Tag Archive for California Constitution

State Legislative Leaders Announce Reform Package

Maybe something good is happening in Sacramento. Well, it is possible. Stranger things have happened; this is, after all, California. Much of this is what people have been asking for. Much of it is common sense. Much of it is likely to stir up a hornet’s nest. It will be interesting to see how much…

My Thoughts On The Pending Prop 8 Decision

The majority of pundits and lawyers are speculating that the CA Supreme Court will decide to uphold Proposition 8, which bans same-gender marriage in California, but also uphold as valid the 18,000 same-gender marriages granted before Proposition 8 was passed in November 2008. I do not agree with this analysis. I find it difficult to…

Why I Love Conservative Talk Radio’s John and Ken Show

If you’re happy that Rush Limbaugh has been giving headaches to Republican leaders trying to find a popular political stance for their shrinking party, you’ll be thrilled to hear about the migraines that a conservative-libertarian talk radio duo named John and Ken are giving to the leadership of the Republican Party in California. While Limbaugh…

Prop 8: What’s Really at Stake for the California Supreme Court

The primary legal issue at tomorrow’s hearing before the California Supreme Court on the same sex marriage Prop 8 case is the narrow and extremely arcane question whether Prop 8 is an amendment to the state constitution or a revision of the state constitution. But appellate cases – and especially high profile and controversial appellate cases — are rarely decided on such narrow and arcane questions of law, even though lawyers and judges must pretend that they are. What’s really at stake in the Prop 8 case – and what will probably be the real deciding factor in the California Supreme Court’s decision – is the power and prestige of the California Supreme Court itself.

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.

The Real Argument on Prop. 8

(h/t to the Bilerico Project) The discussion for and against Proposition 8 has been sort of schitzophrenic. By that I mean they are at once interesting and boring. It’s a lot of the usual. From both sides. This is not to suggest the arguments against Prop. 8 are not valid; I think they are, but…

Equality isn’t just PC or Mac

On Tuesday Jubal over at RedCounty.com whined about the OC Register’s October 1st editorial opposing Proposition 8. Wow! it took him two weeks to come up with his lame defense of writing discrimination into the California Constitution. I think the following PSA’s paint a pretty good picture of where we stand on the issue here at TheLiberalOC…