- May 28, 2009
When the California Supreme Court handed down its decision upholding Proposition 8, reaction was swift from both sides.
- May 1, 2009
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.
- April 23, 2009
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.
- April 17, 2009
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.
- April 3, 2009
Seeing Through Earmarks
- March 25, 2009
Tens of thousands of words certainly have been written about
- March 19, 2009
- March 13, 2009
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
- March 5, 2009
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.
- Feb. 28, 2009
There may be some argument somewhere that although