Politics & Law

john powell A response to Ferguson: Systemic problems require systemic solutions

Last night, like many across the world who were watching, we experienced deep disappointment in the decision by the St. Louis County grand jury not to indict Ferguson, Mo. police officer Darren Wilson for fatally shooting Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenage boy, on Aug. 9. Our thoughts are first with the family … More >

Riddhi Dasgupta Advocating a U.S.-India Mutual Defense Treaty

Cross-posted from Fortune Magazine, November 17, 2014. It was also just announced that President Obama might be Prime Minister Modi’s chief guest at India’s upcoming Republic Day Celebrations.

John Yoo and Riddhi Dasgupta

Amid the falling out between Pakistan and the United States and China’s rise, there is no better time for … More >

Lisa García Bedolla Obama: Do the Right Thing

Providing administrative relief for at least six million of the unauthorized immigrants currently in the United States is the right thing for President Obama to do for the country and, most importantly, for the hard-working human beings who have been used as pawns in the immigration debate for far too … More >

Mahmood Monshipouri Diplomacy with Iran: A win-win situation

It is easy to be cynical about diplomacy with Iran, considering the complexities of U.S. domestic politics and the relentless defiance that Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani faces from his own domestic hardliners.  We should not allow, however, conservative camps in either country to rock the diplomatic boat, much less sink … More >

Lisa García Bedolla If Voters of Color Don’t Vote on Tuesday, Don’t be Surprised

The New York Times recently published a story on the dramatic advances in campaign data analytics since the 2008 election. According to the Times, “modern political campaigns home in on their key voters with drone-like precision, down to the smallest niche — like Prius-driving single women in Northern Virginia who … More >

Stephen Sugarman Prop. 46: Drug-testing doctors and raising the cap on ‘pain and suffering’ damages in medical malpractice cases

Described as a “patient safety” measure, this initiative would do two primary things. First, and the central reason for it being put on the ballot, Prop. 46 would increase from $250,000 to a little over $1 million the amount of money that can be awarded for “pain and suffering” to … More >

Karin Mac Donald When a polling place is someone’s garage, is a ‘redesign’ realistic?

I read with interest a recent opinion piece for WIRED magazine titled “America’s polling places desperately need a redesign.” In it, author Ted Selker — an inventor, design consultant and member of the Accessible Voting Team at UC Berkeley — describes the physical limitations of many polling places across the … More >

Karin Mac Donald Pollworker 101: How a few crazy hats can make our democracy stronger

It’s election season in California, which means that the state’s 58 county Registrar of Voters offices are buzzing with activities – everything from designing, printing and mailing ballots to finalizing voter-registration rolls and ordering precinct supplies. Each task that staff in these offices perform factors into an election’s success, and … More >

Jonathan Simon Prop. 47: A simple step toward reducing mass incarceration

California Proposition 47, on the ballot for voter consideration this November, would change the legal classification of many “nonserious and nonviolent property and drug crimes” from felonies to misdemeanors (read the details on ballotpedia.org here.

This simple change has important consequences. A crime classified as a felony may be punished with a … More >

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