by | Feb 1, 2018

Sacramento By most measures, Donald Trump’s State of the Union speech was a rollicking success. He was on script, upbeat and even warm, albeit a bit long-winded. Even when he talked about immigration, he took cues from Ronald Reagan by…

by | Jan 8, 2018

In 2017 it seems particularly difficult to name a public policy issue on which a majority of Republicans agree with a majority of Democrats. But a Gallup poll taken in October shows 64 percent of Americans, including a slight majority…

by | Sep 19, 2016

There’s a reason marijuana laws don’t work: There is no compelling reason for them to work. Marijuana is not a dangerous drug. Used in moderation, cannabis has few ill effects; used in excess, the intoxicant has fewer and less severe…

by | Sep 1, 2016

On Tuesday, Aug. 30, President Obama commuted the sentences of 111 federal drug offenders. In his first term, Obama endured the sting of critics like me who called him one of the stingiest modern presidents when it comes to the…

by | Aug 8, 2016

Republican political consultant Mike Madrid isn’t used to getting calls from the ACLU, and yet he has found himself working with the civil liberties group because some practices are so egregious that Republicans and Democrats should have no trouble finding…

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