San Diego Mayor Scores Points at California Commonwealth Club

Richard Rubin
Attorney Richard Rubin has taught public policy at USF, UC Berkeley and other institutions and is Chair of the California Commonwealth Club Board of Governors

What is a “New California Republican? One rising political star increasingly mentioned as gubernatorial material thinks he knows and believes that prospects for GOP success at the polls will improve if others embrace his credos. In a generally well-received address before the Commonwealth Club of California in San Francisco this past week, San Diego Mayor, […]

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Ronald Reagan’s Chief-of- Staff Was the Role Model

Richard Rubin
Attorney Richard Rubin has taught public policy at USF, UC Berkeley and other institutions and is Chair of the California Commonwealth Club Board of Governors

“The President asked me to accept the most sensitive position in his personal entourage and to be his chief of staff to organize the White House on his behalf. I didn’t see how I could turn that down.” With those words 36 years ago James A. Baker, III, a Republican in high standing with impeccable […]

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Does The Death Of The Health Care Bill Present An Opening For Bipartisanship?

Richard Rubin
Attorney Richard Rubin has taught public policy at USF, UC Berkeley and other institutions and is Chair of the California Commonwealth Club Board of Governors

With the collapse of the GOP health bill, Republicans could use the moment to revive interest in genuine bi-partisan law-making or they can double down on a losing strategy to gut the entire Affordable Healthcare Act and start all over. Democrats, led by California’s redoubtable former House Speaker, Nancy Pelosi, can either sit back and […]

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The Right to Privacy and the Election Integrity Commission

Richard Rubin
Attorney Richard Rubin has taught public policy at USF, UC Berkeley and other institutions and is Chair of the California Commonwealth Club Board of Governors

Privacy is everybody’s business or to put it differently only what each of us individually decides it should be. However, with the coming of the Internet, how much of what we think, say and do has raised serious questions as to exactly what is protected by that word and when it is being violated. California […]

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Sen. Dianne Feinstein Should Run for Re-Election

Richard Rubin
Attorney Richard Rubin has taught public policy at USF, UC Berkeley and other institutions and is Chair of the California Commonwealth Club Board of Governors

One Californian who is getting heavy press coverage these days is the venerable Democratic U.S. Senator, Dianne Feinstein—and for good reasons. Feinstein came to the national stage in 1992—the so-called “Year of the Woman” when four were elected to the U.S. Senate, more than in any prior election or decade. In doing so California became the […]

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California Will Play a Prominent Role In Washington Developments

Richard Rubin
Attorney Richard Rubin has taught public policy at USF, UC Berkeley and other institutions and is Chair of the California Commonwealth Club Board of Governors

As President Trump continues his first extensive trip to foreign countries, the news he has been making non-stop back home is not for the moment taking up the entire front page. Still, the headlines have to be unsettling. The center still holds if only barely, and it is starting to implode. If impeachment proceedings become ever […]

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Would Trump Actually Consider Resignation?

Richard Rubin
Attorney Richard Rubin has taught public policy at USF, UC Berkeley and other institutions and is Chair of the California Commonwealth Club Board of Governors

It is difficult to imagine someone who has reached the pinnacle of world power resigning from the most coveted position our nation offers. But if the conversation begins to go there, you can be sure Californians will be involved in the mix. There has been only one resignation in the 229 years since the creation […]

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Will Adoption of the Open Primary Increase Voter Clout?

Richard Rubin
Attorney Richard Rubin has taught public policy at USF, UC Berkeley and other institutions and is Chair of the California Commonwealth Club Board of Governors

When Proposition 14 was adopted by California voters in June 2010—the so-called blanket or open primary— it signaled an interest in moving away from strict partisanship —sort of. Under this law, statewide and congressional candidates run against each other on the same ballot regardless of party affiliation. The top two vote-getters move on to the […]

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The Decline And Future Of Healthcare Legislation

Richard Rubin
Attorney Richard Rubin has taught public policy at USF, UC Berkeley and other institutions and is Chair of the California Commonwealth Club Board of Governors

The Trump Administration has run into its first major policy buzz-saw—and it is the Republican Party. To quote the old Walter Kelly “Pogo” cartoon, “We have met the enemy and he is us! The GOP repeal and replace health plan has been rejected by its own members and could be delayed indefinitely. This was a […]

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The Health Care Fiasco

Richard Rubin
Attorney Richard Rubin has taught public policy at USF, UC Berkeley and other institutions and is Chair of the California Commonwealth Club Board of Governors

With thousands showing up at California town halls to discuss the unravelling of the Affordable Health Care Act and other issues it’s a sign all is not so well in Trump Land. Nothing trumps (pun intended) the agenda—not even Russian meddling and intelligence compromises — so much as the future of our healthcare and what […]

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