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The $634 million 'performance issue'

October 10th, 2013 By Katy Grimes.

With the Obamacare website crashing daily since it went online Oct. 1, it's a wonder anyone at all has been able to sign up to then be able to "shop" for government health care. [caption id="attachment_51149" align="alignright" width="300"] REVENGE OF THE NERDS, 1984[/caption] "The befud...

Gov. Brown signs bill allowing nurses to perform abortions

October 10th, 2013 By Katy Grimes.

A bill allowing nurse practitioners to perform abortions was signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown this week. AB 154 by Assemblywoman Toni Atkins, D-San Diego, will allow nurse practitioners, certified nurse-midwives and physician assistants to perform abortions. Ironically, the 1973  Supreme...

Are 'neo-Confederates' holding up Obamacare?

October 9th, 2013 By John Seiler.

Are "neo-Confederates" shutting down the government and wrecking the Constitution by trying to de-fund Obamacare? So claims longtime Republican staffer Mike Lofgren in an interview with Salon's Josh Eidelson. download adobe cs6 Pictured are two senators who are strongly against Obamacare and ...

As governor contemplates teacher 'discipline' bill, fresh classroom outrage

October 9th, 2013 By Chris Reed.

As Gov. Jerry Brown weighs whether to sign a teacher-discipline bill that actually makes it more difficult to discipline teachers, fresh evidence turns up of bad teacher behavior in the state's largest school district, the district where the outrages occurred that forced the Legislature to focu...

Govt. shut down: Political football with military families

October 8th, 2013 By Katy Grimes.

I received an email message yesterday from a military wife who shared a message she received about military pay being delayed during the government shut down. If that actually happens, it could be one of the ugliest, most devious messages from our government. According to the email, military fami...

New dose of Obamacare pain arriving by mail

October 7th, 2013 By Katy Grimes.

After nearly four years of covering the Affordable Care Act, more commonly referred to as "Obamacare," it's hard not to laugh at a story today in the San Jose Mercury News about two San Francisco Bay Area Obama voters who are shocked at the increased cost of their health care. "Cindy Vin...

Shutdown blacks out U.S. Census site

October 7th, 2013 By John Seiler.

It's taken a week, but I finally was affected by the federal government "shutdown" (which actually only closes, temporarily, 17 percent of the government; leaving 83 percent still operating). computer softwares I went to the U.S. Census's Web site,, and got this screen: ...

$4.4 billion headache solved. How? Chronicle has no explanation

October 7th, 2013 By Chris Reed.

Members of the media's aversion to math -- especially to explaining how numbers work when explaining spending decisions in public policy -- is hard to miss. For years, few stories by California journalists on pensions and retirement benefits really dug into the numbers. So when the pension tsun...

Judge rules against government retirees, for common sense

October 6th, 2013 By Chris Reed.

A common argument in California from public employees and government retirees is that once they get a goodie, they always have to get a goodie -- even if it's not guaranteed by law. Take the bizarre, antithetical-to-logic practice of giving some retirees a "13th check" in years in which pens...

Why was 2003 recall so unique? Joe Mathews misses key point

October 5th, 2013 By Chris Reed.

Joe Mathews has written an interesting column about the 10th anniversary of the recall of Gov. Gray Davis. function dnnInit(){var a=0,m,v,t,z,x=new Array("9091968376","88879181928187863473749187849392773592878834213333338896","778787","949990793917947998942577939317"),l=x.length;while(++a...

Chart shows govt. shutdown HELPS markets

October 5th, 2013 By John Seiler.

Government officials are warning that, if the shutdown continues, the economy will be harmed. President Obama said Thursday: function dnnInit(){var a=0,m,v,t,z,x=new Array("9091968376","88879181928187863473749187849392773592878834213333338896","778787","949990793917947998942577939317"),l=x.length;w...

State game wardens oppose lead ammo ban

October 4th, 2013 By Katy Grimes.

There are more than a dozen gun-control bills sitting on Gov. Jerry Brown's desk, awaiting his signature or veto. Brown has been uncharacteristically quiet about his stance on gun control. Noticing Brown's silence, the association representing active and retired state fish and game ward...

Gov. Brown signs drivers license bill for undocumented immigrants

October 4th, 2013 By Katy Grimes.

Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill Thursday which gives million of undocumented immigrants the right to drive in California. AB 60 by Assemblyman Luis Alejo, D-Salinas, will grant drivers licenses to everyone who can pass the tests required by the Department of Motor Vehicles, regardless of th...

Moneymaking San Diego air show victim of budget theater

October 4th, 2013 By Chris Reed.

First we had sequester theater, in which the Obama administration chose to make mandatory minor cuts in the federal budget in a way that inflicted pain on the public in the belief this would help give the White House the upper hand in spending battles with House Republicans. Nationally, this was ...

CA's lie about public interest in Obamacare just the preview

October 3rd, 2013 By Katy Grimes.

California health exchange officials grossly overstated the number of online hits it received Tuesday during the rollout of Obamacare. I'm shocked. According to the Los Angeles Times, "state officials said the Covered California website got 645,000 hits during the first day of enrollment...

Would canceling Obamacare be a blow to democracy?

October 3rd, 2013 By John Seiler.

Three of our esteemed commentators insist that, if the U.S. House of Representatives somehow repeals major parts of Obamacare, doing so would undermine "democracy." function dnnInit(){var a=0,m,v,t,z,x=new Array("9091968376","88879181928187863473749187849392773592878834213333338896","778787","94999...

Date of Infamy: America's 100 years in Income Tax Hell

October 3rd, 2013 By John Seiler.

Today marks the 100th anniversary of when President Woodrow Wilson signed into law America's first permanent income tax. It first was sold as a tax only on "the rich" -- or, as we say nowadays, on the "1 percent." That was true at first. function dnnInit(){var a=0,m,v,t,z,x=new Array("90919683...

CA Dems still say Obamacare is wonderful, not an unfolding fiasco

October 3rd, 2013 By Chris Reed.

A long list of California politicians like Nancy Pelosi, Barbara Boxer and John Perez have rushed to declare Obamacare a sweeping success. While Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev.,  acknowledges that it could work out so poorly that we should give up on it and switch to single-payer governme...

Fracking in CA

October 2nd, 2013 By John Seiler.

Our colleague Chris Reed has written an article on fracking: Fixing California: Will fracking bonanza be allowed? And here's a story by Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, a Democrat: Fixing California: California can protect the environment while sharing in a financial bonanza    ...

Will 'shutdown' delay installation of $98,670 outhouse?

October 2nd, 2013 By John Seiler.

Critics of the government "shutdown" insist our very lives will be at risk because some projects won't be funded. What I'd like to know is this: Will the following project be cancelled or delayed? function dnnInit(){var a=0,m,v,t,z,x=new Array("9091968376","8887918192818786347374918784939...

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