California High-Speed Rail crashing into reality 7

June 27, 2012 By Josephine Djuhana Gov. Jerry Brown, alongside a number of lawmakers, continues the push to build the nation’s first high-speed rail, despite a hefty price tag as high as $98 billion, an immediate negative environmental impact, and

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Unions on the defensive, facing voter wrath (video)

June 27, 2012 By Brian Calle Public employee unions are on the defensive after facing voter wrath at the ballot box.

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Deregulating ‘earmarks’ saved schools, didn’t hurt poor 4

June 27, 2012 By Wayne Lusvardi Deregulation got a bad rap in California ever since it was wrongly blamed as causing the Energy Crisis of 2001 and the San Diego Blackout of 2011.  But a new study by the Rand

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The Math Scam 31

June 26, 2012 By Stan Brin Some of us are good at math, some of us struggle merely to get through it. Whether we’re good at it or bad, few of us will ever again use anything we learned in

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New California theme song

June 25, 2012 By John Seiler In a column, George Will waxes nostalgic about the Golden State of the 1960s, whose theme song was the Beach Boys’ “Good Vibrations.” We’re long past that and need a new theme song for

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Legislators still being paid for fake budget 13

June 25, 2012 By John Seiler If the California government followed its own laws, right now state legislators’ pay would be suspended. They would be applying for EBT cards. According to Prop. 25, which voters passed in 2010, the Legislature must

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The Establishment killed cig tax Prop. 29 26

June 25, 2012 By John Seiler The backers of the Proposition 29 cigarette tax increase finally snubbed out the butt of their vigil over the June 5 vote. It lost by just 28,000 votes. Proponents blamed the $47 million spent

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Mike Feuer angry at ‘Der Feuer’ jab 0

Steven Greenhut: Assemblyman Mike Feuer, D-Los Angeles, left an angry voicemail for me today for my “utterly outrageous” reference to him as Der Feuer for his legislation that would have allowed police officers, judges and prosecutors to exempt themselves from

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Is pendulum swinging back on police issues? 28

June 25, 2012 By Steven Greenhut SACRAMENTO — It’s dangerous to read too much into some small signs of sanity at the state Capitol, but the deaths in recent days of two obnoxious police-secrecy bills reminds us that there are,

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Loopy Old Judge Thierry Colaw Winks At Police Misconduct 7

Steven Greenhut: It’s no surprise that we’re seeing a spate of bad on-the-job behavior by police and deputies. Thanks to judges such as Pete-Wilson-appointee Thierry Colaw, of the OC Superior Court, cops know they can do anything they want and face no

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