Democracy

California Primary: How many DNC Dem Delegates in LA County?

California Primary: How many DNC Dem Delegates in LA County?

Los Angeles County begins voting early in February and awards more delegates than the first two primary states. The LA County Primary is a well-kept secret. We have lots of influence for picking the Democratic Nominee but it’s not a topic of general knowledge. I agree with what Julián Castro says about which parts of […]

California Primary: Vote-By-Mail Registered Nonpartisans need to request a party ballot

California Primary: Vote-By-Mail Registered Nonpartisans need to request a party ballot

Five Things you need to know if you are a California Voter, according to this LA Times story. Over 15 million California voters will receive VBM — Vote By Mail —ballots. Roughly 30% of CA voters are registered nonpartisan. NPP voters need to request a party ballot. Easy to do at the polls, a little […]

2020 Primary in California starts earlier than you think!

2020 Primary in California starts earlier than you think!

Almost a year ago, Paul Mitchell at The Capitol Weekly wrote about California’s role in the 2020 presidential primary. On Feb.3, 2020, … approximately 200,000 voters in Iowa will participate in a Democratic caucus and, simultaneously, California counties will mail out to voters over 16 million ballots, 75% of whom will be eligible to vote […]

Lessons from two American Giants

Lessons from two American Giants

In less than one week, I’ve had the opportunity to go and see and hear from two giants who play tremendous roles creating change in American life. Two organizers who’ve made major things happen in American Civil Life: Rev. James Lawson (co founder of SNCC and organizer of the Nashville Lunch Counter sit ins, & […]

Eric Schlosser signs my copy of Command and Control

Eric Schlosser, author of Command and Control, at KPCC last night

I went to the Crawford Family Forum at KPCC last night to see a conversation between Eric Schlosser and former NPR reporter Mike Shuster in conversation. The topic was the safety of controlling nuclear weapons. Always, conversations like these are unsettling. Humans are the ones in “control” of an unforgiving and unwieldy force. Schlosser’s new […]

Judiciary Haiku

Dahlia Lithwick sums up — in Haiku — the speeches by each member of the Senate Judiciary Committee during the vote whether to recommend Sonia Sotomayor to a full vote in the Senate. For those who missed the proceedings, the following are summaries of each of the senators’ speeches as offered this morning—in haiku form. […]