Here is some of my favorite stuff I’ve written, especially lately. 

Vote of No-Confidence: My Election Day Experience in Virginia
OpEdNews, November 8, 2012.
My friend the UN election monitor would never certify electronic touch-screens without a paper-trail as “Free and Fair.” Even my ATM prints out a receipt

Private Prisons: Resistance isn’t Futile
Truthout, March 13, 2012
The private prison industry is on the march. In recent months the industry moved to take over 24 state prisons in southern Florida and buy five prisons in Ohio. Now it’s making moves in Michigan.  But the industry doesn’t always win. Resistance isn’t futile. (AKA I’m working on prisons again, after all these years).

Public Employees Offer Solutions. Examples.
Huffington Post, June 11, 2011
Enough with blaming public employees for all of America’s problems. Last week public employees in Oregon marched on the state Capitol with a billion dollars worth of recommendations. (Oregon, then Michigan: This post describes the first two major projects in my new job).

Breaking up the Banks: I did it!
Daily Kos, March 22, 2011
First Wells Fargo acquired the bank I’d been banking in. Then Wells Fargo acquired my mortgage. I was becoming a wholly owned subidiary of Wells Fargo Bank. So I left.

The 2010 Elections: Bring ’em on!
Huffington Post, December 23, 2009
An election year can bring the fight back — for the ideas and ideals that will put the government on the side of working people and heal our broken economy. (No, it didn’t turn out that way … but they didn’t listen to me).

The New Economy: Where we’re going; how we’ll get there.
Campaign for America’s Future, October 29, 2009.
We can’t go back. We can’t pull out of the present downturn and return to the economy of the past a high-consumption, low-wage economy based on asset bubbles and foreign borrowing. We need to look ahead.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce: Threat To Capitalism
Campaign for America’s Future, June 11, 2008
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has launched “a sweeping national advocacy campaign … to defend and advance America’s free enterprise values in the face of rapid government growth and attacks by anti-business activists.” The Chamber doesn’t get it. They aren’t defending capitalism and free enterprise. They are all but destroying it.

A New New Deal; with Robert L. Borosage.
The Nation, January 12, 2009
—Sinking levees, collapsing bridges, broadband slower than our economic rivals. It’s time to put America back to work. Massive public investment will rebuild our people and our nation.

Good Building, Bad Building;
Campaign for America’s Future, Dec. 11, 2008
—China has opened a new subway system every year for the past six years. The U.S. has opened 40 new prisons and jails. Who’s setting up to lead in the 21st century?

Downsizing government to death
Los Angeles Times, July 20, 2008
—Last week, consumers were worried about salmonella in their fresh tomatoes. Before that, it was E. coli in their spinach. Something is wrong. Eating a salad is not supposed to be a high-risk activity.

CPAC: Conservatives Pout And Complain, March 05, 2007
—The first five minutes of every speech are appealing. The policies that follow are catastrophic. An ideology that disdains government is destined to govern badly.

America’s Progressive Majority
June 13, 2007
—They say America is a conservative or a “center-right” nation. Don’t be fooled. America is more progressive than people think.
Op-ed summary
Published by the Campaign for America’s Future
Co-authored with Media Matters

Prisoners of the Census: Electoral and Financial Consequences of Counting Prisoners Where They Go, Not Where They Come From
With Peter Wagner, Pace Law Review, April 2005
—The U.S. Census counts people where they are locked up, not where they come from. The result distorts democracy. (People count in prison for purposes of political apportionment, but they can’t vote and they leave after an average of two years).

Politics and Irrelevance: Community Notification Statutes
Federal Sentencing Reporter, September/October 1997
—Community notification statutes are clear political winners, but their effect on neighborhoods is less certain. Notification creates administrative problems, debate over issues irrelevant to public safety, and distraction from efforts more likely to protect the community.

The Real War on Crime
Associate Editor; HarperCollins 1996
—This groundbreaking book lays out the problems of our modern, hypertrophic criminal justice system. It’s about fear and fear-mongering; not safety and people.


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