June, 2010

Rush to hike health premiums

Monday, June 28th, 2010

JUNE 28, 2010 By PATRICK RYAN California health-care insurers are pushing for massive premium hikes before the new federal health-care law -- which increases federal- and state-government control over health insurance premiums -- kicks in. On June 16 the California Department of Insurance announc...

Study lobbies for more spending

Monday, June 28th, 2010

JUNE 28, 2010 By LAURA SUCHESKI A report released Thursday from the left-leaning California Budget Project spells bad news for low- and middle-income Californians. The report, titled “Making Ends Meet: How Much Does It Cost to Raise a Family in California?”, finds that millions of Californians...

Boxer, Fiorina MIA on war

Monday, June 28th, 2010

JUNE 28, 2010 As usual, American policy-makers, the media and California's political candidates avoid the big issues while they make a huge deal out of the small stuff. The latest example is Afghanistan, where Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the U.S. and coalition commander, got booted from his post b...

Follow the (Recycling) Money

Friday, June 25th, 2010

JUNE 25, 2010 “It is reprehensible that anyone would use taxpayer money for anything other than its intended purpose.” That’s Aaron McLear, spokesman for Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, speaking to the Los Angeles Times about its revelation that state-issued welfare debit cards could be cashed i...

Illegals may get more ed aid

Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010

JUNE 23, 2010 By LAURA SUCHESKI The Assembly Higher Education Committee considered the SB1460 California Dream Act this afternoon, a law that would extend the ability to apply for state financial aid to illegal immigrants. AB540, enacted in 2001, extends the in-state tuition discount for public h...

Another economic dip coming?

Monday, June 21st, 2010

JUNE 21, 2010 By JOHN SEILER Here’s something Meg Whitman and Jerry Brown should be debating. As the California budget is haggled over by the governor, Legislature and the powerful government unions, one thing everyone assumes is that the California economy will gradually improve. That it wil...

Steinberg appeases educators

Thursday, June 17th, 2010

JUNE 17, 2010 By EVELYN STACEY On June 14, Senator Darrell Steinberg held a press conference at Edward Kemble Elementary, of Sacramento City Unified School District, to offer his support and solutions for schools in the midst of the budget crunch. The appearance came shortly after the senator’s ...

Bye-bye budget deadline

Tuesday, June 15th, 2010

June 15, 2010 By LAURA SUCHESKI Boiled down, the state government has one big job: levy taxes and spend the revenues.  But California’s statutory budget deadline passed again today with little notice from Sacramento lawmakers. The Legislature hasn’t met the deadline since 1986, calling into q...

GOP mod squad

Monday, June 14th, 2010

JUNE 14, 2010 It's now time for Republican moderates to put up or shut up. For years Republican moderates have insisted ad nauseam that they – not the party's conservative base – hold the key to the future. Only middle-of-the-roaders can win general elections and implement the business-frie...

Neophytes rising!

Friday, June 11th, 2010

JUNE 11, 2010 By KATY GRIMES In a time of social, economic and political upheaval, it appears to be business versus politics in an election year fight leaving the voter asking, is the politically experienced or the political neophyte preferable? With Carly Fiorina and Meg Whitman’s big Republic...