Dam Nation on the Missouri

On this July 4th, I’d like to talk to you about irrigation. (No, really.) And I hope at the end of it, you have a better sense of what critical race theory is and why we need it.  Intrigued? Good. Let’s begin.  The two largest artificial lakes in the United States, by surface area, are…

It’s Past Time to Talk About Asian Americans and Racial Justice

I. My aunt runs a nail salon.  It seems to do very well. The Yelp reviews are great (5 stars from over 3/4 of the reviewers).  I’m not all that surprised. My aunt is legitimately one of the most authentically positive people around. She’s never toxic about it or trying to perform positivity; she simply…

The Biden Administration Gives Marcia Fudge a Job She Didn’t Ask For

I was blindsided, like many, by the news that Marcia Fudge, the high-powered member of the House who has been pushing the Democratic Party in important and meaningful ways over the last few years, would be nominated to be Joe Biden’s Secretary for Housing and Urban Development. (If you’re not familiar with Marcia Fudge or…

The First Presidential Debate and Confronting Mortality

The message was obvious to me as soon as Trump said half a sentence. There’s too much personal introspection there for a public post, but let’s just say that all of the thinking I’ve done regarding my own mortality in the last few years helped me absorb the initial blow in stride. And yes, mortality,…

Convention Big Tents and the Democrats’ Madison Cawthorn Problem

There’s a lot of hand-wringing this month (and always) about “big-tent” politics in the Democratic Party and whether that means expanding leftward or rightward. But the RNC lineup this week showcases one way in which they are lightyears ahead of the Democratic Party in terms of how they handle this question. This administration is on…

First and Final Thoughts on Kamala Harris

Okay. We all knew the Kamala Harris VP pick was coming. But I think that her record is not actually the reason I’m disheartened by this pick at this point. This takes her out of the running for Attorney General, after all, where she has clearer power to do damage. I think I’m more disheartened…

What Do We Do with Bad Candidates? Elected Judges and Electoral Pipelines

Let’s talk about state supreme courts for a bit. Elected judges are bad for basically every reason, but news in Ohio about the 2020 races has led me to recognize yet another problem with them. Ohio’s state supreme court, like many other state supreme courts, has a bar admission requirement for the office. Specifically, someone…