Honest and Calm Brendan Byrne Left Rare Legacy as Governor

Brendan Byrne, who died earlier this month at age 93, was one of New Jersey’s last honest governors.

Rising Seas, Federal Inaction and Donald Trump Turn Climate Change into a Local Issue

Faced with a science-averse president-elect, local communities have no choice but to fend for themselves in the fight against climate change.

Former SJPD Police Chief Leads on Reforming State Drug Laws

A new ballot initiative seeks to address the unduly harsh punishments tens of thousands of Californians face for nonviolent offenses. The proposal, sponsored by former San Jose Police Chief Bill Lansdowne, would reduce penalties for certain low-level drug and petty theft crimes.

Why Debates Don’t Matter

Debates make no difference in campaigns, especially in races where one candidate is so strong, that to share a stage with their opponent is a waste of time for the electorate and themselves.

How Candidates Act after the Campaign

In 1988, while working for the late Sen. Ted Kennedy in Minneapolis—he was stumping for Hubert “Skip” Humphrey for the U.S. Senate—a revelation occurred out of the public sphere. As a witness to the event, it resonates today in the era of partisanship. It was an example of how politics really work when not viewed solely through the jaded lens of the media.