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Would Donnelly run hurt GOP in U.S. House?

May 25th, 2014 By John Seiler.

I've been watching political campaigns since Barry Goldwater vs. the Ogre LBJ in 1964. And this just doesn't seem right to me. Roll Call reports on how a victory in the Top Two primary by Assemblyman Tim Donnelly over Neel Kashkari supposedly would bring out Democrats enraged by Donnelly's anti-imm...

Typical Sacramento: Weak CalSTRS fix made even weaker

May 24th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

So Gov. Jerry Brown is finally forced by events to come up with a CalSTRS pension rescue plan. And as Dan Borenstein points out, it's so cautious that it doesn't prevent CalSTRS' underfunding from getting worse for some time to come: "For more than a decade, lawmakers have ignored the increasing sh...

Bring Ol’ Sparky back to CA?

May 23rd, 2014 By John Seiler.

California hasn't executed anyone in more than 8 years. And just 14 since it was allowed again in 1978. Problems remain with lawsuits concerning the lethal-injection method. And a proposed initiative would shorten death-penalty appeals. But maybe Tennesses has found a way to re-start execution...

A California vs. Texas analysis that breaks the mold

May 23rd, 2014 By Chris Reed.

The California vs. Texas fight has gotten stale for my tastes. It's insanely annoying how so many California defenders simply ignore basic facts like Texas is creating more middle-class jobs or that Texas' Latino and black students do better than California's in K-12 test scores such as the NAEP....

Poll: Special interests run state govt.

May 22nd, 2014 By John Seiler.

People finally are catching on that "government of the people" isn't. The Public Policy Institute of California's new poll finds: "A strong majority says state government is pretty much run by a few big interests looking out for themselves (68%), while just 24 percent say it is run for the benef...

Swearengin had no faith in a) her constituents and/or b) herself

May 22nd, 2014 By Chris Reed.

Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin -- an articulate, TV-savvy, photogenic Republican -- is a good bet to finish second in the June 3 state primary for controller behind former Assembly Speaker John Perez, a Los Angeles Democrat who will then go on to defeat Swearengin 56%-44% in November. But for som...

Covered CA = VA

May 21st, 2014 By John Seiler.

Some thoughts for Memorial Day, which approaches on Monday. If there's one government program I favor, it's helping America's severely wounded veterans. When they signed up to defend our freedoms, they were promised that, should they be hurt in combat, the military would take care of them. Plain ...

2007 press release shows rail authority touting CEQA compliance

May 21st, 2014 By Chris Reed.

A Tuesday afternoon AP story laid out the latest courtroom developments involving the bullet-train fiasco: "SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's $68 billion bullet train project should be exempt from the state's strict environmental review process now that it is subject to federal oversight, th...

Gov. Brown blames wildfires on global warming

May 20th, 2014 By John Seiler.

Gov. Jerry Brown has been blaming the wildfires on global warming/climate. The Times summarized his recent statements: "We here in California are on the front lines," Brown said on ABC in the first of two Sunday morning news show appearances.... The governor repeated his belief that this spring's...

CA workforce participation hits 38-year low

May 20th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

The same state survey of labor statistics that led to headlines last week about California having its lowest unemployment rate in nearly six years also had some much less positive news. The California Center for Jobs & the Economy noted these stats on Monday. The first: "California’s Lab...

San Fran = Rwanda

May 19th, 2014 By John Seiler.

San Francisco is by far the most liberal city in the United States. In the 2012 election, it voted 83 percent for Democratic President Obama and 13 percent for Republican Mitt Romney. So one would think that SF would have the least "income inequality" of any city in America. Income inequality is...

Radicals almost burned alive UC official faulted for Occupy response

May 19th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

As the left's thoughtcrime offensive gears up, the latest victim is former UC Berkeley Chancellor Robert Birgenau, who backed out of a speaking role at Haverford University graduation ceremonies after campus "progressives" demanded it. They're upset over Birgenau's response to Occupy protests on hi...

Laffer explains why people flee CA

May 19th, 2014 By John Seiler.

Dr. Arthur Laffer helped design the Proposition 13 tax cuts in California in 1978, which undergird what little prosperity California still has; and President Reagan's 1981-83 tax cuts, which provided 25 years of prosperity, with two minor recessions (because the government ignored Laffer's advice), ...

Update: More on Climategate cooked books

May 17th, 2014 By John Seiler.

AB 32, the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, continues to gut the California economy. Even after the 2009 revelations of Climategate showing that "climate scientists" cooked the books on the numbers. Even after Climategate II in 2011. Now we have Climategate III. James Delingpole repor...

First anniversary of L.A. Times’ worst bias/incomptence ever

May 17th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

When it comes to hydraulic fracturing -- the energy-exploration technique that has prompted a gigantic U.S. boom in natural gas and oil production -- there is a hilariously telling and depressing difference between the national media and the California media. The national media, with The Huffingt...

Mixed GOP reaction to Donnelly: Dumb-de-dumb-dumb

May 16th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

The California Republican Party is now very, very down on its luck. But I think state party chair Jim Brulte isn't just blathering when he suggests the party can make at the least a modest comeback. The main reason for this, however, isn't the behavior of California Republicans. It's both a broad...

CA plastic bag ban would hurt environment

May 15th, 2014 By John Seiler.

In this dysfunctional state, it figures the Legislature likely soon could ban plastic bags at stores. AP reports: "Senate Bill 270 passed the Assembly's Natural Resources Committee on a 5-3 vote following the failure of similar bans on single-use grocery bags in recent years. The latest legislatio...

CA 2014 fire season: A test of government competence

May 15th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

The two worst wildfires in recorded state history struck San Diego County in 2003 and 2007, as I wrote about in today's U-T San Diego. "In October 2003, the Cedar Fire ... broke out in the Cleveland National Forest, started accidentally by a lost hunter trying to signal rescuers. It burned more t...

Brown’s CalSTRS fix hammers districts, protects teachers

May 14th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

Contrary to the impression given by some of the current coverage of Sacramento's attempts to shore up the California State Teachers' Retirement System, the underfunding problem hasn't been completely ignored for all these years. Here's what I wrote about the last serious attempt to change a broken f...

Will Sen. de Leon also head the Assembly?

May 13th, 2014 By John Seiler.

In a strange development, state Sen. Kevin de Leon, D-Los Angeles, who soon will head the Senate as president pro-tem, also will head the Assembly as speaker. This will be news to Assemblywoman Toni Atkins, D-San Diego, who yesterday was installed as Assembly speaker. According to the Los Angeles...

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