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Schwarzenegger: Palin Isn’t Ready ... Till Jan. 20

The California governor told CNN’s Campbell Brown that Sarah Palin will be ready to be president “by the time ... she’s sworn in.” What’s that about on-the-job training?

Posted on Oct 22, 2008 READ MORE



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No Child Left Behind Fails Us All

Truthdig asked Demitrious C. Sinor, an inspirational educator, to sound off on the state of our schools. He warns that unless the No Child Left Behind regime ends soon, America’s classrooms could unravel. It’s a reality that neither presidential candidate seems to fully understand, but one he sees every day, from where he sits.

Posted on Oct 21, 2008 READ MORE


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What’s Racist About ‘Obama Bucks’?

Uh, in what way does putting Barack Obama on a food stamp mock-up, surrounded by fried chicken, ribs and watermelon, not read as racist?

Posted on Oct 17, 2008 READ MORE


Endangering Choice

While gay marriage is losing its stigma, abortion is once again retreating to the closet.

Posted on Oct 16, 2008 READ MORE


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And Now, Even More Bad Financial News

There will hopefully come a day when the news from Wall Street is actually good (at the moment, anything better than utterly terrifying news would be nice), but Tuesday was not that day, despite Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke’s intimations that help could soon be on the way.

Posted on Oct 7, 2008 READ MORE


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The Bailout: Take Two

On Friday the House approved, after initially rejecting, the $700-billion bailout package for the financial industry in what is likely to be the most expensive government intervention in the nation’s history. This, of course, only slightly surpasses another notable “government intervention”—the nearly $600 billion spent in the war in Iraq.

Posted on Oct 3, 2008 READ MORE


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Economic Crisis Goes to California

Tight credit has put California’s state budget into a bit of a pickle, with funding for the government’s day-to-day operations drying up faster than Sarah Palin’s popularity. A sign of trouble is a letter—leaked Friday—from Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson that warned of a potential emergency request for a $7-billion loan within the coming weeks.

Posted on Oct 3, 2008 READ MORE


Google Comes Out for Gay Marriage

Co-founder Sergey Brin explains on Google’s blog why the tech giant officially opposes California’s Prop. 8, a proposed constitutional amendment that would ban gay marriage in the state: “While there are many objections to this proposition ... it is the chilling and discriminatory effect of the proposition on many of our employees that brings Google to publicly oppose Proposition 8.”

Posted on Sep 27, 2008 READ MORE


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Pitt Pitches In $100K to Battle Gay Marriage Ban

The Nov. 4 election is more than six weeks away, but Brad Pitt has revealed what his vote will be on at least one ballot initiative by donating $100,000 to fight California’s Proposition 8, which aims to overturn the state Supreme Court decision that made same-sex marriage legal last May.

Posted on Sep 18, 2008 READ MORE



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Schwarzenegger May Stay Home

Although it’s currently the Democrats’ turn in the spotlight, California’s Republican governor stole a few headlines Thursday with the news that he may skip his party’s convention next week. The Golden State is still trying to work through a budget stalemate, and it just wouldn’t do to have the star governor basking in the warmth of Republican love while his state is in fiscal turmoil.

Posted on Aug 28, 2008 READ MORE



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Schwarzenegger Slashes Wages

Amid a state budget standoff, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has ordered that some 200,000 state workers receive only the federal minimum wage. That’s a $1.45-per-hour cut from California’s minimum wage. But the man who issues the checks, the state controller, says he will refuse to follow the order and, if necessary, will borrow funds to maintain present pay rates.

Posted on Jul 31, 2008 READ MORE


An Unlikely Pair Fight the Death Penalty

A now-retired California judge who sentenced nine men to death, Donald A. McCartin, and actor-activist Mike Farrell make “an unlikely pair,” as they put it in this co-authored article. McCartin was once known as “the hanging judge of Orange County,” while Farrell has long opposed the death penalty, but today they see eye to eye.

Posted on Jul 25, 2008 READ MORE



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10 Troubled Banks

While depositors at IndyMac banks in California do battle for a chance to get their cash out, financial analysts have been crunching the numbers to identify other troubled lenders. ABC News snuck a peek to come up with this handy guide to banks with an unfortunate “Texas ratio.”

Posted on Jul 16, 2008 READ MORE


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Calif. Mandates Car Stickers With Global Warming Scores

Starting with 2009 models, new cars in California will sport a sticker that rates just how environmentally friendly they are, based on emissions and fuel economy. Not to be outdone, the European Union might require governments to monetize and budget for emissions.

Posted on Jul 7, 2008 READ MORE


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Weather Aids S. Calif. Firefighters

Lower temperatures and higher humidity helped crews battling wildfires in Southern California early Monday morning. Fires in the state have laid waste to more than 800 square miles in recent weeks. Many thousands of acres remain ablaze. [Update]

Posted on Jul 7, 2008 READ MORE


S.F. Mayor Proud of His City’s Values

Politicians usually try to explain away their records once they bid for higher office. Take the case of just about any big-time Democrat and the issue of gay marriage. But San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, who formally launched an exploratory bid Tuesday for the California governorship, says he’s not worried about his gay rights legacy: “We’re about civil rights and equal rights, you better believe it. ... I’m proud of that, I’m not going to hide from that.”

Posted on Jul 1, 2008 READ MORE


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Notes on a California Sea Change

Watching the couples in line for licenses in Beverly Hills on the first day of gay marriage in California, I was struck by how the scene was so commonplace, even boring—just a bunch of men and women waiting their turn at a nondescript government office.

Posted on Jun 23, 2008 READ MORE



Secret Video Raises Questions About Journalist’s Murder

On Aug. 2, 2007, Chauncey Bailey was murdered in Oakland, Calif., while investigating Your Black Muslim Bakery. A secret police video unearthed by the Center for Investigative Reporting captures the remarkable scene of three key figures in the case discussing the murder.

Posted on Jun 19, 2008 READ MORE



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McCain Pulls the Pin on Offshore Drilling

John McCain is hoping that Americans, particularly those living in coastal states, are so sick of high gas prices they won’t mind a little extra offshore drilling. That’s a risky assessment according to The Politico and the former head of the Florida GOP, who said that back before fuel costs skyrocketed it “would have been like pulling a pin on a grenade and rolling it into the state.”

Posted on Jun 17, 2008 READ MORE


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Gay Couples Get Ready to Wed in California

On Monday, gay and lesbian couples celebrated the California Supreme Court’s recent lifting of the ban on gay marriage by, well, getting married. Tuesday is expected to be a bigger day, though, for devoted duos to make it official, as that’s the day when most California counties are slated to start giving gay couples marriage licenses.

Posted on Jun 16, 2008 READ MORE


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Honda Rolls Out Hydro Car

Here’s a little something to get that dad or grad you may have missed these last couple of weeks: Honda is rolling out the first commercially available hydrogen fuel-cell car. They get great mileage, emit only water vapor and run real smooth, provided they don’t Hindenburg. True to form, some Southern Californians are already on the waiting list.

Posted on Jun 15, 2008 READ MORE



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Flipping the Wrong Guy

If you’re going to mess up someone’s vote, it’s probably a bad idea to do it to one of the nation’s more vocal critics of election shenanigans. After voting in California’s statewide primary on Tuesday, election integrity journalist Brad Friedman checked his ballot to discover that four of the 12 races he voted in had been flipped.

Posted on Jun 5, 2008 READ MORE



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California Feels the Heat

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has made it official: California is in a drought. It’s the first official drought declaration for the Golden State in 17 years. Schwarzenegger has threatened water rationing to protect the state’s $32 billion agriculture industry.

Posted on Jun 4, 2008 READ MORE


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Posted on Jun 2, 2008 READ MORE


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Olbermann Criticizes Clinton for Assassination Comment

Not known for being a shrinking violet, Keith Olbermann left no uncertainty about what he thinks of Sen. Hillary Clinton’s explanation for why she invoked the specter of Robert Kennedy’s 1968 assassination when discussing her decision to keep campaigning to the end. He’s not buyin’ it, folks.

Posted on May 24, 2008 READ MORE


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Henry ‘the Hammer’ Waxman Shows Issa Who’s Boss

EPA Administrator Stephen Johnson got the oversight chairman’s blood going by refusing to answer a straightforward question, but it was fellow Congressman Darrell Issa who sent Waxman’s gavel flying. The best part about being chairman is you get to say: “I will have you physically removed from this meeting if you don’t stop.”

Posted on May 21, 2008 READ MORE


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EPA Official Reports White House Meddling

A former EPA official, Jason Burnett, told congressional investigators that the White House interfered in a decision regarding California’s regulation of carbon emissions. EPA staff members were unanimous in supporting California’s right to tougher restrictions, Burnett said, but after the agency spoke with the White House and got “input into the rationale” from Bush aides, the state’s request was denied.

Posted on May 19, 2008 READ MORE


God and Gay Marriage

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Posted on May 18, 2008 READ MORE    


The Gay Marriage Paradox

Imagine what it would be like not to be able to marry the person with whom you want to spend the rest of your life. Then imagine how tens of thousands of gays and lesbians in California must have felt last week when the California Supreme Court declared that homosexuals have a right to marriage under the state’s constitution.

Posted on May 18, 2008 READ MORE


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A Rough Day for Reactionaries

In an act that may further infuriate reactionaries across the country, the California Senate voted Thursday to remove membership in the Communist Party as a fireable offense for public employees. The measure now goes to the state Assembly.

Posted on May 16, 2008 READ MORE


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DeGeneres: ‘I’m Getting Married!’

Comedian and talk-show host Ellen DeGeneres announced during a taping of her TV show on Thursday that she plans to marry girlfriend Portia de Rossi, now that the California Supreme Court has laid the groundwork for gay and lesbian couples to tie the knot. 

Posted on May 16, 2008 READ MORE



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California Court Ends Gay Marriage Ban

The California Supreme Court has ruled that gays and lesbians have a right to marry. Chief Justice Ronald M. George aptly explained the landmark 4-3 decision: “Even the most familiar ... traditions often mask an unfairness and inequality that frequently is not recognized or appreciated by those not directly harmed.”

Posted on May 15, 2008 READ MORE


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Search Is On for More Manson Victims

When a Southern California TV station recently ran a story about the possibility of authorities finding more victims of Charles Manson and his followers in Death Valley, it seemed like just another unseemly attempt to trump up a slow news night. Perhaps it was, but the story has now gotten a boost from the BBC, which reports that excavations aimed at finding bodies at Barker Ranch will start in 10 days.

Posted on May 10, 2008 READ MORE


The Plague of Potomac Fever

Congress is ravaged by a disease inside the Washington Beltway inhibiting emotions like compassion and integrity. As the housing crisis intensifies, this malady is getting worse.

Posted on May 2, 2008 READ MORE


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Liberating the Schoolhouse

UCLA professor Wellford Wilms, one of the nation’s leading authorities on the crisis of public education in America, offers a must-read counterpoint to Bush’s blather about “No Child Left Behind.”

Posted on Apr 30, 2008 READ MORE


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‘Nonlethal’ Stun Gun Claims Another Life

In what seems to be an all too common occurrence across the U.S., an inmate has died in California after being shocked with a taser by sheriff’s deputies. Jason Jesus Gomez is the latest casualty at the hands of the infamous Orange County Sheriff’s Department.

Posted on Apr 2, 2008 READ MORE


Willie Brown
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Bill Boyarsky on the Inimitable Willie Brown

More than a quarter of a century before Barack Obama made his name with a speech at the Democratic National Convention, another African-American politician, Willie L. Brown Jr. of San Francisco, did the same—but under much different circumstances.

Posted on Mar 31, 2008 READ MORE


Willie Brown

The Life and Times of Willie Brown

Willie Brown is a familiar name to many Californians, as one of the state’s most powerful and notorious politicians. Here he talks with Tavis Smiley, who asks about Brown’s new book, which is reported to be surprisingly frank.

Posted on Mar 13, 2008 READ MORE


Calif. Court Cracks Down on Home-Schoolers

As many as 166,000 children could be counted as truants in California after the 2nd District Court of Appeal launched a statewide initiative to ensure that home-schoolers were being taught by credentialed teachers.

Posted on Mar 8, 2008 READ MORE


Judge Silences Whistle-Blower Site

A California court has ordered Wikileaks.org, a Web site that allows users to anonymously post documents and allege corruption, to be shut down. A Swiss bank brought the case after someone using the site alleged the firm had facilitated money laundering. Wikileaks says it was “given only hours notice” of the hearing.

Posted on Feb 18, 2008 READ MORE


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Climate Change on Calif. Curriculum?

A California senator is working to push a bill through the state’s legislative channels that would make global warming a required study topic in California public schools, but detractors maintain that the science behind Sen. Joe Simitian’s proposed academic addition is unclear. 

Posted on Feb 18, 2008 READ MORE


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Clinton Looks Ahead

Sen. Hillary Clinton is focusing on the high points of the last week—her Super Tuesday successes in weighty states like New York and California, for example—and looking to potential wins in Texas and other elections to hold her position in the race for the Democratic nomination in coming weeks.

Posted on Feb 11, 2008 READ MORE


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Mark Arax on California’s Capitalist Founders

It is said that behind every great fortune there is a crime. Here’s a true-life drama of self-invention, greed and ambition involving four larger-than-life men who singly, and together, helped create California. A book to be read after you’ve watched “There Will Be Blood.”

Posted on Feb 7, 2008 READ MORE


So Much for Conventional Wisdom

Super Tuesday, Super Duper Tuesday, Plus-Size Tuesday, Vastly Engorged and Rotund Tuesday turned into a serious case of political bulimia. Never before have so many gorged on such huge portions of political expectations only to find themselves purged the next morning.

Posted on Feb 6, 2008 READ MORE


Clinton’s Pragmatic Appeal

Kitchen-table worries trumped even the charisma of Camelot. This theme has sounded again and again since the Democratic primary contests began, yet neither the national media nor, apparently, the Obama campaign can hear it.

Posted on Feb 6, 2008 READ MORE


Obama and Clinton
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Once Again, It’s Close

As the dust settles from Tuesday’s “national primary,” we know two things: John McCain is the Republican front-runner and the Democrats still have a race on their hands. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama swapped states all night. Obama won more states overall, but Hillary took home the big prizes of California and New York. Updated

Posted on Feb 5, 2008 READ MORE


It’s an Air War

There’s a reason campaigns are more expensive than ever: commercials. Although they try, the candidates can’t be in every Super Tuesday state at the same time, and the most effective way of reaching millions of people in one state is the same for politicians as it is for Tylenol. Even Barack Obama, who has bet big on his grass-roots organization, spent around $4 million on ads in the last week of January.

Posted on Feb 4, 2008 READ MORE


Obama, Clinton and California

Down to the Wire

Super Tuesday, when 22 states and American Samoa could decide the Democratic nominee, is one day away and no one knows what is going to happen. A new CBS News/New York Times poll shows Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton dead even nationally. Clinton led by as many as 15 points a month ago. But it’s the biggest prize of the contest, California, where only a week ago Clinton led by 17 points, that has everyone guessing.

Posted on Feb 4, 2008 READ MORE


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MoveOn, L.A. Times Endorse Obama

Barack Obama had cause for celebration Friday. Though he still trails Hillary Clinton in most big states, he picked up two endorsements that will undoubtedly have an impact. MoveOn says it is already mobilizing its 3.2 million members—more than half of whom live in super Tuesday states—on behalf of Obama. The Los Angeles Times was flattering of Clinton, but, as the editorial board put it: “Clinton would be a valuable and competent executive, but Obama matches her in substance and adds something that the nation has been missing far too long—a sense of aspiration.”

Posted on Feb 1, 2008 READ MORE


Oprah and the Obamas
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Oprah Zeroes In on California Women

This weekend, Sen. Barack Obama is unleashing a secret weapon in the final push to win Tuesday’s California primary: Oprah Winfrey. Team Obama partly attributes his successes in Iowa and South Carolina to her influence, which he’s hoping will help convince California women to choose him over Hillary Clinton.

Posted on Feb 1, 2008 READ MORE


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