Results of Recent Primaries—a signal of change in the abortion debate?

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Spot on! I believe this is one of the most important shifts in the US American political ...more

Pros and Cons

There is an initiative on the upcoming June 8 ballot calling for an Open Primary here in California. As it stands now, our Primaries are closed which means you can only vote for the party with which you are registered.  With an Open Primary the top two vote-gettters, regardless of party affiliation would run off in the general election in November....more

On the Road to Election Day, Part VIII: Dissent is easy compared to getting things done-long live Olympia Snowe

On the day after President Obama was inaugurated, BlogHer.com Contributing Editor Dana Loesch posted this blog entry titled, "So is dissent still the highest form of patriotism?"  The post invites discussion on that question, and concludes with this: ...more

On the Road to Election Day, Part VII: Prepare to lose all your rights

I'm not sure why, because goodness knows I've written enough about politics to know better, but only as I've been running for political office has it become at times painfully clear that as a candidate for an elected position, I've got next to no rights to do just about anything. ...more

On the Road to Election Day, Part V: It takes a village, and yet it's still lonely

One of the most common questions I get right now is, "How's the campaign going!?"  People really seem to want to know.  And I'm thrilled that people 1) know that I'm running for city council and 2) are fascinated by the fact that I'm running for office.  I'm not always sure if that's a compliment or a curiosity, but hey - I'll take the attention about my candidacy anyway it comes. ...more

In Iran's Election, it's Zahra's Time

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Special Election

I consider myself to be a firm believer and executer of the Democratic Way. I not only look at things from both sides (I can't help it even if I don't want to, I HAVE to), but sometimes I end up looking at them from as many sides as a 3 dimensional cube. It is amazing to see that quite a few things that so many things people think are very clear and even "black and white" are really in so many various shades of grey and have multiple sides, versions, outcomes that just get pushed by the wayside when you only think 1 dimensionally. ...more

The Republican Jihad

We could learn something from the Republicans on exploitation of the media.  When I watch the US media I see why many countries regulate their press and sometimes censor them.  I don’t think censorship should be necessary for a professional news agency, but I think I could make the case for it. ...more

Travelers and Citizen Diplomats: Your Job Just Got Easier

I've said it before - I've never bought into the Obamessiah stuff that got thrown around during the election and I'd have been content with Hilary as the prez. I'm delighted that's she's the choice for Sect'y of State - in spite of their flaws, the Clintons were oh so popular amongst my overseas pals and Bill has established quite the international presence with his work. But I found myself dizzy with joy while watching the inauguration. ...more

A random guy came up to us on the street in Paris this weekend. He had heard our American ...more

I voted against proposition 8, and I am very proud of it!

I voted 'No' on Proposition 8 on the recent election, and I am proud of my decision. I believe all individuals have the right to decide who they want to marry. Just to give a little background on Proposition 8, “Proposition 8 was a California ...more