Recent Supreme Court Decision Rules in Favor of Freedom: A Closer Look at Citizens United v. FEC

Amid the clamor of Sen. Brown’s stunning upset in Massachusetts against Martha Coakley, the Supreme Court issued their judgment of the landmark case Citizens United v. FEC. The 2002 Bipartisan Campaign Finance Reform Act, better known as McCain-Feingold, was largely overturned, which will likely lead to a radical shift in how campaigning is done in…

Schwarzenegger Depends on Federal Money to Close Budget Gap: Failure May Result in More Cuts to State Services

Governor Schwarzenegger and legislative leaders are counting on the federal government to provide the state with funding to help stave off a massive $19.9 billion budget deficit that may result in significant spending cuts should the money not arrive. The governor made the plea in his annual budget proposal, released in January. The state will…

Why Professor Lakoff is Wrong: UC Berkeley Linguistics Professor George Lakoff Sees “Two-Thirds Rules” as “Minority Rule”

George Lakoff has a way with words. The UC Berkeley linguistics professor has spent a great deal of his career commenting on the ways that conservatives have used rhetoric to frame the political landscape to their advantage, gaining nationwide attention in the process. Recently, however, the professor has engaged in some word play of his…

More of the Same: Schwarzengger’s Autopilot Folly — Governor’s Plan to Guarantee UC Funding is Same Thinking that Got us into this Mess

As UC Berkeley students enjoyed their winter breaks, they may have noticed in their inboxes a curious e-mail from Chancellor Robert Birgeneau. Most probably deleted it without reading. A shame — it was more delightful political analysis from the man who, in a previous mass e-mail, warned that faculty would flee to Massachusetts if Proposition…

The Minuteman

1. Head Start – No Start? In a recently released study, the Department of Health and Human Services affirmed that the 45-year-old Head Start preschool program has no lasting effects on its students in all of 114 academic and non-academic tests. “These results make it clear that we need to build a more coordinated system…