Electoral Campaigns

The Political Economy of a Collapsing Two-Party System & Warnings from 2014 Democrats Failed to Heed

Academics Thomas Ferguson, Paul Jorgensen and Jie Chen, writing for the Institute for New Economic Thinking, recently published an interesting working paper, Industrial Structures and Party Competition in an Age of Hunger Games: Donald Trump and the 2016 Presidential Election. It should come as no surprise at this point that they found that political and…

Petalumans Insist Upon Their Right to Vote, Defeat Mike Healy-Led Effort to Appoint Future Mayors

Appearing autocratic, oblivious to Petaluma public opinion, and apparently unaware that disenfranchising voters of their right to elect their mayor might be viewed as an anti-democratic move, the effort of Petaluma city councilmember Mike Healy and his fellow lawyers on the council, Kathy Miller and Dave King, to move the city to an appointed-mayoral system…

Do Pentagon Black Sites Have the Best Amenities? CIA Directors Who Oompa Loompa, but only for the Cause of Democracy + Make Wuv Not War from the Mr. Fish Archives

Responding to a lawsuit, the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) told a federal judge last week that it had a right to leak classified information to one select group of journalists and then to deny release of exactly the same information to other journalists requesting it under the Freedom of Information Act. Though we are fascinated by…

We Need Keith Ellison as DNC Chair – a Message from Progressive Democrats of America

Will the Democratic Party lead the resistance to Trump and stand at the forefront of the populist revolt currently brewing, or will we be forced to abandon it altogether as we build the truly democratic and sustainable communities and nation so many of us seek? On February 23 the party will choose its new leadership,…

Big Tobacco loses tax battle in California, but Big Marijuana is on the rise

This article first appeared at The Conversation and is republished under Creative Commons license. Big Tobacco loses tax battle in California, but Big Marijuana is on the rise by Stanton Glantz, Professor of Medicine, UCSF California voters handed Big Tobacco a resounding defeat Tuesday when they passed Proposition 56 to raise the cigarette tax by…

Post-Election Squawk – Let the Healing and Organizing Begin

California Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) and California Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Paramount) released a remarkable statement the day after Donald J. Trump was elected President of the United States. The two argued emphatically that Californians by large margins did not fall for Trump’s brand of vile and hateful demagoguery, and suggested the…

The Pied Piper – Democratic Nat’l Committee Campaign Deliberately Elevated Trump & Other Crazies

More must-read background on the making of President Donald & the Democratic National Committee’s Pied Piper strategy to elevate the crazies of the GOP – Ted Cruz, Donald Trump & Ben Carson – in the eyes of the mainstream press. “We need to be elevating the Pied Piper candidates so that they are leaders of…