With Republican politicians and the Tea Party movement pretending that all budget matters began the day President Obama was inaugurated, Paul Begala takes the time to set the record straight about how the GOP's policies have driven our nation into the fiscal ground. As he reminds us, President Clinton presided over the first balanced budgets [...]

Our former Congresswoman, Ellen Tauscher, talks to Contra Costa Times Political Editor Lisa Vorderbrueggen about beating cancer and her work as Undersecretary for Arms Control and International Security.  

Where California’s Tax Dollars Go

July 29, 2011 | Comments Off

The California Budget Project has released an informative report explaining how California's tax dollars are spent. As the brief explains, the state budget is really a local budget: More than 70 cents out of every dollar spent through the state budget goes to local communities, health care providers, and individuals. That's right: only about 29 [...]

The Lamorinda Democratic Club's Thursday, August 11, meeting will feature California Nurses Association/National Nurses United Director of Public Policy for California Michael Lighty. Lighty will discuss the CNA/NNU's Main Street Contract for the American People initiative, a project he currently is co-directing. The meeting will be held at the club's new regular meeting location: the [...]

Uncertainty Hurts Only Sometimes

July 28, 2011 | Comments Off

Tweet observation of the day from the Center for American Progress' Jared Bernstein (I've expanded it below to remove the abbreviated text tweets sometimes require): You need strong facial muscles to say with a straight face Republican claim that uncertainty hurts economy YET we should increase the debt limit in not 1 but 2 steps. [...]

Bush Tax Cuts and Our Fiscal Crisis

July 26, 2011 | Comments Off

Former Reagan and Bush 41 economic advisor Bruce Bartlett points out that the Bush tax cuts have played a significant role in creating the federal budget deficit. The reason, of course, is that taxes were cut in 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2006. It would have been one thing if the Bush tax cuts had [...]

Here's another example showing that Ronald Reagan would be too liberal for today's Republican Party: he didn't think fooling around with a national debt default was responsible. On November 16, 1983, President Reagan sent a letter to the Senate (link here to pdf) in which he warned: The full consequences of a default — or [...]

Internet Voting In California?

July 18, 2011 | Comments Off

Lamorinda Democratic Club member Jim Soper has an article on the California Progress Report today about efforts in which he is involved to stop the passage of SB 908, a bill to allow limited absentee voting by email. While the Lamorinda Democratic Club has not taken a position on the bill, I thought readers of [...]

Please join special invited guest Governor Jerry Brown, Honorary Host Committee Members, and many other friends to celebrate State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson's birthday at his birthday bash on Thursday, July 21, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Rotunda Building in Oakland. Tickets and sponsorships are available for this Birthday event. Individual tickets are [...]

The Telegraph's Peter Oborne has a must-read analysis about how Rupert Murdoch's media empire created an alternative system of government over the past few decades in England, under both Labor and Conservative governments. Since this crisis appears headed our direction, seeing what has happened there is incredibly useful. And scary. When I went to work [...]

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