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John Hrabe
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John Hrabe is a freelance writer and communications strategist with a decade of experience managing media outreach for local, state and federal political campaigns, public relations clients, and new media startups. From 2007-09, he served as a spokesman for California’s sales tax agency and helped recover more than $38 million in tax deposits that the agency wrongly withheld from thousands of small businesses. John recently finished his graduate fellowship at the USC Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership and Policy, where he researched issues ranging from civic discourse to human trafficking. He also has a Master’s degree in Global Media and Communication from the London School of Economics.

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If California's Poor Just Formed a Corporation, They'd Be $420 Million Richer

(1) Comments | Posted July 7, 2014 | 8:23 AM

In recent years, Sacramento has slashed public services and raised regressive taxes to balance the state budget. Now, there's finally a state budget surplus, and it's reserved for an out-of-state corporation, not the 9 million people living in poverty.

Don't blame California Republicans, who, after all, remain...

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Meet the Next Todd Akin: California GOP Lawmaker Tim Donnelly Touts Conspiracy Theory, Confederate Flag

(7) Comments | Posted May 9, 2014 | 11:55 AM

Meet the next Todd Akin: California Republican Assemblyman Tim Donnelly.

The Republican candidate, who as of today would make the November run-off, has turned to conspiracy theories and a defense of the Confederate flag to appeal to voters.

On Monday morning, the Twin Peaks Assemblyman posted a wild conspiracy theory...

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California's Jerry Brown: The Richest Candidate in the Nation's Poorest State

(3) Comments | Posted February 4, 2014 | 12:17 PM

Governor Jerry Brown is the richest candidate in the nation's poorest state.

Last Friday, the incumbent Democrat reported that he's amassed a $17 million campaign war chest, according to state campaign disclosure reports. In the calendar year, California's top executive raised a whopping $9.87 million in monetary contributions,...

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$250k Spent to Block Sexual Abuse Bill in California

(6) Comments | Posted September 17, 2013 | 3:47 PM

You'd think that a bill to give victims of childhood sexual abuse more time to file a lawsuit would be the sort of non-controversial legislation that politicians would rush to champion. Well, you'd be wrong.

A California bill to let a small group of sexual abuse victims bring forward...

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Goodwill Minimum Wage Loophole Will Shock You

(152) Comments | Posted May 15, 2013 | 1:59 PM

Goodwill Industries is the worst charity in America. Yes, the same Goodwill that you just gave all of your old clothing to. Yes, the same Goodwill where you bargain-hunt on the weekends. Yes, the same Goodwill that Beyoncé is encouraging her fans to support with "donation drives at...

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3 Draft Picks in the Fantasy Entrepreneurs League

(0) Comments | Posted April 25, 2013 | 5:29 PM

I've been retired for a few seasons. But, back in my prime, I knew how to field a fantasy football team as good as the rest. Eventually, I lost time and interest, which had nothing to do with Tom Brady's season-ending knee injury in the 2008 opener against the Chiefs.

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Jack the Ripper Doesn't Teach Global Competence: Why We Need to Rethink Student Travel

(0) Comments | Posted April 1, 2013 | 9:02 AM

Jack the Ripper tormented me every night of my year in London.

There's no need to check your history books. The notorious serial killer has been dead for more than a century. But, to this day, his legacy lives on with "Jack the Ripper Tours" through the Whitechapel area of...

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Bah Humbug! Since When Does Xmas Shopping Start Before Thanksgiving?

(3) Comments | Posted November 20, 2012 | 1:58 PM

The holiday season officially began last Friday. Or, at least, that's when my friend Sheila proudly announced on Facebook that she'd caved into Christmas.

"I held out as long as possible," her status update read. "Christmas music starts today. Apologies to those who sit near me, but I will...

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Goodwill's Charity Racket: CEOs Earn Top-Dollar, Workers Paid Less Than Minimum Wage

(3) Comments | Posted September 25, 2012 | 12:51 PM

An American multi-national corporation, which accepts millions of dollars in government funds, pays its top executives more than half a million dollars per year in total compensation, while simultaneously paying some of its employees less than the federal minimum wage.

Some employees earn just 22 cents per...

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Paul Ryan's Tea Party Problem: Voted for Bailouts (Before He Was Against It)

(290) Comments | Posted August 11, 2012 | 12:08 PM

Remember Sen. John Kerry's infamous quote from the 2004 campaign, "I actually did vote for the $87 billion before I voted against it." Here's Rep. Paul Ryan, Mitt Romney's vice-presidential choice, doing his best to outdo the failed Democratic presidential nominee.

"Madam Speaker, this bill offends my...

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Eastwood Super Bowl Ad: Powerful, Inspirational and Dead Wrong

(29) Comments | Posted February 12, 2012 | 8:23 PM

Chrysler's Super Bowl ad is powerful, moving and inspirational. It's also dead wrong.

"Halftime in America" isn't selling us cars so much as it's selling us the playbook of the Greatest Generation. A playbook of hard work and perseverance. Obedient factory workers, who don't think different, they just build...

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America's Welfare Queens Collect TARP Funds, Student Loans and Auto Bailouts, Not Food Stamps

(305) Comments | Posted January 17, 2012 | 11:02 AM

Newt Gingrich reeks of desperation. Or, it might just be the smell of red herrings. In a last ditch attempt to be the "anybody-but-Mitt" candidate, he's doubled-down on his argument that African Americans should "demand pay checks and not be satisfied with food stamps." During Monday's Republican presidential...

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Haiti Earthquake Aid: Champagne, Cruise Ships & Cholera

(0) Comments | Posted January 12, 2012 | 1:58 PM

Cheryl Mills, the counselor and chief of staff to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, has the unenviable task of coordinating America's aid efforts in Haiti. She recently kicked off the "two years-post earthquake" news cycle with "10 Things You May Not Know About Haiti Today." She's probably incredibly...

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Dead Poets Society Lied: What the Movies Don't Teach You About Student Resistance

(15) Comments | Posted September 25, 2011 | 3:55 PM

As a white, libertarian-leaning, middle-class kid, every scene of Dead Poets Society appealed to my maudlin sensibilities, and none more than the film's dramatic conclusion.

The school's headmaster Mr. Nolan warns, "One more outburst from you or anybody else, and you're out of this school." Ten students are...

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California's Unsound Redistricting Process

(12) Comments | Posted September 1, 2011 | 12:50 PM

The Harmon Hotel, Spa & Residences, a glamorous 49-story complex, was supposed to be the signature feature of the Las Vegas Strip's new CityCenter, the largest commercial construction project in American history. After plunging six years of planning and millions of dollars into the project, the hotel will be demolished...

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Harvard University or Community College? Why the Choice Isn't As Crazy As It Sounds

(286) Comments | Posted April 22, 2011 | 3:34 PM

Across the country, high school seniors are compiling lists of pros and cons to resolve the first big decision of their lives: Where should I go to college in the fall? Few, if any, of these dilemmas will come down to a choice between Harvard and the local community college.

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