Jim Ruffalo

Ruffalo: What does Auburn need? You tell me

It was a simple question, and yet the complexity of the types of answers I received was stunning. The question? As I said, simple: What does Auburn need? Some of the answers may ap ...

Ruffalo: Auburn’s need is great; could we all do just a bit more?

The City of Auburn and its environs take a back seat to nobody when it comes time for gifts from the heart. Our little village is rightly well known for its charity, volunteerism h ...

Scary to see Republican Party hijacked

Re: “Recovering Republican weary of promise-breakers,” (Looking Behind the Scenes, Aug. 28): From a former Republican to a recovering Republican: I find Mr. (Jim) Ruffalo’s r ...

McClintock insults public

Tom McClintock must think we are fools and sheep when he said to Jim Ruffalo, “… it (the recently passed budget debt-ceiling) provides the president with a more than $2 trillio ...

Ruffalo: Rural firefighting fee just latest taxpayer thugging

There’s a dreary axiom we political junkies know by heart. You know, the one about people love to eat sausages but really shouldn’t watch them being made. Well, judging by the ...

Ruffalo: County’s support for new arena is no slam dunk

Supervisor Uhler suggests citizen involvement We all are painfully aware that the Sacramento Kings very much want Placer County taxpayers to help pay for a new home court, but if ...

Republican central committee squeezed for transparency

Perhaps growing weary of the foul odor wafting in from some Placer County Republican Central Committee (PCRCC) shenanigans, three local GOP officeholders have begun to poke around ...

How much am I bid for this endorsement?

Who would have believed that the urban myth about the self-destructiveness of the Republican Party was true, at least here in the foothills? Judging by what I’ve seen so far, if ...

Ruffalo: As in Middle East, revolution brews at Lake of the Pines

Nobody can say I didn’t give the Lake of the Pines board of directors a long enough grace period. When the new board assumed (quaint word, no?) its leadership role last summer, ...

Ruffalo: Troubles mount at Placer County Republican central committee

He’s baaaaack! Just because the common voters had the good sense to reject Tom Hudson’s bid to remain on the Placer County Republican Central Committee last summer doesn’t me ...

Slice through those pensions and tap state’s oil

By and large, adages and sayings are verbal shortcuts helping us to think about, or remember particularly sage pieces of advice or admonition. Problem is, many of us just mouth t ...

Ruffalo: Time for Republican chairman to put cards on the table

Allow me, gentle readers, to apologize for last week misidentifying Placer County Republican Central Committee member Jeffrey Allen as James Allen. I regret the error. Also, I nee ...

Ruffalo: Local GOP politics raising some eyebrows

When the Republicans swept into power in November, I must admit I was thrilled. On the other hand, I was also overjoyed when the Democrats did the very same thing four years previo ...

Ruffalo: Wrong road led to inspirational turn for deputy

Before New Year’s Day was used as a time for making resolutions — that annual function of lying to ourselves at the earliest possible moment — it was more like a day for re ...

Ruffalo: Redistricting likely to impact Montgomery, Holmes

The recent dump of U.S. Census data was intriguing, especially for political junkies such as myself. But besides making it a bit easier for Republicans to elect the next president, ...