Karen Finney: While much of the Republican rhetoric last week in Tampa might have sounded good on the surface, the underlying verbal gymnastics and language-parsing serve to distract women from policies that would more broadly weaken our rights and the progress we’ve made towards equality.
Dotty Lemieux: Invisible Paul Ryan can dodge and weave an invisible Todd Akin as he tells people his own plan for limiting abortion and protecting Medicare. Real senior citizens can pelt him with mock vouchers from the wings.
Victoria Defrancesco Soto: Latino views on abortion and religion will not translate into votes for the GOP. Social and moral issues may sway white voters but they do not have the same effect on Latinos.
Charley James: When the GOP convention is gaveled to order, America will see the largest collection of anti-knowledge know-nothings to gather under one roof since Pope Urban VIII and his Inquisition minions met to condemn Galilei Galileo for writing that the earth revolved around the sun.
Rev. Irene Monroe: the GOP is also signaling that it neither wants nor cares about the safety and full rights and protections of its citizens—especially their female, LGBTQ Republicans and Republican families.
Treva Brandon Scharf: I use these parks and trails for exercise, for social time with friends, for activities with out-of-towners, for romantic outings, and for the spiritual benefits I get from communing with nature.
Dan Bacher: Want to have some fun and challenge corporate agribusiness at the same time? Then attend a mock reception outside the home of famous (infamous) Delta water diverters, Stewart and Lynda Resnick, hosted by the No on Proposition 1 campaign.
Natasha Minsker: California had the chance to be a leader in requiring police to get a warrant to use surveillance technology. But Gov. Brown vetoed a bill that would have done just that for police drones.