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Santa Barbara Spill: Case Study of Post-MSM News



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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 audiences. Much crucial information made its way up the news food chain from small local online enterprises to huge and well-financed national outlets, not vice versa…. »

‘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 violence on U.S. campuses, and reviews “The Hunting Ground,” a powerful new documentary that puts a… »

Op-Ed Holiday Special: The Mulholland Report


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We bumped into our old friend Bob Mulholland, ex-political director of the California Democratic Party and erstwhile adviser to Tony Blair and the Laborites, at the recently concluded Disneyland Dem convention, and invited him to share his singular brand of political wisdom: … »

Round-up: Harris, Sanchez, Glazer & Kim K’s Butt


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The three big takeways from a compelling political week: Kamala Harris looks strong, but hardly inevitable, in the Senate race, where there’s room for another credible candidate, Steve Glazer’s… »

How ‘Ululation’ Entered California Political Lexicon


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The dopey little story that Loretta Sanchez told to an audience of Indian-American Democrats, and that generated several zillion words of reportage while offending every person west of the… »

Disneyland Democrats: Happiest Race on Earth


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Loretta San- chez’s inex- plicable Chief Wahoo moment was only one of several outré episodes by the Dems’ current and potential Senate contenders, influenced by the close proximity of… »

Sanchez: 6 Takeaways and 1 Alternative Theory


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The bottom line on Rep. Loretta Sanchez’s announcement that she’s running for the U.S. Senate is this: it’s the best thing to happen to California political writers since 2010,… »

The FEC Collapse: Triumph of the Plutocrats


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So it’s come to this: The ultra-rich, corporate PACs and special interest Super PACS are poised to drive 2016 federal election spending to $10 billion. The only agency that… »

The Full Carly: Incompetence, Hubris and Nastiness


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Having crashed Hewlett-Packard’s stock, destroyed H-P’s legendary civility and been fired as CEO; having been bounced as a spokesperson for John McCain’s presidential campaign, and having lost spectacularly in… »

Snakegate: What Does Gov. Slytherin Have to Hide?


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More than a week after Jerry Brown advised the world that he’d conquered a rattlesnake, many more questions than answers remain about his Great White Hunter Facebook pic (shown… »

Ophidia in Herba: Thoughts On Gov. Snake Wrangler


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The last we checked, Jerry Brown had 3,563 likes, 218 shares and scores of comments on the Facebook photo he proudly posted on Saturday of himself overpowering a snake…. »

Op-Ed: Why Unions Back Bonilla Over Glazer


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By Mike Durant Special to Calbuzz Much has been written about campaign spending in the East Bay’s 7th  State Senate district race, from the record-breaking $1.1 million that L.A…. »

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