Tuesday, November 25, 2014
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Replacing Boxer could be 1st race of new era

This year’s election is over, and the main result from Nov. 4 in California was not the least bit surprising: Four more years of Gov. Jerry Brown working with a Democratic-dominated Legislature. But the next election season began the moment this year’s ended, and every indication is that the long logjam that has frustrated ambitious […]

November 26, 2014 | Posted in State, national columnists | Tagged | 5 Replies

Senate staff cuts reduce transparency

Kevin de León, the state Senate’s newly minted president pro tem, says that eliminating dozens of legislative staff positions, many by layoffs, was “difficult but fiscally necessary.” He and his minions say that a squeeze developed when the Senate’s allocation of tax money was virtually frozen for one year under a complex formula adopted by […]

November 26, 2014 | Posted in State, national columnists | Tagged | Leave a reply

Public pension funds investing workers out of their jobs

Public pension funds should invest the retirement savings of government workers to secure their financial future, not undermine it. Yet across the country, these funds are financing companies that privatize their own workers’ jobs. Because many of these investments are funneled through private-equity companies, the problem is still largely hidden from public view. Pension trustees […]

Does D stand for deliberate, deception, denial?

The answer to the question above: It would seem so. In recently released 2011-13 videos, Jonathan Gruber, a key architect of the Affordable Care Act, explained how he and others in the administration “sold” the bill to Democratic legislators and the public through deliberate deception and a total lack of transparency. He explained: “Lack of […]

OMG, am I eating a GMO?

We sure have seen a lot of articles and letters to the editor in the Daily Republic about who won and lost this election and why. No, this isn’t another one, but I would like to start today’s column talking about Proposition 45, which did not win. Proposition 45 was the one that would have […]

Question of the week: Do you agree with Obama’s executive action on immigration?

President Barack Obama unveiled expansive executive actions on immigration Thursday to spare nearly 5 million people in the U.S. illegally from deportation. Do you agree with the president’s actions? Participate in our weekly poll. Last week’s poll: Do you think drones will help secure the U.S. border? Yes: 44% No: 56% 70 Daily Republic voters

Are we sheltered by broadcast news?

As I write this column, more and more information is coming forward about Jonathan Gruber. If you watch the big three outlets or read The New York Times, you may not have the slightest idea what I am talking about. As I put pen to paper only NBC has talked about it on “Meet the […]

Republicans should be smart about fighting Obama on immigration

I’m not a huge fan of Barack Obama’s decision to go the executive, rather than legislative, route on immigration reform. I was definitely not a huge fan of Thursday night’s speech, which seemed almost deliberately unconvincing. But there we are; they happened. So what should Republicans do about it? In my opinion, “As little as […]

State Capitol braces for budget battle

The election is over, the Legislature will soon reconvene and interest groups are starting to beat their drums – signals that the Capitol will soon begin its annual spasm of Darwinian combat known as the state budget. Gov. Jerry Brown, of course, is the main player and he and his fiscal advisers will soon finalize […]

Question of the week: Do you agree with President Obama’s executive action on immigration?

President Barack Obama unveiled expansive executive actions on immigration Thursday to spare nearly 5 million people in the U.S. illegally from deportation. Do you agree with the president’s actions? Participate in our weekly poll. Last week’s poll: Do you think drones will help secure the U.S. border? Yes: 44% No: 56% 70 Daily Republic voters  

GOP can trump Obama’s bad immigration plan

Let’s be clear: The executive action President Barack Obama announced Thursday night isn’t a real fix for the broken U.S. immigration system. It is a naked political maneuver that he hopes will shore up support for Democrats among Latino voters and re-energize the party’s base after its beating in the elections this month. Obama might […]

Havel ceremony offers moment of moral clarity at US Capitol

Right in the U.S. Capitol – amid the partisan posturing, immigration-fueled rancor and ominous shutdown threats, there was a moment of moral clarity. For one brief hour Wednesday afternoon, our elected leaders gathered in the gilded, marbled Statuary Hall and stopped their bickering long enough to honor someone they all admire. Vaclav Havel, the dissident […]

November 22, 2014 | Posted in State, national columnists | Tagged , | 1 Reply

Batson column falls short of truth

Jack Batson tells us in a Solano Voices column (Nov. 17) that he thinks America has become the land of the rich. Baloney. I can’t let him get away with such distortion of the truth. America has in fact become a land of dependent citizens under Barack Obama. A land dependent on borrowed money. Many […]

Act of kindness at Raiders game

I want to recognize and thank two Fairfield residents who are amazing and Raiders fans. At the Raiders vs. Chiefs game, the tickets we had purchased from StubHub were no good. The gentlemen behind me in line had extra tickets and gave me four tickets for my family to get in. Among the gentlemen’s words were, “We are Raider […]