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Has the U.S. Constitution Passed Its Useful Life?


Has the U.S. Constitution passed its useful life?  There are certainly signs that it no longer effectively routes political disorder through democratic channels: Political and economic polarization have reached extreme levels and are worsening. Political parties are weak and have lost the ability to moderate political differences. The President rules by executive order, undermines democratic institutions, like the press, demonizes…

No More Perks for Punitive Damages


A bank put a northern California couple through what a U.S. bankruptcy judge called a “Kafkaesque nightmare” that caused them to lose their home and suffer medical problems due to the “brazen and heartless” behavior of bank employees after the family sought a loan modification for their house. A San Bernardino health clinic acted with “malice, fraud and oppression” when…

District 9 City Council Race Firms Up


With San Jose Council Member Don Rocha terming out of his District 9 seat in 2018 and only six months to go before candidates can start fundraising for that seat, the campaign is underway.  Kalen Gallagher, a board member in the Campbell Union High School District has already announced, as has neighborhood activist Sabuhi Siddique. Pam Foley, of the San…

Who is Striking?


Guess which South Bay city is about to have its workers strike?  Sunnyvale.  It’s hard to believe given the wealth of the city that the non-public safety employees in Sunnyvale have not received a pay increase in five years, despite the fact that they agreed to generous givebacks during the recession.  Negotiations, which have dragged out for almost two years,…

She’s BAAACK


After losing her bid for San Jose Mayor in 2014 and her bid for State Assembly in 2016, Madison Nguyen isn’t giving up on elected office. This time she has her eye on County Supervisor Dave Cortese’s seat.  Cortese isn’t termed out until 2020, but Nguyen is wasting no time campaigning.  She’s already making the rounds and asking for support. …

Is the Judiciary the Least Honest Branch?


Listening to the Gorsuch confirmation hearings makes me wonder whether the judiciary has become the least honest branch of government.  We have been through this tedious kabuki theater again and again: asked their positions on seminal cases, like Roe v. Wade, judicial nominees respond reflexively that they cannot answer because the same question might come before them on the bench,…

Rumored Candidates for San Jose City Council District 9 Race


  San Jose Council Member Don Rocha is terming out of his District 9 seat in 2018, and names of possible candidates are already being floated. The three individuals rumored to be interested in replacing Rocha all sit on local schoolboards. The first is Pam Foley, Board President of the San Jose Unified School District, whose term expires in 2020.…

Khamis v. Liccardo for Mayor?


The rumor around City Hall is that Republican Council Member Johnny Khamis is considering running for Mayor against Sam Liccardo in 2018. Is it no surprise that Council veteran Khamis was hoping to be appointed Vice Mayor and was handed a blow when Liccardo bowed to the political reality of a more progressive City Council by appointing Magdalena Carrasco instead. …

Defeated Council Candidate Jimmy Nguyen Attempts to Cast Doubt on Voting Process


The 2016 election cycle seems to have carved out a new path for candidates who don’t like the outcome of their races: they sue.  Both former Council Member Mahn Nguyen and his political ally, recently defeated Council candidate Jimmy Nguyen, say they are moving forward with lawsuits against the Registrar of Voters after losing their election bids. Strangely, Jimmy Nguyen…

How Can the Federal Government Help Workers: Get Out of the Way


At the behest of big corporations, the federal government has all but taken away the freedom of workers to organize in order to get their fair share.  When workers lack the freedom to organize, wages stagnate, the middle class shrinks and inequality soars.  Contrary to Republican dogma, it is workers and not businesses who are over-regulated.  American workers are crying…

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