California No Longer a Passive Election Observer

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 voters for Donald Trump will be going through a meaningless exercise on March 3. They would have a better chance betting on the lottery.  Not so for Democrats who have much at stake in whom they will be voting for what could influence not just later primaries but even the general election.  Since 1992 […]

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Iowans May Have Influenced the California Primary

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.

Mike Bloomberg, the ex-Mayor of New York, is busy introducing himself to California voters. He may have gotten a big lift—not from welcoming Californians who barely know him—but from Iowans.  A major and still yet to be explained smart phone application has thrown the Caucus results into total turmoil in what has since 1972 given […]

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The Adam Schiff 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.

The Impeachment trial of President Donald John Trump is reaching a conclusion—and it will not be greeted favorably by the vast majority of Californians. When the history of this time is told years from now one individual might only be a footnote but he will have played a seminal role in this entire sad episode. […]

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The Age Factor in California Elections

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.

It has been pointed out by one of my fellow columnists on this website that Californians—particularly Democrats—prefer older political leaders. He writes, “The good news for younger, more ambitious politicians here is this: if you live long enough, you might get elected to something big.” For the moment that would seem the case with Bernie […]

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Californians to Play an Over-Size Role in the Impeachment Trial

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.

A few Californians will be the marquee players as the impeachment trial of the 45th president (or technically the 44th if you count Grover Cleveland as having served split terms) of the United States, Donald John Trump proceeds.  Under these circumstances the House has a long arm which in accordance with its constitutional duties extends […]

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Thoughts About the California Presidential Primary

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.

With the withdrawal of California’s junior Senator Kamala Harris from the presidential race, the state will not have a “favorite daughter” on the ballot in March. Hers was a strategic decision as much as a financial imperative after a steep decline in her ability to raise funds with the all-important Iowa Caucus looming in less […]

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Will We Choose to Heed George Washington’s Warning?

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.

With the announcement that the House Judiciary Committee will be filing Articles of Impeachment, the stage is getting set for a historic trial in the U.S. Senate which will determine whether or not Donald Trump is convicted of “high crimes and misdemeanors.” He would become the 4th president to be impeached and the only one […]

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Kamala Harris Could Be Calling It Quits Before New Years.

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 Senator Kamala Harris’s once very promising race to become president is likely to be ending soon. Barring a dramatic turnaround in her fund raising which has gone into steep decline, I’m guessing she will be forced to withdraw before the new year. Poll ratings rise and fall but presidential campaigns cannot survive without continuous […]

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Californians In The Spotlight

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.

America’s most popular fun game –Whack a Mole—continues with still more candidates lining up to take a swing at whichever opponents survive enroute to the illusive Democratic nomination which only one person will be able to claim. Poised to enter the race is Michael Bloomberg the former New York City Mayor and perhaps the wealthiest […]

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Are We in a Permanent State of Fire Emergency?

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.

Californians disagree about many things. But there seems to be one issue on which there is general consensus: The state cannot be allowed to continue catching fire! These raging conflagrations are indiscriminate killers throughout every area of the state and likely to become even more numerous, more perilous and more costly. Climate change and the […]

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