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Tony Mastria
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Host, Politi-Cal Podcast. Californian-in-exile | Policy wonk | News junkie | Nonfiction nerd | Comms person | Potato eater
Host, Politi-Cal Podcast. Californian-in-exile | Policy wonk | News junkie | Nonfiction nerd | Comms person | Potato eater

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“On the moonlit night of March 13, 1966, Hanford native Howard W. Henninger, the 32-year-old Air Force captain, took off in his AC-47 gunship. He was reached by radio shortly after leaving Da Nang, bound for rough mountains. Then came silence, which has lasted the many years since.”

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"The tendency is for legislators and governors to enact new tax expenditures – or loopholes – ostensibly because they will have some beneficial impact, but only rarely review them to determine whether they’ve had the promised effects."
"It’s odd that each year, governors and legislators wrangle over even the minutest direct appropriations in the state budget, yet they ignore $70 billion in tax expenditures that are just as important as any item in the budget in terms of both fiscal and economic impact."

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Phenomenal article. Well worth the read.

"Long after the Great Recession had run its course, a campaigning Mitt Romney compared California to Greece, which was then in the midst of a protracted meltdown. Today, the much more apt comparison would be to Germany: a smoothly functioning social democracy that couples technological avant-gardism with liberal social norms and fiscal restraint."
"The best thing to say about Brown is also the worst thing to say about him, and it is the thing that has always been said about him: He is way ahead of his time."

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"It may be difficult to appreciate the significance of a book drive held nearly 75 years ago. But this was no ordinary campaign. At the time, books—vehicles for new ideas—were being banned and burned in Europe by the German Army... With this threat across the Atlantic, Americans felt an urgent need to preserve books and all they symbolized."

So cool.

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Still not sure what a podcast is? Give YouTube a try instead! (Subscribe & tune in via everyone's favorite cat video service.)

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New Year's resolution was to start a blog. Eight months later, I made a podcast instead. Tune in everybody! http://politicalpod.blogspot.com/
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New business cards :-) https://instagram.com/p/44uPowxcNO/
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As someone who posts a lot of these maps, I feel obligated to share this.

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This is truly a great day for America.
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