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Here's My Map

June 9, 2011

(cross posted at Fox and Hounds Daily)
I hope that arguing over redistricting commission maps burns calories. Because if this doesn't help you lose weight, there's really nothing useful about this mapping debate.

There's an easier, smarter, more effective way to divide California into legislative districts, of course. And it happens to be my way. It wouldn't require a redistricting commission or a legislature. It's a two-step process:

U.S. Supreme Court to California: You’re Ungovernable

May 25, 2011
(cross posted at Fox & Hounds Daily)

In ordering the release of tens of thousands of California prisoners, a majority of the U.S. Supreme Court sent an unmistakable message to this state and its citizens: you are unable to govern yourselves.

At a couple of points in the decision, the opinion, by Anthony Kennedy, a Californian, departs from the subject of prisons to comment on the bleak political and fiscal reality of the state.

'Shoe Leather' Leads to Schwarzenegger's Secret Son | CNN

May 21, 2011

Schwarzenegger's political advisers even tested the waters before the recall, asking focus groups what they thought about infidelity and his chauvinistic treatment of women, said Joe Mathews, author of "The People's Machine," a book about ...

Schwarzenegger Child Report Spurs Media Frenzy | The Associated Press

May 19, 2011

Schwarzenegger biographer Joe Mathews said the public shouldn't have been all that surprised by this week's revelations. There had been rumors on the political circuit for years of a Schwarzenegger out-of-wedlock child, Mathews said, although the ...

Schwarzenegger Revelation Could Overshadow Legacy | Capital Public Radio

May 17, 2011


The New America Foundation's Joe Mathews wrote a book about the Governator in 2006, after months of inside access. He says Schwarzenegger now risks having his policy record blotted out. Mathews: "The problem for him is that he's about to become a ...

Brown Boxes In Own Party

May 17, 2011
(cross posted at Fox & Hounds Daily)

For all the headlines about how Gov. Jerry Brown's budget gave a funding boost to schools, the real news of his May revise press conference was his full-throated, unqualified endorsement of a spending cap.

Brown Says He Will Convince GOP To Extend Taxes | The Orange County Register

May 16, 2011

Brown's claim that he could breach the partisan gridlock was "nonsense," said Joe Mathews, Irvine Senior Fellow at the New America Foundation and co-author of "California Crackup: How Reform Broke the Golden State and How we Can Fix It." "(It was) this ...

Paul Hurley, Short & Sweet: Throw Some Salt Today | Visalia Times-Delta

May 13, 2011

Civic-minded: Joe Mathews, author of "California Crackup: How Reform Broke the Golden State and How We Can Fix It," will be the guest speaker at the Tulare County League of Women Voters monthly lunch at noon Tuesday at The Depot. ...

The Pension Debate Is Small and Boring

May 11, 2011

(cross posted at Fox & Hounds Daily)
People in Sacramento have a real talent for turning what could be big, interesting debates into narrow, tit-for-tat snooze fests. The latest example of this capital city myopia is the pension debate.

Me, The Radical

May 5, 2011
(cross posted at Fox & Hounds Daily)

The Sacramento Bee called me a "radical" this past weekend. Or more precisely, a Bee writer described my book California Crackup, co-authored with Mark Paul, as "a radical but well- argued repair manual for state governance."

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