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Cutting Out the Middle Men
Wednesday, 01 March 2006
California Assemblymen Keith Richman and Joe Canciamilla are saddling up for one last reform ride. This time, they're taking aim at the system itself.
March 1, 2006 - California Ed.

Assemblymen Joe Canciamilla and Keith Richman are leaning back on the last legs of their termed-out assembly seats, but they have a doozy of a closing act in the offing.

In a time when true bipartisanship is something of a pipe dream, Canciamilla and Richman are throwbacks to more cooperative days. Founders of "The Bipartisan Group" in the California Legislature, they're now setting their sights on an issue dear to every politician's heart: electoral reform. And to do the heretofore impossible—change the way politicians are brou...

Mr. Smith Goes to Sacramento
Wednesday, 05 October 2005

"Legislators come to the Capitol wanting to do the right things, but the system is so broken, it's tough for people to continue on that path."

California Assemblyman Joe Nation (D-San Rafael) highlights a painful reality for many elected officials, both in Sacramento and in Washington. Although good intentions get the boat in the water, they are rarely enough to keep it afloat in the choppy waters of legislative politics. "If you want to get along, go along," legendary House Speaker Sam Rayburn once advised his younger Congressional colleagues. This begs the average citizen's question, "where are we getting along to, and why doesn't my representative go along with what I feel is important?"

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