Just after Labor Day, the race was tied, and with only ten days to go, the lead was barely in double digits. The ultimate 22-point defeat of Prop. 23 arose because of tremendous work by a broad coalition.
The story of this election is not that Silicon Valley businessmen outspent the Texas oil men. It's that voters, educated and mobilized by the grassroots, fought back against an outrageous corporate power grab.
2010 is seeing an increase in corporate funded Jim Crow-style voter suppression campaigns -- conspicuously orchestrated efforts by Republicans and Tea Party groups to intimidate voters of color and keep them away from the polls.
The oil dinosaurs want to win so badly in my home state because the nation often follows where California goes. Winning, however, depends on what happens when voters look at that deceptive label, "California Jobs Initiative," on their ballot.
A WSJ story on the stocks held by the staff of some members of Congress is journalism based on the notion that every database deserves its own sensationalistic expose -- even when the information in the database is relatively ho-hum.
With international negotiations at a standstill, 350.org, Greenpeace and others are using every new media tool available to share their climate message. Two days before 10/10/10, they had registered nearly 7,000 events in 188 countries.
Real diversity means inclusion and tolerance of different viewpoints, backgrounds, orientations and lifestyles, not tokenism. So, if you are a diverse applicant for admission to the Tea Party gang, know what you're dealing with.
Comprehensive climate and energy legislation is dead in the U.S. Congress. Now the network of Koch Industries-funded groups that played a central role in its defeat have entered the political fray on the state and regional level.