December 12, 2012 |
LANSING, Mich. - I'm a 60-year-old lawyer and part-time law professor. Chanting slogans is not my preferred method of discourse. But on Tuesday, I was in the streets of Lansing marching and chanting myself hoarse. I make my living as a labor arbitrator. I've spent the last 20 years sitting as a neutral third party in disputes between employers and unions. It is an adversarial system, and discussions are often heated. But the system works because the parties meet as equals. It wouldn't work if either party were able to dominate.
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November 25, 2012 |
Lawrence Guyot, a civil rights leader who was threatened, jailed and nearly beaten to death in the Deep South in the 1960s and helped lead a drive to register black voters during the tumultuous Freedom Summer of 1964, has died. He was 73. The longtime activist, who had a history of heart problems and diabetes, died at home Thursday in Mount Rainier, Md., according to his daughter, Julie Guyot-Diangone. A Mississippi native, Guyot was one of the original members of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and served as director of the 1964 Freedom Summer Project in Hattiesburg, Miss.
November 23, 2012 |
As the dust settles on the presidential election, there seems to be a new theory daily as to why Mitt Romney lost and what it signals for the future of the Republican Party. Common to nearly all the speculation are the partisan implications of demographic change. The United States is shifting gradually toward a majority-minority electorate, with ever-growing numbers of Latino and Asian American voters. Notably, these groups are increasingly voting as Democrats. According to exit polls from Nov. 6, 73% of Asian Americans and 71% of Latinos voted for President Obama.
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November 23, 2012 |
DEL MAR - In January, when he joins the San Diego County Board of Supervisors, Dave Roberts will be the only Democrat among four Republicans, the first Democrat on the board in more than two decades. He will also be the first new supervisor in 18 years. And he will be the only one who is not a graduate of San Diego State. He has three degrees from American University in Washington, D.C. He's also gay and married to a retired Air Force master sergeant. The two are adoptive parents to five former foster children, ages 4 to 17, who call them Daddy Dave and Daddy Wally.
November 20, 2012 |
President Obama increased his appeal among Latino voters from 67% to 71% in four years despite the fact that he reneged on his central 2008 campaign promise to "fix our broken immigration system. " This overwhelming support may actually undermine the cause of immigration reform, because it tells the Democrats that the Latino vote is solidly on their side regardless of specific policy stances. This has the dangerous consequence of handing the issue over to the Republicans and their exclusionary, divide-and-conquer approach.
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November 14, 2012 |
Carmen H. Warschaw, a prominent Democratic Party figure in Los Angeles and California for decades who was also a generous donor to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and USC, has died. She was 95. Warschaw died Nov. 6 of natural causes at Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles, her daughter Hope Warschaw said. A lifelong, often fiercely partisan Democrat, Warschaw died on election day but had made certain she could take part in her final election by casting an absentee ballot the previous week.
November 13, 2012 |
A bracing presidential election victory, gains in both houses of Congress and a handful of demographic and organizational realities made the argument plausible. America was becoming a “One Party Country,” a couple of political reporters argued in a well-received book. The history/polemic of George W. Bush's presidential triumphs and the hegemony of the Republican Party - written in 2006 by my former colleagues Tom Hamburger and Peter Wallsten - looks a bit ironic now, as a host of commentators argue the opposite.
November 7, 2012 |
No, of course one election is not enough. Let's look ahead, ever so slightly. Los Angeles city voters begin selecting their next mayor beginning with mail-in ballots in February. Voting day is March 5. So how did those candidates spend this election day? Jan Perry voted Tuesday morning at 9-ish at Bunker Hill Towers on 1st Street in downtown Los Angeles. Her evening schedule included the Tolliver Barber Shop election night party in South Los Angeles; the Jackie Lacey election night party in Northridge (Lacey is running for district attorney)
November 6, 2012 |
On Tuesday night, a racial barrier could fall in Georgia: If 12 th District Democratic Rep. John Barrow loses to Republican state Rep. Lee Anderson, the Democratic party would lose its last white congressman in the Deep South, where other white Democrats have long fallen far into the rearview of this Republican stronghold. Over in the 10 th Congressional District, Republican Rep. Paul Broun -- who earned widespread scorn after calling evolution, embryology and the Big Bang theory “lies from the pit of hell” - is running unopposed; some Georgians have threatened to choose “Charles Darwin” as a write-in candidate in symbolic protest.
October 20, 2012
Re "Prop. 32's real purpose," Column, Oct. 18 George Skelton calls Proposition 32, which would prohibit unions from making payroll deductions to raise money for political spending, a "self-serving sham. " So should we continue to allow teachers unions to force their members to donate to their leaders' favorite political causes? Why must my wife, a first-grade teacher, contribute to political causes she doesn't like? How would Skelton feel if The Times effectively forced him to support Mitt Romney via a paycheck deduction?