Thursday, April 18, 2013
The ultimate school test
The political struggle over school governance is now the most significant internal conflict in the Democratic Party, at the city, state and national. . .
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
A gridlock bypass in Congress?
A remarkable thing happened in Washington, D.C., last week. National leaders of business and labor hammered out an outline on immigration reform.. . .
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
The immigration cliff?
While Washington obsesses about cliffs, ceilings and other metaphors for budget catastrophe, we should keep an eye on the issue of immigration.
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Does the Jewish vote still matter?
Does the Jewish vote still matter and if so, how? Exit polls indicate that 70 percent of Jews voted for President Obama, compared to roughly 39. . .
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
The impact of the moderate Republican
On Oct. 28, 1980, a beleaguered President Jimmy Carter stood on a debate stage with his Republican challenger, former California Gov. Ronald Reagan.. . .
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Out of Reagan’s shadow
Even though this is going to be a very close presidential election, maybe closer than in 2008, the Democratic convention of 2012 revealed a party. . .
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Romney, Ryan and Florida Jews
In 1992, Paul Tsongas of Massachusetts mounted a strong campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination. The pundits considered him a brainy guy. . .
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Tough slog ahead for implementing affordable care
If Barack Obama is re-elected as president, the overriding purpose of his second term will be the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.. . .
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
Advice from the Governator
It has been less than a decade since Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger won the special election to recall and replace Gov. Gray Davis.. . .
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Can Democrats govern California?
Facing the likelihood of conflicting tax initiatives on the November ballot, Gov. Jerry Brown last week reached agreement with the California. . .
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
City redistricting plan has potential to affect Asian-Americans
I was too young to see Hank Greenberg play. That was my father’s generation. But growing up in New Jersey, I well remember the day when Sandy. . .
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Opinion: Will Iran be the wild card in presidential election?
As reports circulate about an International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) report on Iranian progress toward building a nuclear weapon, issues of. . .
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
New coalitions: The politics of redistricting
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, who govern the most populous county in America, are entering a critical debate over redistricting that. . .
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Beyond raising the debt limit: What a Republican government would be like
The battle over raising the debt limit has raised a lot of concern about how Republicans act as an opposition party. They have shown that they are. . .
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
The forgotten people in the 2012 election
Raphael J. Sonenshein is chair of the Division of Politics, Administration and Justice at California State University, Fullerton. Remember Osama bin. . .
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Bin Laden killing gives Obama political edge
As Americans anxiously waited to hear what their young president had to say, the words “national security” hung in the air. Then, when the. . .
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
On Wisconsin, Fight, Fight, Fight
During his 1948 presidential campaign against underdog Democrat Harry S. Truman, Republican Thomas E. Dewey was on the campaign trail. As a crowd. . .
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Harman’s departure: what does it mean for Jews?
The outcome of the decision by Jane Harman to quit her 36th congressional seat in the South Bay will likely be a signpost of the changing role of. . .
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Can Gov. Brown Fix California?
Watching Jerry Brown’s low-key but curiously dramatic press conference on the state budget Jan. 10 reminded me that the central task of Democrats,. . .
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
A Democrat’s lament, and a glimmer of hope
There is a sick feeling of demoralization settling over Democrats, like drizzle on a cloudy day. It’s not because of losses in the midterm. . .
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
The Democrats’ new adversary
An election year that was looking hopeless for Democrats has taken a slight turn for the better. The generic ballot measure has tightened up. Since. . .
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
The New Politics of Immigration
Few issues in American politics are more contentious than immigration. So, it was noteworthy that last week in a speech at American University in. . .
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
The ‘Supreme’ Court?
With all of our attention riveted on who was winning or losing public offices, we might have missed the most alarming thing that happened on. . .
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Arizona Demands ‘Show Me Your Papers’
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. . .