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Raphael Sonenshein

  • Poll: What DWP can learn from LAPD

    October 9, 2013 | 12:01 pm

    A new Pat Brown Institute/Cal State Los Angeles poll of 501 registered voters in L.A. asked for opinions on two important city departments: the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) and the Department of Water and Power (DWP). 

    For decades, the LAPD has been a critical factor in...

  • Romney, Ryan and Florida Jews

    August 15, 2012 | 1:13 pm

    In 1992, Paul Tsongas of Massachusetts mounted a strong campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination. The pundits considered him a brainy guy who was willing to take on the sacred cows of Social Security and Medicare. Gov. Bill Clinton of Arkansas, by contrast, seemed like a...

  • Arizona Demands ‘Show Me Your Papers’

    May 11, 2010 | 5:41 pm

    The state of Arizona has unleashed a firestorm with its new law to make undocumented status a state crime and to give the police wide powers to identify and detain those for whom there is “reasonable suspicion” of illegal status. Police will have the power to demand that anyone...

  • Is Arnold Serious?

    January 13, 2010 | 5:06 am

    Following Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s final State of the State speech and as his last budget proposal circulates, it is time to assess the long and winding road we have taken with our celebrity governor.

    Everybody knows that California is a mess. The budget is an ongoing...

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  • The Promise and Burden of a Black Presidency

    December 9, 2009 | 3:58 am

    Barack Obama is suffering from an enthusiasm gap among African American voters. A recent survey by the political Web site Daily Kos found that 68 percent of white voters can be expected to vote in the 2010 midterm elections, compared to only 33 percent of blacks. At the beginning of...

  • Obama and Health Care: From the House to the Senate

    November 11, 2009 | 8:57 pm

    Almost exactly one year after the historic election that brought Barack Obama to the White House, the House of Representatives passed a health care bill that is itself historic. No president has ever moved the ball this far forward on health care. For a moment, the dramatic vote...

  • Promised Land

    September 9, 2009 | 10:39 pm

    The struggle to pass health care reform has everything to do with the creation of a new Democratic party that can exercise power on a national basis. It has almost nothing to do with the Republicans, who are essentially irrelevant to the policy debate. Democrats are a work in...

  • Obama and the politics of distraction

    June 1, 2008 | 12:02 pm

  • What the heck is Hillary up to?

    March 11, 2008 | 11:18 pm