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 [...]

Health care and law enforcement suffer from similar biases

#icantbreathe and #blacklivesmatter have become omnipresent social media tags since the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner and the decisions not to indict the men who killed them. They are important statements about problems with our law enforcement system, but they also have important meanings in other discussions, like the assault currently being waged [...]

Immigration reform scorecard

Last week, President Obama used executive power to provide legal status to approximately 5 million undocumented immigrants. Now that the details are known, we can start scoring the winners and losers for this round of the immigration debate. Losers: Immigrants not covered by the action. Unfortunately, it’s hard to imagine a more inclusive immigration reform [...]

It’s time to move on

The votes have been counted, and we now know that former City Councilmember Carl DeMaio failed in his bid to oust freshmen Rep. Scott Peters in California’s 52nd District. It’s time to move on and start to heal some of the rifts left in the wake of a largely negative campaign. In that spirit, I [...]

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