| Nov 4, 2014
| 2:30 PM
The dominating significance of the mid-term American legislative elections just finished has been the occasion's dramatic confirmation of the corruption of the American electoral system. This has two elements, the first being its money corruption,...
| Jan 21, 2015
| 12:08 PM
It's now been five years since the Supreme Court's landmark ruling on campaign spending by organizations. While companies and individuals can now give unlimited amounts to political candidates and groups, the real effects of the Citizens United case and...
| Oct 17, 2014
| 11:12 AM
In December 2005, the Democratic leaders of the state legislature exulted across party lines with then-Gov. M. Jodi Rell, a Republican, about how they had just made history – by approving a clean-elections law that included a system of public...
| Oct 13, 2014
| 9:00 PM
If you were to seek out a poster child for all that is broken in Washington, you could find no better candidate than the Federal Election Commission. The agency that oversees our campaign-finance system, by law led by three Democratic and three Republican...
| Jan 26, 2010
| 8:37 PM
When it comes to spending big money on national elections, the rhetoric goes, corporations are about to walk through the swinging saloon doors of a new era in campaign finance with their checkbook holsters packed and ready for a Wild West-like shootout....
| Dec 23, 2014
| 8:30 AM
Some believe the central political issue of our era is the size of the government. They're wrong. The central issue is whom the government is for.
Consider the new spending bill Congress and the president agreed to a few weeks ago.
It's not especially...
| Dec 12, 2011
"We are not final because we are infallible," the great Supreme Court Justice Robert Jackson wrote in 1953, "but we are infallible only because we are final." Jackson was among the most eloquent justices ever to serve on the high court, and perhaps the...
| Jul 28, 2011
Something strange is happening: a California state agency is developing an innovative, user-friendly idea that can be implemented easily and quickly.
It's creative and, so far, non-controversial.
And it can become a reality without the governor or...
| Jul 25, 2012
Politicians haven't always been allergic to gun control, not even Republicans.
In 1968, after the assassinations of John and Robert Kennedy and the Rev.Martin Luther King Jr., Congress — on a bipartisan vote — outlawed guns sales to felons...
| Oct 27, 2013
| 7:06 PM
Willie Brown, the legendary Assembly speaker and former San Francisco mayor, says he has never voted for a ballot initiative.
"Not one," he asserts emphatically without hesitation.
"I've always, without question, been opposed to the initiative...
| Oct 29, 2013
| 5:12 PM
When the sky became the limit for most political spending after the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision, the skywatchers like Ann Ravel had to readjust their telescopes. As head of California's Fair Political Practices Commission, she policed the...