Columnist and author Thomas Elias writes a syndicated politcal column appearing twice weekly in 70 newspapers around California, with a circulation of over 1.89 million. He has won numerous awards from organizations like the National Headliners Club, the California Newspaper Publishers Association, the Greater Los Angeles Press Club, and the California Taxpayers Association. He has been nominated three times for the Pulitzer Prize in distinguished commentary.
Elias is the author of two books, "The Burzynski Breakthrough: The Most Promising Cancer Treatment and the Government's Campaign to Squelch It" (now in its third edition; also published in Japanese and recently optioned for a television movie) and "The Simpson Trial in Black and White," co-authored with the late Dennis Schatzman. He is currently at work on a third book about his experiences with kidney failure and later as a kidney transplant recipient.
Elias was the West Coast correspondent for Scripps Howard Newspapers for 15 years before he began writing books. Among many other assignments in that position, he covered eight national political conventions; every planetary fly-by; the rise of the AIDS plague; several World Series, Olympics and Super Bowls; two papal visits; several national political campaigns; as well as conducting numerous investigative projects. His work has resulted in the unseating of two judges; helped create a major state park and cause significant changes in the federal treatment of immigrants. A former Asociated Press staff writer, he keeps his hand in spot news and feature reporting by serving between book projects as a regular contributor to Long Island Newsday and the national Cox News Service. He has made numerous radio and television appearances on such programs as the Today Show, CBS This Morning, the CBS Evening News, Larry King Live, Rivera Live and C-Span's Book TV.
Elias holds a bachelor's and a master's degree from Stanford University. He has taught journalism at the University of Southern California, California State University at Northridge, and two other Cal State campuses. He has been honored for his volunteer work by the Los Angeles Human Relations Commission, the National Kidney Foundation and the Anti-Defamation League. He serves on the national advisory boards of the Polycystic Kidney Research Foundation and the Center for Talented Youth, John Hopkins University.
Elias lives in Santa Monica, Calif., with his wife Marilyn, a health and science reporter for USA Today. They have one son, Jordan.
To some, it seems almost as if California has lately become New Jersey West. Incidents of possible corruption and conflict of interest are exposed at least once a month these days, with almost no consequences for anyone involved.
Whichever way Californians vote this fall on Proposition 49, which aims to persuade Congress to pass a constitutional amendment overturning the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision on political fundraising, they will send a dangerous message to the rest of America.
We know a fair amount about the drought that has now afflicted California for about three years: It has been the driest period since record keeping began in the 19th century. If their wells are deep enough, farmers can still pretty much pump all the groundwater they like, while homeowners can be fined up to $500 for watering down a walkway. Water use actually rose after Gov. Jerry Brown asked for a voluntary 20 percent cutback.
California government is walking a tightrope, put in that position by one of the latest in the large corps of successful high-tech startups this state has spawned over the past few decades.
Make no mistake; the fall election season began the evening of June 3, just as soon as the primary election polls closed. But no one has spent much on the election since then, nor have most voters focused on any issues to be decided in November.
For a state that has long been a symbol of youth, there’s been a lot of age among California’s pre-eminent politicians of the past decade. But that began to change in 2012, and the shift accelerated this summer as many of the old guard chose not to brave the top-two primary system that threatened to expose them to serious intra-party challenges.
There are few worse feelings for a driver than receiving a letter purporting to show that person running a red light.
The chorus of global warming deniers has not shrunk. Outcries claiming the entire issue is fraudulent are not going away.
For almost seven months, California parents have been free to claim without offering any proof that their religion forbids getting their children vaccinated against once-dreaded and disabling diseases such as polio, mumps, pertussis and smallpox.
For some people familiar with the history of the run-up to World War II, there’s a sense of déjà vu in today’s humanitarian crisis along the Mexican border these days, as resistance rises against the tens of thousands of unaccompanied children attempting to enter and stay in the United States.
For more than a decade, while California has been among the most liberal of America’s blue states, its highest court has been dominated by leftovers from two of its more conservative governors.
From early in his career, Gov. Jerry Brown has had a proclivity for dismissing problems with wisecracks or aphorisms. As early as 1974, in the first term of his first go-round as California’s top official, he mocked university professors’ pleas for pay raises by saying they didn’t need more money, but could make do with “psychic rewards.”