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NEW: VIDEO: Is California becoming the boring state?

Demographics are not on the side of the Golden State. The people we need to live here are leaving. Reason Magazine's Editor Matt Welch joins CalWatchdog's James Poulos to talk about his greatest fear of all: Ca...

NEW: Covered CA caught in Prop. 45 crossfire

On Proposition 45, some Democrats are feeling as if they got a transfusion of the wrong blood type. The initiative would give the state insurance commissioner the power to approve changes in health-insura...
 

VIDEO: Can the GOP build a better brand by embracing unions?

We may be experiencing a libertarian moment, but are blue collar workers the secret to give this moment a lasting impact? The Heritage Foundation's Stephen Moore joins CalWatchdog's James Poulos to discuss a...

Nurse union exploits Ebola crisis in negotiations

Seizing on the growing concern about the deadly West African virus, the California Nurses Association, one of the state's most powerful unions, has added several Ebola-related provisions to its list of dema...
 

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Counties vie for ‘disadvantaged’ cap-and-trade bucks

  In the fictional town of Lake Woebegon, all of the children are above average. But in the real world of California, all of the counties are disadvantaged. Or so it seemed at a recent California Air Resources Board meeting as officials from all over the state poor-mouthed their districts to gain a share of cap-and-trade funds set aside for “disadvantaged communities.” Cap and trade is one of the ma...

Tiered pricing ends up subsidizing solar panels for the rich

  In a new development for energy conservation, it turns out charging more for electricity, the more juice is used, could be bad for the environment. This "tiered pricing" is also called Increasing Block Pricing. IBP is pushing some homeowners into installing uneconomic rooftop solar panel installations. IBP is not set by “Big Oil,” but is a policy set by the state Legislature and the Public Utilitie...

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Municipal Bankrupcy

 

What are the alternatives to bankruptcy?

Editor’s Note: This is the Ninth in a CalWatchDog.com Special Series of in-depth articles on municipal bankruptcy. It was 1975 and New York City was running out of cash. Its excessive spending and lack of financial oversight created a $14 billion debt, with more than half of it short-term. A request for a bailout from the federal government, headed by President Gerald Ford, didn’t happen and was memorialized...


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CA unemployment drops to 7.3%

Perhaps Gov. Jerry Brown's campaign slogan is right: "California is back." Unemployment dropped ...

PRI-Forum for Corporate Directors discussion Oct. 23

The Pacific Research Institute, CalWatchdog.com's parent think tank, is partnering with the Forum fo...

You’re far more likely to be impoverished in CA than Mississippi

For decades, economists have complained about the stupidity of the Census Bureau's annual report on ...

Ruling that CA high court upheld hardly favorable to bullet train

I talked to a couple of insider types Thursday who asked me to explain my take on Wednesday's Califo...

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