The High Stakes in the Brett Kavanaugh Nomination

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.

There were few surprises in the rancorous hearings to commend Brett Kavanaugh for appointment to the Supreme Court. They have now mercifully come to a close. Were he to fail in getting the simple majority of votes he needs for Senate confirmation it would cause a tsunami shock with reverberations that will rock the political […]

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Now He Belongs To The Ages

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. John McCain didn’t quite make it to the presidency but he might have worn the title easily had history gone another way. In an extraordinary lifetime of achievements that catapulted him from naval hero and prisoner of war to re-election to the Senate where he was serving his sixth term, McCain demonstrated the highest […]

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Political Upheaval and 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.

We commonly refer to journalism as the “Fourth Estate—a branch of society that wields enormous influence outside of government itself. It is powered by forces which we generally consider impervious to manipulation by external actors such as enemy governments and rogue enterprises that can threaten democracy. But thanks in part to the invention of the […]

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California Politics and the Nation’s

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 have not seen or heard much from Barack Obama lately. Nor for that matter has anyone else. The former president has been working as hard to stay out of the limelight as his successor is doing to stay in it with hourly tweets. This has not been lost on the political cognoscenti in this […]

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Is It Time To More Closely Examine Our Election Procedures?

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 may be time to take a closer look on how we conduct elections. So-called Ranked Choice Voting—or RCV for short—is gaining popularity with mixed reviews. It’s kissing cousin—“top-two primary voting” may also deserve further scrutiny. While the jury is still out on how well RCV may work, the number of skeptics is mounting—and Californians […]

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Governor Brown’s Likely Legacy and the Aftermath

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.

Next year there is likely to be some jubilation in Republican as well as more than a few Democratic circles when Governor Jerry Brown, a wily tactician who will have held the top position twice for a history-making four terms finally exits the scene. How well his successor will fare whoever it is may not […]

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Election Day Implications

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 2018 primaries are upon us, and they could either be momentous or just of passing note. California voters may hold the keys. The marque race in California pits four Democrats against two Republicans who may be heavily over-matched if the usual blue-state predictions are correct. Lt. Governor, Gavin Newsom appears to be surging at […]

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A Prominent Californian Weighs In On the Future of the Republic

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.

Amidst all the dreary speculation of our Republic being in imminent danger of collapse, there is still a flicker of optimism coming from some unusual quarters. One of those places is the University of California, Berkeley—hardly a bastion of conservatism—where Robert Reich, the former Labor Secretary for in the Clinton Administration, holds forth as a […]

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Kevin McCarthy and Dianne Feinstein are on Separate Paths but Should have a Common Goal

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.

Two of the institutions that could play a major role in Pres. Donald Trump’s future are the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives. Depending on developments in coming weeks two of California’s most prominent political figures could have star turns in each chamber—Dianne Feinstein, the ranking Judiciary Committee member in the Senate, and Kevin […]

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Paul Ryan’s Departure and its Implications for California

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.

Leaving aside the investigations into the deepest recesses of President Donald Trump’s nefarious business dealings, the next worst thing that could happen to him is the loss of even fragile support for his shaky legislative agenda. It may have just happened with the announced retirement of Paul Ryan as House Speaker. California’s House Majority Leader, Kevin […]

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