September 18, 2013 |
OK, stop laughing. No, really, you must stop laughing. Frank McCourt, bless his generous little heart, is feeling magnanimous. He just gave $100 million to Georgetown University to found the McCourt School of Public Policy. I absolutely demand you stop laughing. Listen, $100 million is a lot of money. You could ask Jamie McCourt. Any school in the country would, apparently, sell its soul to get it. This is very generous of McCourt. Heck, for that much money he could afford to get divorced two or three times.
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June 20, 2013 |
California lawmakers have taken a lot of heat since approving a provision weakening access to public records last week. Now they're backtracking on the proposal, which was originally put forward by Gov. Jerry Brown. In his Thursday column , The Times' George Skelton says it's another example of the governor's disregard for the media, whom he rarely speaks with. In fact, he left a San Francisco event in the morning without taking questions from reporters about public records. "Brown has shown little interest in dispensing information that doesn't promote his own political agenda," he writes.
March 26, 2013
Re "They aren't like the rest of us," Opinion, March 22 That rich people should act in their own self-interest is not surprising. What is unfortunate for our democracy is their extreme degree of political influence. Political leaders are put into office to represent us all. The average voter hasn't the time to brood over many of the finer political issues. We are looking for work, trying to get through school, dealing with family health issues or simply keeping creditors at bay. The rich have more options to mitigate these stresses.
March 12, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- The possibility of a three-way gubernatorial free-for-all in Virginia evaporated Tuesday, as Republican Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling announced that he would not run as an independent, citing money as the main impediment. Bolling's decision, disclosed in an email to supporters, is good news for state Atty. Gen. Ken Cuccinelli, the likely Republican nominee. Cuccinelli, a conservative firebrand, figured to be hurt more than Democratic candidate Terry McAuliffe, a longtime figure on the Washington political scene who was a major fundraiser for Bill and Hillary Clinton.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 31, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO - Californians are more optimistic about the direction of their state and the condition of its economy than they have been in years, according to a new poll by the Public Policy Institute of California. The upbeat outlook comes weeks after Gov. Jerry Brown announced that the state's deficit had been wiped out with help from tax hikes approved by voters in November. In the poll, the governor received his highest approval rating since being elected in 2010. Fifty-one percent of those surveyed said they approved of Brown's job performance, up from 41% in September.
January 23, 2013 |
You'd almost think that someone had stapled several resumes together and put them in Raul Ruiz's file: magna cum laude at UCLA; three graduate degrees from Harvard (a medical degree and masters in public policy and in public health); doctoring to poor people on three continents and at home in the poor reaches of the Coachella Valley, where his adoptive parents were migrant workers; an Army award for helping Haiti earthquake victims. And he plays trumpet and dances baile folklorico.