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Transparency: Not Republican, Not Democrat

Openness in government is not a liberal, conservative, Republican, Democrat, Independent, TEA party or Libertarian issue. The importance of transparency in local, state and federal government should transcend parties and political ideologies.

March 20, 2014 | | Columnists


Put the Public Back in Public Information

This week is Sunshine Week, a nationwide discussion about the importance of access to public information and what it means for you and your community. During this week we pay special attention to our collective obligation to bring some "sunshine" to the often shadowy processes of government decision-making.

March 20, 2014 | Emily Shaw | Columnists


How to make a California shake

God bless America, and how's everybody?

March 19, 2014 | Argus Hamilton | Columnists


50 Shades of Cool

It was more amusing than piano- playing kittens to see Barack Obama plug the Affordable Care Act on Zach Galifianakis' internet comedy show. Not late night. Not basic cable. An internet show: "Between 2 Ferns." Even funnier was the President trotting out the same expression he normally reserves for Bill O'Reilly interviews.

March 19, 2014 | Will Durst | Columnists


Pay no attention to the plane behind the curtain

God bless America, and how's everybody?

March 18, 2014 | Argus Hamilton | Columnists


Rand Paul Gets It

I disagree with some of Rand Paul's more libertarian positions, especially on social issues. And I'm certainly not endorsing him or anyone else to be the Republican nominee for president at this time. But Sen. Paul of Kentucky did two things recently that won my favor. He showed the 2,500 conservative activists at the CPAC conference last weekend that he understands what the GOP must do if it wants to take the Senate this fall and win back the White House.

March 16, 2014 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


“Ban Bossy”: Unintended Consequences

If you keep up with social justice issues, you've no doubt heard of the "Ban Bossy" campaign (banbossy.com) spearheaded by Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg and other prominent females.

March 16, 2014 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


Conservatives Target Free School Lunches

Did you ever think you'd see the day when decrying low-income kids who get free school lunches would become a political battle cry, coupled with the suggestion that parents who sign up their kids for free lunches love them less than parents who send their children to school with brown bagged baloney sandwiches?

March 14, 2014 | Joe Gandelman | Columnists


Climate Change Talkathon a Sign of Weakness

There's a reason why the U.S. Senate has long been nicknamed the Cave of Winds. Typically, its denizens are all talk, no action.

March 14, 2014 | Dick Polman | Columnists


Don’t Wreck Medicare Part D

In 2003, I opposed the Medicare prescription drug bill, in large part because I expected that - like all other government entitlement programs - it would end up costing far more than initially projected. I was wrong.

March 13, 2014 | Phil Kerpen | Columnists


Pay Attention to This

I happened to be doing a 20-hour road trip in a rented car when Apple announced CarPlay, a system that will soon allow motorists to text, check email and be entertained via their mobile devices, while roaring down the highway.

March 13, 2014 | Peter Funt | Columnists


GOP Going Nuclear on ‘Battlefield of Ideas’

CPAC-the political convention that is to conservatives what ComicCon is to nerds-did not sort out the Republican field for 2016, but it did reveal something much scarier. Unlike most years when Republicans insist they should fight for ideals they never define, this time conservatives sketched out a frighteningly radical agenda. Taking CPAC speakers at their word, the next Republican generation will make us pine for the comparatively bi-partisan moderation and restraint that characterized the George W. Bush administration.

March 12, 2014 | Jason Stanford | Columnists


There are Better Ways to Cut Military Spending

Is it really a surprise that the governors of all 50 states are pushing back against President Obama's push to cut their National Guard troops?

March 11, 2014 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


Obama as Deporter-in-Chief? Not So Fast

Janet Murguia, the National Council of La Raza's Chief Executive Officer, recently made an explosive charge against President Barack Obama. Murguia called the president the "Deporter- in-Chief," a reference to what many Hispanic lobbying organizations allege is Obama's record number of deportations.

March 11, 2014 | Joe Guzzardi | Columnists


It’s the Desert, Stupid

Mr. Putin's quick takeover of the Crimean peninsula was no surprise to me.

March 09, 2014 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


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Pope Francis Challenges Our Apathy

Few papal encyclicals have been as anticipated as Laudato Si', and Pope Francis has not disappointed. The encyclical articulates a compelling moral vision intended to address the ecological crisis gripping our world.

June 24, 2015 | Michael Stafford | Columnists


Should I buy a card?

Masters champion Jordan Spieth won the U.S. Open in a thrilling manner at Chambers Bay Golf Club. Afterwards he wished everyone a Happy Father's Day, which came off as a bit insensitive to people in Los Angeles. Father's Day is the most confusing day of the year for Kendall and Kylie Jenner.

June 24, 2015 | Argus Hamilton | Columnists


Who Has the Worse Idea: Obama or Trump?

There are some very stupid ideas emanating from powerful people and political wannabes.

June 23, 2015 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


Donald Trump’s Circus Act

Poor Jeb.

June 23, 2015 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


For Father's Day, Counting Our Blessings

I was swapping dad stories with a friend and laughing hard. Then my friend got quiet and said something that hit me hard.

June 21, 2015 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Fatherhood Nation

Our image of an ideal father has been shaped in part by father figures at the national level-starting with George Washington as the Father of our Country. His strong leadership shepherded us through a war with weak, tepid support from half the country-a collection of colonies which desperately needed to be glued together. He was the glue.

June 21, 2015 | Dr. Jim Burns | Columnists


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