The Republican National Convention made one thing clear. The battle between left and right is no longer a contest of ideas, no longer about low taxes vs. higher ones, small government vs. big government, intervention vs. isolation. No, the defining clash of our time is reason vs. an inchoate fear and fury growing like weeds on the cultural, class, religious and racial resentments of people who cling to an idealized 1954.
A proposal to change the California Legislature to a “Citizens Legislature” would involve subdividing large districts, which have huge populations, into tiny districts made up of 5,000 to 10,000 people.
A registered Democrat, Flynn has clearly been seething at an administration that forced him out of his job as director of the Defense Intelligence Agency a year early. That anger seems to have driven him over the top.
Trump echoed the “law and order” theme from Richard Nixon’s 1968 acceptance speech, but this went far beyond Nixon, who took pains to answer “those who say that law and order is the code word for racism.”
The math is the stuff of income inequality – billions in political donations taken out of California, but in return maybe one or two conventions likely to pump about $200 million apiece into a local economy. To level this playing field, let’s make California the permanent home of both conventions, starting in 2020.
Innovation is becoming critical to keeping California’s food and agricultural industries competitive. To tackle the state’s challenges, a triangle of innovation should be connecting the Sacramento region to Silicon Valley and the Central Valley, further aligning California’s commitment to environmental sustainability with its success in delivering high-quality food.
Most Republicans favor prison, judging from the nightly chants of “Lock her up!” from convention delegates and the regular calls from speakers to outfit Clinton in a jumpsuit or stripes and place her behind bars.
Donald Trump’s kids have been a relatively heartwarming feature, considering that virtually everybody else, including the conventioneers, have spent a large chunk of their time demanding that Hillary Clinton be sent directly to the pokey.
Sally Gellert, a Bernie Sanders supporter from Woodcliff, New Jersey said, "We don't need a Hillary coronation," as she pushed delegates at the Democratic National Convention to vote their conscience on Sunday, July 24, 2016.
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