Archive for January, 2013

Why California is a Pro-Union State (sort of)

Posted on January 25, 2013 by

Ask Los Angeles Times reporter Alana Semuels why union membership in California rose by 100,000 in 2012 and she’ll give you a simple answer: “Latino workers.” To explain the contrast between the trend in California and the U.S. as a whole – where union membership dropped last year by 400,000 – Semuels turned to some [...]

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Gov. Brown’s Stream-of-Consciousness

Posted on January 11, 2013 by

Expect scuffles between Jerry Brown and legislative democrats over the governor’s budget blueprint. California’s social services have certainly been cut to the bone during the recession.  But Brown’s proposal for a balanced budget is a remarkable and critically important achievement which sends a message to the rest of the country: That the bluest of all [...]

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San Diego Leans Left?

Posted on January 5, 2013 by

California’s second largest city has a progressive mayor, former Democratic U.S. House member Bob Filner who beat his Republican rival by three points in November. The 70-year old Filner spent 20 years in Congress.  A reliable and articulate liberal – with high marks on his AFL-CIO, ADA and Sierra Club scorecards – he’s a founding [...]

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Wait for the Inauguration

Posted on January 4, 2013 by

I’ve decided to resist criticizing Barack Obama until after the inauguration and state-of-the-union.  Even then, I’m not sure how strident I’ll be complaining about the president’s tendency to fold too soon or trade away his leverage or reward bad behavior by his opponents. Sure, the details of the fiscal cliff deal are a little hard [...]

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