'Silence is Suicide!'
February 23, 2009
Sacramento, California A 12-foot inflatable ATM machine sat outside the Sacramento Hyatt this past weekend, emblazoned with the words “California Taxpayers--Already Taxed To The Max!” The display was one of many illustrations of the anger of delegates here at the California Republican Convention, which met just days after a handful of Republicans in the state legislature broke party ranks to vote for a budget that included $12 billion in new taxes.
Another Major Political Upset From Last Night
June 04, 2008
Congratulations to former NBA All-Star Kevin Johnson, who finished first in the nonpartisan Sacramento mayoral primary and appears to be the favorite in the runoff election in November: With 99 percent of precincts reporting, Johnson was leading incumbent Heather Fargo 47 percent to 40 percent. Five lesser-known challengers split the rest of the vote.
The Next New Orleans?
May 13, 2008
The Los Angeles Times reported this past weekend that the California Department of Water Resources is sounding the alarm about the possibility of a catastrophic flood in the Sacramento area: A recent state report predicts that the right combination of unlucky weather conditions could put some parts of the city under more than 20 feet of water, causing a $25-billion disaster that would cripple state government and ripple through the California economy.
The Devil's Advocate
September 24, 2007
The sleazy lobbyist who might save the world.
Supreme Leader: The Arrogance of Anthony Kennedy
June 16, 2007
Jeffrey Rosen on Anthony Kennedy's moralistic tendencies.
September 05, 2005
Can any governor succeed in California?
Pomp You Up
May 19, 2005
Spring is here, and with it comes the high school class of 2005. Ah, graduation: caps and gowns, "Pomp and Circumstance," diplomas, class picnics, barbecues, pranks, and, of course, interminable speeches and non-denominational benedictions.
February 16, 2004
EVERY WEEKDAY, FROM three in the afternoon until seven in the evening, Randi Rhodes delivers her brief against George W. Bush. Much of it is standard anti-Bush fare: He stole the 2000 election, he wrecked the economy, he led the nation into a disastrous war under dishonest pretenses. But sometimes Rhodes takes her critique into less familiar territory. Citing a book titled George Bush: The Unauthorized Biography, Rhodes alleges that in the 1940s Prescott Bush, the president’s grandfather, sold raw materials to the Third Reich.
The Child Monarch
September 09, 1991
President Reagan: The Role of a Lifetime by Lou Cannon (Simon and Schuster, 948 pp., $24.95) An American Life by Ronald Reagan (Simon and Schuster, 748 pp., $24.95) I. Maybe the local time just seems slower because the current occupant of the White House is a hyperactive gland case. Anyhow, it's hard to believe that only a couple of years have passed since the Reagans went away. It was a touching moment, we now learn.