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Same-Sex Marriage And The Cultural Shift

Same-Sex Marriage And The Cultural Shift

May 28, 2009
By Gloria Penner

When the California Supreme Court handed down its decision upholding Proposition 8, reaction was swift from both sides.

So You Want to Be Sheriff?

May 1, 2009
By Gloria Penner

Normally, the San Diego County Sheriff is elected by county voters every four years. But this year, it will be very, very different. Sometime this spring, instead of a potential 1.5 million registered voters going to the polls to choose one of the county's most powerful officials, the decision will be made by only five people. True, those five are themselves powerful as members of the County Board of Supervisors and collectively have spent almost 100 years in office. But since all are white and Republican in an increasingly racially diverse region where Democrats now outnumber Republicans, it is reasonable to question whether their choice would reflect the voters.

Surprise! Another Election in May

April 23, 2009
By Gloria Penner

So you thought you had done your good citizen job when you voted last November. Well, you're not off the hook yet. California is in big financial trouble and your vote may be the answer that the state Legislature is looking for to plug a multi-billion dollar gap between what the state takes in and what it spends. But then again, you may decide that you don't want to do the Legislature's job. After all, that's what they get paid those big bucks to do. Or perhaps after reading through the six propositions, you don't like the choices that that Propositions 1A through 1F offer.

The Census: Statistical Sampling is a Hot Potato

April 17, 2009
By Gloria Penner

Try dropping the words "statistical sampling" while in conversation with a Republican politician and watch the sizzle. Why does such a nerdy blending of adjective and noun inflame GOP lawmakers like House Minority Leader John Boehner and Vista's conservative Congressman Darrell Issa? Issa is the top Republican on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

Seeing Through Earmarks

April 3, 2009
By Gloria Penner and Political Fix by Gloria Penner

Seeing Through Earmarks

Obama Meltdown?

March 25, 2009
By Gloria Penner and Political Fix by Gloria Penner

Tens of thousands of words certainly have been written about

A "Flaming Maniac" over Health Care Reform

March 19, 2009
By Gloria Penner and Political Fix by Gloria Penner

San Diego's Politicians Take The Yellow Brick Road to Sacramento

March 13, 2009
By Gloria Penner and Political Fix by Gloria Penner

It's March already. It seems like just yesterday that the 2008 election season ended, with the next California primary more than a year away on

Politics of Clean Tech

March 5, 2009
By Gloria Penner and Political Fix by Gloria Penner

The audio on this blog features the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation's Andrew Poat who, while not a household name, is known in political circles as an established state and then local government official. So I decided that if I wanted to know something about the new "in" industry, rumored to be a competitor for biotech and high-tech, Andrew would be the one to ask.

The Pitiful Progress of Women in Politics

Feb. 28, 2009
By Gloria Penner and Political Fix by Gloria Penner

There may be some argument somewhere that although