Two Santa Clauses or How The Republican Party Has Conned America for Thirty Years

by Thom Hartmann January 26, 2009 (commondreams.org) This weekend, House Republican leader John Boehner played out the role of Jude Wanniski on NBC’s “Meet The Press.” Odds are you’ve never heard of Jude, but without him Reagan never would have become a “successful” president, Republicans never would have taken control of… Continue reading

Task force assembled to lead SF toward public bank launch

San Francisco is progressing in its move to establish a public bank in The City. (Courtesy photo) By Joshua Sabatini on February 4, 2018 (SFExaminer.com) San Francisco has assembled a 16-member task force to study launching a public bank to fund affordable housing development, low-interest loans for low-income residents and cutting ties… Continue reading

Dennis Peron, a California activist and ‘father of medical marijuana,’ died at 72

Dennis Peron, leader of the campaign for Proposition 215 and founder of the Cannabis Buyers Club, right, smokes a marijuana cigarette next to Jack Herer of Los Angeles, in San Francisco in 1996. (Andy Kuno/Associated Press) By Associated Press January 29 (washingtonpost.com) Dennis Peron, an activist who was among the first people… Continue reading

Stockton rolls out universal income experiment

City of Stockton. Photo by LPS.1/Wikicommons Hard-luck city to offer low-income families $500 per month By Adam Brinklow  Feb 1, 2018 (sf.curbed.com) The city of Stockton is committing to an experiment with a Universal Basic Income (UBI) in 2018: The city will supplement a few low-income Stockton families’ budgets to the tune of $500/month… Continue reading

San Francisco Shows Nation Way Forward by Throwing Out Old Marijuana Convictions

February 01, 2018 by Common Dreams “While drug policy on the federal level is going backwards, San Francisco is once again taking the lead to undo the damage that this country’s disastrous, failed drug war has had on our nation and on communities of color in particular.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer… Continue reading

Medicare for All Only Way to Fix Broken System: An Open Letter to Jeff Bezos, Warren Buffett, and Jamie Dimon

February 01, 2018 by Common Dreams As you turn your focus towards health care, we urge you to meet with policy experts who have studied this problem for decades and concluded—like every other advanced industrialized nation in the world—that a single-payer system is the only way to solve this crisis. by Dr…. Continue reading