Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.

  • Elwood

    Burton’s brain was destroyed by coke years ago.

    Further proof that a brain is not required to be a dimmiecrat leader.

  • John W

    Aww, come on now, Elwood! You gotta admit, the guy nailed it on the “direct democracy” topic. I saw this on TDS last night and laughed my head off.

  • Truthclubber

    Re: #2

    I saw this sketch this morning on my TiVO and howled — this is classic Burton and the guy swore only slightly more than Stewart does on every nightly program…

    That said, it’s sad to see what a mockery of democracy we hold up to the rest of the nation; I am sometimes ashamed to admit I live here to friends and family outside our “Gilded State”…

  • Bob Loblaw

    True in substance but not in fact. Look at the ballot shaping up for 2012. There are 3 multi billion dollar revenue measures currently with the AG for title and summary. All three promise billions of dollars for teachers and all three were written by the teachers unions.

    Amazon and big corporations are not the only abusers of the initiative process. Public employee unions are as, if not more, guilty. Who wrote 3 strikes? the prison guards union? Prop 98? the teachers again. I could go on and on and on.