FROM Thad Kousser
Will Voters Change the Balance of Political Power in California? In 1998, and again in 2005, voters were asked to reduce the political power of labor unions in California. By large margins, they said, "No." One index of their clout in Sacramento is that the California Teachers Association and the State Council of Service Employees were the number one and two donors to political campaigns from 2000 to 2009. Proposition 32 in November's election is another effort to change that, and it's adding political heat to a ballot that already includes Governor Brown's temporary tax increase and the race for president.
Governor's Race Starts in Negative Territory Republican Meg Whitman has begun an expected drum-beat of negative television attacks on Democrat Jerry Brown . Both want to be Governor, a job Brown held for two terms in the 1970's and early 80's. His record is the subject of Whitman's opening salvo .
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.
Nuclear crisis on the Korean Peninsula slowly coming to a head North Korea did not conduct a nuclear test this weekend, but it did show apparent progress in developing a missile that that could strike the United States. The Trump Administration says it has lost its "strategic patience." We hear what that might -- or might not -- mean for North Korea, China and the prospects for diplomacy.
"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."