Fairness in Media

I am old enough to remember when media coverage of politics – TV and radio only in those days – was governed by the FCC’s fairness doctrine. The fairness doctrine said, essentially, that if you wanted to report on an election, all sides, and all candidates, needed to be given equal time. This was both […]

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Acting Locally

From time to time, people who know how interested in politics I am ask me if I watch the Presidential debates.  I always reply: "No, I'm not interested," and try to change the subject. But why don't I want to watch?  There's plenty of drama.  Donald Trump talks about whatever comes into his head, without […]

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More Than Possible

"Politics is the art of the possible." The phrase, practically a cliché in political circles, is usually attributed to Otto von Bismarck , the Prussian politician who unified Germany in the latter part of the Nineteenth Century.  Bismarck, of course, said it in German : Die Politik ist die Lehre vom Möglichen.  The word he […]

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Political Season

For the ordinary citizen, the political season is a short two month period from Labor Day to the November election day of an even-numbered year.   Most ordinary civic-minded citizens of our democracy limit their interest to that brief expanse of time.  Sadly, an ever-increasing number of our citizens don't even have that much involvement..but […]

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Politics Isn't a Dirty Word

As we prepare for the 2016 campaign season, it's time for another of my brief essays.   Consider the following conversation: "Where'll we go for dinner tonight?" "I don't know - where would you like to go? "Maybe sushi...or pizza." "I don't feel like pizza - let's do sushi." "Ok." Sound familiar, even banal?   How many […]

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Political Conventions

In the last thirty years, I have attended a number of California  state-wide political conventions, mostly because my late wife, Pat Wiggins, was an active politician and officeholder.  Much useful work was done at these conventions on identifying public policy ideas and in developing relationships, but they had very little effect on the selection of […]

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Another Anti-War Poem

Some time ago, I blogged about the cinquain  and what I called the semicinquain.   This little verse, from 2003, is written in yet another variation of the cinquain, which might be called the hypercinquain, or cinquain on steroids.   The syllabic scheme is 2/2/4/6/8/2  as opposed to the cinquain, which is 2/4/6/8/2.   Dilemma is explained here. […]

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Do Unto Others...

If we have a representative democracy in this country, that means, or should mean, that elected officials are the representatives of the people - they take our place, and represent our interests and well-being. One of the most pernicious ideas to gain currency in my lifetime is the notion that there is something inherently corrupting […]

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Undecided Voters

In an earlier post,  I made the following statement: "Undecided voters are usually much more important to look at than those voters who have made up their minds,...but not always.  It's time to explain what I meant. Undecided voters are usually important, because the assumption is ( and studies have shown this) that once a […]

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Two Polls are Better Than One

As I said in my first post on this subject, there  are times when an underfunded local campaign is better off doing two or more simple polls rather than one large, more complicated and more expensive poll.   Sometimes, this is because knowing how a particular message is doing with the electorate over time is extremely […]

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