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In San Diego, is libertarian dream alive, stalled — or dead?

November 8, 2012 By admin. Nov. 8, 2012 By Chris Reed San Diegans had an extremely unusual choice for mayor Tuesday, picking between a gay libertarian who'd already turned the city into a hotbed of government experimentation and a 20-year congressman who is a '60s-ethos liberal with serious anger-management issues. The contrast between City Councilman Carl DeMaio and Rep. Bob Filner was so unusual that it even g...

Supermajority supercharges power of unions, Dems

November 8, 2012 By admin. Nov. 8, 2012 By Katy Grimes Now that the Democratic Party in California has won a supermajority in both houses of the Legislature, what does it mean for the state of the state's politics? Democrat view Steve Maviglio, a seasoned Democtatic stratigist who has worked for former Gov. Gray Davis and former Assembly Speaker Fabian Núñez, said to expect not much will change. But he was v...

Brown could learn from Augustus about tax flight

November 8, 2012 By admin. Nov. 8, 2012 By Wayne Lusvardi California Gov. Jerry Brown often portrays himself as the modern version of an ancient Greek or Roman philosopher king.  A majority of the voters on Nov. 6 approved Brown’s  “millionaire’s tax” on people making more than $250,000 a year, Proposition 30.  But Brown could learn something from Roman Emperor Augustus about how to sustain a tax on t...

Prop. 31 loses badly

November 7, 2012 By admin. Nov. 7, 2012 By Wayne Lusvardi Proposition 31 was wiped out by voters yesterday.  The Government Performance and Accountability Act got just 39 percent of the votes, with 61 percent against. Part of the likely reason it lost big was that it was undoubtedly the most confusing voter initiative on the ballot.  Factions of both Democrats and Republicans opposed and endorsed it. The Cal...
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