Same-Sex Marriage Battle Continues in Federal Trial: Lawyers Scrutinize Constitution to Persuade Court to Favor Gay Marriage

When California voters passed Proposition 8 in November 2008, it marked the beginning of a legal battle over same-sex marriage that could eventually make its way to the United States Supreme Court. Proposition 8, or the California Marriage Protection Act, amended the Constitution of California to restrict the definition of marriage to one man and…

Students for Liberty Update

On a warm September night early this semester, I nervously sat in front of a sparse crowd in 263 Dwinelle Hall. It was the first general meeting of Students for Liberty, a new freedom-oriented political club at Cal, and I was the president. Weeks of preparation had built up to that moment. From hours of…

Obama’s Push for Merit Pay

The Obama administration has proposed new regulations that would require states receiving federal education stimulus dollars, including California, to evaluate teachers based, in part, on the results of standardized tests. The proposals put the president at odds with teachers unions, which have long opposed the evaluation of instructors based on test scores. California state law…

Troubled Waters

A few years ago, the City of Oakland passed Measure DD, which permitted the city to issue about $200 million worth of bonds, the revenues being used to fund “safe parks and clean water”. A recent regatta hosted at Lake Merritt showcased the benefits derived from the spending. The tour begins with the streets, approaching…