Eugene Volokh uses a little math to try to explain a phenomenon I've tackled in the past: California's two electorates. Because legislative districts are based on total population, but statewide results are, by definition, based on the actions only of voters, you often get two different results. This helps explain why the Legislature is big for gay marriage even as the electorate is not, a trend reflected on many other issues in this state.
Posted by dweintraub at 9:41 AM
The New York Times blasts Gov. Schwarzenegger for vowing to veto the gay marriage bill, alleging that the governor who has called others "girlie men" lacks courage himself. So what if 61 percent of Californians voted five years ago to ban same-sex marriage? Opinion polls now show some of them have changed their minds.
The Sacramento Bee, meanwhile, says the governor is right.
I agree with the Bee.
Posted by dweintraub at 9:01 AM
This horrific survivors' tale in the San Francisco Chronicle -- headlined 'Police made their storm misery worse' -- makes it sound as if the biggest mistake President Bush made after the hurricane was waiting too long before shoving aside the racist, corrupt idiots who were controlling things on the ground in Louisiana. As an aside, who knew that when the hurricane hit, there was a paramedics conference under way at the New Orleans convention center?
Posted by dweintraub at 8:42 AM