SOS: Brown budget details missing

31 January 2011 |permalink | email article

The California governor delivers his State of the State address today but voters looking for specifics about how to grapple with a $25-billion deficit won’t learn much. Instead of offering some specifics Brown will reprise themes in his inaugural… read full story

New cause: eliminate birthright citizenship

28 January 2011 |permalink | email article

Two ultra-conservative senators – David Vitter (R-LA) and freshman Rand Paul – (R-KY.) – have teamed up to propose a constitutional amendment to get rid of birthright citizenship for children of illegal immigrants. Talking Points Memo inquired whether it… read full story

O44 and unmarried women

27 January 2011 |permalink | email article

The 2010 election represented a significant pullback in support for Barack Obama among unmarried women but the President took an important first step in re-engaging with this critical block of voters with his speech Tuesday night on the economy.… read full story

Obama: plan for winning the future

26 January 2011 |permalink | email article

The President, in a challenging State of the Union address last night, called on Americans to put aside their sharp differences, legislative gamesmanship and enter the fight for U.S. jobs in a rapidly shifting global economy.  He offered a… read full story

SOTU: Jobs vs. Budget Cuts

25 January 2011 |permalink | email article

President Obama unexpectedly unveiled a new theme last week at a factory in upstate New York in advance of tonight’s State of the Union address and began talking for the first time about the desperate need to foster “competitiveness”… read full story

California: GOP brand dead?

24 January 2011 |permalink | email article

Barring an unlikely turnaround the Republican Party appears dead on arrival in the deep-blue state. That was the consensus of a couple of hundred strategists, lawmakers – Democrats and Republicans – at a UC Berkeley symposium over the weekend.

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Health care: California leads the way

21 January 2011 |permalink | email article

IT has received little attention as Republicans and their Tea Party acolytes redouble their efforts to chip away at Obamacare. But determined leaders in California are involved in a completely different discussion.

As Politico reported they are focused… read full story

Jerry Brown: a major budget challenge

20 January 2011 |permalink | email article

The third-term California governor said January 10 that his austere budget plan is “going to take sacrifice from every sector of California.  But he expressed confidence at a state Capitol news conference that voters would approve deep cuts, and… read full story

GOP: repeal yet no alternate bill

19 January 2011 |permalink | email article

THE House’s new Republican leaders began the debate yesterday on a bill that would repeal the health-care law in its entirety with a vote expected today. But the Democrats fired a powerful rebuttal certain to affect and concern 129… read full story

Arnold: no regrets; Palin resurfaces

18 January 2011 |permalink | email article

Former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger told a newspaper in his native Austria that serving as chief executive cost him at least $200 million. Counting expenses and lost income from acting in Hollywood films the bodybuilding star turned actor insisted… read full story

Palin, guns, Fox

17 January 2011 |permalink | email article

IT didn’t take long for organizers at the Safari Club International’s convention in Reno, Nev., only days after the shooting in Tucson to announce Sarah Palin will be the keynote speaker Jan. 29 on gun-related issues. The annual meeting… read full story

Remembering Christina Taylor Green

14 January 2011 |permalink | email article

Emotion in public, unlike the tears shed by House Speaker John Boehner, has not been a notable staple for President Obama. But near the end of his speech at the University of Arizona on Wednesday, as described by the… read full story

Obama’s teachable moment; Palin bombs

13 January 2011 |permalink | email article

The President faced a different challenge in addressing a traumatized Tucson community and the nation Wednesday night which drew comparisons with how President Bush spoke of the attacks on Sept. 11, and the memorial service which President Clinton led… read full story

Chasing Arizona

12 January 2011 |permalink | email article

“[Jared Lee] Loughner might, by chance, have been completely unaware of the climate in his hometown. Or he may have been steeped in it. The point is that the climate is dangerous, in Arizona and elsewhere, and the shootings… read full story

Palin: quo vadis?

11 January 2011 |permalink | email article

Saturday’s massacre in Tucson has triggered a national debate and marks a critical turning point for Sarah Palin’s political ambition in the wake of the attempted assassination of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ). So far, the former Alaska governor only… read full story

Brown’s budget: cut. slash and squezze

10 January 2011 |permalink | email article

The ghost and legacy of Proposition 13, which confronted Jerry Brown when he was governor 33 years ago a time when voters passed the measure which slashed property taxes and sent billions of dollars from the state to school… read full story

Arizona: anger, violence, vitriol

09 January 2011 |permalink | email article

The attempted assassination of Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, the death of a respected federal judge and others at a neighborhood meeting in Tucson on Saturday morning has become an instant debate point over increasing anger and violence in American… read full story

CBO vs. GOP: $230 Billion Repeal Problem

07 January 2011 |permalink | email article

Republicans, even before assuming the House majority, have been challenged to explain an issue that has been developing for months – their health care repeal problem that will cost huge money. Yesterday, the Congressional Budget Office forecast that the… read full story

House GOP ducks reform, keeps U.S. health care

06 January 2011 |permalink | email article

As the Republicans prepared to formally take control of the House yesterday incoming Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) insisted that next week’s scheduled vote to repeal the healthcare law was an imperative for voters who lead the GOP to… read full story

GOP and Obamacare; Prop. 13 redux

05 January 2011 |permalink | email article

House Republicans will vote next Wednesday, Jan. 12, to repeal the new health care law, making good on a key promise and setting up a showdown with President Obama over his signature domestic policy achievement.  But the effort will… read full story

Jerry Brown: new era of limits?

04 January 2011 |permalink | email article

The veteran politician began his third term as governor on Monday, noting how paralyzed California has been because of constant partisan fighting and promising to lead the Golden State out of one of the worse budget crises in its… read full story

New House: Extremist Tea Party Rules

03 January 2011 |permalink | email article

The most audacious act by the Republicans when they assume the majority in the House on Wednesday is to do something the House historian’s office said has never been done in the chamber’s 221-year history. One rule is they… read full story

New Year

01 January 2011 |permalink | email article

2011 marks the dawn of a new decade – one full of anxiety, disorder and fear. I reference again the inspired intuition of the poet Rainer Maria Rilke (d.1926), inviting us to new and unimaginable possibilities in fulfilling our… read full story

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