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Top-two system: Early returns

By Raphael J. Sonenshein

June 11, 2014 | 10:41 am

California Capitol building in Sacramento. Photo via Shutterstock.com

In the 2014 primary, Californians got our first real chance to see the top-two system up close and in full flower. Back in 2012, the statewide offices were not up for grabs. This time they... read full article

  • Obamacare will be Obama’s second big takeaway

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    April 17, 2014 | 2:58 pm

    We tend to use shorthand to talk about our presidents. Lincoln saved the Union and freed the slaves. Kennedy committed us to the moon landing and built the Peace Corps. FDR ended the Depression, created Social Security and won World War II.  

    It’s hard to know in the middle of a...

  • Henry Waxman: The show horse / work horse

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    January 30, 2014 | 2:14 pm

    One of the most famous ways political scientists divvy up members of Congress is to call them either “work horses” or “show horses.”  Work horses are the wonks who dig into the details of committee work and legislation, get little public recognition, but get a lot done.  Show...

  • Still a Jewish seat in 3rd District?

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    January 22, 2014 | 1:09 pm

    The campaign to succeed long-serving L.A. County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky in the 3rd District reveals much about how Los Angeles Jewish politics is evolving. The 3rd Supervisorial District, which covers portions of the Westside and the Valley, has had a Jewish incumbent since Ed...

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  • Jersey boy ponders his home state’s governor

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    November 13, 2013 | 1:29 pm

    I was once a Jersey boy. I grew up in Nutley, N.J., just about 20 minutes from Manhattan. I still wear my T-shirt from Rutt’s Hut in Clifton, N.J. — known to many as the maker of the best hot dog in America.  

    Even when New York City was the central core of Jewish America (before...

  • Opinion still matters more than money

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    September 17, 2013 | 3:21 pm

    New York City voters appear to be moving beyond the era of their three-time mayor Michael Bloomberg, who has long dominated the city’s politics. With the Sept. 16 concession of William C. Thompson, the winner of New York’s Democratic mayoral primary is the liberal Bill de Blasio,...

  • Lee Baca’s challenge

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    August 21, 2013 | 1:09 pm

    Leroy (Lee) Baca, the 71-year-old sheriff of Los Angeles County, is facing a rocky road to re-election in 2014. The Los Angeles Times has called on him to retire, as has L.A. County Supervisor Gloria Molina. A citizens’ commission on jail violence issued a blistering report on his...

  • Fight bigotry at ballot box

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    July 17, 2013 | 11:52 am

    The Trayvon Martin case has once again reminded us that racial divisiveness isn’t going away any time soon in America. The verdict is being debated all over. There are protests in numerous cities. But the Martin verdict and the ensuing protests will nevertheless not have as...

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