Can This Guy Defeat Eric Cantor?

Originally published in Mother Jones On September 17, the day Mitt Romney was outed for dismissing half the country as a hopeless waste of time at a high-dollar Florida fundraiser, Wayne Powell quietly slipped into Los Angeles for a fundraiser of his own. As it happened, Romney was in town too, trying to convince Latino […]

Underdogs in L.A.


Originally published on Congressional hopefuls will travel a long way for some Tinseltown support Los Angeles and politics can make strange bedfellows. What other city can boast of/apologize for sending the Terminator to the governor’s mansion and the Gipper to the White House? Not to mention L.A.’s greatest policy legacy, Proposition 13, the regressive-tax […]

The Red Scare and Average Joes

Originally published in the LA Weekly WITH PRECIOUS LITTLE TO DISTINGUISH HIMSELF FROM THE BUSH YEARS, except possibly more intransigence than even W. when it comes to moving off failed domestic and foreign policies, John McCain is losing the battle of reason in this election — which says that the Bush era has been a […]

Election ’08: Biden Does Tampa

Originally published in the LA Weekly ~ When I asked the security guard stationed in the upper reaches of the Sun Dome on the campus of Tampa’s University of Southern Florida (home of the Bulls) how many people were on hand, he smiled and said, “I don’t know, but a lot more than they expected. […]

Mudcat Saunders Pipes in From the Sidelines

THOSE WHO BOTHERED TO CHECK OUT THE Rocky Mountain News before the Democratic National Convention were greeted by a picture of the enigmatic Dave “Mudcat” Saunder

Seeking the Rage: Among the Protesters at the Democratic National Convention

Originally published in the LA Weekly~ DENVER’S CIVIC CENTER PARK, surrounded by vistas of rising skyscrapers, a beautiful public library, an art center, the Capitol building and the state courthouse, is a wonderful little spot in the heart of the city. It would seem to be the perfect place to generate buzz for what ever […]

Election ’08: Penetrating the Matrix

Originally published in the LA Weekly The Pepsi Center, where much of the Democratic National Convention is going down, is situated in an area of Denver called Lo-Do (lower downtown). It’s one of those loft-conversion, yuppie makeovers that Los Angeles is hoping like hell will happen in downtown LA, especially around Staples Center. It looks […]

The Tortoise and the Tank Face Off at Fort Irwin


Originally published in the LA Weekly SAND IN THE BOX The worst sandstorm in John Wagstaffe’s memory is at full howl. We’re deep inside Iraq, somewhere between the towns of Medina Jabal and Medina Wasl, on a day when the threat of violence is as thick as the squalls of sand. But there’s something about […]

Leaving Home

Originally published in the LA Weekly COUNT ME AMONG THOSE WHO WOKE UP on November 3 and thought: secession! My turn toward the idea that California should secede from the Union was based on some bedrock logic that my father used to admonish me with as he suspiciously eyed my derelict teenage friends: You can […]