Apply to work on the Spring 2013 issue of The Smart Ass!

Feb 06, 2013 No Comments

Apply here by February 15! About The Smart Ass: The Cal Berkeley Democrats had been planning on starting a newsletter for a while, but there never seemed to be the right time to get the ball rolling. Before the election of November 1996, The Daily Californian editorial board endorsed Proposition 209 despite the overwhelming opposition to the ballot [...]

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Apply to work for The Smart Ass!

Aug 25, 2012 No Comments

Apply here by September 14th! About The Smart Ass: The Cal Berkeley Democrats had been planning on starting a newsletter for a while, but there never seemed to be the right time to get the ball rolling. Before the election of November 1996, The Daily Californian editorial board endorsed Proposition 209 despite the overwhelming opposition to the [...]

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It’s Easy Being Green

May 19, 2011 No Comments

By Maxim Levet and Emily Koppel At UC Berkeley, many of us would like to consider ourselves environmentalists: we recycle, print double-sided, and carry reusable water bottles, among many other things. However, the student groups we participate in, by printing thousands of flyers and generating hundreds of pounds in waste every year, often fall short [...]

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Lessons From Soweto

Apr 25, 2011 No Comments

By Mia Pskowski The most difficult part about coming home after a semester or year of study abroad is not the culture shock, the sadness of leaving behind a new home, or even the return to the more intense academic standards of Berkeley; it is answering the dreaded, vague question, “How was *insert country here*?!!” [...]

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Rise of the Blue Tiger: Asian Americans and the Democratic Party

Apr 25, 2011 No Comments

By Chasel Lee The 2010 census results paint a rapidly changing demographic picture for California. Asians are the fastest growing racial group in the state, increasing 31.5% in between censuses to almost 4.8 million people, or 12.8% of the state population. Asian American population growth occurred over the entire state, in both traditional regions such [...]

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Inappropriations: The House’s Ideological Budget

Apr 25, 2011 No Comments

By Tom Hughes As hectic as it may be, the battle over the federal budget gives us a window into the minds of our country’s key political players. A budget expresses our values, quite literally; it shows the amount we value everything the government does in plain dollar terms. So now that the madness is [...]

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Justice Deferred

Apr 25, 2011 No Comments

By Michael Manset On January 22, 2009, only two days into his presidency, Barack Obama signed Executive Order 13492, which called for the closure of the Guantanamo Bay detention facilities no later than one year after the signing.  January 22, 2010 came and went, as did January 22, 2011, and yet the detention camps at [...]

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Bringing Social and Economic Rights Home

Apr 25, 2011 No Comments

By Jonathan Uriarte March 23rd marks the one-year anniversary of healthcare reform, a significant step forward for the American middle class and a monumental achievement for the Democratic leadership of our time. However, a year later we still feel the sting of the bitter political battles—the most notable casualties being the loss of the Democratic [...]

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A Public Service Announcement: Young People and the Affordable Care Act

Apr 25, 2011 No Comments

Photo courtesy of Alain McLaughlin and the Office of Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi By Paula Villescaz This March marks the one year anniversary of the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as the 2010 Healthcare Reform Bill. The bill brought sweeping provisions to an American healthcare system very much in [...]

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Rising Inequality in India

Mar 31, 2011 No Comments

Prosperity has its price By Maxim Levet Home to a rich culture, delicious food, a thriving economy, and over a billion people, India, the world’s largest democracy, is by far one of the most fascinating places on the globe. However, on my recent trip there this winter, one thing caught my eye: above all else, [...]

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