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End California’s Hostage Crisis

On this morning’s radio talk shows, following the early morning passage of California’s budget, Democratic legislators have finally taken up the political fight against the Republicans and are urging revision of the state’s dysfunctional budget process. This is a budget the GOP can be proud of, because it’s a profoundly conservative budget. Because they hold a conservative veto over it. And they get the best of both worlds – they don’t have to vote for the budget en masse so they don’t have to own it. In short, the hijacking worked. This is the most important issue facing California – and it’s time for a change.

You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown? At Least You’re Not Gay?

Is this for real? I guess it is: Corona del Mar High School’s principal Fal Asrani refused to pay the Rent, so now students will have to settle for You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown. In the on-going saga Queerty was the first to tell you about, the Orange County school canceled its originally planned spring musical because of Rent‘s portrayal…

We Have A Budget

For what it’s worth, the hostage crisis in Sacramento is over. While there is certainly some Republican blood on the floors of both legislative houses, no one died. I’m still waiting on some more detailed analysis of the budget provisions adopted early this morning at 6:30 AM, it appears that the gas tax increase has been…

Hey, Ed, Let’s Talk

From Ed Royce via email blast: Royce Opposes Democrats Unstimulating Stimulus  Today, Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA) opposed the Democrat Leadership’s unstimulating stimulus package. The $789 billion legislation, loaded with wasteful spending, passed the House 246 to 183. Okay, Ed, and you voted how on all of the Iraq funding bills?  What’s that again, I didn’t…

Be Careful What Yoo Wish For!

The DOJ is drafting a report investigating if Bush administration lawyers based their legal opinions on the legality of interrogation methods on the need to please the White House.  For those of you not familiar with the legal profession, contrary to what you see on TV, lawyers are not supposed to advise their clients to…

Let California Fail

Since the proposed budget is bad (too many cuts in the wrong places), why should Democrats support it? Why isn’t the state Democratic Party telling the voters that this disaster has been caused by the Republicans? Why are the Democrats not seizing the ideological moment by calling this budget disaster a Republican disaster? We ought to insist now on a budget that is fair — and if that fails, we ought to go to the voters and tell them that the Republicans have caused their state government to fail.
Only then will we have the chance to get real change in California.