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Mad Men: Season 6 Finale

SONIA BRAND-FISHER: Season Six of “Mad Men” has gained the notorious reputation for starting and stopping story lines without developing them in ways that reveal and decode its enigmatic characters. The finale, therefore, had to somehow tie up all of the loose ends of the season so we could be satisfied going into what will be the final season of “Mad Men.” The audience wants a climax, some resolution, or potentially a revelation. Instead, we had a fast-paced, at times absurdist finale that awkwardly stitched up some of the dangling plot points, while simultaneously seeing Don Draper fall apart at the seams. I had to let go of wanting that elusive climax and resolution, because in fact that’s not always how life works. And when that happened, I saw the best season finale of “Mad Men” to date.

NAVA BRAHE: Although I agree with everything Sonia said, I still need to indulge my inner cynic and say that everything Don did in the conference room during the last two episodes was a direct result of his not being able to let go of his irretrievably screwed up youth. Tugging at the heartstrings of the St. Joseph’s Aspirin and Hershey’s people was the most spectacular manipulation, and really dirty pool.

HOWARD MEGDAL: Seeing Don Draper stop lying was a fascinating way to end Season Six. And I would be remiss not to point out the shot of Peggy, her back to the camera, finally in charge at SC&P in a visual tableau obviously meant as an homage to the Mad Men logo itself. Continue reading

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CA-36 and the Worst Ad Ever

DANI ALEXIS RYSKAMP: Like many people, I generally dislike campaign ads. But I’ve never seen anything as over-the-top despicable as this campaign ad Turn Right USA recently released, accusing Democratic candidate Janice Hahn (of California’s 36th District) of spending taxpayer money on gang members and I don’t know what all.

CHRIS PUMMER: I don’t think there’s any sort of communication fail here. It couldn’t really be more obvious what ad is trying to say, which is what makes it disgusting. Continue reading

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JESSICA BADER: Most odd-numbered years don’t offer that much excitement for those keenly interested in American electoral politics. Sure, a handful of states have their gubernatorial and/or legislative elections, and there are always the special elections and local races to focus on, but most of the action is in the even-numbered years. When that odd number is a “1,” however, there’s something every political junkie should look forward to: the redistricting process and the strategizing and score-settling and prioritizing that go along with it.

CHRIS PUMMER: Even when one party rules when redistricting comes around, it’s not always easy to pinch your political opponent. Continue reading

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Arnold’s Legacy

ALLISON REILLY: It seems that actors don’t do half-bad in government. To summarize Arnold’s legacy a the governor of California into a few short words: He did what he felt was right.

CHRIS PUMMER: Disappointment seems like a fair label for the Governator, at least when his tenure is measured against rhetoric Schwarzenegger delivered as a Candidator. Continue reading

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Prop 8: How the Decision Reads

DANI ALEXIS RYSKAMP: Judge Vaughn Walker’s careful targeting of the Perry v. Schwarzenegger opinion at Justice Kennedy, particularly his citations to Kennedy’s opinions in Romer v. Evans and Lawrence v. Texas, is masterful work – and probably pointless. In its recent opinions, the current Supreme Court has demonstrated that it will do pretty much whatever it feels like, prior opinions be damned.

JEFF MORROW: Judge Walker can’t make the Court do what it doesn’t want to do, but his careful craftsmanship dares them to write a bad opinion. Continue reading

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Repealing California’s Proposition 8

DAN SZYMBORSKI: The drive to undo California’s Proposition 8, the ballot measure to change the state constitution to define marriage as between a man and a woman, has gone full-speed ahead, with some advocates pushing to try to get it on the ballot for November’s election instead of the 2012 election.

That would be a mistake.

HOWARD MEGDAL: I don’t disagree with Dan on the politics of it. I’m just not sure I can support waiting for basic civil rights. Continue reading

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