blog-October, 2012

Desperate governor turns to distortions

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

Oct. 31, 2012 Steven Greenhut Gov. Jerry Brown has fiddled while Sacramento has burned, squandering his entire governorship on a pointless campaign to massively raise income taxes on the poor, middle class and wealthy Californians through the Prop. 30 sales and income tax hike. Now that the initiati...

Do they really want to combat global warming?

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

Commentary Oct. 31, 2012 By John Seiler Nowadays, almost anything that happens is blamed on "global warming." Or its more recent euphemism, "climate change." On his blog, Al Gore just wrote: "For many, Hurricane Sandy may prove to be a similar event: a time when the climate crisis—which is of...

Prop. 30 aftermath: Dan Walters channels CalWatchdog

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

Oct. 31, 2012 By Chris Reed On Tuesday, CalWatchdog told readers that the idea the teachers unions would accept trigger cuts if Prop. 30 failed was ridiculous. "Does anyone really think the California Teachers Association and its less brash little bro, the California Federation of Teachers, are go...

Archie Bunker explains the election

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012
Archie Bunker explains the election

Oct. 31, 2012 By John Seiler Back in the late 1970s, with a previous bogus energy "crisis" striking, and Democrats demanding that citizens make "sacrifices," philosopher Archie Bunker explained what was going in words that still resonate today. ...

California’s fate rests on more than this election

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012
California’s fate rests on more than this election

October 31, 2012 By Katy Grimes As California voters prepare to square off with several tax increase measures on next Tuesday's ballot, the fate of California balances on a precarious cliff. But it's not just the tax increases which could push the state over the cliff... that's just part one. Pa...

Gov. Brown campaigns for rich public-employee unions

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

Commentary Oct. 31, 2012 By Mark Cabaniss If you have the stomach, listen to Jesuit seminary dropout (1957)  Gov. Jerry Brown out on the campaign trail recently, selling his newest tax hike, Proposition 30:  “I like to quote from St. Luke: ‘From those who have been given, much will be asked...

Attack of the student zombies

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

Oct. 31, 2012 Katy Grimes: Beware the student zombies at CSU Sacramento and CSU Sonoma. The California Faculty Association is sponsoring a flash mob today at the colleges, "with staff and students in costume, dancing to Michael Jackson's 'Thriller,' with lyrics adapted to support Proposition 30."...

N.Y. Times continues tradition of inept California coverage

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

Oct. 30, 2012 By Chris Reed The New York Times' history of poor coverage of California is extreme. It always blames Prop. 13 for the state's problems. It offers 8,000-word analyses of California's government dysfunction that never mention the power of unions. And now, in an analysis of the San Die...

Whole Foods suffers second thoughts on Prop. 37

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012
Whole Foods suffers second thoughts on Prop. 37

Oct. 30, 2012 By Wayne Lusvardi The campaign over Proposition 37 isn't as simple as it might seem at first glance. On the Nov. 6 ballot, the Genetically Engineered Labeling Initiative would mandate that genetically modified foods be given special labels. Whole Foods Market, the giant health-foo...

Reform for California only a vote away

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

Oct. 30, 2012 By Katy Grimes Anyone who still has the hope of reforming California knows that it must begin with the political system. Far too many politicians in California are so heavily influenced by big money that constituents seem to be nothing more than an afterthought and a group to pande...

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Joseph Perkins
Joseph Perkins, now assistant editor of the Orange County Register Opinion Pages, started his career as an editorial writer for the Wall Street Journal. After serving on the White House Staff of former Vice President Dan Quayle he wrote for the San Diego Union-Tribune where he authored a nationally-syndicated column. Before writing for, Mr. Perkins was also Business Editor for San Diego Magazine.
Chris Reed
Chris Reed is a regular contributor to Cal Watchdog. Reed is an editorial writer for U-T San Diego. Before joining the U-T in July 2005, he was the opinion-page columns editor and wrote the featured weekly Unspin column for The Orange County Register. Reed was on the national board of the Association of Opinion Page Editors from 2003-2005. From 2000 to 2005, Reed made more than 100 appearances as a featured news analyst on Los Angeles-area National Public Radio affiliate KPCC-FM. From 1990 to 1998, Reed was an editor, metro columnist and film critic at the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin in Ontario. Reed has a political science degree from the University of Hawaii (Hilo campus), where he edited the student newspaper, the Vulcan News, his senior year. He is on Twitter: @chrisreed99.
Brian Calle
Brian Calle is Editor-in-Chief of and the Opinion Editor for the Orange County Register. His work has appeared in Bloomberg, Fox News, Forbes, Real Clear Politics, Human Events, Real Clear Markets and City Journal, among other websites and publications. Find him on Twitter: @briancalle
John Seiler
John Seiler has been writing about California for 25 years. That includes 22 years as an editorial writer for the Orange County Register and two years for, where he is managing editor. He attended the University of Michigan and graduated from Hillsdale College. He was a Russian linguist in U.S. Army military intelligence from 1978 to 1982. He was an editor and writer for Phillips Publishing Company from 1983 to 1986. He has written for Policy Review, Chronicles,, Flash Report and numerous other publications. His email:

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