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A new study shows Stockton, California’s universal basic income experiment resulted in more people paying off debt, getting full-time jobs, and it improved mental health. To critics of UBI who claim people would spend the money wastefully, or it would discourage work, 28 percent of the recipients had full time work prior to the program but 40 percent did a year after it began. Furthermore, only 1% was spent on alcohol or tobacco. Most of it was spent on food, merchandise, and utilities.

Another argument in favor of a universal basic income is that, as of December 2019, a Brookings…


Protesters march down 5th Avenue in New York City in anti-police brutality demonstrations on June 10, 2020. David Dee Delgado/Getty Images

Choosing the best pieces of journalism I read during the year is very challenging. Though I read so many more, the sixty pieces I include here were the most memorable. Given the nature of this year, many of the pieces are difficult to read, but due to the excellence of the writing and the emotions they evoke, they’re very much worth reading. So give them a try, even the intense ones. I love journalism — especially long form pieces — and enjoy celebrating it by publishing this because the writer tells a story about an interesting event or person or…


Secretary of State Alex Padilla (left), Attorney General Xavier Becerra (middle), and Rep. Karen Bass (right).

Now that Joe Biden and Kamala Harris have over 270 electoral votes and will be the next President and Vice President, the question is who Gov. Gavin Newsom will appoint to replace Harris in the Senate. Sen. Harris was elected in 2016 so her term expires in 2022. When there is a Senate vacancy in the Golden State, the governor has the power to appoint a replacement and that person serves out the remainder of the outgoing senator’s term.

It is possible Gov. Newsom could choose a retired politician and/or an unambitious person — known as a “caretaker” — who…


Rep. Roger Marshall on the left and former Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach on the right.

Kansas has not elected a Democrat to the U.S. Senate since 1932. That could change if former Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, Democrats’ preferred candidate, wins the primary tomorrow. Democrats prefer Kobach and Republicans are anxious about him for the same reason: he is a very toxic and controversial candidate who lost a gubernatorial race just two years ago in a conservative state.

For years, Kobach claimed undocumented people were voting and led a bogus task-force under President Trump to unearth alleged widespread voter fraud during the 2016 election. Of course, there was no voter fraud and the task-force…


The 2020 Emmy nominations were announced yesterday, with the awards show set to air on ABC on September 20. It will be hosted again by Jimmy Kimmel. I love the power of television to tell stories about people and ideas which are real like Netflix’s Unbelievable, and fantastical like Stranger Things. Anybody can relate to something in a TV series and that’s what makes it meaningful.

The first time I felt seen while watching anything on screen was Fox’s high school dramedy Glee. I was also in high school at the time and was processing the realization that I am…


Protesters supporting LGBTQ rights block the street in front of the Supreme Court on October 8, 2019. Caroline Brehman/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images

In the midst of the deadliest pandemic in a century, Pride Month, and on the four-year anniversary of the Pulse Nightclub shooting which claimed 49 lives, the Trump Administration eliminated protections for transgender individuals by revising Section 1557 of the ACA.

But the Supreme Court’s ruling just three weeks ago in Bostock v. Clayton County makes it significantly harder to defend these types of regulations in Court.

Pro-LGBTQ groups, including the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the largest such organization in the country, sued the Trump Administration just hours after the rule change was announced. …


With Chief Justice John Roberts being the decisive vote at the Supreme Court today, a restrictive abortion law from Louisiana was struck down. The case — June Medical Services v. Russo — is a bit complicated and, in atypical fashion, there was not a majority speaking for the Court.

In what’s highly unusual, a plurality 4–1–4 Court struck down the Louisiana law, Act 620. Justice Stephen Breyer wrote the plurality opinion in which the other three liberal justices joined. Chief Justice Roberts — voting to strike down an abortion restriction for the first time ever — wrote a concurring opinion…


Congressman Eliot Engel, left, and his challenger Jamaal Bowman on the right.

Two years ago, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez shocked us all by winning the primary in New York’s 14th District over Joe Crowley, who then was the fourth highest ranking Democrat in the House of Representatives. A similar upset could happen in AOC’s neighboring district, New York’s 16th, this week.

On June 2, Representative Eliot Engel — who represents the northern Bronx, Westchester County, and New Rochelle — found himself in trouble when he was caught on a hot mic saying, “If I didn’t have a primary, I wouldn’t care” at a district event amid anti-police brutality protests. …


Protesters rally in front of the Supreme Court on Oct. 8, 2019, as it hears arguments on whether gay and transgender people are covered by a federal law barring employment discrimination because of sex. Photo By Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call, Inc/Getty Images.

Today the Supreme Court issued a landmark ruling, affecting millions of LGBT people, declaring that federal civil rights law protects gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender individuals from employment discrimination. President Trump’s first appointee Neil M. Gorsuch authored the opinion and Chief Justice John G. Roberts joined making it a 6–3 ruling. Justice Samuel A. Alito wrote a dissent which Justice Thomas joined and Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh wrote a separate dissent.

Justice Anthony M. Kennedy — who retired two years ago — wrote the opinion in the four other major pro-LGBT rights Supreme Court cases, including Obergefell v. Hodges (2015)…


On Sunday afternoon, Washington Post reporter Hannah Natanson posted a video of a man saying, “I’m out here to end violence, and brutality, and to make sure people understand that Black lives matter.” The man wasn’t a liberal lawmaker or an activist but 2012 Republican presidential nominee and current Utah Senator Mitt Romney.

Romney was marching — with an N95 mask on — with thousands of other Christians on the way toward the White House, where the man Sen. Romney voted to convict in February resides until January 20, 2021, at noon unless he is re-elected.

The Shore Report

OC native & 2020 graduate from CSUF with a BA in Political Science. This is a place to read about TV, sports, politics/elections, and Supreme Court cases.

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