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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The Bullet Train to Nowhere

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.

Governor Gavin Newsom’s sudden excursion into the high-speed rail controversy is perplexing for many reasons. To begin with this was not his but his predecessor’s “legacy” project which went off the tracks some time ago and efforts to resurrect it have not fared well. This is not his promise to fulfill, and no immediate decisions […]

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Should Nancy Pelosi Jump into the Presidential Race?

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.

As we watch the casting call rollout for the 2020 presidential extravaganza which for the first time in our history may feature more women than men one is missing. That person is House Speaker, Nancy Pelosi, who is attracting as much attention these days as President Donald Trump—and he may be the principal reason.

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The “Wall” and Congressional Resistance From 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.

Today, talk about “the Wall” is at the center of a raging national debate. Years from now when the history of this time is told, I suspect that this barrier if it is ever built or even still exists, will take up barely a page or two in the civics textbooks. It may stand or […]

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Could This be the Century of the Woman?

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.

As the party combatants continue their feuding with little sign of let-up unless Senate Republicans can muster the courage and House Democrats the restraint to head off an impending constitutional crisis, the future of the Republic as of now remains bleak. For perhaps the first time in history it is two women—both Californians—who could be […]

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What to Expect of Governor Newsom

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.

Gov. Gavin Newsom has just submitted his first preliminary budget– a mind-boggling and very big $144 billion. But so is California. It takes a lot to run the 5th largest economy in the world and satisfy a population which may already have passed 40 million! It also requires judicious use of money so it does […]

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Kevin McCarthy in Position to be a Hero

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.

If the GOP wants to stay in the game and restore some of its fading luster, one person who could have a lot to say about it is the new House Minority Leader, Kevin McCarthy of Bakersfield, who will now have the unenviable task of assuming command over some badly demoralized troops. He also has […]

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The Second Coming of Nancy Pelosi

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.

As we celebrate the new year—if that is an apt description— the non-stop spate of ugly news emanating from Washington is sure to dampen spirits. I would suggest that the biggest story going into 2019—though not quite equal to the non-stop revelations of crimes that may have been committed by this Administration—is the re-ascendancy of […]

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The Arrival of Governor Gavin Newsom

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.

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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