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  • Budget patch job is better than IOUs

    Budget patch job is better than IOUs
    Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and the Legislature are down to two options: Compromise or watch in embarrassment as the great state of California issues IOUs. Also known as scrip. Not every Capitol politician would be embarrassed, of course. And that's one...
  • Send the legislators home at night

    Send the legislators home at night
    Here's another Sacramento reform for the long "to do" list -- one that wouldn't require a vote of the people or even the governor's signature. Prohibit the Legislature from voting on any bill after sunset. No exceptions -- and especially not a budget...
  • In Sacramento, they all dropped the ball

    In Sacramento, they all dropped the ball
    They whiffed a fat batting practice pitch. Blew a gimme putt. Inexplicably clanked a slam-dunk. Pardon the sports jargon, but it's a civil way to characterize incompetence and failure in Sacramento. It avoids invective language already too prevalent in...
  • Budget's a mess, but it's our mess

    Budget's a mess, but it's our mess
    Sacramento's latest budget product may be the worst ever -- and the very best possible given the reality of California politics. Liberal interests are crying about painful spending cuts and no new taxes, not even on big oil or smelly tobacco....
  • Winners and losers in the budget battle

    Winners and losers in the budget battle
    Who are the winners of the California budget battle? Yes, there are some, even though there are many more losers. Set aside individuals for a moment and assess victory and defeat by political ideology. Distinguish between short term and long term. And...
  • 'Contempt' is the word

    Maybe the White House thinks it can just run out the clock until January 2009. Nearly two years have come and gone since the world first learned of the National Security Agency's warrantless wiretapping program; what's another 17 months in refusing to...
  • If Charlie Crist seeks U.S. Senate seat, Florida politics gets turned upside down

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  • New President Barack Obama calls for hope amid cold reality

  • New president, new battlefield

    In his presidential campaign, Barack Obama sometimes made foreign policy sound like a simple matter of changing the tone, turning the page -- and moving 10,000 troops from Iraq to Afghanistan. "Rather than fight a war that does not need to be fought,...
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