Jim covered Congress and The White House during the George W. Bush administration for The Washington Times, and worked as a reporter, editorial writer and columnist for newspapers in Pennsylvania, Virginia, and California. He has appeared on the Fox News Channel, CNN, MSNBC, C-Span, and many local and national talk radio shows to talk politics and policy.
Latest posts by Jim Lakely (see all)
- Yes, New York Times Commenter Maggie Mae, ‘The Heartland’ Matters - January 9, 2017
- The Year in Climate Realism: A Review of 2016 - January 6, 2017
- Dear President-elect Trump: Don’t Listen to Ben Santer - December 28, 2016
I’m a former resident of Southern California. I like to joke that I left the backward, dysfunctional and corrupt politics and policies of the formerly Golden State for the sunny uplands of Chicago. The joke is becoming less funny the longer I live in the Second City (one year and counting).
But reading Brian Calle at the Orange Punch blog always makes me feel better — or, at least, less sick. As screwed up, bankrupt and corrupt Chicago politics are, at least it’s nominally competent. California is a lost cause.
If you want to feel better about the politics and policies of where you live, get a load of some recent posts by Brian:
First: a piece about police in Costa Mesa who are paid a big bonus simply for wearing their uniforms. That’s right, wearing their work clothes to work.
Second: In San Francisco there is some sanity…over circumcision…where a judge has given a preliminary ruling to remove a ballot initiative from the ballot that would make circumcision illegal for boys under 18 years of age:
Third, some good news: Congressman Tom McClintock weighs in on the debt crisis with a rationale head.
Thanks, Brian. I feel better, already.