Blocking Anti-Pot Billboards

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Thomas D. Elias
Thomas D. Elias

A struggle has raged for decades across California and America to protect young people from negative aspects of drinking beer and hard liquor. The fight is spreading to newly legalized recreational marijuana. Several state legislators are trying to ban pot advertising along state highways. This is happening when no one is quite certain whether new U.S. Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions, … Read More

Letting Illegals Vote Is Destructive

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Thomas D. Elias
Thomas D. Elias

Almost no one seemed to notice during last fall’s election that yet another line between citizens and immigrant non-citizens was breached. Even before then, there were few privileges and rights that immigrants – both documented and undocumented – could not enjoy in some parts of California. Driver’s licences, check. Illegal immigrant children eligible for state-paid medical insurance under Medi-Cal, check. … Read More

What if Trumpcare Works?

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Thomas D. Elias
Thomas D. Elias

One problem in having a President who operates without much regard for facts, truth or consistency – one whose staff has devised the concept of “alternative facts” – is that when he says or promises something, no one can know whether he means it. So it was with President Trump’s mid-January promise of “health insurance for everybody,” including better coverage, … Read More

Our Electoral Roadblock

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Thomas D. Elias
Thomas D. Elias

California is in the forefront of almost everything. From new tax formulas to new movies, TV shows and electronic devices, from pioneering farm irrigation techniques to innovative hairstyles and much more, trends start here and work their way across the country. Almost no one believes California has been even minimally influential in national politics for many years, despite its place … Read More

The Cleanup That Left a Mess

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Thomas D. Elias
Thomas D. Elias

Once California voters passed the 2000 Prop. 34 campaign finance initiative pushed by former Democratic Gov. Gray Davis, it was only a matter of time before state and county party chieftains became vital behind-the-scenes kingmakers. Their unadvertised roles became clearer than ever in the last election, where it was primarily money funneled through the Democratic Party that gave the party … Read More

Trump and Truth: Strangers

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Thomas D. Elias
Thomas D. Elias

California’s government soon will begin to learn what it means to deal with a president who very frequently is less than truthful. The reality of Donald John Trump’s relationship with facts and truth apparently didn’t matter much to voters in the many small-population states which together provided the Electoral College majority that’s about to put him into the White House … Read More

Will Sessions Let Libs Go to Pot?

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Thomas D. Elias
Thomas D. Elias

As a United States attorney in Alabama serving under President Reagan in 1986, the 39-year-old Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III was charged with enforcing civil rights laws. But he said then that he didn’t have much of a problem with what the Ku Klux Klan stood for, musing that he thought the KKK was “OK until I found out they smoked … Read More

Trump Can’t Punish Muslims, Can He?

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Thomas D. Elias
Thomas D. Elias

The scene was a festive holiday-season dinner with guests from both Northern and Southern California. The discussion grew serious as the question arose of whether President-elect Trump would really try to set up a national registry of citizen and resident Muslims in America as an anti-terror tactic – which he advocated while running for office – with no one knowing … Read More

New Reason for Hillary’s Spanking

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Thomas D. Elias
Thomas D. Elias

With the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump less than a month away, and the election receding into the rear view mirror, one thing is clear: The scope of the Latino vote majority Democrats needed and expected to get was significantly less than in many earlier elections. While outgoing President Obama has spent the last few weeks skirting this fact by … Read More

Obamacare Funeral Near?

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Thomas D. Elias
Thomas D. Elias

President-elect Donald Trump probably does not lose much sleep over it, but millions of Californians have spent wakeful nights since his election wondering what will happen to their healthcare if he follows through on his promise to “eliminate Obamacare on Day 1.” That day is five weeks away. If the promise is kept, it could affect 4.6 million Californians whose … Read More