2nd GOP Presidential Debates: Carly vs Trump

As we approach the 2nd round of GOP debates at the Ronald Reagan Library in Simi Valley, CA, everyone’s bracing for Trump vs. Carly. Neither candidate has held office, a fact that, in an age of frustration and disillusionment with politics, has largely contributed to their popularity. After the first round of voting on Civinomics ranked […]

Local and Congressional Action in the Wake of Kate Steinle’s Death

It has now been almost a month since 32 year old Kathryn Steinle was shot and killed as she walked along San Francisco’s Pier 14. To recap the series of events, quickly following the shooting authorities arrested and charged Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez, an undocumented immigrant with multiple drug related felonies to his name, as well […]

Should Congress Approve The Iran Nuclear Deal?

Man, a lot of talk about Iran lately, huh? But just what exactly is going on right now? Let’s see if I can break it down for ya – Last week Secretary of State John Kerry, along with representatives from five other nations (Germany, France, Britain, Russia, and China), emerged from negotiations with Iran with […]

A Salute To Pride

A Salute To Pride

Pride this year was special. The annual celebration in San Francisco is one of the city’s most joyous, colorful, delightfully cringe inducing, and important events of the year. Every year thousands upon thousands of revelers descend on the city of Harvey Milk and countless other gay rights pioneers to celebrate their legacy. But with the […]

Do We Need A Local Minimum Wage?

Last week the Santa Cruz City Council commissioned a study on how a local minimum wage would impact our economy. Two days later, UCSC Professor Steve McKay led a presentation at the Museum of Art and History detailing the results of his study on low wage workers in Santa Cruz County. Taken together, these two events […]

Voting Roundup: Bernie Sanders, California Climate and Water, and Oakland Housing

We now know that that Hillary Clinton will have to overcome at least one primary opponent on the road to the White House: last Thursday Bernie Sanders, the outspokenly liberal Senator from Vermont, declared his campaign for the presidency. Indicating that his priority will be creating, “an economy that works for all of our people, […]

A New Face On The $20 Bill?

A New Face On The $20 Bill?

We very well may have a woman president after election 2016. And not long after that we may soon see a woman’s face on the $20 bill. Earlier this month, New Hampshire Senator Jeanne Shaheen introduced legislation – Women on the 20 Act – to replace Andrew Jackson with a woman who has had a […]

Clinton’s Announcement

Let there no more doubt – last Sunday, Hillary Clinton announced that she will, indeed, be running for President in 2016. Clinton made a video announcement that she would be running and enters the field as the overwhelming favorite to win the Democratic nomination. Over the years she has been in the public eye from […]

Voting Roundup: Pot Growing In Santa Cruz, UC Funding, Ted Cruz, and Mandatory Voting

  Never a dull week goes by it seems with several critical local, state, and national issues coming to the fore. Looking locally, the Santa Cruz County Supervisors are set to vote this week on whether to ban the growing of commercial cannabis within unincorporated parts of the county. Over the last several months Supervisors have […]