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Anti-fracking fervor builds in CA even as it lifts U.S. economy, stature

October 13th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

Anti-fracking sentiment in California continues to build, and we're likely to see a spate of local moratoriums aimed at blocking the oil-drilling process in many cities and counties. This is happening even in places not normally associated with petroleum production, as this Orange County Register st...

AG doesn’t write slanted ballot language for plastic bag measure

October 12th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

The Attorney General's Office of the state of California has a long, ugly history under Kamala Harris, Jerry Brown and Bill Lockyer of writing ballot language that pushes voters one way or the other -- always to the benefit of Dem stalwarts like public employee unions, trial lawyers and environmenta...

Will the NFL return to L.A.?

October 12th, 2014 By John Seiler.

Are you ready for some football in Southern California? Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti Thursday said NFL football is "highly likely" to return to Los Angeles 20 years after the Raiders scampered back to Oakland and the Rams defected from Anaheim to St. Louis. He said the recent $2 billion sale ...

Tax subsidies hurting CA

October 10th, 2014 By John Seiler.

You might think individual tax subsidies, such as the film credit for Hollywood that just was tripled to $330 million, would help California. After all, they cut the taxes of some companies. Certainly, they help those individual companies. But unless spending is cut to pay for it -- which never ...

In San Diego, how low will foes of gay GOP candidate go?

October 10th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

The 2008 election of gay libertarian firebrand Carl DeMaio to the San Diego City Council absolutely drove the city's Democratic machine insane. When it came to tearing DeMaio down, it was anything goes. No one of any Dem stature ever said anything when a police officer union member identified Rep...

ND oil could cut CA gas prices

October 9th, 2014 By John Seiler.

Finally, California could get relief from gas prices higher than the rest of the country. Although prices across America have fallen in recent months, our prices still are about 70 cents higher. For example, according to GasBuddy.com, the average price of a gallon of petrol today in St. Louis i...

Gov. Brown’s $23.6 million

October 8th, 2014 By John Seiler.

As Major Kong in "Dr. Strangelove" is about to begin "nuclear combat toe-to-toe with the Russkies" and start Armageddon, he opens a survival kit aboard his B-52 and says, "Shoot, a fella' could have a pretty good weekend in Vegas with all that stuff." The same thing with Gov. Jerry Brown's re-el...

Noted liberal pundit: CA ‘affirmative consent’ law a ‘radical experiment’

October 8th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

The problem of sexual violence and abuse on college campuses is a huge one. But California's new “affirmative consent law,” which requires college students having sex to obtain “affirmative, conscious, and voluntary agreement ... throughout a sexual activity,” is certain to be hugely pro...

Want to extend Prop. 30 tax increases?

October 7th, 2014 By John Seiler.

You probably saw this one coming. Just two years ago Gov. Jerry Brown and his union allies hoodwinked voters into passing Proposition 30, $7 billion in tax increases. Most of the taxes hit "millionaires," which in California New Math means anyone making more than $250,000 a year -- still the middle-...

Biden due in L.A. to tout minimum-wage hike — commuters, beware

October 7th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

Monday, Joe Biden was in Nevada touting a hike in the minimum wage as the key to fighting income inequality. Today, the vice president will be in Los Angeles with Mayor Eric Garcetti offering the same spiel before heading to a Bakersfield fundraiser. But there are a few problems with this narrati...

SD 35 gets to vote twice

October 6th, 2014 By John Seiler.

Voters in Senate District 35 will get to vote twice -- first in the Nov. 4 general election, then again on Dec. in a special election to fill the seat of former state Sen. Rod Wright, who resigned his seat last month after being convicted of voter fraud and perjury. The Times reported: If no candi...

Japan’s 50th bullet train anniversary: What it says about CA

October 6th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

Oct. 1 marked the 50th anniversary of the beginning of commercial operations for Japan's bullet train system. The Shinkansen is by far the most successful bullet train network in the world. The British press and just about no one else outside of Japan thinks this is a big deal. Of course it is a big...

Gov. Brown bans plastic bags

October 5th, 2014 By John Seiler.

Because Gov. Jerry Brown just signed SB270, in July 2016 plastic bags will be banned in stores in California. Paper bags will cost 10 cents. We've had a similar ban in Huntington Beach for a year and I look at it as yet another tax. At first, I remembered to keep and bring older paper bags. Afte...

Gov. Brown signs gun-control bills

October 3rd, 2014 By John Seiler.

California's reputation as a state with a shockingly large number of regulations has been embellished by the 930 new bills it passed this year. Gov. Jerry Brown must suffer carpal tunnel syndrome from signing so many of the bills the past week, while vetoing a few. Two signed: AB1014 allows fami...

Post-Stockton, Democrat job-retention myth certain to be exposed

October 3rd, 2014 By Chris Reed.

Both parties have bogus canards that they trot out when convenient. The worst example of this among Republicans is the idea that tax cuts always pay for themselves -- that they lead to higher revenue. It could well be true for capital gains taxes and any other taxes that discourage investment or rei...

Stockton ruling, like Vergara ruling, shakes CA status quo

October 2nd, 2014 By Chris Reed.

Californians who think the state status quo is nuts and that public employees amount to a protected class of citizens have gotten unexpected help this year from the state and federal courts. First came Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Rolf True's ruling that teacher tenure laws are unconstitution...

Torlakson continues lying about teacher-discipline law AB 215

October 1st, 2014 By Chris Reed.

Tom Torlakson supports a status quo in which an average of 2.2 of the state's 275,000 public school teachers are fired each year for incompetence -- a figure so ridiculous you barely need to add context. It shows the public school system is run for the adult employees, not the students. Y...

Newsom reluctant to debate Nehring

September 30th, 2014 By John Seiler.

Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom is crusing to re-election victory on Gov. Jerry Brown's coattails and the general strength of the California Democratic Party. Yet he is reluctant to debate his Republican opponent, former GOP state Chairman Ron Nehring. The Bee reported: Nehring, in only-somewhat tongue-in-ch...

Texas Latinos out-achieve CA Latinos in broad array of categories

September 30th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

Heritage Foundation senior editor Mike Gonzalez has a new book out this month, "A Race for the Future: How Conservatives Can Break the Liberal Monopoly on Hispanic Americans." Gonzalez, a former Wall Street Journal reporter, takes a deeper look at how Hispanics have done in Texas vs. how they've don...

Apple and Google snub FBI snoops

September 29th, 2014 By John Seiler.

In good news for Californians, Silicon Valley companies are getting some backbone in rebuffing government snooping. The Washington Post reports: FBI Director James B. Comey sharply criticized Apple and Google on Thursday for developing forms of smartphone encryption so secure that law enforcement ...

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