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 [...]

I kissed a girl and the NFL didn’t like it

Katy Perry’s performance at Super Bowl XLIX was the best half-time show I have seen. I say this knowing it puts my gay card at risk for both watching the “sportsbowl” enough years to compare her to prior performers, and because Beyoncé and Madonna were among them. But Perry had a motorized lion, dancing sharks [...]

Mormons at the door

On Tuesday, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the Mormons, rang the bell at the house of equality with a press conference discussing the Church’s view on LGBT equality. Having read the transcript, I was left with the same question as when missionaries knock on my door: am I letting in a welcoming [...]

One more day of decision

The “original” Day of Decision for marriage equality in California was May 15, 2008, when the state Supreme Court endorsed a constitutional right to same-sex marriage. On Day of Decision II the same court declined to overturn Prop. 8. In 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled against DOMA and overturned Prop. 8, followed by a [...]

This rapidly shifting Senate race is beginning to heat up

Kamala Harris--

Oh the trials of writing a weekly political print column. Last week, in the day between submitting my big questions for the year and printing them, Sen. Barbara Boxer answered one of them by announcing she would not seek re-election in 2016. Since then, some of the major players have stolen my opportunity for impressive [...]

Let the 2016 races begin!

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Barring an unexpected vacancy, 2015 should be a boring electoral year, as there won’t be any major offices open at the federal, state or local level. That doesn’t mean it will be a boring political year, particularly as candidates begin jockeying for 2016 races. The following are some of the major questions that will get [...]

Politically Aware Awards 2014

Politician of the Year: When I started thinking about this award in early December, I couldn’t settle on a winner. Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins, Congressman Scott Peters and Mayor Kevin Faulconer were in the mix, but I didn’t feel like anyone had locked it down. What a difference two weeks, and two votes, can make. [...]

RIP ENDA (1974-2014)

The Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) passed away last week with the close of the 113th Congress. It was 40 years old. ENDA had been surviving on life support in the House of Representatives for slightly over a year, its suffering ending when Speaker John Boehner formally withdrew care by not scheduling a vote. ENDA was [...]

Commentary: Ousting Gloria didn’t make much sense

Todd Gloria  Photo: Sam Hodgson

The reports of Todd Gloria’s political death are greatly exaggerated. Let us begin by unpacking the current narrative. Council Republicans feared that returning as Council President would give Gloria the power and profile to launch a challenge to Mayor Kevin Faulconer in 2016. So they conspired with new Council President Sherri Lightner to elect her [...]

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