When Recall Becomes Necessary

Assemblymember Patty Lopez

*+-Rosemary Jenkins: It has become obvious, almost from the start, that Patty Lopez (who won by less than 500 votes in the General Election but had lost by more than 30% in the Primary) is unqualified to fill that seat.

Prop C: Primal Scream Shouted from the Mountaintop

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*+-Dick Price: In their fondest hopes, the activists behind Prop C and measures like it see these messages prompting members of Congress to support a constitutional amendment overturning the Citizen United ruling.

Another California Knightmare

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*+-Carl Matthes: Steve Knight comes by his prejudice naturally as the youngest son of William “Pete” Knight, the man who, in 2000, successfully brought Proposition 22 to stop same-sex marriage.

Disclose Act: Save This Bill, Get a Rush

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*+-We have about a day and a half to save a groundbreaking bill that will make corporations and big-spending One Percenters who buy political ads, reveal their identities in their commercials so you’ll know who’s trying to manipulate your vote. The California DISCLOSE Act, AB 1148, authored by progressive champion Assemblywoman Julia Brownley (D – […]

The Speaker’s Heavy Hand

Speaker John Perez

*+-Dick Price & Sharon Kyle: Speaker John Perez and Assemblymember Anthony Portantino have disagreed again. This time the disagreement could result in Portantino’s staff being furloughed.

Yes on Prop 15: One Small Step for Democracy

Jesse Unruh and Willie Brown, former Democratic Speakers of the California Assembly

*+-Michael Sigman: Californians can do something about time-consuming fundraising, nefarious corporate influence, and obscene personal spending in American politics on Tuesday, June 8. A victory for Proposition 15, the California Fair Elections Act, will mean that the race for the Golden State’s Secretary of State will be a “clean money election” in 2014 and 2018. A small step, but a necessary one.

AB2727 – The Bradford/Bass Re-Entry Employment Opportunity Act: Addressing The Lifelong Challenges of Ex-Offenders (Not A Minute Too Soon)

Speaker Emeritus Karen Bass

*+-Anthony Asadullah Samad: If California is serious at reducing its prison costs, ex-offenders will have to be re-trained and employers will have to be more tolerant of people trying to get their lives back on track. Is that even possible? One thing about American culture, as it relates to any offender, is that despite we profess to being a forgiving society, or want to redeem the best in those who have made mistakes, the truth of the matter is that it always lets the ex-offender know that they are just that, “ex-offenders.”

LGBTs Make Gains

Houston Mayor Annise Parker, Commerce Department's Amanda Simpson, California Assembly Speaker John Perez.

*+-Carl Matthes: Despite a lack of movement towards equal rights on the national political stage for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered Americans (Where are you Democratic Liberals and Progressives when we need you?), there are three important LGBT gains as we enter 2010.

Our Candidate-Centered System Needs to Go

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*+-Under our system, as you have probably noticed, almost all political resources go to candidates and their advertising campaigns. Granted, a lot of money is required to run for office but a more sound approach would involve party building especially on a local level; party building not so much for elections but for issue campaigns.