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Brown vs. Kashkari debate

June 21st, 2014 By John Seiler.

Let's hope Gov. Jerry Brown accepts the invitation to debate Neel Kashkari issued by the consortium that hosted Brown's debate in 2010 with Meg Whitman. The Orange County Register and KABC also have reached out to Brown for a debate they would sponsor. Brown is the key to the debates. Kashkari o...

Green hypocrisy: ‘The problem is it’s going to be visible’

June 21st, 2014 By Chris Reed.

For years, the hypocrisy of environmentalists has been on display with the Cape Wind project in Nantucket Sound, near Cape Cod, Mass. The project has finally begun construction but only after a 13-year campaign by rich liberals to block the alternative energy plant because wind turbines would mes...

Chapman Forecast: Steady CA growth

June 20th, 2014 By John Seiler.

Chapman University's new economic forecast projects steady but not spectacular economic growth for California and the nation. Real U.S. GDP growth could continue at about 2 percent a year. That's not as good as the 5 percent or more during previous recoveries, but obviously better than a recession. ...

Auditor blasts illegal sterilization of inmates

June 19th, 2014 By John Seiler.

It's hard to think of anything more dehumanizing that illegally sterilizing someone. It takes away their right to reproduce. But that's what happened in California prisons from 2005 to 2013. An audit released today by the California Auditor looked into the malpractice. If found: "During our revi...

What CA can learn from North Dakota’s stunning boom

June 19th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

The boom that North Dakota's enjoyed because of fracking is usually depicted in newspaper stories and network reports as being about housing shortages and a flood of in-migration driven by job hunters. Rarely do accounts offer stark statistics that illustrate just how big the boom has been. Thank...

Chart warns of possible stock crash

June 18th, 2014 By John Seiler.

We can't predict the future. But we prudently can make preparations for unfortunate events. That's why the California government and local governments should make sure they have budget surpluses. Check out the following chart. It shows that the current DJIA stock rally (blue line) is si...

Dem strategist (albeit a paid one) rips Nanny State push

June 18th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

A classic Nanny State bill failed in committee Tuesday within hours after a leading Democratic strategist warned California lawmakers that they shouldn't count on flattering headlines if it kept advancing. Details on the bill's demise from the LAT: "A proposal to affix health warning labels to s...

State auditor dings CPUC on passenger carriers

June 17th, 2014 By John Seiler.

The California Public Utilities Commission is supposed to look out for consumers. But the California Auditor just found they have done a bad job regulating "passenger carriers" -- such as limousines. The CPUC does this through its Transformation Enforcement Branch. But the audit found: The co...

Only in CA: Costly edicts depicted as jobs programs

June 17th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

When Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed AB 32 into law in 2006, he did so after first demanding that the measure include a provision that would allow a governor to suspend it if there was evidence the law was hurting the economy. This was in recognition of the fact that forcing the state to have more...

Three powerful liberal papers hail Vergara ruling

June 16th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

That the Vergara vs. California ruling last week is a landmark that will affect U.S. public education going forward -- even if it is appealed and thrown out -- is a general consensus among the pundits and education experts I've read. Of course, union officials disagree. And so do many of the tired ...

6 stories out of 317: LAT, Bee, Chronicle hide Obama fracking views

June 15th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

I have been whining about how the media cover big issues for decades, but there is something uniquely strange about the decision of the California media -- in the midst of a sharp state debate over fracking -- to not mention that the Obama administration considers it safe. I have heard that some ...

Knives already out for CA’s emerging House star

June 14th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

The flurry of reports that Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Bakersfield, is a lock to replace Eric Cantor of Virginia as House majority leader has led the mainstream media to do the usual profiles and think pieces about D.C.'s newest political star. Some of it is even enjoyable speculation that his rise is ba...

Cap-and-trade share not close to $ bullet train needs

June 13th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

Gov. Jerry Brown has managed to secure a steady source of funding -- cap-and-trade fees related to AB 32 -- for his $68 billion bullet-train project. It appears that he did so by winning teacher unions' support with a simply bizarre budget provision forcing school districts to spend down their reser...

UTLA boss goes Orwell: Teachers=students

June 13th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

Tuesday's historic Vergara vs. California ruling was likened to Brown vs. Board of Education by none other than Rolf Treu, the judge who issued the decision. But has anyone noticed how quiet Latino Democrats are about the ruling, outside of Antonio Villaraigosa and Gloria Romero? I asked Assemblywom...

UC Berkeley prof behind invest/spend semantic ploy

June 12th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

AP reporter Judy Lin had a fun story Wednesday about how Democrats are playing the semantic spin game: "SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- As billions of dollars in unexpected tax revenue pour into California, Democratic lawmakers have proposed all kinds of ways to distribute the windfall after years of recess...

The left-wing theory driving Vergara ruling

June 12th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

A point that hasn't been made nearly enough by the MSM is that the Vergara vs. California ruling rejecting the state's lax teacher tenure practices depends on a legal doctrine associated with lefty causes. That doctrine deals with "disparate impact" and holds that if a seemingly neutral law has the...

‘Kaustrodamus': The L.A. journo who saw Cantor’s demise coming

June 11th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

Mickey Kaus is a very smart L.A. pundit whose Kaufiles was one of the original news blogs that mattered. He now writes mainly for the Daily Caller. In 1992, he wrote "The End of Equality," a powerful book-length analysis of Democratic economic agenda and social programs that argued presciently that ...

Post-Vergara: Civil war possible among CA Dems

June 11th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

The Vergara storm is coming, and I've got a feeling that it's going to be gigantic. The ruling's potential impact on California public education -- and public education nationally -- could be immense. Even if it doesn't stand, it will inspire similar lawsuits everywhere, and similar concerns abou...

CA may take lead in codifying what is legally acceptable sex

June 10th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

The Nanny State impulse, when its most ardent proponents gain power, is a scary thing to witness. This is from the L.A. Daily News: "LONG BEACH --- A bill on its way to the state Assembly mandates that California’s public universities adopt a policy requiring college students to obtain ongoing co...

Rail board chair Dan Richard responds to critical post

June 10th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

Dan Richard, the chair of the California High-Speed Rail Authority, sent this to Cal Watchdog in response to my Monday morning post: "In his campaign to stop California from building the nation’s first high-speed rail system, Chris Reed (, June 9, 2014) continues to rely on disto...

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