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Paul A Duginski
Paul A Duginski
Paul Duginski is a political cartoonist and veteran newspaper staff artist. He enjoys reading history, literature and going bodyboarding whenever he has time.


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Dec. 31, 2012 3:05 am
Time marches on. Over the years I like to use imagery tied to the season, so naturally I’m drawing the chubby little baby new year again. I did one once in a sort of Judgment of Solomon situation back in 1995, so I thought this might be perfect for the hyper-partisan atmosphere in Washington and the Congress. They used to say that, as California goes, so goes the nation. And I remember having a...  Read More
Dec. 31, 2012 2:03 am
The “fiscal cliff” negotiations continued today with House Speaker John A. Boehner blaming President Obama for refusing to stand up to his own party; meanwhile, in Boehner’s view, Republicans have been “reasonable and responsible.” The main problem is that Boehner and his counterpart in the Senate, Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, are concerned about their real constituents, the rich....  Read More
Dec. 22, 2012 6:10 pm
After keeping their heads down for a week, the gun lobby fired back at critics in the aftermath of the horror at Sandy Hook Elementary School. The head crackpot at the NRA, Wayne LaPierre, unleashed a defiant barrage of suppressive fire at those calling — finally — for meaningful gun control. LaPierre called for armed guards at schools; in other words, more guns and bullets, not less. President...  Read More
Dec. 17, 2012 2:56 am
Late last July I did a post about the attack by a lone gunman on a theater full of movie-goers in Aurora, Colo. (See my post on this blog dated July 30.) Since then, mass shootings have made headlines almost weekly. Among those have been shootings in Oak Creek, Wis.; College Station, Texas; Minneapolis, Minn.; Brookfield, Wis.; and at a mall near Portland, Ore. Earlier in 2012, seven were killed...  Read More
Dec. 12, 2012 2:48 pm
Was that toy that a First-World child found under her tree on Christmas morning made by malnourished child in a Third-World sweatshop? How about all the shiny new consumer gadgets and electronics? Were they assembled by children or slave laborers? Thinking about how Christmas presents were made and how the price was driven low enough to keep them on the shelves at Walmart sort of takes the luster...  Read More
Dec. 10, 2012 2:56 am
Although conservative lobbyist Grover Norquist’s power may be slipping away, some 219 of 234 House Republicans and nine of 41 Senate Republicans in the new 113th Congress have signed Norquist’s juvenile tax pledge. Grover is nothing but a private citizen. He receives his funding through donations from plutocrats such as the Koch brothers and Karl Rove’s shadowy organizations. Why are these...  Read More
Dec. 3, 2012 2:54 pm
Gas prices for consumers have receded in California, but there’s still a residue of anger over the price spike in October that drove pump prices to $4.67 per gallon. Prices began to ease when the state allowed an earlier switch to the easier-to-make winter blend of gasoline. How is it that the Golden State is at the mercy of tyrannical oil companies? The state has mandated a unique,...  Read More
Dec. 1, 2012 5:41 pm
Although I’ve been in California for more than three decades, at this time of year I sometimes find myself a little nostalgic for the Minnesota winter weather of my youth. Yes, it sounds syrupy, but I find myself dreaming — just a little — of a white Christmas. Growing up in Moorhead, Minn., across the Red River of the North from Fargo, N.D., we always hoped for and usually got a white...  Read More
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