Putting Conscience Over Party Politics

Richard Rubin
Attorney Richard Rubin has taught at the University of San Francisco, Berkeley and Golden Gate University, is a regular columnist for the Marin Independent Journal and was Chair of the California Commonwealth Club Board of Governors, 2017-2019.

California Republicans do a much better job of displaying unity around their candidates than their counterparts.   It is at least one reason why, even in this bluest of states, a few have broken thorough to claim the governorship and a couple of them  rode the Golden State wave right into the presidency. Ronald Reagan was […]

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Impeachment: The California Factor

Richard Rubin
Attorney Richard Rubin has taught at the University of San Francisco, Berkeley and Golden Gate University, is a regular columnist for the Marin Independent Journal and was Chair of the California Commonwealth Club Board of Governors, 2017-2019.

Like so much in politics the modern history of impeachment runs through California. Richard Nixon, a Republican and the nation’s 37tth president born in Yorba Linda, chose to resign before he would most certainly have been impeached. House Speaker and Democrat, Nancy Pelosi, a San Franciscan by adoption and second only in line to the […]

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Speaker Nancy Pelosi is proceeding wisely

Richard Rubin
Attorney Richard Rubin has taught at the University of San Francisco, Berkeley and Golden Gate University, is a regular columnist for the Marin Independent Journal and was Chair of the California Commonwealth Club Board of Governors, 2017-2019.

The impeachment drums are growing louder but at least one Californian has remained steadfast against taking that fateful step. She is House Speaker, Nancy Pelosi, who even after rising calls to begin the process coming from at least 53 House Democrats—nearly one third of her delegation—she has continued to urge patience. “Nothing is off the […]

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Sports Talk and the Future Legacy of California Cities

Richard Rubin
Attorney Richard Rubin has taught at the University of San Francisco, Berkeley and Golden Gate University, is a regular columnist for the Marin Independent Journal and was Chair of the California Commonwealth Club Board of Governors, 2017-2019.

Oakland has much to crow about today—–more specifically the Golden State Warriors who have played all of their championship seasons there and may be on the verge of another. This scrappy blue-collar city about which the writer, Gertrude Stein, once groused “there is no there, there,” is better known for teams that have made a […]

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Impeachment Not the Best Option for Democrats

Richard Rubin
Attorney Richard Rubin has taught at the University of San Francisco, Berkeley and Golden Gate University, is a regular columnist for the Marin Independent Journal and was Chair of the California Commonwealth Club Board of Governors, 2017-2019.

Unlike other democracies which have parliamentary systems that allow for mid-term votes of “no confidence” when the leadership of a nation’s government has come under serious question, in the United States there is no such remedy. There is no emergency valve that we can periodically activate to relieve pressure on the system. We are left […]

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Influential Californians Are Weighing in on the Special Prosecutor’s Report

Richard Rubin
Attorney Richard Rubin has taught at the University of San Francisco, Berkeley and Golden Gate University, is a regular columnist for the Marin Independent Journal and was Chair of the California Commonwealth Club Board of Governors, 2017-2019.

Highly influential Californians differ widely in their reactions following the release of the long-awaited report by Special Prosecutor, Robert Mueller into alleged criminal wrongdoing by the president of the United States. ​Their views are critically important in terms of what comes next. ​ ​House Minority Leader, Kevin McCarthy of Bakersfield said flat out, “it is […]

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What will be Gavin Newsom’s formula for success

Richard Rubin
Attorney Richard Rubin has taught at the University of San Francisco, Berkeley and Golden Gate University, is a regular columnist for the Marin Independent Journal and was Chair of the California Commonwealth Club Board of Governors, 2017-2019.

The ideas behind the founding of the republic and the writing of our Constitution sprung from the minds of very big thinkers. None ever thought bigger. Of course it was easier planning for a little over 2 million people in 1776 than for the approximately 325 million of us just in the U.S who take […]

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Impeachment Maybe Off the Table

Richard Rubin
Attorney Richard Rubin has taught at the University of San Francisco, Berkeley and Golden Gate University, is a regular columnist for the Marin Independent Journal and was Chair of the California Commonwealth Club Board of Governors, 2017-2019.

The long-awaited report by Special Prosecutor, Robert S. Mueller, III arrived amidst high expectations that it would produce information which would immediately kindle discussion of possible impeachment. That did not happen. Instead it appears to have landed with more of a dull thud and much of the air may be quickly going out of the […]

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Redistricting: Big Job Ahead for 14 Californians

Richard Rubin
Attorney Richard Rubin has taught at the University of San Francisco, Berkeley and Golden Gate University, is a regular columnist for the Marin Independent Journal and was Chair of the California Commonwealth Club Board of Governors, 2017-2019.

Every 10 years we go through a ritual which attracts little attention but can have much to say about who gets to govern California. Known as redistricting, the exercise is tied directly to the decennial taking of the nation’s census which is mandated to keep track of our ever-growing and changing population. The next count […]

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Will Democrats Pick a Candidate Who Can Win?

Richard Rubin
Attorney Richard Rubin has taught at the University of San Francisco, Berkeley and Golden Gate University, is a regular columnist for the Marin Independent Journal and was Chair of the California Commonwealth Club Board of Governors, 2017-2019.

California can be held at least partly responsible on several counts for the party supremacy battle which is likely to break out across the nation as a growing field of contestants throw their hats in the ring for the Democratic presidential nomination. Prior elections have revealed some troublesome ideological fissures that could prevent California Democrats […]

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