FROM Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla
Will New Taxes Solve California’s Water Shortage? Governor Brown is famously not campaigning for re-election next week so much as he is for favorite ballot measures, including Proposition 1 . The product of negotiations between the Governor, the legislature, environmentalists and agricultural interests, it calls for $7.5 billion in bond money for “water quality, supply, treatment and storage projects.” Thirty-six percent would go for water storage, including dams and reservoirs. Only one percent would go for conservation and efficiency. The Natural Resources Defense Council supports Prop 1 . Restore the Delta is an environmental group that’s opposes it .
Is Venezuela becoming a dictatorship? Venezuela may have the world's largest oil reserves, but it's a nation in trouble… economically and politically. Is a populist promise to rescue democracy turning out to be a prelude to dictatorship?
"Tough on crime" rhetoric sees a revival at Sessions' DOJ The pendulum swings between treatment-focused approaches to drug abuse and tough law enforcement. Now, after years of Obama-era "reforms," President Trump’s Attorney General, Jeff Sessions wants local police freed from federal restrictions to fight another "war on drugs."
Why Don't Facts Matter? "Fake News" may have a long history, but social media and 21st Century politics have brought it front and center. One reason for its appeal and its power is the tendency of so many people to cling to their beliefs — even when confronted with contradictory evidence. Today, another look at the Emotional States of America.