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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Rep. Adam Schiff Holds the Spotlight, But Should He be the GOP’s Main Worry?

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.

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Los Angeles) may be both greatly admired by his fellow Democrats and equally reviled by unwavering Republicans who see no reason to bow to his demands. Schiff stands at the center of an unenviable place in history where very few members of Congress have ever needed to go —-leading the charge to […]

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As the Impeachment Proceedings go Forward Californians are 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.

History will always make heavier demands on the nation’s leaders at special moments and the question is will they be up to the task?  This is clearly one of those moments and at least three prominent Californians are shouldering responsibilities which puts them on the hot seat. More about that shortly. The march toward impeachment […]

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President Trump’s Visit

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.

When Air Force One deposited Donald Trump at Moffat Field in Mountain View the other day he was landing in enemy territory. And there were no peace offerings to be had.  In fact for fear of inciting demonstrations, his stealth visits to well-heeled supporters in four cities has been kept under tight wraps. There were […]

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The Campaign Road Eventually Goes Through California Featuring Sen. Kamala Harris and Others

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 you watched the last presidential debate in Houston along with 14 million other Americans you realize that until now this remains very much a one-sided affair featuring Democrats.  That’s because Trump has no reason to shine a spotlight on the few GOP members with the temerity to have said they are prepared to oppose […]

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