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New commentary at The American Conservative makes the case for "Why Conservatives Should Oppose the Death Penalty"

In prior posts here and here and here, I highlighted a series of lengthy articles in The American Conservative that were part of "a collaborative series with the R Street Institute exploring conservative approaches to criminal justice reform."   These folks are at it again with this new lengthy essay titled simply "Why Conservatives Should Oppose the Death Penalty."  The extendded essay, authored by Arthur Rizer and Marc Hyden of R Street Institute, merits a full read, and here are some excerpts...
Tags: Law, United States, North Carolina, Justice Department, Philly, Douglas A Berman, R Street Institute, Marc Hyden, Arthur Rizer, The American Conservative


Tucker Carlson slams markets, echoes rhetoric of leftists

SACRAMENTO – When I heard Fox News’ host Tucker Carlson’s rambling attack on “market capitalism,” I was reminded of that circular theory of politics. Some political thinkers go so far to the right that they end up around the bend on the left and vice versa. Some of Carlson’s monologue could have been spewed by any modern progressive. It reminded me not just of the unpredictable ideological places that President Trump has taken the GOP, but specifically of Hillary Clinton’s infamous credo, “It ta...
Tags: Opinion, Sacramento, America, Sport, Soccer, Gop, Hillary Clinton, Fox News, Vox, Hillary, Bernie Sanders, Clinton, Trump, Sanders, Tucker Carlson, Carlson


Shades of Prop. 187, as Trump rhetoric diminishes GOP

SACRAMENTO – I had yet to migrate to California from the Midwest in 1994 when Proposition 187, which banned most public services for illegal immigrants, passed overwhelmingly. It received nearly 59 percent of the vote, with only a handful of Bay Area counties voting against it. The measure wasn’t drafted by Republican Gov. Pete Wilson, but he was its most high-profile supporter. That helped him overcome a large polling gap and win a second term by defeating Democratic Treasurer Kathleen Brown, w...
Tags: California, Opinion, Senate, Germany, Sacramento, Sport, Soccer, Gop, United States, Ronald Reagan, Nazi, Jerry Brown, Donald Trump, Bay Area, Wilson, Midwest


Gov. Brown’s legacy is significant but wasn’t ‘transformative’

SACRAMENTO – Three years after his failed run for the Democratic presidential nomination in 1992, California’s once and future governor addressed the International Transpersonal Association Conference. I have no idea what that is, but the group’s name – and his ruminations on the nation’s political system – were just so Jerry Brown. After a joke about the small crowds in New Hampshire, Brown said that “We are in a degenerate state of self-government.” He said he didn’t want to depress the audien...
Tags: Supreme Court, California, Opinion, Sacramento, Sport, Soccer, New Hampshire, Jerry Brown, Democratic Party, Brown, Legislature, Steven Greenhut, Colusa County, R Street Institute, Opinion columns, International Transpersonal Association Conference


Jeff Hewitt shows libertarians how to win

SACRAMENTO – Many of my Republican friends chide me for being a “Losertarian,” a member of a party, the Libertarian Party, that is far better known for its sometimes-bizarre candidates, bitter internal disputes and unrealistic policy positions then it is for winning elections. Never mind that the GOP has its share of strange candidates (including one who managed to win a presidential election), but the criticism always has had an uncomfortable ring of truth to it. So it was with much enjoyment t...
Tags: Congress, Opinion, China, Sacramento, Sport, Soccer, Gop, Libya, CAL FIRE, City Council, Justice Department, Libertarian, Democratic, Hewitt, Legislature, Libertarian Party


Hints of what’s to come out of Sacramento

SACRAMENTO – If you needed more evidence that the California Republican Party is for all intents and purposes the equivalent of Monty Python’s dead parrot (it’s no more, it has ceased to be, it’s kicked the bucket, its metabolic processes have stopped, it is pushing up the daisies, it is an ex-party), then take a look at former Orange County Assemblyman and losing GOP gubernatorial candidate Travis Allen’s latest “take back California” effort. Now a candidate for state Republican Party chairman,...
Tags: California, Opinion, Senate, Sacramento, San Francisco, Sport, Soccer, Gop, Monty Python, Bill, Republican Party, Jerry Brown, Gavin Newsom, San Francisco Bay Area, Trump, Brown


Forget old debates, here’s a truly novel approach for the California GOP

SACRAMENTO — California’s two major Republican factions — conservatives and moderates — have been arguing about the future of the party for at least two decades. They don’t agree on much, but after the California party’s midterm drubbing, they do agree on this point: The state GOP is largely dead in the water and needs a new strategy to revive itself. A recap is in order. In 1998, 46.8 percent of voters were registered as Democrats, 35.8 percent as Republicans and 12.4 percent chose “No Party Pr...
Tags: California, Opinion, Senate, Sacramento, Sport, Indiana, Soccer, Gop, Modesto, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Republican, Jerry Brown, Trump, Schwarzenegger, Assembly, United States Supreme Court


Conservatives wrong to call for government ‘trust busting’

SACRAMENTO – One bedrock principle of American conservatism has been its commitment to a freer marketplace. As Ronald Reagan noted, “The societies that have achieved the most spectacular, broad-based progress are neither the most tightly controlled, nor the biggest in size, nor the wealthiest in natural resources.” What unites them, he added, is their belief “in the magic of the marketplace.” In an about face, conservatives these days are increasingly likely to view markets as a dangerous form o...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Opinion, Sacramento, Sport, Soccer, Gop, Ronald Reagan, Fox News, Jeff Bezos, Usa Today, Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders, Alexa, Bay Area


Trumpism hastens Orange County’s shift from red to blue

SACRAMENTO – During a 2012 magazine interview, actress Michelle Pfeiffer explained that “being from Orange County is in a lot of ways very much like being from the Midwest.” She was born in Santa Ana in 1958 and, as strange as her remarks might first seem, she has a point. The attitudes, culture and politics of the place, home to Richard Nixon and birthplace of the Ronald Reagan revolution, did indeed have a Midwestern feel, at least for many years. So many Midwesterners moved to Orange County t...
Tags: Congress, California, Opinion, Sacramento, Sport, Soccer, Gop, Ronald Reagan, Iowa, Ohio, Modesto, Darrell Issa, Orange County, San Diego County, Kamala Harris, Sarah Palin


State superintendent race: 50 million bucks for a bully pulpit

SACRAMENTO – If you pay attention to the overheated advertisements for the race for the state superintendent of public instruction, you’ll surely believe that the future of California’s education system is at stake. Nearly $50 million has been raised by candidates and independent committees to, in part, fund TV ads blasting one candidate as a failed school-board member and the other as a tool of the Trump administration. Both candidates are Democrats but one, Assemblyman Tony Thurmond of Richmon...
Tags: California, Opinion, Sacramento, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Boe, Richmond, Department Of Education, Trump, Democratic Party, State Board of Education, Board of Equalization, Tom Torlakson, Steven Greenhut, Antonio Villaraigosa


Prop. 12 is an abuse of California’s ballot box

SACRAMENTO – Critics of California’s voter-initiative process often rail against “ballot-box budgeting,” which refers to the way these measures often impose major budget outlays by democratic fiat. Average voters probably can’t even name all of their representatives, let alone explain how the state’s finances work. Yet they are called upon to make complex fiscal decisions based usually on campaign mailers and ballot titles. I’ve got no problem with voters deciding broad, easily understood issues...
Tags: California, Opinion, Senate, Sacramento, Sport, Soccer, Legislature, Humane Society of the United States, Steven Greenhut, Gary Condit, Lao, R Street Institute, Opinion columns, Legislative Analyst 's Office


Greenhut: Civil liberties and the police union spin game

SACRAMENTO – The wheels of justice turn slowly, but they turn even more slowly when it comes to achieving substantial legislative reform. With little fanfare and no statement, Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill that allows the public to learn details from investigations of police shootings, major use-of-force incidents and officers who may have falsified reports, planted evidence or committed a sexual assault. This is a no-brainer in a free society, but it took civil libertarians 12 years of work to...
Tags: California, Opinion, Senate, Sacramento, Reagan, Sport, Soccer, Gop, Aclu, San Diego, Lincoln, Jerry Brown, California Supreme Court, Northern California, Brown, Assembly


Gov. Jerry Brown ending final term with mixed results

By Steven Greenhut SACRAMENTO – After Gov. Jerry Brown completed his bill signings and vetoes in the first year of his third and penultimate term as governor, this columnist urged the governor to release his “inner libertarian.” The comment was a bit facetious, given that Brown had a well-established political philosophy that generally favored a larger and more muscular state government, rather than the limited variety favored by libertarians. It was wishful thinking, perhaps.But Brown had, on s...
Tags: Supreme Court, California, Opinion, Washington, Senate, China, Uncategorized, Sacramento, Sport, Soccer, New York Times, Delta, The Times, Jerry Brown, Donald Trump, Nixon


Gov. Brown rolls back crazy laws against food sales

SACRAMENTO – My youngest daughter, a college agriculture student planning a career in dairy farming, cut her teeth at our mini-ranch outside Sacramento, where she raises Nubians. Those are great milk producers and goat cheese can be tasty, too. One of her early lessons about life in modern America came when locals would ask to buy the milk. The state forbade such sales, but she heard of some people who adopted a workaround: The buyers would sign a form acknowledging that it was not for human con...
Tags: California, Opinion, Sacramento, America, Sport, Soccer, Vietnam, Jerry Brown, CHP, Saigon, Brown, Oliver Twist, Steven Greenhut, R Street Institute, Opinion columns


The latest Catholic abuse scandal shows that nothing was ever resolved

SACRAMENTO >> I’m having a hard time understanding why the recent Pennsylvania grand-jury report dealing with the Roman Catholic Church’s child-rape scandal sparked so much shock and outrage. Indeed, the allegations contained in the report are shocking and outrageous. But, as someone who reported extensively on the issue in Southern California 10 to 15 years ago, I’m not surprised by the revelations. Obvious questions jump to mind. Why hasn’t the church, and the secular authorities responsible f...
Tags: California, Opinion, Sacramento, Sport, Soccer, Pennsylvania, United States, Ireland, New York Times, Pope Francis, Vatican, Catholic Church, Catholic, Orange County, Los Angeles Times, Wittenberg


Your life and liberty aren’t really safe, despite the end of the legislative session

SACRAMENTO — It’s that time of year. The California Legislature has concluded its session and I can again publish one of my favorite quotations, from 19th century New York Judge Gideon Tucker: “No man’s life, liberty or property are safe while the legislature is in session.” At press time, we’re still waiting to see how many liberty-destroying bills that Jerry Brown will actually sign into law, this being his (mercifully) last signings/vetoes after four total terms as governor. Last year, Brown ...
Tags: New York, California, Opinion, Senate, Sacramento, San Francisco, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, Bill, Jerry Brown, Brown, Legislature, Tucker, TNC, Steven Greenhut


Nike fallout shows we’re a nation of snowflakes

SACRAMENTO — Perhaps it’s the fault of social media or a president who acts like the star in a reality TV show, but Americans increasingly are fixated on the “big kerfuffle of the day.” We go from one tempest in a teapot to the next, with culture warriors expressing anger, shock and outrage. If you’re genuinely offended by an advertisement designed to sell athletic gear, then you need a reality check. Calm down. Take a deep breath. Stay off of Facebook for an hour. Hug your children. There’s a d...
Tags: Facebook, California, Opinion, Sacramento, NFL, Nike, Sport, Afghanistan, Soccer, Gop, Pentagon, Berkeley, Santa Monica, Jim Jones, Kaepernick, Garcetti


Despite indictment, Duncan Hunter benefits from lack of alternative

SACRAMENTO — It’s hard to be too surprised about the recent indictment of Rep. Duncan Hunter, the San Diego-area Republican accused (along with his wife) of using $250,000 in campaign funds for personal expenses including a trip to Italy, massive bar tabs and video games. OK, it’s startling whenever any congressman faces charges, but the federal indictment probably won’t shock those who have followed past news reports about a man sometimes mocked as a member of the GOP “Bros Caucus” because of h...
Tags: Congress, California, Opinion, Washington, Iraq, Sacramento, Sport, Soccer, Gop, Hawaii, House Of Representatives, Italy, San Diego, Fox News, Justice Department, Trump


With renewables, it doesn’t have to be all or nothing

California has long been a leader when it comes to electricity policy, but not always in a good way. Two decades ago, the state restructured its electrical markets as part of a then-nationwide trend toward deregulation. The basic idea behind California’s move — that consumers would benefit from more competition in electrical generation — was correct. After all, states like Texas show that electrical competition can be a great boon. Yet California pursued a “uniquely ill-designed and poorly-imple...
Tags: Texas, California, Opinion, Senate, Sport, Soccer, Southwest, R Street Institute, Josiah Neeley, Guest Commentary, Devin Hartman


Bail-reform deal is worse than doing nothing

SACRAMENTO — Leave it up to the California Legislature to take a bad government-run system, argue about it for months, then cobble together a compromise bill that would make things worse. That’s exactly what has happened with the hot-button topic of bail reform, as the full Assembly narrowly passed Senate Bill 10 on Tuesday. It was subsequently approved by the full Senate and now sits on the desk of Gov. Jerry Brown, who has previously backed the concept. The concept is indeed a good one. The cu...
Tags: Maryland, California, Washington Post, Opinion, Senate, Sacramento, Sport, Turkey, Soccer, Gop, Nato, Aclu, Bill, Jerry Brown, City Hall, Princeton University


Resurgent white nationalism needs hearty, conservative rebuke

SACRAMENTO — For years, I’ve feared that the political left’s ugly embrace of identity politics would generate an equally ugly backlash, and sure enough we’re seeing it take place. I’m not particularly concerned about the bizarre bands of white nationalists who have crawled out from under their rocks to march with their Confederate banners. They’ve always been around — and they were vastly outnumbered in their latest Washington, D.C. march. They can be dangerous, but their extremism gives them a...
Tags: Europe, David Brooks, California, Opinion, Washington, Sacramento, America, Reagan, Sport, Soccer, Gop, United States, Ronald Reagan, New York Times, Fox News, Republican Party


Governments are getting better at regulating the 'sharing economy'

For years, city and state governments around the country have been fighting over "sharing economy" issues. Now those fights are making more sense. Companies and lawmakers have learned to speak the same language, and they're finding compromises. This is a column about government working better. For years, city and state governments around the country have been fighting over "sharing economy" issues. What's changing is those fights are making more sense. These are no longer so often fights bet...
Tags: New York, Supreme Court, Congress, California, US, San Francisco, Trends, Manhattan, Bill De Blasio, Airbnb, Lebron James, Seattle, Citi, Santa Monica, Chris Collins, San Francisco They


California Senate Bill 1303 would fix glaring conflict of interest in sheriff-coroner offices

SACRAMENTO — One of the few things I remember from college Psychology 101 was Maslow’s pyramid-shaped “Hierarchy of Needs.” If we’re destitute, we spend all our time trying to meet our physiological needs for food and shelter. With those needs met, we then worry about safety. After feeling safe, we move up the pyramid toward the narrower goals of love and belonging, esteem and then self-actualization. Bottom line: You’re not going to spend much time worrying about lofty goals when you’re scroung...
Tags: Amazon, California, Opinion, Senate, Sacramento, Sport, Soccer, San Joaquin County, San Joaquin, Bennet Omalu, Legislature, Assembly, Moore, Sacramento Bee, Greenhut, Board of Supervisors


Senate Bill 1303 would fix a glaring conflict of interest

SACRAMENTO — One of the few things I remember from college Psychology 101 was Maslow’s pyramid-shaped “Hierarchy of Needs.” If we’re destitute, we spend all our time trying to meet our physiological needs for food and shelter. With those needs met, we then worry about safety. After feeling safe, we move up the pyramid toward the narrower goals of love and belonging, esteem and then self-actualization. Bottom line: You’re not going to spend much time worrying about lofty goals when you’re scroung...
Tags: Amazon, California, Opinion, Senate, Sacramento, Sport, Soccer, San Joaquin County, San Joaquin, Bennet Omalu, Legislature, Assembly, Moore, Sacramento Bee, Greenhut, Board of Supervisors


The American Conservative explores "What’s Philly’s DA Got to Do With Me?"

In prior posts here and here, I have highlighted an ongoing series of lengthy articles in The American Conservative that are part of "a collaborative series with the R Street Institute exploring conservative approaches to criminal justice reform."    This latest article zeroes in on a notable new figure under the full headline "What’s Philly’s DA Got to Do With Me?: If every city had a Larry Krasner, there might be fewer people in jail who didn't belong there." Here is how the article gets start...
Tags: Law, Philadelphia, Philly, Cato Institute, Krasner, Douglas A Berman, Larry Krasner, Clark Neily, R Street Institute, American Conservative


Defunct law firm deal doesn’t settle concerns on police union ‘playbook’

SACRAMENTO — The recent announcement that a now-defunct law firm will pay $600,000 to a former Costa Mesa mayor and a current councilman and his wife puts to bed an ugly chapter in that Orange County city’s recent history. Nevertheless, it would be wrong to ignore the deeper statewide lessons from that controversy, which also spotlights the aggressive “playbook” that some police officials had used to muscle political opponents into submission. The settlement came in a lawsuit filed in 2013 by fo...
Tags: California, Opinion, Sacramento, NFL, Sport, Soccer, Peace Officers Research Association Of California, City Council, Orange County, Charlotte, Orange County Register, Costa Mesa, Ground Zero, John Grisham, Monahan, New California


‘Kinder Guardian’ videos put lawmakers in cringe-worthy light

SACRAMENTO — Maybe Norris Sweidan, owner of Warrior One Guns & Ammo in Riverside, ought to be the one on the November ballot for a congressional seat. I don’t know Sweidan’s political views, but he showed more savvy than some current and former lawmakers who were duped by comedian and prankster Sacha Baron Cohen into appearing in a Showtime spoof promoting the arming of toddlers in a “Kinder Guardian” program. Sweidan recently released a store video to Fox News in Los Angeles showing a bearded m...
Tags: California, Opinion, Russia, Sacramento, America, Los Angeles, Sport, Fox, Soccer, Gop, Showtime, Moscow, Fox News, Illinois, South Carolina, Sacha Baron Cohen


Do offensive social media posts impugn the justice system?

SACRAMENTO — The investigation of a San Bernardino County gang prosecutor accused of making some disturbing social-media posts has understandably become national news because of what it could imply about the county’s fair administration of justice and level of professionalism. The recently defeated and controversial District Attorney Michael Ramos issued tough comments about the situation, but the remarks from DA-elect Jason Anderson reflect a lackadaisical attitude that’s disappointing given hi...
Tags: Facebook, Navy, Opinion, Sacramento, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Orange County, American Bar Association, Aba, Anderson, San Bernardino County, Newport Beach, Ramos, Maxine Waters, Michael Ramos


Will ‘sunset review’ shut the lights on onerous licensing rules?

SACRAMENTO — One of my favorite Ronald Reagan quotations illustrates the problem of an ever-growing government: “Government programs, once launched, never disappear. Actually, a government bureau is the nearest thing to eternal life we’ll ever see on this Earth!” In my decades covering public agencies, I can think of only a handful of rollbacks — and they usually ended up perversely expanding government power. In one recent case, the state Legislature gutted a state tax board, known as the Board...
Tags: California, Opinion, Senate, Sacramento, Reagan, Sport, Soccer, Ronald Reagan, Bill, Department Of Consumer Affairs, Legislature, Assembly, Steven Greenhut, Morrell, R Street Institute, Opinion columns


The American Conservative explains "Where the Right Went Wrong on Criminal Justice"

Arthur Rizer and Lars Trautman from the R Street Institute have this remarkable new commentary in The American Conservative under the full headline "Where the Right Went Wrong on Criminal Justice: Ending our 'incarceration nation' would help return conservatives to their roots, acting on principles most of them already hold."  Long-time readers are surely aware of my long-enduring contention that a lot of conservative ideology and rhetoric would seem to push toward advocacy for sentencing and ot...
Tags: Law, China, Russia, United States, Christian, Republican Party, Christ, Christian Right, Douglas A Berman, R Street Institute, Arthur Rizer, American Conservative, Lars Trautman, Right Went Wrong on Criminal Justice