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What Catalyzed SCOTUS Gay Marriage Decision


Many times, familiarity breeds respect. Look no further than Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, the swing vote and author of the landmark majority opinion affirming same-sex marriage nationwide. A Ronald Reagan appointee, Kennedy has a vacation house in the Palm Springs area, which the real estate website Trulia says has some of the most heavily… »

Obama: Time for “An Honest Accounting of History”


It’s been an amazing week of news: the Confederate flag lowering across the South, the Supreme Court upholding the rights of everyone, not only to have health insurance but also to marry. Of all the millions of words written and uttered about events, none were… »

Shocker: Oil Spill Spreads, Fouls Distant Beaches


The oil company responsible for the recent coastline spill near Santa Barbara and a state agency both confirmed Monday that oil from the accident has traveled more than 100 miles to the south, raising the financial, legal and political stakes of the incident. The finding… »

Call It Like It Is: Dylann Roof is a Domestic Terrorist


By Dick Polman, News- works: ISIS death toll in America: 0. Domestic terrorist death toll in Charleston: 9. Unless you’re totally clueless – unless, say, you’re a Fox Newsbot… »

The Swami is Gone; Can We Kill the “Bradley Effect”?


In some of the tributes to our late friend and mentor Mervin Field (we name no names), the old, discredited “Bradley Effect” raised its ugly head, as writers sought… »

A Great Man Passes: Merv Field R.I.P.


Thought- ful and civil, cordial and cultured, affable and warm, Merv Field was, quite simply a great man. An erudite guru of California’s historic trends and campaign minutiae, he… »

Paris Is Talking: Ro vs. Ho, the Rematch


Amid word stateside that Ro Khanna has assem- bled an All-Star lineup of Democratic consultants to take another run at Rep. Mike Honda, Calbuzz dispatches its entire City of… »

Kamala: AG “Boots on the Ground” in Spill Probe


In the ancient tradition of state politicians, AG Kamala Harris commanded the attention of most of the TV news cameras in Southern California, striking a pose near the Santa… »

We Are the Seven Percent: Drought, What Drought?


The big news in the just-out PPIC poll is that Californians now consider the drought the most important issue facing the state. The most fascinating data point, however, is… »

Brown Rolls Back Coastal Act Suspension Order

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Update June 6: Gov. Brown reversed his order suspending the power of the Coastal Commission late Friday, a classic move of dumping disagreeable news in the dead zone, between… »

Santa Barbara Spill: Case Study of Post-MSM News


The Santa Barbara oil spill is noteworthy in part as a case study of how news is gathered and disseminated in a digital world of niche operations and fragmented… »

‘The Hunting Ground’: Human Truths of Campus Rape

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Susan Rose, who covers the women’s movement for Calbuzz, reports on California and national efforts to address what the White House has called an epidemic of rape and sexual… »

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