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  1. HAROLD MEYERSON: A flawed solution to gridlock

    Would the dysfunction of U.S. politics be dispelled if we got rid of partisan primaries? That's the contention of Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y. In an op-ed for The New York Times, Schumer argued that the primary system in most states, in...

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    RAMESH PONNURU: Republicans should capitalize in wake of Obamacare rulings

    Obamacare, the program, has been operating in violation of Obamacare, the law. That’s what the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington ruled Tuesday morning: The Affordable Care Act authorizes federal authorities to offer tax credits to defray...

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    ESTHER CEPEDA: Tough calls on border kids

    Those who want to deport the border kids immediately and those who want to extend them protections have dug into their positions — as if either course of action would suffice.   Those in the “help” camp are resolute — to the point that...

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    LEON KOLANKIEWICZ: Many share blame in creating America’s immigration storm

    The crisis that has erupted at our southern border is a direct and all-too-predictable result of the Obama administration’s feckless immigration policies. But there is a deeper cause as well, one for which Republicans and religious...

  5. HITS & MISSES: George just can't win, and Obama decides not to play on TV

    MISS: Here comes the sun, there goes the tree   “Beetles Kill George Harrison Memorial Tree.” (NBC Los Angeles)   “Tree Planted To Honor Beatle Killed By Beetle.” (NPR)   “LA gently weeps as George Harrison tree is felled by beetles.”...

  6. KEN HILL: Revisionist history weakens our First Amendment protections

    Once again, the readers of The Californian are treated to a mind-numbing dose of Christian revisionist history (“Ignoring our roots puts liberty in danger,” July 17). We’ll get to the root of the matter in a moment, but first, a little...

  7. AL SANDRINI: ‘New money’ is funding schools already should have been given

    I can hear ‘em now — my good friends questioning how we education folks keep spending “their” money (taxes) and keep asking for more! (“What didja do with all the Lottery money?”)   For the first time in several years, public education is...

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    ROBERT PRICE: My visit to a Denver marijuana store

    Our first clue that we were in the vicinity of a marijuana shop was the sight of an addled but enthusiastic man dancing along the sidewalk. “Welc’m to Caw-luh-RAAAAH-doh!” he shouted in our general direction, giggling so tweakfully that...

  9. CYNTHIA POLLARD & MARK HERBERT: Immigration reform will bolster small businesses and economy

    There are 28 million small businesses in this country, with 3.4 million hanging their shingle right here in the Golden State. These entrepreneurs run the gamut in terms of industry, political identification and geographical location, but...

  10. STEVEN CRONQUIST: If government wants to help, it should try a hands-off approach

    The average American business earns less than a 5 percent net profit; many businesses are below 3 percent. Net profit is gross income, less all expenses including taxes. Profits, of course, will vary from business to business and industry...

  11. DON CLARK: Ignoring our roots puts liberty in danger

    Three propositions have been repeatedly advocated in this paper's opinion section that would turn America into a "cut-flower country" -- a nation severed from its true roots. First, it is argued, all of America's laws should be kept...

  12. ORCHEL KRIER: Reduced energy production will put community services at risk

    A recent opinion piece in this paper discussed misleading public health concerns if the state moves forward with safe oil extraction methods ("When it comes to public health, we can't ignore our environment," July 7). However, public...

  13. CHRISTINE LIZARDI FRAZIER: State lawmakers should restore budget control to school boards

    In his 2013 State of the State Address, Gov. Jerry Brown called upon the Legislature to embrace the principle of subsidiarity, stating "it is the idea that a central authority should only perform those tasks which cannot be performed at...

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