| Jul 30, 2009
Who are the winners of the California budget battle? Yes, there are some, even though there are many more losers.
Set aside individuals for a moment and assess victory and defeat by political ideology. Distinguish between short term and long term.
| Aug 3, 2009
The fact that Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's poll numbers have plummeted to where Gray Davis' were when Schwarzenegger booted him from office might humble an ordinary politician. He'd probably lower his sights. But not Schwarzenegger.
The lame duck...
| Aug 30, 2009
The pictures that dominated the news last week formed two parallel realities.
In one, Teddy Kennedy's face was young and unlined, his jaw taut, his bearing vibrant, as he was when he campaigned for his brothers and when he ran for president, with one...
| Sep 3, 2009
The Legislature is on the verge of two major achievements -- on prisons and water -- if lawmakers can be calm and rational during the final week of this year's regular session.
That means cooling the heated rhetoric -- particularly the staff-produced...
| Sep 11, 2009
Bernard L. Madoff's massive fraud stunned some of the wealthy denizens of Malibu Colony, especially when a couple devastated by the scheme surrendered their oceanfront home to Wells Fargo Bank.
But some neighbors say the real shocker came when they saw...
| Sep 27, 2009
The campus protests of the 1960s happened long enough ago that the images filter through in black-and-white, the tint of television newsreels and newspaper photographs back in the day:
Mario Savio, ushering in the Free Speech Movement from atop a...
| Feb 22, 2009
Nearly two years before we learn the results of the 2010 governor's race, the identity of the likely winner is clear: Northern California.
More than half of California's population may live south of the Tehachapi Mountains, but the state -- in matters of...
| Mar 6, 2009
Today's topic: Have California's efforts to legalize and regulate medical marijuana -- including Proposition 215, the 1996 voter initiative -- been successful? Scott Imler and Stephen Gutwillig will finish their discussion on Monday.
| Mar 16, 2009
In 1987, then-Mayor Dianne Feinstein set off a civic soap opera in San Francisco, performing a public Hamlet act in weighing whether to seek the congressional seat made vacant by the death of Rep. Sala Burton, widow of legendary congressman Phil Burton....
| Mar 29, 2009
Millennia before the power tie, the Romans targeted ancient political dress with the world's first campaign law: a 432 B.C. prohibition on office seekers parading in artificially whitened togas to symbolize purity.
This remains significant for two...
| Apr 1, 2009
Perhaps you heard the dealership's radio spots over the weekend and into Monday: "Don't tell Arnold!" The point being that it was the last few days to buy a car (or anything else) in California before the state sales tax increase. Arnold Schwarzenegger,...