Debra J. Saunders

Posted October 30, 2014

"The students at the University of California at Berkeley represent a diverse array of students from all walks of life," begins the student petition. Somehow you just know that before the end, the document will demand that the administration muzzle someone -- for the sake of diversity. The spirit of far-left censors trumps exposure to novel ideas. Hence the petition, titled "Stop Bill Maher from speaking at UC Berkeley's December graduation."

Posted October 28, 2014

"We don't agonize. We organize," House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi chimed after an editorial board meeting with the San Francisco Chronicle on Monday.

Posted October 26, 2014

San Francisco is a cauldron of rights, unless you own a home.

Buy a property here and you might as well paint a target on your back.

Posted October 23, 2014

Most years, California offers up supersize election stories -- an embarrassment of riches for the opinion columnist. This year, other states are getting all the drama while California looks as staid as a bored accountant.

Posted October 21, 2014

If you believe Houston Mayor Annise Parker, then you have to believe that when lawyers for her city subpoenaed five local pastors and demanded their sermons, the episode represented an unfortunate instance of lawyer overreach, with no intent to harass or intimidate the opposition.

Posted October 19, 2014

I know Republicans who voted for Jerry Brown in 2010. They thought he'd be like Richard Nixon going to China and stand up to public employee unions by fixing a dysfunctional pension system.

Posted October 16, 2014

How does Hillary Clinton, the queen of old-school Democratic partisan politics and bane of the "vast right-wing conspiracy," woo movers in the be-nice and collaborate-on-a-couch tech economy?

Posted October 14, 2014

I'd like to think that if I got the bad news that Brittany Maynard received -- terminal cancer with a prognosis of less than six months left to live -- I'd be like her. I'd like to be stoic and brave. I'd like to take charge of the rest of my cruelly abbreviated life. If I were facing death at age 29, I would want to find meaning in an end come too soon.

Posted October 12, 2014

Practically everyone expects California Attorney General Kamala Harris to win re-election handily in November.

Posted October 09, 2014

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid doesn't look very good in Washingtonian's Best and Worst of Congress list for 2014. The honors, based on votes by Capitol Hill staffers, position Reid as the most partisan, the worst-speaking and the second-meanest solon (behind Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md.) in the nation's allegedly most deliberative body.

Posted October 07, 2014

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about Westover Vineyards of Castro Valley. Owner Bill Smyth is preparing to shutter his winery because the California Department of Industrial Relations slapped him with $115,550 in fines.

Posted October 05, 2014

Superior Court Judge Rolf M. Treu found that the state's tenure and seniority system protects grossly ineffective teachers to an extent that "shocks the conscience."

Posted October 02, 2014

If you wanted to nudge the courts to establish a right to use medical marijuana in states where it is legal, you couldn't pick a more sympathetic plaintiff than Brandon Coats of Colorado.

Posted September 25, 2014

Where are the peaceniks? Why aren't they marching on Capitol Hill to protest President Barack Obama's use of military force in Syria and Iraq?

Posted September 23, 2014

I don't think it's a coincidence that as the 2016 presidential campaign looms -- and this time, Hillary Clinton likely will make use of her trophy husband -- The New York Times' finest are rethinking whether it is good journalism to explore the personal lives of public figures.

Posted September 21, 2014

"You'll never meet anyone who says, 'I want to be a millionaire. I think I'll start a winery,'" owner Bill Smyth tells me from his small office over the tasting room of Westover Vineyards, nestled in Palomares Canyon. Smyth has worked in a number of fields. He made some money. He bought the vineyard property when he was young. His ex-wife bought him a kit to make wine, and his labor of love turned into a small business.

Posted September 18, 2014

The video of a Syrian captor beheading American freelance journalist James Foley "has done more damage than any ransom ever could," former Iranian hostage Sarah Shourd warned on CNN recently.

Posted September 16, 2014

"Should Scotland be an independent country?" reads the referendum on which Scotland will vote Thursday. Voters have two choices -- yes or no.

Posted September 14, 2014

Supervisor David Chiu wants San Francisco to become the first American city to oppose any ban on sex-selective abortions. It apparently has not occurred to him why no other city has chosen to do so.

Posted September 11, 2014

President Barack Obama has moved from being disingenuous on immigration to downright undecipherable. Earlier this year, the administration promised a groundbreaking executive action on immigration before summer's end. Over the weekend, aides announced that the big new change essentially won't happen until after the midterm elections.