Albany County Issues a Peace Dividend Proclamation

albany new york

*+-Lawrence Wittner: The legislature of Albany County, New York has approved a proclamation calling upon Congress to withdraw U.S. troops from Afghanistan, cut the U.S. military budget, and use the savings to fund vital public programs at home.

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.

The Attack on American Education

*+-Robert Reich: Over the long term, the only way we’re going to raise wages, grow the economy, and improve American competitiveness is by investing in our people — especially their educations.

Democrats Return to Slumber after Massachusetts Wake Up Call

Harry-and-Nancy

*+-Randy Shaw: Consider the Democrats top concerns. Health care? “We’ll get to it sometime.” Comprehensive immigration reform? “It’s still a priority.” EFCA? Off the political radar screen. Climate Change? “We don’t have the votes.” The Budget? Freeze all domestic spending but education and research but protect defense.

No Instant Runoff Voting? No Nationwide Popular Vote? Looks Like Here in California, Looks Like I’m Going to Be Disenfranchised Again

Tad Daley

*+-Most of the country was captivated on Tuesday night, June 3, by the apparent nomination for the first time of someone other than a European-American man as a major party presidential candidate. Here in Los Angeles, however, we had a very consequential and quite captivating election of our own taking place on the very same […]