The Mueller Hearings: Many Questions, Few Surprises

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.

After the eight hours of mostly low-key and some closing moments of emotional testimony by former Special Prosecutor, Robert Mueller, before the House Judiciary and Intelligence Commitees, the case for impeachment of this president may not yet have persuaded enough Democrats who would have to be the ones to bring it. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi […]

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Racism, Name-Calling and the 2020 Election. How Will CA Congressional Delegation Respond?

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 blatantly racist tweets now spouting from the mouth of the President of the United States we have may reached a new low for insensitivity to the vast majority of Americans who find such rhetoric abhorrent.  At a North Carolina rally just the other day, urged on by the president’s special ire aimed at Minnesota […]

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A Journey Into the Past

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 has always been a place for dreamers and as the state grows the dreams continue to grow bigger along with it. Teeming concrete megalopolises were one result spurred on by four elements that were predictive of lightening growth: plenty of water, favorable climate and unlimited amounts of open space. Another ingredient no less important […]

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The Hard-Charging Californian Nailed It!

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.

Sen. Kamala Harris stole the show in the second  presidential debate and did much to enhance her standing before a national audience. She did so by very adeptly combining her well-honed prosecutorial skills as the state’s previous Attorney General and San Francisco’s former District Attorney with a bit of spontaneous peace-keeping at exactly the right […]

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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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