Scott Walker’s fight to destroy unions

28 February 2011 |permalink | email article

THERE was a tense moment during Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s appearance on “Meet the Press” when he dismissed David Gregory’s pointed question in reference to concessions in pension cuts and increased health insurance fees the unions have already… read full story

Afghanistan: war without end?

27 February 2011 |permalink | email article

Speaking to West Point cadets last week Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said something that has long needed to be said to the American people: he warned that it would be unwise for the United States to ever again… read full story

Weekend one-liners

26 February 2011 |permalink | email article

“Wrap your fat ass in the flag.” – MSNBC’s Ed Schultz, bossing Rush Limbaugh around as Schultz knocked the radio show host’s stance on the Wisconsin budget debate.

“This is getting to be more like ‘Meet the Press’ every… read full story

Brown, Republicans joust about special election

25 February 2011 |permalink | email article

No Sacramento politician can remember a California governor sitting down in front of legislative budget conferees. But Jerry Brown didn’t show up Thursday morning to testify, but rather to have a lively dialogue for an hour with a bipartisan… read full story

Collective-bargaining; Reagan 1968

24 February 2011 |permalink | email article

Conservatives leaders, a New York Times editorial noted this week, in most states with strong unions have in the past generally made accommodations with organized labor, often winning support on social issues in return. But not so in Wisconsin… read full story

Meg’s defeat: collective bargining intact

23 February 2011 |permalink | email article

In Wisconsin, under the pretext of being fiscally responsible in terms of the state budget Tea Party governor Scott Walker whose standing is the lowest among new governors, is engaged in what Paul Krugman called “a power play” to… read full story

Brown: new word for budget mess

22 February 2011 |permalink | email article

Dealing with budget woes and frivolous spending Jerry Brown has taken symbolism to a new level in California politics. First it was turning off cell phones and gutting the state vehicle fleet to send a message he’s serious about… read full story

Obama: retake economic agenda!

21 February 2011 |permalink | email article

Has the President lost the domestic narrative to the tea party? That’s the question raised by E.J. Dionne, the Washington Post columnist, who suggests that despite liberals making fun of them, the upstart partisans can claim victory in altering… read full story

Palin: yes, her ignorance matters

20 February 2011 |permalink | email article

Sarah Palin is losing altitude in national opinion polls among a number of putative candidates for the Republican presidential nomination in 2012.

In a rare and unscripted appearance before New York’s largest business organization last week Palin was… read full story

Brown’s special election at risk

18 February 2011 |permalink | email article

At the California governor’s request Rep. Jane Harman has postponed her resignation from the House in the heavily Democratic 36th Congressional District in coastal Los Angeles County for two weeks to allow the governor to consolidate an election for… read full story

Obama poll surge; Christie makes splash

17 February 2011 |permalink | email article

It got little attention last week but President Obama leads several top would-be Republican challengers by an even larger margin than last year, a new poll found. That the info comes from Fox News makes it much more delicious.

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Battle for Harman’s House seat

16 February 2011 |permalink | email article

With long term Democratic Rep. Jane Harman of Venice resigning her seat to become president of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars the race the coastal 36th District Congressional District will be wide open. Gov. Jerry Brown will… read full story

Brown and retail politics

15 February 2011 |permalink | email article

Now in the second month of his third term as governor Jerry Brown, 72, is decades removed from his leadership between 1975 and 1983 when California led the country in almost everything including the economy and environmental savvy. Along… read full story

The Last Pharaoh?

14 February 2011 |permalink | email article

In 1952, the Egyptian army overthrew King Farouk and until Friday was ruled in turn by three generals – Nasser, Sadat and Mubarak. Each considered himself a pharaoh and ruled with an iron grip. But decades of political statis read full story

Brown, budget deadline near, woos business

11 February 2011 |permalink | email article

Prior to lobbying over a thousand business leaders at a Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce dinner last night Gov. Jerry Brown, on his plan to cut California’s $25 billion deficit, expressed confidence “there is much good will” among… read full story

Palin is no Reagan

10 February 2011 |permalink | email article

Stuart K. Spencer, in an interview with the Los Angeles Times in 1994, made the point that “politics is never a science. It’s always an art.” In Ronald Reagan’s successful runs for California governor it was Spencer who guided… read full story

Meg loses, but sweet payday for hundreds.

09 February 2011 |permalink | email article

The final campaign finance report filed by Republican billionaire Meg Whitman in her failed bid for governor against Democrat Jerry Brown last November is mind boggling. She seemed to have it all – an impressive resume, unlimited resources and… read full story

Twitter and protests in Egypt

08 February 2011 |permalink | email article

How important is it in the evolving revolution? Here’s an excerpt from a prescient post by Malcolm Gladwell in The New Yorker (Feb.2):

When Mao famously said that power springs from the barrel of a gun, it was assumed… read full story

NFL future site: city or suburb?

07 February 2011 |permalink | email article

I found a 25-inch Los Angeles Times’ Sunday opinion column, “Officials, not cheerleaders,” insisting that city and state lawmakers carefully evaluate AEG’s proposed downtown pro football stadium, a compelling counterpoint to flamboyant Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa who endorsed it long… read full story

Goodell focus on labor issue, not L.A.

05 February 2011 |permalink | email article

Despite the hoopla leading up to Super Bowl XLV NFL commissioner Roger Goodell made clear in a news conference his top priority is not a new football stadium in Los Angeles. It’s getting team owners a new collective bargaining… read full story

NFL to L.A.: dream before reality

04 February 2011 |permalink | email article

After all the wild enthusiasm by Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and much of the city’s sports, entertainment and business elite to embrace AEG’s proposed $1-billion NFL facility next to the Staples Center in the already crowded downtown corridor… read full story

Ballot ruling may hurt Brown initiative

03 February 2011 |permalink | email article

A little noticed decision last week from the 3rd District Court of Appeal that eliminates the Legislature’s ability to dictate how statewide ballot initiatives are presented to voters may hurt Gov. Jerry Brown’s budget plan. It includes a proposed… read full story

GOP: ballot plan with tax twist?

02 February 2011 |permalink | email article

After Gov. Jerry Brown nudged California Republicans in his State of the State address on Monday to join his call for a special election to “let voters decide” solutions to the state budget crisis the party opposite may be… read full story

June special election: let voters decide

01 February 2011 |permalink | email article

In his State of the State address Monday night to a joint session of the Legislature Gov. Jerry Brown kicked off the campaign for a June special election. It was a hard sell to both lawmakers and voters, calling… read full story

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