• The Challenge for LA Dems

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    Winning with a historically low turnout

    By James Preston Allen, Publisher Los Angeles is solidly Democratic and has voted so twice in the past five months to prove it. However, it is a sad commentary on both the democratic le

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  • No on Joe, Yes on S and H

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    Challenge to the status quo of Los Angeles

    By James Preston Allen, Publisher I don’t know about you, but I’m getting awfully tired of seeing Los Angeles Councilman Joe Buscaino’s smiling face everywhere I look. He has beco

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  • Buscaino’s War on Homeless

    [vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]By James Preston Allen, Publisher Most of you have been distracted by the Tweeter-in-Chief’s misdeeds in office during his first weeks playing in the Oval Office. But you should realize that his antics are a lot like using a feather toy to distract a cat. The real th

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  • Yes Sally, There Are Still Patriots

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    You just won’t find them in the White House

    By James Preston Allen, Publisher

    “These are the times that try men’s souls.” —from Thomas Paine’s Read More

  • The Long Arc of History

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    Some secrets are only revealed too late and lost in the Twittersphere

    By James Preston Allen, Publisher Amidst the uproar over the president-elect’s latest tweet, his latest cabinet picks, and the latest revelations on the impact of Russian hacki

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  • Getting Another October Surprise

    In an era of fake news, disinformation and propaganda, the pursuit of the truth is invaluable, if not essential

    By James Preston Allen, Publisher This past election cycle brings me back to November of 1980, when Ronald Reagan was elected president. Random Lengths News

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  • Bureaucracy: Making Democracy More Difficult

    The Exercise of Our Petitioning is a Nuisance at the Public Library

    By James Preston Allen, Publisher As some of you  know, I have filed papers to run for the Los Angeles City Council in the 15th District.  Those who know me best have asked, “What took you so long?” Quite

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  • Fake News and the Rise of the False Alt-Press

    Social media and the cause of fact-less opinions

    By James Preston Allen, Publisher

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  • Fig Trees Are Like Democracies

    By James Preston Allen, Publisher

    “Democracy is like growing a fig tree. It must be pruned for it to bear the best fruit. As it grows older, the pruning gives the tree its own unique and distinctive shape. But let it go too long without pruning, the tree will grow wild and the fr

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  • America Experiences a Stunning Defeat

    Clinton wins the popular vote but experiences defeat the election

    By James Preston Allen, Publisher Well, there you have it—a reality TV braggart has bullied his way into the Oval Office by flim-flamming the American electorate. To get there, he defied many respected n

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