11 Political Predictions for 2014

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*+-California Political Predictions — California ballot initiatives could boost progressive change, with intriguing races for state offices.

Who Speaks for Tech?

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*+-Tech World — I challenge anyone to offer evidence that San Francisco’s tech sector is more hostile to homeless people.

Progressives Have No Reason for Pessimism

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Randy Shaw: The real message of the Obamacare website delay is that in the age of the Internet and social media, the traditional media still has the capacity to create and sustain a false political narrative—and to get progressives to believe it.

President Kennedy’s False Legacy

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*+-Randy Shaw: The 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s November 22, 1963 assassination reminds us of how thoroughly myth has overtaken the facts in his legacy.

Progressives Must Regain Control of the National Political Debate

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*+-Randy Shaw: Progressives have the public on their side, and can readily put the GOP on the defensive. But this requires promoting and mobilizing around the issues that energize progressives and a public majority, not constantly playing defense on issues framed by opponents.

West Coast, East Coast: The Shrinking Local Electorate

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*+-Randy Shaw: It’s time to end the de facto voter suppression caused by local election cycles that most voters ignore. Ballot initiatives — put up for vote during state and national election cycles — should be used to put an end to this once worthy but now undemocratic political process.

Did Federal Shutdown Boost Immigration Reform?

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*+-Randy Shaw: Will Tea Party Republicans let Boehner hold a vote on Obama’s top priority issue — immigration reform — or will their increased post-shutdown animosity toward the President prevent such action?