The Arrival of Governor Gavin Newsom

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

All elections have consequences—some more than others. California’s often send ripples across the nation—none greater than the one just concluded. Rep. Nancy Pelosi (San Francisco) is a safe bet to be voted in as the returning Speaker of the House in a chamber that will be transformed with 40 new Democrats of diverse backgrounds and […]

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Nancy Pelosi & Donald Trump: Two Tests of Survivability

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

After the results of the mid-term elections California’s delegation of 53 will now have 45 Democrats in the new ruling party which will acquire in toto at least a 241-seat majority depending upon the outcome of a few races still to be decided. If San Francisco’s Nancy Pelosi is to regain the House speakership—as projected—and […]

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The Battle is Over—Now for the War?

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

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico  The talk here amongst the natives in this balmy laid-back paradise—a favorite for sun-seeking worry-escaping Americans— is not of politics, but about the adequacy of today’s tuna catch and tomorrow’s weather. A fresh supply of fish is the bigger concern. What Democrats and Republicans are plotting as we begin preparing for […]

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All Elections Have Consequences, Some More Than Others

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

Judgement Day—politically speaking—is upon us. Today millions of voters will render their opinions on who they would prefer to lead them in all 435 congressional districts. 84 of them are considered competitive with Republicans holding a 23-seat majority. With at least seven considered up for grabs in California, the nation’s largest state has the lion’s […]

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Senator Dianne Feinstein Deserves Better and so Does the Republican Party

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

Some pundits have taken to demonizing Sen. Dianne Feinstein for losses that Democrats hope will not befall the party nationally in the upcoming elections. Will she also be seen as the cause for losses in California House seats which the state’s Democrats are working overtime to capture? As they story goes, they cite her role […]

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Can Dianne Feinstein Win an Historic 6th Term?

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

I was among the 500 people crammed into a hall in San Francisco to hear what two candidates had to say who are hoping to be sworn in as California’s U.S. Senator in January. The incumbent, Dianne Feinstein faced off against Kevin de Leon, her challenger. The current title holder, hoping for a 6th historic term, […]

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Our Political Future: The California Factor

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

At some point, we will all come to our senses and see that almost nothing –nothing of real lasting value—will come of it without reasonable accommodation on the critical issues of our time. But is it possible for either Party to assume the mantle of national leadership which has been largely vacated by both as […]

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The Kavanuagh Appointment: What Will it Mean?

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 U.S. Supreme Court has a new justice—a very conservative one who it is anticipated will tip the balance of power in ways that will profoundly affect every American citizen one way or another for years to come. Some will rejoice. Others will lament what happened. But however each of us feels, that is not […]

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The Kavanaugh Hearings: A High Stakes Battle

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

If there is such a thing as a Super Bowl in politics, it occurred real time before a nation-wide audience riveted to their screens as the high drama taking place in Washington unfolded. As is so often the case, Californians are playing a starring role. In a shocking turnabout to the Senate Judiciary Committee’s tumultuous […]

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California Lawmakers About to Make History

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

California faces many important issues raised in the columns on this website every day—-and good that they are. ​In fact regardless of our ideological bent it is critical that we engage in vigorous discussion. ​However with the press and some of our most important institutions such as the FBI, the CIA and the Justice Department under relentless attack from the Oval Office, the future of reasonable discourse – indeed […]

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