Alex Padilla’s Voter Reforms

Tony Quinn
Political Analyst

Secretary of State Alex Padilla has some nifty new ideas on how to increase California’s dreadful voter turnout – 2014 was the lowest off-year turnout in history. Unfortunately, his ideas are not likely to increase voter participation for the simple, reason that more and more California voters simply see no reason to waste their time […]

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Will The Supreme Court Remake California Politics?

Tony Quinn
Political Analyst

Like a bolt out of the blue the US Supreme Court has suddenly thrust front and center the most important question in a democracy: who should exercise political power.  Should it be all the people, or should it just be those citizens qualified to vote?  The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case out […]

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How Steve Glazer Won

Tony Quinn
Political Analyst

Mindful of the millions they spend electing Democrats, the public employee unions expect legislators to act like the old Soviet-era nomenklatura, compliant toadies who do what they are told.  So when one gets out of line it’s big deal.  Democratic special election candidate Steve Glazer dared do so, and labor spent $3.5 million trying to […]

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Lessons From Across The Pond

Tony Quinn
Political Analyst

Last Thursday, Great Britain had its big parliamentary election, and the results astonished every single observer: a Tory (Conservative) landslide that no one saw coming.  But there are important lessons for America in the UK election, as many of the politics, and the issues, are the same on both sides of the Atlantic. Lesson one: […]

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California’s Latino Voter Turnout: What Happened?

Tony Quinn
Political Analyst

Has the “Sleeping Giant” gone back to sleep, and will the Giant wake up for in time for 2016? Since passage of the controversial anti-illegal immigrant Proposition 187 in 1994, Latino voter turnout in California has mushroomed and with it Latino political clout. That is, until 2014 when turnout took a dive and many Latinos […]

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The Most Important Month

Tony Quinn
Political Analyst

April 2015 marks 150 years since the most important month in American history, April 1865.  This anniversary probably won’t be remembered, although it should be.  In the span of a single week that April, two events occurred that have marked American history ever since: the end of the Civil War and the assassination of Abraham […]

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A Review: “Chessman” — Pat Brown, Jerry Brown and California’s Crime of the Century

Tony Quinn
Political Analyst

(Editor’s Note: A reading of Joe Rodota’s play Chessman, a work in progress, was performed at the B Street Theatre in Sacramento this weekend.) Crime never ceases to intrigue, especially its punishment.  Half a century ago California executed convicted felons on a regular basis at San Quentin’s gas chamber.  That placed capital punishment at the […]

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Jerry Brown – Is The Fourth Time The Charm?

Tony Quinn
Political Analyst

National Republicans have had a dreadful two months, culminating in their humiliating surrender to President Obama on funding the Department of Homeland Security.  But now it is the turn of national Democrats to squirm, and that is over the strange affair of Hillary Clinton’s e-mails. Democrats are hoping for a smooth 2016 transition from President […]

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Supreme Court Opens The Door To A Democratic Gerrymander

Tony Quinn
Political Analyst

Has the United States Supreme Court just given California Democrats the right to gerrymander California’s congressional districts to their hearts’ delight?  That’s the most likely conclusion from the oral arguments in a case involving the Arizona independent redistricting commission.  If the Court rules for the Arizona legislature, as the oral arguments strongly imply, the Court […]

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The Impossibility of a Republican US Senator

Tony Quinn
Political Analyst

Democratic Attorney General Kamala Harris is becoming more and more the inevitable successor to Sen. Barbara Boxer, but one thing will assure Harris’s election, and that is if a Republican ends up in the top two runoff against her.  It is impossible for any Republican to be elected United States Senator from California. That is […]

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