I have to drive to SF this afternoon (180 miles). I will be in mediation there all day tomorrow, and then I will drive back home. Wednesday, I will wake up and drive to LA (220 miles) for an afternoon settlement conference in federal court. Then I will drive home.

Thursday, I recover. Friday morning, back to SF for a trade association “retreat” that runs through Saturday and will be boring as fuck and costs me too much money (I take mmy associates as a perk to them). Yes, I am cranky thinking about this schedule.

On the more interesting side, I get to meet Travis Allen, Republican candidate for governor, at my office this afternoon. I am likely to donate and vote for him.

California’s politics are a bit different. A woman’s right to choose and basic civil rights are not really in danger here. I think our Democratic party is corrupt and out of control, and has not delivered on its promises.

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Despite decades of Democratic control, Californians pay among the highest taxes in the nation yet have the highest poverty rate, a horrific wealth gap, crumbling infrastructure, poorly ranked public schools, an affordable housing crisis, shitty roads, and violent and corrupt police departments. We also have a massive and ineffective state bureaucracy, and a looming pension crisis that could affect the national economy - when you all bail us out.

So it is time for a different way, especially for those of us in the rural center of the state that has been ignored by Sacramento for too long. I’d rather go third party, but I can’t have more of the same.

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Sorry for the rant.