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A Pragmatist's Take

By Douglas Moran

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About this blog: As a teenager (in the 1960s), I stumbled across the insight that real power doesn't reside with those who make the final decision, but with those who decide what qualifies as the viable choices. As a grad student, I belonged to an...  (More)

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Campaign Endorsements: Behind the Curtain
Nov 22, 2014 1:35 am
Comments: 10 | Views: 1,024

The ordinary voter's perception of endorsements is very different from what is seen from inside a campaign, as evidenced by the surprise voiced by those new to the... More
Follow the money: Coverage for the next campaign
Nov 9, 2014 12:50 am
Comments: 17 | Views: 3,098

This is the first of a potential series of discussions about what news coverage residents would find useful about future local elections. Now is the time to have... More
A reprehensible political ad
Nov 2, 2014 1:35 pm
Comments: 32 | Views: 2,917

This is not so much about a particular set of lies at the core of one political ad, but more about Palo Alto's political environment. When very prominent people... More
Subverting open, fair and honest debate (Measure D)
Oct 26, 2014 10:39 pm
Comments: 8 | Views: 1,054

Perhaps the most instructive piece about the current election can be found in a one-paragraph aside in the ... More
Why not "constructive engagement" with City Hall?
Oct 23, 2014 1:47 pm
Comments: 7 | Views: 1,347

It has been suggested to me by community members that I make these blog posts more positive, less critical. And that I should engage in ==I "... More
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