progressive energy—much of it fueled by [...]

The Bridge from Camelot

Ted Kennedy

Jackie Kennedy planted that seed, sadly, after the fact, when talking with writer Theodore H. White – in a quest to characterize her late husband’s White House years – casting them in some larger, grander, more transcendent image that would influence our thinking of the all-too-brief Kennedy Administration. Soon enough, the ink dried and the [...]

Raging Moderate

Durstmug

I’m not saying Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton’s historic presidential run is toast. Finished. Down the drain. Caput. Washed up. History. A memory. In the archives. Defunct. Extinct. Artifacto. Took a hike. Sleeping with the fishes. Part of the vast past tense. Joined the choir invisible. Totally obliterated. Entering Sidekick City. Sheer finito. Thoroughly through. Down [...]

The Bushes and Hitler’s Appeasement

Borah

The irony of George W. Bush going before the Knesset and mocking the late Sen. William Borah (pictured here) for expressing surprise at Adolf Hitler’s 1939 invasion of Poland is that Bush’s own family played a much bigger role assisting the Nazis. If Borah, an isolationist Republican from Idaho, sounded naïve saying “Lord, if only [...]

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 [...]

Gods, Guns, and Gays – Part Two

As the uncommitted Mexican American Super Latino, I get to comment on what stupid people forget. Not so long ago, a white guy (now the Chair of the Democratic National Committee) said that his election was not going to be about “God, Guns, and Gays.” As a result, the right wingnuts went crazy with shock [...]

Hillary Clinton A Warrior For Another Time

Hillary Clinton

Ever since this campaign downshifted into high gear, I’ve been wishing it was like some sort of Time Traveler’s Checkerboard. If we could plug some dynamics of this year into 2000, or 2004, imagine how much less glum we’d all be now, as Americans, and how much less grim our circumstances would be. I’ve watched [...]

The Obama Campaign Maybe We Can!

Henry Vandermeir

The 150 Democratic Party activists who gathered for the 56th Annual California Democratic Council convention this past weekend in Fresno certainly had sky-high hopes about their party’s chances in the November elections—but they had their fingers crossed behind their backs, as well. The woeful George W. Bush Administration—certainly the worst in living memory with its [...]

An Obama-Clinton Ticket: A Shotgun Marriage?

Gottam Dutta

Obama-Clinton ’08? For the sake of party unity, the Democratic contest may well be headed that way. To be sure, Sen. Clinton first floated this idea in March. Although Sen. Obama had already taken the lead in delegates, she had the audacity to offer him the VP slot. Obama declined. Two months later, Obama still [...]

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 [...]

Control or Facilitation? The Immigration Town Hall at the CDP Convention

Progressives had many things to feel good about during the 2008 CDP Convention in San Jose. There were some long sought gains made for principles and the people – especially on the Platform Committee and our new mostly Progressive platform. However, the fate of the Immigration Town Hall, initiated by the Progressive Caucus, was a [...]

Making the CDC the Go-To Progressive Organization

Barbara Lee

If its planners are right, this weekend’s California Democratic Council convention in Fresno will put that venerable progressive organization back on the map as a major player in California Democratic Party activities.

Pastor Wright, It’s Time to Dance with What There Is

So let’s see now. We’ve had the flag pins, the “bitter” bit, some moldy-oldie urban guerrilla nobody ever heard of, and now, the rather large, open, and self-involved mouth of Pastor Jeremiah Wright. And THAT is what’s stamped “URGENT” at this late date in presidential primary season. This, while we also have gasoline at four-plus [...]

Si­ se puede – Yes, it can be done!

cesar chavez

The Arizona route 10 highway always enchants me and mesmerizes me with its profusion of cactus and glorious sunsets. Driving back to Los Angeles from a weekend in Tucson, I decided to make a rest stop at a Yuma coffee shop. The coffee shop was filled with a combination of truck drivers, weary tourists and [...]

Bring Me Your Bitter!

Everybody laughs at the Greeks and Romans because they made up all these gods and creatures and fantastic stories to explain their reality. Of course their creations are collectively called mythology, as in making up stuff. But slowly, but surely, over the millennia, people figured out how most things work on Earth. We figure we [...]

‘Tis the Season of “Membership Stacking for Endorsements:” Stonewall Next in the Headlights

Voting Cartoon

Most Californians are sure that their election is over. All the media coverage is blaring babble from the most recent presidential debate in distant states as well as other inane minutia that denigrates the process. Yet, if you look closely, really closely, you may find evidence that there is yet another election coming up here [...]

Should Hillary Stay in the Race?

Tortoise and Hare

I’m an avid runner. With the weather now in the 70s here, I’ve been running around town with my pink Hillary ’08 hat and an “I [heart] Hillary” T-shirt the past few weeks. People honk their horns as they drive by and occasionally yell, “Go Hillary!” I guess I’m a running billboard of sorts. My [...]

Thank God for Howard Dean

McCain Angry Cartoon

After watching Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama slug it out and beat each other up, there is one name that shines for me and still gives me hope. It’s neither of the above. It’s Howard Dean. The Pennsylvania primary results make me nervous. I’m in the midst of weighing staying strong for one candidate versus [...]

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