The Morality of John Boehner’s Budget Choices

February 28, 2011 | Comments Off

The Washington Monthly's Steve Benen listens to House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) lecture us on the "moral responsibility" we have to our children to deal with the national debt and wonders just when this issue became a moral one for the Speaker. After all, as Benen notes, former President George W. Bush had few stronger [...]

Reagan the Negotiator; Not the Icon

February 28, 2011 | Comments Off

CalBuzz has an outstanding analysis of the real Ronald Reagan, noting that unlike those who claim to follow his example, Reagan understood part of his job was to negotiate towards the end of eventually cutting a deal. From his days as California’s governor, when he backed what was then the largest tax increase in state [...]

It’s About the Inequality

February 24, 2011 | Comments Off

Mother Jones has a series of 11 charts which illustrate just how serious income and wealth inequality has become: and why the vast majority of Americans are on the losing end, Share|

Former KTVU Political Editor Randy Shandobil will be the featured speaker at the Lamorinda Democratic Club's Thursday, March 10, 2011, meeting. The meeting will be held at a special location: the Lafayette Library and Learning Center, 3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd, in Lafayette. The club's social hour will begin at 6:30 p.m., with a business meeting [...]

Senator Mark DeSaulnier will host a Town Hall Meeting on the State Budget on Thursday, February 24, from 7-9 p.m. at the Pleasant Hill City Council Chamber, 100 Gregory Lane. Share your concerns and ideas for improving state government budgeting, programs and tax systems. Seating is limited. To RSVP, or for more information call (925) [...]

Notes on Mubarak’s Departure

February 12, 2011 | Comments Off

I thought this column about the situation in Egypt by the New America Foundation's Steve Clemons offers food for further thought and consideration. Share|

Tell State Legislators to Dump Grover Norquist

February 12, 2011 | Comments Off

California Democratic Party Chairman John Burton is encouraging all Californians to sign a petition to encourage our legislators to work for us and let Californians vote on extending current taxes in order to protect vital health and human services and education programs. As Burton writes: Who does Norquist think he is to try and bind [...]

Our State Senator, Mark DeSaulnier (D-Concord) has announced he is co-authoring legislation to allow for greater financial oversight and audits of cities, counties, and special districts. From the press release issued by Sen. DeSaulnier's office: Senator Mark DeSaulnier (D-Concord) joined State Controller John Chiang and Senator Christine Kehoe (D-San Diego) in authoring legislation to create [...]

Senator Loni Hancock, who previously represented Lamorinda as the 14th District Assemblymember, will celebrate 40 years of public service with an event on Sunday, May 1, from 5-8 p.m. at the Craneway Pavilion in Richmond.  We will post more information as it becomes available.  Share|

Preparing for Contra Costa Redistricting

February 8, 2011 | Comments Off

Monday's Contra Costa Times features a story by Political Editor Lisa Vorderbrueggen describing the upcoming redistricting process for Contra Costa County Supervisor Districts.   Continued population growth in East Contra Costa County and Dougherty Valley will again drive the mandatory decennial redrawing of the county's five supervisorial districts. Cities within Districts 5 and 3, represented by [...]

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