And it's a choice that should have national impact, given California's prominence as a pace-setting state.
As the country prepares to go to the ballot box in two weeks, voters would do well to recall the long-term effect of Republican Contract with America polices.
Shoot yourself in the foot if you like, but don't do it on Nov. 2 because the buckshot will hit the rest of us!
If we don't objectively understand our - and our enemies' - strengths and weaknesses, how can we understand which terrain of struggle is most conducive to victory or defeat?
With the 2010 midterm elections right around the corner it is important to understand two things: first, politicians will lie, and second, governing is much more difficult than opposing.
While media pundits have been predicting doom for progressives in the November elections, last week's primaries here showed a different trend.
Figuring out who to vote for in New York State this year is trickier than usual for those who want to advance labor rights, equality and democracy.
The most important feature of last Tuesday's primary was not the anti-incumbent vote.
Democratic defeats in Virginia and New Jersey reveal the destruction that the extended downturn is wreaking on workers' employment, and income, and stability.