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Posts from 2013

It’s Still a Bear Market for Workers

by Robert Reich

The Labor Department reported a week ago that 236,000 jobs had been created in February. That's good news - but not nearly good enough. Even if this rate were to continue, which seems unlikely, the United States wouldn't be back to pre-recession levels of unemployment for another four years. American wor… More

Better to Work with the Schools We Have

by David Kirp

School board elections are usually placid affairs, but that wasn't the case in the recent Los Angeles election. Would-be kingmakers, including New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and media magnate Rupert Murdoch, spent nearly $4 million to defeat incumbent Steven Zimmer. Zimmer's sin was to question th… More

Alaska Shouldn’t Challenge Federal Gun Laws

by Alexei Painter (MPP Candidate '13)

As an Alaskan, I'm no stranger to guns - there was actually a shooting range in the basement of my elementary school (to be fair, it was closed during school hours). I've never had very strong feelings about the gun issue because I can see merit in both sides of the debate. That said, I think some gun ri… More

Ignite Inspires Young Women to Engage in Politics

Ignite Inspires Young Women to Engage in Politics

Fatimah Simmons (MPP '11) helps young women from low-income communities to become civically engaged and politically involved. She is the program director for Ignite, which sponsored the Tomorrow’s Women Leaders Today conference, drawing 150 promising young women from throughout the Bay Area. Read mo… More