New Rules For Amazon Tax 1

Katy Grimes: After biting debate today on the new Internet tax, the Board of Equalization decided that some rules of play were needed.

The controversial internet tax, the recent law passed which imposes “use” taxes on out-of-state retailers and small affiliate businesses, already has a referendum for repeal in the works, authored by internet retailer,

Debate over the 90-day interim period during which Amazon gathers signatures for the voter referendum to repeal the law was a hot issue today between board members.… Read more

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In California, the Dream Is an Act 0

JULY 26, 2011

The California dream of an affordable, top-notch state-sponsored education for all is nothing to dream about for legal California students.

Just signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown was AB 130, the “California Dream Act of 2011,” authored by Assemblyman Gil Cedillo, D-Los Angeles. The Dream Act will allow students who are in the country illegally to pay in-state tuition and apply for grants and private-college scholarships, competing with legal residents of the state.… Read more

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When heroes become bureaucrats 6

JULY 26, 2011

This article first appeared in City Journal.


On Memorial Day, a suicidal man waded into San Francisco Bay outside the city of Alameda and stood there for about an hour, neck-deep in chilly water, as about 75 bystanders watched. Local police and firefighters were called to the scene, but they refused to help. After the man drowned, the assembled “first responders” also refused to wade into the water to retrieve his body; they left that job for a bystander.… Read more

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Commish Gives Dems 2/3 Majority 0

John Seiler:

A year and a half ago I was the first person to predict that, in 2012 or 2014, redistricting would bring Democrats two-thirds majorities in both houses of the California Legislature. My March 10, 2010 article, “Census Pushing Dems to 2/3 Majority,” still is relevant reading.

Demographic changes were the main reason. Immigrants in recent years have voted about 70 percent Democratic.… Read more

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U.S.-Calif. Stuck in Stagnation Spiral 2

JULY 26, 2011


Welcome to the desert of economic and jobs growth.

I keep reminding people that California actually still is part of the United States of America. That we are not the “eighth largest world economy,” or whatever the ranking is that state politicians always boast about.

State politicians still fail to accept that, aside from whatever problems the state has, national economic follies affect them as well.… Read more

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