Why My Kids Loathe Mike Bloomberg

Joe Mathews
Connecting California Columnist and Editor, Zócalo Public Square, Fellow at the Center for Social Cohesion at Arizona State University and co-author of California Crackup: How Reform Broke the Golden State and How We Can Fix It (UC Press, 2010)

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has broken through. He’s united all three of my young sons—ages 11, 9, and 6—on one political stance.  They hate Bloomberg.  The reason has nothing to do with politics, about which my boys could care less,and everything to do with the annoyances of saturation advertising. Bloomberg’s barrage of […]

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Steyer Should Quit the Race and Buy the Sacramento Bee

Joe Mathews
Connecting California Columnist and Editor, Zócalo Public Square, Fellow at the Center for Social Cohesion at Arizona State University and co-author of California Crackup: How Reform Broke the Golden State and How We Can Fix It (UC Press, 2010)

Tom Steyer should stop spending his money on a presidential race he can’t win—and start spending it on California newspapers. Since he got in the race last year, Steyer has spent more than $100 million on his campaign, even though he has no chance of winning.  That is far more than it would cost to […]

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The California Way of Coaching

Joe Mathews
Connecting California Columnist and Editor, Zócalo Public Square, Fellow at the Center for Social Cohesion at Arizona State University and co-author of California Crackup: How Reform Broke the Golden State and How We Can Fix It (UC Press, 2010)

Californians have failed to contain the autocratic excesses of our technology executives. But we have made progress in curbing another group of would-be dictators: Little League coaches. For two decades, Silicon Valley has been the headquarters for a national nonprofit—the Positive Coaching Alliance—that is changing how youth sports are coached. Based in Mountain View, Positive […]

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Proportional Representation Is Showing Results in California’s Democratic Presidential Race

Joe Mathews
Connecting California Columnist and Editor, Zócalo Public Square, Fellow at the Center for Social Cohesion at Arizona State University and co-author of California Crackup: How Reform Broke the Golden State and How We Can Fix It (UC Press, 2010)

Bernie Sanders campaigned in Chico and opened an office in Bakersfield.  Pete Buttigieg toured the Central Valley. Mike Bloomberg hit Stockton and Fresno. Proportional representation election systems, a reform I’ve long championed, have been dismissed as unrealistic in California. But in this presidential primary season, PR is being quietly tried out, and there are signs […]

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Boycott Real ID

Joe Mathews
Connecting California Columnist and Editor, Zócalo Public Square, Fellow at the Center for Social Cohesion at Arizona State University and co-author of California Crackup: How Reform Broke the Golden State and How We Can Fix It (UC Press, 2010)

Do you love your freedoms? Then defy your state and national governments—and refuse to get a “Real ID.” “Real ID” is an idea so bad it should be boycotted by patriots of all stripes.  “Real ID” refers to state driver’s licenses that meet newly enforced federal guidelines. As of October 1, 2020, you will not […]

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March 3 Is California’s Chinatown Election

Joe Mathews
Connecting California Columnist and Editor, Zócalo Public Square, Fellow at the Center for Social Cohesion at Arizona State University and co-author of California Crackup: How Reform Broke the Golden State and How We Can Fix It (UC Press, 2010)

The Americans are not going to give us credit for taking our time. The deluge of anger against Iowa’s Democrats, for taking a full day to report the caucus results there, fills me with dread as a Californian. Because our primary results are going to take an awful long time—weeks literally–to be finalized. And that means Democrats […]

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Iowa Fiasco Fills This Californian With Dread

Joe Mathews
Connecting California Columnist and Editor, Zócalo Public Square, Fellow at the Center for Social Cohesion at Arizona State University and co-author of California Crackup: How Reform Broke the Golden State and How We Can Fix It (UC Press, 2010)

The Americans are not going to give us credit for taking our time. The deluge of anger against Iowa’s Democrats, for taking a full day to report the caucus results there, fills me with dread as a Californian. Because our primary results are going to take an awful long time—weeks literally–to be finalized. And that means Democrats […]

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We Will Never Elect a Joe

Joe Mathews
Connecting California Columnist and Editor, Zócalo Public Square, Fellow at the Center for Social Cohesion at Arizona State University and co-author of California Crackup: How Reform Broke the Golden State and How We Can Fix It (UC Press, 2010)

As California’s presidential primaries approach, I ask myself: Will this country really accept a president who makes history, breaks barriers, and challenges our deepest biases about leadership? In other words, are we ready for a president named Joe? Former Vice President Joe Biden is often described in campaign coverage as a safe, traditional choice. That’s […]

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The Bloomberg Boom

Joe Mathews
Connecting California Columnist and Editor, Zócalo Public Square, Fellow at the Center for Social Cohesion at Arizona State University and co-author of California Crackup: How Reform Broke the Golden State and How We Can Fix It (UC Press, 2010)

Michael Bloomberg has one strong California constituency: our politicians.  As governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger very much enjoyed the wisdom and company of “Bloomie.”  Now, with Bloomberg running for president, he is gaining praise from some of our most progressive politicians, with a real love fest from mayors. L.A.’s Eric Garcetti and Stockton’s Michael Tubbs have been […]

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Shocked, Shocked to Find Top Two Being Gamed

Joe Mathews
Connecting California Columnist and Editor, Zócalo Public Square, Fellow at the Center for Social Cohesion at Arizona State University and co-author of California Crackup: How Reform Broke the Golden State and How We Can Fix It (UC Press, 2010)

It’s not a scandal when California’s top two system gets gamed. It’s a system that was designed to be gamed. Since its passage by voters a decade ago, defenders of the top two—I don’t call it a primary because it’s the absence of the primary—have described it as a way to give independent and moderate […]

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