FROM Michael Semler
Privatize the California Lottery? California state spending rises faster than revenue, and nobody wants new taxes. Programs for the most needy people get cut first. Governor Schwarzenegger says privatizing the state lottery could raise up to 37 billion dollars. That could be enough to pay down 8 billion dollars in debt, start new public works projects and pay for universal health care. The LA Times says Democrats are skeptical, but that the promise of all that money puts them in a bind.
CA Presidential Primary Officially Moved to February 5 Governor Schwarzenegger has signed a new law moving California's presidential primaries up to February the 5 of next year. The early primaries are supposed to give the biggest state in the union more political clout than it's had for decades. Michael Semler is Professor of Political Science at California State University, Sacramento.
Trump's ethical conflicts pile up as transparency diminishes President Trump's refusal to reveal his income tax returns is just one example of a lack of transparency that could be hiding conflicts of interest. Other conflicts are already obvious from his appointments. And he's being sued for using his job to increase his profits.
Mixed Messages from US diplomats on the new hard line on Syria Since President Trump's surprise retaliation against Syria's use of chemical weapons, Bashar al-Assad has used the same airport to launch conventional attacks on his own people. It's not clear what the US, its allies — or Vladimir Putin's Russia -- plan to do now.
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.