Dear President Trump

I understand you are in need of a new secretary of health and human services (HHS). I would like to apply. Like former Secretary Price, I am an MD. That is where our relevant similarities end, and you should realize that is a good thing for your administration. I grew up in Erie, Pennsylvania, a […]

Sweet blue Alabama?

President Trump’s approval rating hovers near 40 percent. Polls of the generic congressional vote show Democrats leading by eight points. Historically, those conditions predict Democratic gains of 20-30 seats in the House of Representatives and four to five seats in the Senate in 2018. Democrats have been openly optimistic about winning the 24 seats they […]

The DACA dilemma

Last week, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that the Trump administration would end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program started by President Obama in 2012. DACA allows undocumented immigrants who came to the country as minors and who do not have criminal records (among other criteria) to live and work in the United […]

What is Trump’s worst possible motive?

“Sometimes when I try to understand a person’s motives, I play a little game … What’s the worst reason they could possibly have for saying what they say and doing what they do?… How well does that reason explain what they say and what they do?” – Lord Petyr Baelish, Game of Thrones After watching […]

Time for our politicians to get it together on the current Hepatitis A outbreak

San Diego County is in the midst of a Hepatitis A outbreak. It started in November of 2016, and as of Tuesday accounted for 333 cases, 232 hospitalizations and 11 deaths. For a county of 3.3 million that may not sound like much, but it should give us pause. We have the tools and information […]

HRC time, in more ways than one

Last summer, I had numerous conversations about the continued relevance of the Human Rights Campaign (HRC). Marriage equality was the law of the land, Obama administration policies were advancing equality in the workplace and schools and Justice Merrick Garland would soon solidify a progressive Supreme Court majority. With President-presumed Hillary Rodham Clinton running on an […]

#Resist complacency

On Monday, Sens. Mike Lee and Jerry Moran went on record as the third and fourth votes against the Senate’s latest version of Obamacare, denying Republicans the 50 votes they needed to proceed and effectively killing the bill. By Tuesday morning, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced he would introduce the repeal bill passed by the […]

Don’t be fooled by reports that say Republicans’ health care act is on life support

In 2010, the Tea Party used congressional recesses to hammer members of Congress on the evils of “Obamacare.” Though it eventually passed, energized activists carried Republicans to sweeping victories in the midterm elections, and have kept repeal (and replace?) at the forefront of conservative politics ever since. Having ridden the same wave to become majority […]

The race for County sheriff is potentially significant

San Diego County races have recently dominated local election chatter. On Tuesday, the Board of Supervisors selected Deputy District Attorney (DA) Summer Stephan to succeed current DA Bonnie Dumanis when she steps down in July. Before Stephan was selected, her 2018 campaign was up and going and speculation about her potential opponents was a political […]

A shot at redemption

Secretary Hillary Clinton’s return to the public eye has prompted discussion of why she lost the 2016 election. Clinton has placed some blame on former FBI Director James Comey, Russian interference and the Democratic National Committee (DNC). Others point the finger at Clinton and her team, or the challenge from Sen. Bernie Sanders. If Democrats […]

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