Today I want to use my unique set of criminal justice experiences -- from both sides of the prison wall -- to help end the mandatory minimum sentencing for non-violent offenders.
The political goal of making a different group become the enemy and "the other" is what every Hitler analogy should revolve around, not the vapid uses of quotes from Nazis that could apply to all politicians.
The petrifying reality that your taxes might go up, or that you might eventually have to pay for someone else's medical care is what keeps you up at night, not the prospect of leaving your home for a better life in some faraway land.
Rick, do you ever wonder what happens to gay men and women when they try to force themselves to live a lie? Well Rick, I've got news for you. Most mixed orientation marriages end catastrophically, with both partners greatly damaged. I was in one of those marriages.
What do we have to do to change the hatred and evil ways of the Republican Party so that they love something like... their country?
While it was widely reported that Perry had likened homosexuality to alcoholism, it went almost unnoticed that the Texas GOP platform had removed its prior call to recriminalize homosexuality. And that may be a key fact in understanding what is going on in the minds of Texas GOP leaders.
There simply isn't any way to explain how, in 2014, the Texas Republican Party legitimately believed its hot-off-the-presses policy platform should include "reparative therapy" for gays.
Abortion opponents can make it impossible, unthinkable, illegal; they cannot make it a thing of the past. Because women desperate to end unwanted pregnancies will always, always, always find ways to do so. Some of them, as is already happening, will die trying
Just a few days remain till California's primary election. Will California Republicans, whose share of the state's electorate dropped more than seven percent over the past decade, veer even further to the right with their standard-bearer for governor?
When you turn down health care for millions of citizens, billions of dollars and job creation out of spite, you are not representing the best interests of your constituents.
Just last week, Republicans got caught in a lie about Obamacare very publicly -- at their own hearing on Obamacare. As failed GOP presidential wannabe Rick Perry would say, "Oops."
At the very least, you're supposed to make warm, grateful statements about the politician and let your real calculus remain in the corporate black box.
Though I am disappointed, I am not surprised by the court's (re)inscription of a Christian religious imposition and imperative in the public square by maintaining a long-standing tradition.
Rick Perry's catastrophic 2012 run has placed him out of the top ranks for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination. But his natural political talents coupled with a few good breaks could place him back in the game.
In the absence of big initiative battles or high-profile, big money candidates slugging it out, we are left with, what we are left with. Primarily, that's the question of which little known Republican will emerge from the open primary into the November run-off with Governor Jerry Brown.
Narrative is a deeply engrained cultural process that defines, inflicts and enforces taboos against ambitious women. The narrative of a mom heading off to Harvard Law School was never going to fly.