Archive | April, 2014

Forced Sale of the Clippers Could Impact Other NBA Franchises

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There is no shortage of commentators commending NBA Commissioner Adam Silver for the way he handled Donald Sterling’s latest mess. But first let us be perfectly frank about one thing: the NBA and its owners do not care that Sterling is a racist. If they did, they would have tried to punish him in 2003…
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The True Identity Of Racist Voter ID Laws

Throughout the country, Republican governors and legislators have been pushing for, and in many cases passing, restrictive voter ID laws. These voter-suppressing measures have been introduced under the ruse of preventing voter fraud and protecting our electoral process. But there is virtually no evidence of organized voter fraud and only a small number of individual…
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USPS Union Goes “Postal” Over Staples Deal

In Silicon Valley and most of the San Francisco Bay Area, the word “disruption” gets thrown around a lot—it’s one of those overused marketing buzzwords. I’m even guilty of overusing the term, but if there is any industry that has been “disrupted” in the last several years by technology, law, and politics, it’s the delivery…
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LOTS OF “FLASH,” LACK OF SUBSTANCE

There’s been a lot of commotion about Michael Lewis’ new book Flash Boys about high-speed Wall Street traders who literally moved mountains – drilled through them throughout Pennsylvania – in order to gain 3/1000’s of a second (not a misprint) advantage in the trading of stocks. The speed of light, at 186,000 miles per second, may…
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The Supreme Court’s Supremely Terrible Campaign Finance Ruling

In a decision that surprised no one, the U.S. Supreme Court’s five conservative judges again struck down limitations on election spending. The Court recently ruled in McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission that restricting the amount of money a person can contribute to candidates, political action committees (PACs), and political parties in a two-year election cycle…
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