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By Angelo Lopez on April 20, 2011

On April 4, 2011 I drove to downtown San Jose, California to attend a rally for workers' rights. The rally was sponsored by We Are One, and it honored Martin Luther King Jr.'s support of the Memphis Sanitation Workers Strike of 1968. The We Are One rally was a great event, with people from all walks of life supporting the workers in Wisconsin and the rights of workers everywhere.

I walked around the crowd asking people if I could take their photos and they were all very happy to oblige. What impressed me were all the different types of workers who attended, from teachers to fire fighters to electrical engineers to technicians. Many of the people that I talked to were inspired by the workers in Wisconsin and the protesters in Egypt and the Middle East. The speakers were great too, especially Cindy Chavez, who was in the San Jose City Council and now a teacher at San Jose State University. Interspersed in this blog are photos that I took of the event.

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By Gerald Britt on February 19, 2010

I last talked with Terri Hodge the day after my post, reacting to her assertion that eminent domain was a greater issue in District 100 than education. She objected to the inference insisted that she understood the importance of and the need for a college education. Her comments came during an interview with the editorial board of the Dallas Morning News. She admitted that she should have phrased her thoughts better and went on to defend her legislative record on education. You can read about all of that here.

Throughout our conversation Terri sounded defeated and defensive.

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By Jamie Sanderson on February 19, 2010

Democratic gubernatorial candidate for S.C. governor Mullins McLeod announced today he was dropping his bid to become head of the state and will endorse Vincent Sheheen. Here's McLeod's full statement.

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By Jamie Sanderson on January 23, 2010

As if there’s nothing more insulting or embarrassing, we have a sitting lieutenant governor open his big mouth can compare the needy – including children – to “stray animals”.

“My grandmother was not a highly educated woman, but she told me as a small child to quit feeding stray animals. You know why? Because they breed. You’re facilitating the problem if you give an animal or a person ample food supply. They will reproduce, especially ones that don’t think too much further than that. And so what you’ve got to do is you’ve got to curtail that type of behavior. They don’t know any better,” Bauer said.

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By Gerald Britt on December 31, 2009

This little interesting nugget regarding hunger in Texas. The state is being sued because its violating its own rules regarding the timeliness with which food stamp applications are processed.

That's right - sued...

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By Mikyung Lim on December 12, 2009

We heard that S.C. Gov. Sanford is not going to be impeached. It’s “quite disappointing.” I was expecting something “Grand Finale,” maybe like “Crime and Punishment­.”

The irony in this story is, as everybody knows, ex-President Clinton’s “Maybe or Maybe Not with Cigar or etc.?” case created such a “National Saga” along with huge national spending of “Tax Payers’ Money” on the investigation and impeachment debate (by the way, did we really want to spend our tax payment on that kind of investigation, and, now, where is the guy who did the whole spending thing on the lunatic national investigation?).

But this old-enough-but-extremely immature guy’s neglect of his public duty for five days, disappearing, and actually doing “the ACTUAL THING” under the disguise of crawling around Appalachian trail (or where was it?) can be easily dismissed from impeachment?

It’s great to see Ms. Jenny Sanford to have her own strong standing when her spouse turned out to be not worthy enough to deserve her devotion.

By Jamie Sanderson on November 15, 2009

My good friend Jonathan Eastvold has a great letter on the "I Believe" license plate issue in S.C. He's a Summerville resident, holds a B.A. in political science and biblical/theological studies from Wheaton College in Illinois and an M.A. and Ph.D. in politics from Princeton University.


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By Jamie Sanderson on November 15, 2009

Did you happen to catch the eye-awaking story this morning in the Sun News about the state's prepaid college tuition program?

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By Larry James on November 15, 2009

Fact: $140 per day to keep a person locked up in a Texas Department of Corrections prison facility.

Annualized cost for this "service" per inmate: $51,100.00.

Is it just me or, with these kinds of readily available resources, might there be a better way to respond to much of the prison population than the manner in which we currently work?

Given the rippling, better, long term tidal wave affect of incarceration on families, neighborhoods and individuals, I know there is a better way to use these funds.

Just thinking out loud...

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By Gerald Britt on October 18, 2009

While people are bemoaning the idea of a 'jobless recovery' from the worst recession since the Great Depression (again, 'horrors'! After 10 months in office the current administration hasn't corrected excesses at least 8 years in the making!), the last thing governments should be doing is making it harder on jobless households.

Take Texas for example: inefficiencies, poor management and clerical work, and, ultimately the outsourcing of one of the most vital safety nets for poor citizens is resulting in thousands of Texans unable to schedule an interview for months. For months!

I love Texas. I can scarcely think of anyplace else I'd want to live. But, honestly, with more of this stuff, we can stop this embarrassingly silly talk of secession. The U.S. could revoke our charter of statehood for sheer inanity!

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