Reform in California

Mar 25, 2011 No Comments

Let’s get practical. By Keith Yetter In the last year, with the passage of Proposition 8 and the Legislature’s inability or unwillingness to write a “fair and balanced” budget, we have heard increasingly louder demands for massive reform of the structure of governance in the State of California.  Many politicians and political activists have gone [...]

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Please Warn Me of Poles, Pedestrians and Protestors

Jan 31, 2011 No Comments

By Claire M. Viall As a tour guide, (the best job on campus – hiring soon) my favorite spot when I give tours is right in front of the Free Speech Movement Café. Being the history nerd that I am, I probably relay a tad too much information about this one spot on campus, but [...]

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Where’s My Candidate for Governor?

Jan 30, 2011 No Comments

Progressives Call for More Diverse Options By Gabriel Patterson-King The 2010 California governor’s election should be an exciting race, with the potential to dramatically shift political power in the state to the left. Despite all the attention lavished on the race due to big name candidates like Jerry Brown, and formerly Gavin Newsom, many important [...]

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The Unwanted Legacy of Prop 209

Jan 29, 2011 No Comments

By Anais LaVoie While Cal Berkeley Democrats is just about over the hump of its mid-life crisis, the Smart Ass is still in its adolescence, complete with the rebellious spirit of its conception and the occasional glaring pimple. At the time of its birth, our magazine responded to rally cries by Berkeley’s Democratic liberals, which [...]

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Don’t Get Meg’d

Jan 29, 2011 No Comments

By Nik Dixit To Californians, these sights are becoming alarmingly familiar. However, while few would disagree that our state is broken, giving up on it would be a mistake. So much hangs in the balance—on the environment, marriage equality, and the future of public education, California is at a crossroads. It’s more important than ever [...]

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Why Barack Obama Wants You to Vote Early

Jan 29, 2011 No Comments

By Ian Magruder Some students love voting by mail. They receive their ballot in the mail a month before every election, spend a few hours filling it out, and send it in immediately. They enjoy the satisfaction of knowing that their vote is in the bank early. If you are one of those people, this [...]

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The Amazing and True Adventures of Captain Orangeface

Jan 29, 2011 No Comments

By Robbie Bruens Most pundits believe that, on November 2nd, the American people will hand at least 39 seats in the House of Representatives to the Republicans—ending the four-year-old Democratic majority. This will mean the cruel ascension of the hilariously named John Boehner of Ohio to the Speakership. Boehner is largely unknown to the American [...]

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Taking the Initiative

Jan 29, 2011 No Comments

By Tom Hughes “All political power is inherent in the people. Government is instituted for their protection, security, and benefit, and they have the right to alter or reform it when the public good may require.” – California Constitution, Article 2, Section 1 Two aspects of California’s state flag are wildly misrepresentative of our state. [...]

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Ensure Democracy in California, Vote Yes on Proposition 25

Jan 29, 2011 No Comments

By Jeremy Bishow Proposition 25 needs to pass this November.  As is stands, California is a financial nightmare.  The current political atmosphere of our state legislature is a microcosm of the current dilemma in the US senate.  The minority party (the Republican party) currently holds just enough votes to successfully filibuster anything the Democratic Party [...]

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An Interview with Jason Overman

Jan 29, 2011 No Comments

Ariel Boone: How did you first get involved in Cal Dems? Jason Overman: I was coming out from DC and I remember seeking Cal Dems out before I even got to Berkeley.  I went online to look for organizations and did my research.  I was still in Washington and I just knew before I even [...]

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