Feinstein ignores gun stats, announces bill to ban guns 20

Dec. 31, 2012

By Katy Grimes

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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 stop the sale, transfer, importation and manufacturing of military-style assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition feeding devises.… Read more

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Why minorities are cold to green agenda: what Politico missed 3

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:
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“The green movement dreams of pushing major bills through Congress on the scale of President Barack Obama’s health care reform law and the immigration overhaul expected to begin next year.Read more

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Sacramento ‘recovery’ reliant on government growth 13

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.”

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Offering nothing more than provincial anecdotal evidence, the Bee, as most mainstream newspapers, have been selling a bogus economic “recovery,” even as America faces a fiscal cliff.… Read more

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Tran scandal could keep air board chief from EPA post 6

Dec. 30, 2012

By Chris ReedThornhillPhD

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 usual cheerleading. Instead, lo and behold, it acknowledged the Hien Tran scandal that I broke after being tipped off by UCLA epidemiologist James Enstrom — and the Chronicle framed it as the worst thing to happen on her watch:

“Either way, if nominated, it’s likely we’ll hear about some of the not-so-great air board moments under her leadership.Read more

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10 predictions for California 2013 44

California flag - upside down, reverseDec. 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 Republicans little more than an annoying irrelevancy that can no longer block tax hikes.

Will Democrats just ramp up the taxing and spending spree or will some semblance of a “moderate” Democratic caucus emerge to offer a limited check on those tendencies?… Read more

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California unemployment much higher than govt. admits 7

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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:

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“Currently, there are more than 920,000 people certifying for benefits in California. The majority of these customers are collecting on a federal extension claim while the remainder are somewhere in the midst of a regular unemployment claim.Read more

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Stats don’t back CA gun grab 2

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 deaths and injuries have dropped sharply in California, even as the number of guns sold in the state has risen, according to new state data.

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In helping unions, state Supreme Court makes like 9th Circuit 5

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 Labor Relations Board, and the Board’s cross-petition for enforcement, turn on whether California law gives labor organizers a right to hand out leaflets in the privately-owned parking lot of a stand-alone grocery store.Read more

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Solar power fries ratepayers 8

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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 concept is the 2011 state law requiring that a third of all retail electricity sales come from renewable sources by 2020, ostensibly to curb the greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global warning.… Read more

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California health exchanges – ‘Mo Money’ 12

Dec. 28, 2012

By Katy Grimes

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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 test of nationalized health care.

But a state-run health exchange puts the burden onto the state and the expense ultimately on the taxpayers.… Read more

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