December, 2012

Feinstein ignores gun stats, announces bill to ban guns
Monday, December 31st, 2012

Dec. 31, 2012 By Katy Grimes Despite a recent report by the  Federal Bureau of Investigation which found that violent crime decreased in 2011, California Sen. Dianne Feinstein released a summary of her legislation to ban assault weapons. Yet Feinstein said her goal is to introduce a bill to...

Why minorities are cold to green agenda: what Politico missed
Monday, December 31st, 2012

Dec. 31, 2012 By Chris Reed Politico reporter Talia Buford had a weekend analysis piece about the environmental movement's theories on why its sweeping proposals haven't advanced in Washington. The main thesis: "The green movement dreams of pushing major bills through Congress on the scale of Pre...

Sacramento ‘recovery’ reliant on government growth
Sunday, December 30th, 2012

Dec. 30, 2012 By Katy Grimes A front page news story in Sunday's Sacramento Bee claimed that 2012 "is shaping up as another year of solid but not spectacular economic growth – more groundbreakings, more cars sold, more stores and restaurants opening, and a gradual decline in unemployment." ...

Tran scandal could keep air board chief from EPA post
Sunday, December 30th, 2012

Dec. 30, 2012 By Chris Reed As soon as I heard EPA chief Lisa Jackson was leaving, I took to Twitter to predict state air board chair Mary Nichols would be considered a hot candidate for the job, as she was in 2008. When the San Francisco Chronicle got around to this angle Saturday, I expected the...

10 predictions for California 2013
Sunday, December 30th, 2012

Dec. 30, 2012 By Steven Greenhut SACRAMENTO -- California’ Democratic leaders are giddy about the future now that they have gained everything they wanted in the last election -- voter-approved tax increases and a two-thirds supermajority in both houses of the Legislature, thus rendering Republ...

California unemployment much higher than govt. admits
Saturday, December 29th, 2012

Dec. 30, 2012 By Stephen Frank I love how the Democrats are crowing about the “California Recovery.” Specifically, they want you to believe that unemployment is slowly declining in the State.  Not so. This is from the California Employment Development Department on December 26, 2012: “Curr...

Stats don’t back CA gun grab
Saturday, December 29th, 2012

Dec. 29 By Steven Greenhut -- California's Democratic legislators are actively introducing measures designed to limit our ability to defend ourselves with firearms, yet the Sacramento Bee reported today that gun deaths have been going down even as gun ownership here has increased. Per the Bee: Gun ...

In helping unions, state Supreme Court makes like 9th Circuit
Saturday, December 29th, 2012

Dec. 29, 2013 By Chris Reed In 2004, in a case involving union pickets on the property of a California grocery state, the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia explicitly ruled that they had no special protections: "This petition for judicial review of an order of the National...

Solar power fries ratepayers
Saturday, December 29th, 2012

Dec. 29, 2012 By Joseph Perkins Most lawmakers in Sacramento have no idea who Robert K. Merton was. But they almost certainly are familiar with terms the late great American social scientist introduced into the popular lexicon, including “unintended consequences.” An apt example of that con...

California health exchanges – ‘Mo Money’
Friday, December 28th, 2012

Dec. 28, 2012 By Katy Grimes The Obama administration has a lot riding on California's implementation of Obamacare, also known as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. How the state implements the new insurance exchanges, and whether or not it is done successfully, will be an important...