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How’s Obamacare working out for CA?

June 2nd, 2013 By admin.

June 2, 2013 By John Seiler How's Obamacare working out? On her Web site, state Senate Speaker Pro Tem Nora Campos, D-San Jose, wrote: "Much of our focus, early in 2013, will be on health care. The legislature will work with Governor Jerry Brown to implements the federal Affordable Care Act [Obama...

Fracking watch: Illinois gets in on the energy gold rush

June 1st, 2013 By admin.

June 1, 2013 By Chris Reed There's beginning to be almost a sense of inevitability about fracking spreading throughout the United States. Green objections are being overwhelmed by the economic benefits of the newly efficient energy-exploration process, by its positive effects on air pollution an...

Oddly enough, Legislature displaying hints of moderation

June 1st, 2013 By admin.

June 1, 2013 By Chris Reed The California Legislature has been such a redoubt of hardcore liberal lunacy for so long that I can't believe I'm writing this, but May may have been the most moderate month I've seen in Sacramento since Pete Wilson departed the governor's office 14 years ago. That thi...

Special problems for high-speed rail

May 31st, 2013 By admin.

May 31, 2013 By John Seiler The Mercury-News reported today: "SACRAMENTO -- High-speed rail officials acknowledged Thursday that they almost certainly won't break ground on the $69 billion project as planned in July after hitting some last-minute bumps in the road. And even more delays are possibl...

St. Louis Fed: There was no recovery

May 31st, 2013 By admin.

May 31, 2013 By John Seiler Gov. Jerry Brown and others have been proclaiming "California is back" because of greater state revenues. But I've been warning here all along that the "recovery" is hollow. For one thing, the reduction in "unemployment" has occurred only because millions of people have...

CA and Obamacare: Media offer happy talk, not analysis

May 31st, 2013 By admin.

May 31, 2013 By Chris Reed Last week, when the California agency that has the lead role in implementing Obamacare announced the rate structure for various insurance plans to be offered beginning Jan. 1, 2014, the media jumped to a lot of conclusions -- conclusions flattering to Obamacare, as one w...

Air Resources Board corp facing open meetings

May 30th, 2013 By admin.

May 30, 2013 By Katy Grimes Stop the presses! A really good Republican bill just passed the Assembly 63-0. What? How? AB 527 by Assemblywoman Beth Gaines, R-Rocklin, would repeal the existing exemption of the Western Climate Initiative, Inc., and its appointees, from the Bagley-Keene Open Meeti...

Michael Hiltzik ❤ Big Brother IRS

May 30th, 2013 By admin.

May 30, 2013 By John Seiler I often have criticized Los Angeles Times columnist Michael Hiltzik for almost always favoring more government -- more taxes, more spending, more controls. But I have to commend him for his recent column, "Showing the IRS some love after witch hunt." That's the actual ...

Special interest union bill may die in Assembly

May 29th, 2013 By admin.

May 29, 2013 By Katy Grimes Occasionally the Legislature gets it right and kills a bad bill. Today may be one of those days. AB 1333 by Assemblyman Roger Hernandez, D-West Covina, is an ugly piece of special interest legislation. The bill would require city councils to review all contracts wit...

Illogical liberal view of Sen. Ted Cruz’ Canadian birth

May 29th, 2013 By admin.

May 29, 2013 By John Seiler Sometimes I wish people would take a course in logic. Here's a free one. The Chronicle reported in a story by Richard S. Dunham: "It seems like an obscure court case from a dusty old law book, but if Canadian-born Texas Sen. Ted Cruz decides to run for president, yo...

As CA eyes big-box ban, Wal-Mart fan ascends at White House

May 29th, 2013 By admin.

May 29, 2013 By Chris Reed As hard left as it can seem, even the Obama administration isn't as doctrinaire as the leftists who dominate Sacramento. As I have written about several times for Cal Watchdog, state Democrats and even many of their allies in California's media refuse to acknowledge tha...

Panetta panel pushed gun control

May 28th, 2013 By admin.

May 28, 2013 By John Seiler Former SecDef Leon Panetta, also a former congressman from Monterey, on Monday convened a panel on gun control. Although some gun defenders were there, this mainly was a pro-gun control powwow. It's significant that it was held in Monterey, which had only five murders ...

Site problems

May 28th, 2013 By admin.

May 28, 2013, 12:53 pm By John Seiler Earlier today we has some problems with our site, but now it's up. We're sorry for the inconvenience. --John Seiler, Managing Editor  

Obama lectures USNA grads on morals

May 27th, 2013 By admin.

May 27, 2013 By Katy Grimes President Barack Obama gave the commencement speech Friday to the 2013 graduating class of the United States Naval Academy, lecturing them on morals and calling for an end to sexual assaults in the military. It could have been one of his press conferences. But this ...

Worthless ‘step’ teacher pay raises scrapped in San Jose

May 27th, 2013 By admin.

May 27, 2013 By Chris Reed For decades, it's been common in K-12 public education to award raises to teachers for accumulating graduate school credits -- even if the coursework has nothing to do with the subject that the teacher teaches. There has never been any evidence that this practice helps t...

Social justice? Unions savage gay, black Democrat in San Diego

May 26th, 2013 By admin.

May 26, 2013 By Chris Reed San Diego's recovery from its self-induced pension debacles a decade ago has been sufficiently vigorous that the state's second-largest city is arguably in better shape than Los Angeles, San Jose and many big cities in California. But now the bipartisan coalition that go...

Tesla just a tax-funded government project

May 26th, 2013 By admin.

May 26, 2013 By John Seiler I've seen a couple of Tesla cars tooling around Orange County. They're neat, as we said in the 1960s. And they're made in California. They also survived where other electric car companies, such as Fisker, have crashed. The problem with the Tesla and all these cars is t...

Jerry Brown disguises fear of CTA with pretentious babble

May 25th, 2013 By Chris Reed.

James Fallows of The Atlantic has written a long and entertaining essay about Gov. Jerry Brown that is miles better than the usual East Coast journo's take on California politics, probably helped by the fact that he grew up in Southern California. Fallows praises Brown for his discipline and ...

Obama regime targeted conservatives and libertarians beginning in 2008

May 25th, 2013 By admin.

May 25, 2013 By John Seiler It's now coming out that President Obama's regime began targeting conservatives and libertarians in 2008 -- even before he was elected and took office. These were not normal criticisms in the heat of a political battle, but getting the government's immense powers to har...

Why do we need govt.? Dept.

May 24th, 2013 By admin.

May 24, 2013 By John Seiler Governments tell us we need to pay high taxes to them so they can protect us from criminals. And one of the most liberal Democratic areas in the country is Oregon. It's a heavily Blue state, last voting GOP back in 1984 when Ronald Reagan won every state except Minnesot...

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