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Ex-CA Senate Dem candidate tees off on immigration ‘reform’

April 17th, 2013 By admin.

April 17, 2013 By Chris Reed Mickey Kaus, the Los Angeles journalist and author who ran against Sen. Barbara Boxer in the 2010 Democratic primary, has emerged as the sharpest critic of the immigration overhaul expected to emerge this week in the U.S. Senate: "Rubio repeatedly said it would be 'che...

What are Republicans for? Dept.

April 17th, 2013 By admin.

April 17, 2013 By John Seiler You might have heard the term, "Me too Republicans." It's similar to the more recent term, RINO: Republican in Name Only. A Me Too Republican's main function is to raise taxes to pay for such Democratic socialist programs as the New Deal and Great Society, while enac...

Latest numbers: No ‘global warming’

April 16th, 2013 By admin.

April 16, 2013 By John Seiler AB 32 officially is the "Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006." It coerces sharp cuts in greenhouse gas emissions in California to 1990 levels by 2020. Now that the latest evidence keeps showing there is no global warming, do you think Gov. Jerry Brown will suspend i...

Juvenile justice: The latest from San Diego Mayor Bob Filner

April 16th, 2013 By admin.

April 16, 2013 By Chris Reed Newly elected San Diego Mayor Bob Filner basically owes his political career to the courage he showed as a Freedom Rider in the early 1960s. It's the card he plays to cast himself in a better light whenever anyone notices all the different ways he shows he's a bully wi...

Sales tax holiday bill killed in leg committee

April 15th, 2013 By admin.

April 15, 2013 By Katy Grimes Assemblywoman Melissa Melendez has been leading the cause aggressively for a few weeks to give California taxpayers a  sales tax holiday, every tax day. Under Assembly Bill 718 by Melendez, R-Lake Elsinore, taxpayers would enjoy a one day tax holiday from state s...

Newsom explains CA govt. for you

April 15th, 2013 By admin.

April 15, 2013 By John Seiler Promoting his new book, "Citizenville," Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom spoke to Fortune magazine. His last line was the best, explaining how he's eager to write articles, "I'm available, and I'm cheap because I'm in government, so you can't pay me. I'm a good deal." He also ...

State schools chief: President Obama is a corporate stooge

April 15th, 2013 By admin.

April 15, 2013 By Chris Reed UC Berkeley linguistics professor George Lakoff's blueprint for Democrats from a decade ago continues to reverberate. Lakoff stressed the emphasis of framing issues with the proper language and spoke of the power of metaphors. And so now we always hear government spend...

Now media notice: Obamacare worsens CA physician shortage

April 14th, 2013 By admin.

April 14, 2013 By Chris Reed Among the many severe problems with Obamacare that a cheerleading media chose to ignore in the run-up to its March 2010 enactment, perhaps the most obvious was the fact that it would be impossible to sharply expand medical coverage in a thoughtful way in a nation where...

Donors lavish gifts on key aides in CA Legislature

April 14th, 2013 By admin.

April 14, 2013 By Chris Reed The term limits that shuffle lawmakers in and out of office in Sacramento vest considerable power in the staff members who remain in powerful posts, whether working for individual lawmakers or in key assignments at the most important committees. Guess who's figured th...

Jerry Brown, faux foe of regulation

April 13th, 2013 By admin.

April 13, 2013 By Chris Reed Jerry Brown has talked such a good game on regulations that he often gets credit for being a stalwart on the issue -- even when all he ever does is offer lip service. That's why Dan Walters' column on the topic is so maddening. He presents a 2 + 2 scenario, and then d...

CEQA chases awesome Google project to Missouri, Texas

April 13th, 2013 By admin.

April 13, 2013 By Chris Reed A really cool project conceived of and developed by Google in Silicon Valley isn't going to do Californians any good in the short term. It is Google Fiber — the search giant's experimental Internet infrastructure that can go 100 times the speed of regular broadband. ...

House GOP whip: Folly to expect fed $ for bullet train

April 12th, 2013 By admin.

April 12, 2013 By Chris Reed There's a double-whammy targeting the bullet train on the op-ed page of Friday's U-T San Diego newspaper. First House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy, R-Bakersfield, tees off on the state's assumption that federal dollars will cover most of the cost of the project. "CHSR...

Not just in China: The corrupt act that got CA bullet train passed

April 12th, 2013 By admin.

April 12, 2013 By Chris Reed The news that the former head of China's bullet-train program is facing corruption charges probably prompts some Californians to wonder if any of the people who aggressively lied Proposition 1A to passage in 2008 should face similar charges. This may seem far-fetched....

CA bullet train: Parade of bad news continues

April 11th, 2013 By admin.

April 11, 2013 By Chris Reed On Wednesday, there was yet another negative headline coming out of Sacramento about the bullet-train fiasco: "A State Assembly budget committee voted Wednesday to approve a loan for the High-Speed Rail Authority. "The $26.2 million would cover operating costs for the ...

Despite Caltrans boondoggles, acting director to be confirmed

April 11th, 2013 By admin.

April 11, 2013 By Katy Grimes Today, it appears the California Senate will confirm Malcolm Dougherty as director of Caltrans. He has been serving as acting director. This will be done after only one Senate hearing, where instead of asking Dougherty to answer for the giant problems in his agency, l...

Wall Street doubts CA shale hype — but not Occidental

April 11th, 2013 By admin.

April 11, 2013 By Chris Reed Bloomberg News, which is doing an increasingly good job covering California of late, had an important article Wednesday about likely problems in developing the Golden State's massive shale reserves. Those reserves could transform the state's economy, according to a Uni...

Richard Cohen ignorant about guns and schools

April 10th, 2013 By admin.

April 11, 2013 By John Seiler One of the more insufferable things about living in Washington, D.C., a hideous place I barely survived between 1982 and 1987, was being subjected to Washington Post columnist Richard Cohen. His knee jerked faster than Pele's. He's still at it. A recent column on gun...

Maviglio tweets against Duffy global-warming article

April 10th, 2013 By admin.

April 10, 2013 By John Seiler Steve Maviglio, the California Democratic activist, tweeted about Warren Duffy's article on our site, "Facts cloud CA global warming alarmism." Maviglio: "Glad to see @CalWatchdog still in denial about #climate change. Where can I buy your #wayback machine? #AB32." [...

CA lawmaker: Use tax code to punish unpopular views

April 10th, 2013 By admin.

April 10, 2013 By Chris Reed As a libertarian who supports gay marriage, I'm not a social conservative cultural warrior. That said, I still think there's something extremely troubling about government power being used to punish those whose views are different than the California political mainstre...

Jay Leno on Stockton bankruptcy

April 10th, 2013 By admin.

April 10, 2013 By John Seiler Here's Jay Leno Monday night on the Stockton bankruptcy: "Stockton is so broke, the founding father now is demanding a paternity test. "Stockton is so broke, their meth labs just give out Sudafed. They can't afford to make meth. "Stockton is so broke, their 99-Cent st...

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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.
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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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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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