Speaking Truth to Power: Adachi Wins Prestigious Defense of Poor National Award

November 29, 2012 | 10 Comments

The National Legal Aid & Defender Association (NLADA) has selected San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi as its 2012 Reginald Heber Smith Award winner.

Posted in Law, News, Politics

Ending the U.S. Senate Filibuster Rule

November 29, 2012 | 4 Comments

There is increasing sentiment in the U.S. Senate to end or reform the filibuster. As we have seen in the last sessions of Congress, a 41-vote minority of Republican senators has effectively bottled up or killed legislation.

Posted in Opinion, Politics

KPFA Is More Than a Radio Station

November 22, 2012 | 17 Comments

According to the mission statement of Pacifica, we would be wrong to base all of our programming decisions on who makes the most money during the morning drive time or which show raises the most money. We actually have a mission; to give voice to the voiceless.

Posted in Media, Opinion, Politics

What Did the President Know About the Benghazi Attack, Petraeus Affair?

November 20, 2012 | 10 Comments

(Updated, 12/2/12) Two coincidences are swirling around former CIA Director Petraeus: that the Benghazi attack had nothing to do with the anniversary of 9/11 and Al Qaeda, and that knowledge of his affair with his biographer and his subsequent resignation, did not reach President Obama until after his re-election.

Posted in Opinion, Politics

Why I’m Supporting SaveKPFA in KPFA’s Board Election

November 19, 2012 | 72 Comments

This month, KPFA is going through what will probably prove to be one of the most important elections of its 10-year experiment with democracy.

Posted in Labor, Media, Opinion, Politics

Race and Ranked Choice Voting in San Francisco

November 19, 2012 | 30 Comments

San Francisco’s ranked choice voting system produced surprising results in the Nov. 6 election when voters in District 5, the City’s most progressive district, elected moderate London Breed, and in District 7, the City’s second most conservative district, elected progressive Norman Yee.

Posted in News, Politics

Is Proportional Representation and Other Reforms Key to Democratizing US Electoral System?

November 16, 2012 | 4 Comments

After well over a year campaigning and an estimated $6 billion spent (including by SuperPacs), we ended up with the same president and roughly the same Democratic-controlled Senate and GOP-controlled House. The status-quo prevailed, ultimately, so it looks like we can look forward to two more years of stalemate.

Posted in Opinion, Politics