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Is 2014 the best year for pension reform?

December 19th, 2013 By John Seiler.

I politics, timing is everything. In 1973, Gov. Ronald Reagan pushed Proposition 1 to cut state income taxes 7.5 percent. It lost, 54 percent to 46 percent. Even the Great Communicator couldn't push it over the top. November that year was the high tide of the 1946-73 economic boom in the United S...

Actually, Jim Jones cult was Bay Area Democrats

December 18th, 2013 By John Seiler.

John Podesta, President Obama's new guru, just apologized for saying of Republicans, "They need to focus on executive action given that they are facing a second term against a cult worthy of Jonestown in charge of one of the houses of Congress." On Nov. 18, 1978 in Jonestown in Guyana, a city he ...

Bullet-train coverage: All the happy talk that fits

December 18th, 2013 By Chris Reed.

The Fresno Bee's editorial page has cheered longer and harder for the bullet-train project than just about any newspaper in the state. But has this enthusiasm affected news coverage? A story in Wednesday's paper should make Fresno Bee readers wonder. Reporter Tim Sheehan writes about a new developme...

EDD employees nap, watch TV, surf net, while claims stack up

December 17th, 2013 By Katy Grimes.

My three-part series about the Employment Development Department computer system upgrade has some in the agency wanting to unload. Apparently EDD officials' explanation of the newly updated $100 million computer system "glitches," and claims of understaffing, aren't the whole story, according to som...

Nothing can change the shape of President Jerry Brown

December 17th, 2013 By John Seiler.

Gov. Jerry Brown isn't ruling out a 2016 presidential run. I well remember his first presidential bid, way back in 1976 when he was a young governor of 38 and I was a younger political writer of 21 on my college newspaper, the Hillsdale Collegian. We've come a long way together, Jerry and I. I...

Covered California admits ‘mistake’ that made it seem a success

December 17th, 2013 By Chris Reed.

So Covered California has admitted a mistake in its initial description of signups for California's version of Obamacare, and it was that fake description that led to stories across the nation about Obamacare getting off to a great start in California. If you're not cynical about this, you should ge...

Video: Mike Rowe on the hidden cost of compliance

December 16th, 2013 By John Seiler.

There are a lot of dirty jobs few people want to do, but which are essential to keep society going. Mike Rowe features them in his Discovery Channel show, "Dirty Jobs." Another aspect of dirty jobs is that those who do them are plagued by regulations enforced by functionaries in nice, clean gover...

Texas cashing in on fracking of shale; will CA leaders allow same?

December 16th, 2013 By Chris Reed.

At Gov. Jerry Brown's behest, California has adopted fracking regulations that appear to allow for significant use of the vastly improved drilling technology to access 15 billion-plus barrels of oil under a vast swath of Central California, from the coast to the Sierras. But greens remain determined...

An open letter to bullet-train board Chairman Dan Richard

December 15th, 2013 By Chris Reed.

Dan Richard was at it again in Saturday's Los Angeles Times. LAT's Ralph Vartabedian did a good job painting a downbeat picture of the bullet train's prospects after negative legal and regulatory rulings. But he didn't ask the question that blows a gaping hole in the side of the Good Ship Balone...

Study: Caesar and Robin Hood enjoyed warmer climate

December 15th, 2013 By John Seiler.

Toga! Toga! Toga! Ever wonder why the ancient Romans built an "empire without end," to quote Virgil, while walking around in togas? Because it was a lot warmer then than now. And why Robin Hood ran around Sherwood Forest in tights? Warmer then, too. A new study shows that the recent "...

‘Since voters are so stupid, let govt. make all decisions’

December 14th, 2013 By Katy Grimes.

The pabulum voters are being fed has escalated to new heights… or lows as the case may be. In a letter to the Sac Bee editor today, a reader claimed Alexis de Tocqueville would have supported Sacramento City Council's decision to forge ahead with the publicly subsidized arena without a vo...

Why CA’s going to thrive: nanotech, biotech and, in particular, Google

December 14th, 2013 By Chris Reed.

I will always remember 2013 as the year that I became a downright-giddy optimist about California's future. Regardless of the massive incompetence and (mostly legal) corruption of its government leaders, the Golden State is going to be saved by its extraordinary tech entrepreneurs and scientific gen...

Common Core question soon facing your CA kids

December 14th, 2013 By John Seiler.

California enthusiastically is embracing the new national Common Core standards for students. Here's an actual question of the sort that's going to be facing the students, as posted on a quiz page on the site for the Genesco Commnuity Unit School District #228 in Chicago, a government school. ...

Californians turning on unions

December 13th, 2013 By John Seiler.

People with too much power are setting themselves up for a fall. In democracies, voters sometimes decide things, punishing one group with too much power, while rewarding others with less power. So it was inevitable that Californians would turn against the state's powerful public-sector unions. Wh...

Merry Covered CA Christmas: No payment, no health coverage

December 13th, 2013 By Katy Grimes.

If you are signing up for Obamacare, I hope you've already put your check in the mail. If you haven't paid by Dec. 23, don't count on having Obamacare insurance in January. As with all insurance coverage, the plan must be paid for before you are officially covered. According to the U.S. Departmen...

McClintock: Ryan budget plan riddled with dishonesty

December 13th, 2013 By Chris Reed.

Tom McClintock, once the shrewdest guy in the Legislature, is now among the shrewder people in Congress. Last night the Northern California lawmaker sent out a column trashing the two-year budget compromise approved by the House at the behest of House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis. Here...

Predatory adult outrage at 6-year old kisser

December 12th, 2013 By Katy Grimes.

A 6-year-old boy in Colorado was suspended from school for kissing a girl on the hand, and called a sexual harasser by school officials. [caption id="attachment_55143" align="alignright" width="150"] KRDO photo, Hunter Yelton[/caption] Only predatory lawyers and statist school bureaucrats coul...

Paul Ryan budget deal begs question: Why Republicans?

December 12th, 2013 By John Seiler.

January will begin in earnest the California mid-term election cycle. Although Gov. Jerry Brown's seat likely is secure, assuming he's running for re-election, Republicans hope to gain seats in the California Legislature and in California's delegation to the U.S. House of Representatives. (No state ...

Mexico to join shale/fracking revolution; will media keep CA out?

December 12th, 2013 By Chris Reed.

This spring, I did a two-week series for Cal Watchdog on the many nations around the world that are pursuing fracking in oil and gas exploration after witnessing its immense success in North Dakota, Montana, Texas, Ohio and Pennsylvania. Here's the last entry in the series, which has links to all th...

Sen. Blakeslee backs publisher whose kids were taken

December 11th, 2013 By John Seiler.

Karen Velie is the co-founder and publisher of While in the process of working through the San Luis Obispo County Social Services system to become her grandchildren's guardian, Velie was arrested for a DUI on Aug. 13. Because of the DUI allegation, Social Services then took th...

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