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A modest proposal on political scandals

March 28th, 2014 By John Seiler.

Here's a modest proposal on political scandals. When a politician is indicted, then taxes are reduced equivalent to his proportional representation of the people. The reasoning is this: He was corrupt, therefore he wasted tax dollars. So citizens shouldn't have to pay any more for his corrupt act...

CA Dems caught up in corruption in L.A., Bay Area and San Diego

March 28th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

High-profile elected Democrats in all of California's most populous areas are turning out to be corrupt cretins. The indictment released Wednesday of state Sen. Leland Yee depicts a San Francisco-Oakland-Daly City culture in which gangsters traffic in a long laundry list of crimes -- in this cas...

Did Leland Yee spill beans on corruption in Philippines?

March 27th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

I encourage anyone with 15 or 20 minutes to spare to leaf through the 137-page indictment of state Sen. Leland Yee, D-San Francisco, and his alleged accomplices in the federal criminal conspiracy case revealed Wednesday. Yee isn't really the central player. He wasn't the FBI's primary initial...

Sen. Yee indicted on corruption charges

March 26th, 2014 By John Seiler.

This just in, from the Mercury-News: SAN FRANCISCO -- State Senator Leland Yee has been indicted for public corruption as part of a major FBI operation this morning in the Bay Area, according to ABC7 news. A San Francisco police spokesman said the FBI is serving multiple arrest and search warrants...

CA Dems back tax cut

March 26th, 2014 By John Seiler.

Will wonders never cease? Three years ago, Democrats in the Legislature were upset when Republicans denied them the two-thirds votes needed in the Assembly and Senate to put a tax increase on the ballot. Led by Gov. Jerry Brown, they then gathered signatures to put on the Nov. 2012 ballot Propositio...

Need to create middle-class CA jobs matters more than minimum wage

March 26th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

Economic conservatives seem wary over the attempts by Democrats at just about every level of government to focus on the minimum wage. But should they be? It provides an easy way to broaden the debate from how the poor are faring to how those in the middle class are doing. In California, it provides ...

Covered California to register voters

March 25th, 2014 By John Seiler.

Covered California, the state's implementation of Obamacare, now will be mailing voter registration cards to enrollees. Given that most of these folks are poor, and poor people tend to vote Democratic, this is a big boon for the Democratic Party that already dominates state politics. Reported the...

Legislature worries more about animal misery than human misery

March 25th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

California has the highest adjusted poverty rate in the nation -- and by a significant margin. Nearly 1 in 4 state residents struggles to make ends meet. Unemployment was about the same in the nation as a whole in 2006. Now it's routinely among the worst of any state -- especially in the most releva...

UC prof charged with assaulting student

March 24th, 2014 By John Seiler.

What's going on in California's public universities? Fox News reported: "A feminist studies professor at a California state university is facing criminal charges after a videotaped run-in with a teenage pro-life demonstrator in which she snatched an anti-abortion sign and appeared to get physical ...

CA suffers 2nd highest taxes; 2X liberal Wash State

March 24th, 2014 By John Seiler.

A new study by WalletHub.com found California suffers the second highest state and local taxes of any state, after only New York. And California taxes, averaging $9,509 per family, are 2.4 times as high as even liberal Washington State; and a stunning four times as much as Wyoming. In the chart, ...

Did governor file bid for quick appeal to block bullet-train revolt?

March 24th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

Why did Gov. Jerry Brown abruptly abandon his "stay-the-course" path on the $68 billion bullet-train project in late January? I've been poking around a bit and have come up with a theory and some evidence as to why the governor filed a plea with California Supreme Court to quickly resolve legal batt...

CA taxes 150% higher than Washington state’s — to what benefit?

March 21st, 2014 By Chris Reed.

A new survey of state and local taxes finds California and New York take the biggest bite out of their residents' pocketbooks. The average Californian forks over $9,509 a year; the average New Yorker, $9,718. Alas, the mainstream media coverage of the report features the usual superficiality. The...

Feinstein wants to keep pot illegal, alcohol legal

March 20th, 2014 By John Seiler.

It used to be liberals strongly favored personal liberty. Some still do. Many don't. Sen. Dianne Feinstein has joined Gov. Jerry Brown in opposing legalizing marijuana in California, a state that's the country's biggest pot farm. AP wrote: The state's senior senator told The Associated Press in ...

L.A. proposal: That’s a pension tax — not a pothole tax

March 20th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

This proposal -- allegedly from Los Angeles bureaucrats but almost certainly from new L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti -- got the scorn it deserved on libertarian and conservative websites when it came out Wednesday afternoon: "L.A.'s elected officials should put a half-cent sales tax hike on the November...

Will failed Prop. 209 rollback help GOP with Asian voters? It depends

March 19th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

With Asian-Americans making up 14 percent of the state's electorate, there is a small but real chance that this past month's developments in the Legislature could prove the biggest story in California politics in years. I refer to Asian Democratic lawmakers pulling their support from the usual broad...

When America was fun for kids

March 19th, 2014 By John Seiler.

"America is too safe" is one of my sayings. It's just hard to have fun anymore, especially for kids. When I was growing up in the 60s, on weekends and during summer vacation, our parents dumped us outside and expected us to be back home by evening for dinner. Then we went back out again until dark. ...

Climate change prof wants to put me in jail

March 18th, 2014 By John Seiler.

As I've said before, I'll believe in global warming -- now going under the euphemism "climate change" -- when ex-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Secretary of State John Kerry give up their lavish lifestyles of the rich and famous. That mean Arnold dumping up his Mercedes and Bentley gas-guzzlers and ...

Malkenhorst epitome of government service

March 17th, 2014 By John Seiler.

Bruce Malkenhorst and his $551,000-a-year public pension are back in the news. The Orange County Register reports: A stunning once-secret investigation into the escapades of former Vernon exec Bruce Malkenhorst... alleges that Malkenhorst stealthily and systematically bled hundreds of thousands...

Discovered: a new way unions manipulate CA status quo

March 17th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

Californians who don't belong to a public employee union have every right to feel as if the state is rigged against them. Because districting is based on population, not number of citizens, Democrats do better in Sacramento from the get-go then one would expected based on voting on high-profile s...

Pension reform waits till 2016

March 16th, 2014 By John Seiler.

The pension reform of San Jose mayor Chuck Reed, a Democrat, is going to have to wait till 2016: The proposed initiative would have allowed local governments to reduce benefits for current employees, which have strained the finances of California cities. Reed said the official description of the p...

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Joseph Perkins
Joseph Perkins, now assistant editor of the Orange County Register Opinion Pages, started his career as an editorial writer for the Wall Street Journal. After serving on the White House Staff of former Vice President Dan Quayle he wrote for the San Diego Union-Tribune where he authored a nationally-syndicated column. Before writing for CalWatchdog.com, Mr. Perkins was also Business Editor for San Diego Magazine.
Chris Reed
Chris Reed is a regular contributor to Cal Watchdog. Reed is an editorial writer for U-T San Diego. Before joining the U-T in July 2005, he was the opinion-page columns editor and wrote the featured weekly Unspin column for The Orange County Register. Reed was on the national board of the Association of Opinion Page Editors from 2003-2005. From 2000 to 2005, Reed made more than 100 appearances as a featured news analyst on Los Angeles-area National Public Radio affiliate KPCC-FM. From 1990 to 1998, Reed was an editor, metro columnist and film critic at the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin in Ontario. Reed has a political science degree from the University of Hawaii (Hilo campus), where he edited the student newspaper, the Vulcan News, his senior year. He is on Twitter: @chrisreed99.
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Brian Calle is Editor-in-Chief of CalWatchdog.com and the Opinion Editor for the Orange County Register. His work has appeared in Bloomberg, Fox News, Forbes, Real Clear Politics, Human Events, Real Clear Markets and City Journal, among other websites and publications. Find him on Twitter: @briancalle
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John Seiler has been writing about California for 25 years. That includes 22 years as an editorial writer for the Orange County Register and two years for CalWatchDog.com, where he is managing editor. He attended the University of Michigan and graduated from Hillsdale College. He was a Russian linguist in U.S. Army military intelligence from 1978 to 1982. He was an editor and writer for Phillips Publishing Company from 1983 to 1986. He has written for Policy Review, Chronicles, LewRockwell.com, Flash Report and numerous other publications. His email: writejohnseiler@gmail.com

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