Another breakdown on the election and, in particular, where the Democratic Party goes from here.
So… who’s running the show right now?
Sometimes, it’s the little things that matter the most.
Burt Likko thought he’d found an obscure and delightful piece of Americana. Turns out he was only half right.
The wisdom of a sports movie and the insight of a litigator show that the best time is now — right now — for the nation to reconcile some of its deep social fissures.
Hiram Johnson’s worst nightmare threatens to crawl out of a nasty little cave in Orange County, California.
For about two weeks every year, California’s high desert blooms as though a celestial Jackson Pollack had spattered the countryside with gold, orange, and violet paint.
A close look at the law and the allegations suggests that outrage about the Brandon Duncan prosecution may be based on incomplete information. Burt Likko dissects the charges and the law for your review, compares that to the advice of his colleagues, and then finishes his nightcap.
A summoning-up of courage.
Another bar discipline report leaves Burt Likko reeling in slackjawed amazement.
One California to govern them all,
A judge recently found that California’s death penalty, as it is administered, is cruel and unusual punishment, serving no identifiable purpose. Digging in to the opinion, Burt Likko finds a perverse conflict: an effort to comply with one part of the Constitution leads to a violation of another.
A couple in Glendora, CA face a $500 fine for saving water by not watering their lawn. Simultaneously, the state wants to fine people who water their lawns. That is, folks can receive a fine of up to $500 a day for wasting water. Perhaps what Californians are supposed to do is keep their lawns…
It’s the close of the term, and here’s a recap of the major cases from SCOTUS this year. Some surprising results. Some, not so much. Alsotoo: we’re waiting until Monday for the Hobby Lobby and Harris decisions.
California goes plurality Hispanic, spelling trouble for the GOP.
So, that Stephen Glass guy. Tried to become a lawyer. Whatever happened to him?
The Republicans’ hope for capturing the governorship of California in 2014. No, really.
Burt Likko is no rail engineer. But he is a lawyer, and that means he can offer at least one suggestion to moderate the ongoing boondoggle that is the California High Speed Rail Project.
Now, before you get all in a huff about the California Supreme Court admitting an undocumented alien to practice law, at least read Burt Likko’s digest of the ruling.
Step right up for some fearless prognostication!
In case you’ve grown weary of the silliness involved in public anxiety about a guy who makes duck decoys for a living seemingly not liking gay people all that much, there is a different sort of silliness for you to contemplate instead: yet another proposal to Balkanize the most populous of these United States.
Close to home and far away, this week’s subject is uncommon indeed.
Part VII of my continuing intermittent series of posts publicly worrying about California lighting its money on fire with a high-speed rail construction project.
A few thoughts on recovering one’s reputation for good moral character from very public past misdeeds. There should both a skeptical eye cast towards those who have been dishonest in the past and room for redemption from mistakes made in the past — but when does the latter overcome the former? Is it enough to have stayed out of trouble?
In which the necessity of a law is politically dismissed because of a massive public misunderstanding by a man with an eerily orange face.
Burt Likko celebrates the history of a city that seems all too frequently to act as though it had none, on the centennial anniversary of an important, oft-overlooked event. In the beginning was a ditch…
Santa Ana: 0. Jacksonville: 1. Only that’s a trivia question, not a soccer score.
The Chair of Citizens United teams up with conservative news sites to offer Republican senior citizens the right-wing version of the Nigerian prince scam.
What a sad – and ultimately selfish and self-destructive – thing for Californians to vote down. Kevin Williamson says that along with the Harry Reid victory, this was the most depressing moment in the election: You’d think a state that just reelected Jerry Brown would be ready to go in whole-hog on the pot-legalization thing,…
Writing over at The Corner, Kevin Williamson points to the No on Proposition 19 campaign’s website, which has the following statement beneath the picture of a smashed up school bus: On average, a drunk driver kills someone every 45 minutes. Recreational marijuana use in fatal crashes will increase if Prop. 19 passes. It will be…
Let me start out by saying that had I been a California voter in 2008, I would’ve voted against Prop 8. Period. Easy choice. As a self-described traditionalist, I support same-sex marriage because I support marriage as a social stabilizer (divorce might be another story, whether same-sex or heterosexual). But as a person who is…
From The Los Angeles Times: Maywood, a small working-class community south of downtown Los Angeles, plans to lay off all its employees, disband its Police Department and turn over its entire municipal operations to a neighbor — an action that appears to be without precedent among California cities. Several cities in the state have said…
Here’s an original idea: take California’s liberal, high-tax model and contrast it with Texas’s low-tax approach. Aside from The Economist, Newt Gingrich, and The New York Times’ op-ed page, no one else has thought to highlight this incisive comparison! The best part? The op-ed ” . . . is adapted from the autumn 2009 issue…
Well, I don’t know how we missed posting on this yesterday, but Obama has done something very, very right by calling off the Feds in states where medicinal marijuana use is permitted. In terms of states’ rights, patient rights, and just sane, rational domestic policy, Obama made the right move. And according to Gallup, he’s…
Predictions are a mugs game, and mine are worse than most, so take this with a grain of salt. But I see two likely narratives emerging concerning Arnold Schwarzenegger, neither of which I like. Schwarzenegger’s golden political image has been tarnished lately by the utter fiscal insolvency of California. Part of this can be explained…