Which way will the justices go in the SCOTUS oral arguments?

1971, the Minnesota Supreme Court upheld a lower court’s decision to deny a marriage license to a couple because they were the same sex. The couple’s appeal, known as Baker v. Nelson, was the last time the U.S. Supreme Court considered a constitutional right to same-sex marriage. To say they considered it is an overstatement, [...]

Understanding what’s at stake with the ‘Immigrants Shape California’ legislation

Immigrants Shape California

The real reporting on the shooting of Walter Scott is disturbing, but nowhere near as disturbing as the counterfactual reports written as though there had been no video. With what we know now, the Huffington Post story written from only the police statement and local accounts is chilling, particularly given the echoes of other shootings [...]

The religious right would do better to share the streets

Politicians, pundits and preachers arguing in favor of Religious Freedom Restoration Acts (RFRAs) have coalesced behind a metaphor: Tolerance is a two way street. All they want is the same respect for religion that the LGBT community is requesting for sexual orientation and gender identity. In their view, LGBT activists are on the march, aggressively [...]

Let the Indiana boycott stand

When the calls for a boycott began last week after Gov. Mike Pence signed Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), I held my fire. Numerous other states and the federal government have RFRAs, so why should we suddenly hold Indiana to a different standard? After reading analyses and watching an interview with Gov. Pence himself, [...]

And they’re off!

On Monday, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz announced his bid for president in 2016, skipping the fundraising exploratory phase in which many of his potential competitors are lingering. Dozens of people you’ll never hear of file paperwork to run for president each cycle, so Cruz wasn’t the first candidate, but he’s the first one you’re likely [...]

Did EQCA jump the gun?

It’s fine to be “Ready for Hillary.” “Already Closed to Others” is a different matter, which is why I’m mystified by Equality California’s (EQCA) endorsement of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for president in 2016. Media outlets announced the endorsement Monday, March 16, an odd date for two reasons. First, the organization’s Web site [...]

Jacque Atkinson: So what to do?

Jacque Atkinson  Lorie Zapf

Despite their national gains in the 2014 election, the Republican Party continues to struggle in California. All statewide elected offices are held by Democrats, and the GOP barely prevents supermajorities in the State Assembly and Senate. San Diego, the largest American city led by a Republican, is a bright spot by comparison. Still, 2016 presents [...]

Supreme Court watch

The past week in Congress was largely an exercise in theater, not governance. House Republicans used Department of Homeland Security funding as a proxy battle on immigration policy, while their 2016 presidential candidates raced stage right at the Conservative Political Action Conference. Democrats stared into the wings to see if Hillary was there yet. Both [...]

How to save the Chargers

Finding a way to keep the Chargers in San Diego is complicated. Arithmetic and self-interest are not, which is why I think the key players are making a ballot initiative more complicated than it needs to be. If you need two-thirds of voters to back a funding plan, tell most voters that it won’t cost [...]

The Republican bait and switch is on

I have a number of Republican friends and acquaintances. As the 2016 elections approach they will no doubt tout the benefits of smaller government and lower taxes, and suggest that social and religious conservatives no longer dominate the party. When they wonder why I don’t support Republicans at the national level, I will refer them [...]

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