Charley James: We are losing democracy because the GOP and movement conservatives believe, “We’re rich enough. We’re clever enough. And, doggone it, people may not like us but we can do it anyway.”
Andy Love: We, as a nation, are clearing evolving when it comes to the death penalty. There continue to be fewer death sentences imposed and fewer executions carried out each year. There are also fewer states retaining capital punishment.
Paulina Gonzalez: House by house, block by block, the residents of these South Central neighborhoods are being pushed out by landlords eager to capitalize on USC’s expansion.
Christine Sismondo: It was not the 22,000 furloughed state employees, the shuttered state parks, or the closed motor vehicle bureaus that finally brought the reality of the shutdown home to many state residents—it was the specter of unavailable beer, wine, and spirits.
James Clark: The dominoes are falling fast as more and more people in California are learning what a waste the death penalty has become.
President Obama’s Nobel lecture might have showed us that the United States has reached a turning point: either the national security monster we’ve created is going to eat us alive by bankrupting the country or we’re going to have to shift course. We must begin to spin off the 700 or so military bases and installations around the world and focus on building a better life for our own people here at home.
The Assembly cannot agree on what seems like common sense to the rest of us: people who commit low-level crimes like petty theft and simple drug possession should be punished on the local level, not in prison cells at a cost of nearly $50,000 per person per year.
It’s been less than two weeks, but patterns have emerged that are likely to continue throughout Barack Obama’s presidency. First, Obama understands how to use the media. Examples are detailed below, but the best is the widespread media story last Thursday about how the usually cool Obama “lost it” — in front of cameras and […]
by David L. Brewer III and Scott Folsom — A week ago Friday and again last Monday the Governor called for a state budget to be out of the legislature and on his desk by Christmas; Christmas was last Thursday. It is now almost New Years and no budget.