Archive for March, 2013

Vermont: Please Don’t Leave

Posted on March 30, 2013 by

Dear Vermonters: I’ve been hearing talk recently about a move among some residents to secede from the United States.  Normally, I ignore fringe groups with preposterous ideas, but this call for Vermont independence hits close to home. First of all, it’s not led by right wing Texas-types who compare Barack Obama to Mao, but by [...]

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What Jerry Brown Would Tell Hillary

Posted on March 22, 2013 by

There’s been talk recently about whether Hillary Clinton, now 65, is too old to be president in 2017.  Here in California, we have a chief executive who began his third term (28 years after finishing his second) at age 72.  Just our luck, we happened to overhear this brief phone conversation between the former first [...]

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L.A.’s Boys’ Club

Posted on March 15, 2013 by

Can you imagine a future U.S. Supreme Court comprised only of men?  Or the president’s cabinet?  Or even the California Coastal Commission? That would be a throwback to an era long gone, you would think? And yet, it’s likely to happen to the 15-member Los Angeles City Council after the May runoff election. In fact, [...]

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Will L.A.’s “Westsiders” Take the Train?

Posted on March 13, 2013 by

A few years ago, the Los Angeles Times solicited readers input in mapping the region’s neighborhoods.  Defining the so-called “Westside” became very contentious, particularly in determining the eastern border.  Some residents insisted that La Cienega was the dividing line, though the winner, by popular demand, was the “405.” When I moved to Southern California in [...]

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Will Republicans Lose the House in 2014?

Posted on March 1, 2013 by

As we prepare for one manufactured republican crisis after another, remember the sliver lining.  Each stunt reinforces pubic perception of republicans as extremists and sells a whole generation of voters on the belief that the GOP is “out-of-touch with the American people.” In fact, more than 60 percent of respondents in a recent poll agree [...]

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