Week of VOTE doodles: Day 5

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." ~ Margaret Mead...more

California's Battle Royale: In Whitman v. Brown, Advantage Whitman

Resisting the obvious Beauty and the Beast jokes won't be easy. California voters have a choice to make on November 2nd, and after tonight's debate, Jerry Brown cast himself as serene Beauty but his demeanor was more beastly than ever. I could hardly believe my eyes. I remember meeting him during a 1992 presidential primary stop, where he stood in a park near a river and waxed poetic about the Constitution. ...more


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Next Month it's 5 years since Ontario banned pit bull type dogs

I can't believe that next month it will be five years since Ontario became the one thing about Canada that I am truly embarassed about - the fact that they banned this thing they called "pit bull dogs" - a thing that doesn't even exist, so they can in fact kill or evict from the province any kind of dog that they don't like the look of or consider not up to their standards that deserves to consider should continue living....more

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


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

by Chris Lombardi ...more

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