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Gov. Brown’s $23.6 million

October 8th, 2014 By John Seiler.

As Major Kong in "Dr. Strangelove" is about to begin "nuclear combat toe-to-toe with the Russkies" and start Armageddon, he opens a survival kit aboard his B-52 and says, "Shoot, a fella' could have a pretty good weekend in Vegas with all that stuff." The same thing with Gov. Jerry Brown's re-el...

Noted liberal pundit: CA ‘affirmative consent’ law a ‘radical experiment’

October 8th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

The problem of sexual violence and abuse on college campuses is a huge one. But California's new “affirmative consent law,” which requires college students having sex to obtain “affirmative, conscious, and voluntary agreement ... throughout a sexual activity,” is certain to be hugely pro...

Want to extend Prop. 30 tax increases?

October 7th, 2014 By John Seiler.

You probably saw this one coming. Just two years ago Gov. Jerry Brown and his union allies hoodwinked voters into passing Proposition 30, $7 billion in tax increases. Most of the taxes hit "millionaires," which in California New Math means anyone making more than $250,000 a year -- still the middle-...

Biden due in L.A. to tout minimum-wage hike — commuters, beware

October 7th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

Monday, Joe Biden was in Nevada touting a hike in the minimum wage as the key to fighting income inequality. Today, the vice president will be in Los Angeles with Mayor Eric Garcetti offering the same spiel before heading to a Bakersfield fundraiser. But there are a few problems with this narrati...

SD 35 gets to vote twice

October 6th, 2014 By John Seiler.

Voters in Senate District 35 will get to vote twice -- first in the Nov. 4 general election, then again on Dec. in a special election to fill the seat of former state Sen. Rod Wright, who resigned his seat last month after being convicted of voter fraud and perjury. The Times reported: If no candi...

Japan’s 50th bullet train anniversary: What it says about CA

October 6th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

Oct. 1 marked the 50th anniversary of the beginning of commercial operations for Japan's bullet train system. The Shinkansen is by far the most successful bullet train network in the world. The British press and just about no one else outside of Japan thinks this is a big deal. Of course it is a big...

Gov. Brown bans plastic bags

October 5th, 2014 By John Seiler.

Because Gov. Jerry Brown just signed SB270, in July 2016 plastic bags will be banned in stores in California. Paper bags will cost 10 cents. We've had a similar ban in Huntington Beach for a year and I look at it as yet another tax. At first, I remembered to keep and bring older paper bags. Afte...

Gov. Brown signs gun-control bills

October 3rd, 2014 By John Seiler.

California's reputation as a state with a shockingly large number of regulations has been embellished by the 930 new bills it passed this year. Gov. Jerry Brown must suffer carpal tunnel syndrome from signing so many of the bills the past week, while vetoing a few. Two signed: AB1014 allows fami...

Post-Stockton, Democrat job-retention myth certain to be exposed

October 3rd, 2014 By Chris Reed.

Both parties have bogus canards that they trot out when convenient. The worst example of this among Republicans is the idea that tax cuts always pay for themselves -- that they lead to higher revenue. It could well be true for capital gains taxes and any other taxes that discourage investment or rei...

Stockton ruling, like Vergara ruling, shakes CA status quo

October 2nd, 2014 By Chris Reed.

Californians who think the state status quo is nuts and that public employees amount to a protected class of citizens have gotten unexpected help this year from the state and federal courts. First came Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Rolf True's ruling that teacher tenure laws are unconstitution...

Torlakson continues lying about teacher-discipline law AB 215

October 1st, 2014 By Chris Reed.

Tom Torlakson supports a status quo in which an average of 2.2 of the state's 275,000 public school teachers are fired each year for incompetence -- a figure so ridiculous you barely need to add context. It shows the public school system is run for the adult employees, not the students. Y...

Newsom reluctant to debate Nehring

September 30th, 2014 By John Seiler.

Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom is crusing to re-election victory on Gov. Jerry Brown's coattails and the general strength of the California Democratic Party. Yet he is reluctant to debate his Republican opponent, former GOP state Chairman Ron Nehring. The Bee reported: Nehring, in only-somewhat tongue-in-ch...

Texas Latinos out-achieve CA Latinos in broad array of categories

September 30th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

Heritage Foundation senior editor Mike Gonzalez has a new book out this month, "A Race for the Future: How Conservatives Can Break the Liberal Monopoly on Hispanic Americans." Gonzalez, a former Wall Street Journal reporter, takes a deeper look at how Hispanics have done in Texas vs. how they've don...

Apple and Google snub FBI snoops

September 29th, 2014 By John Seiler.

In good news for Californians, Silicon Valley companies are getting some backbone in rebuffing government snooping. The Washington Post reports: FBI Director James B. Comey sharply criticized Apple and Google on Thursday for developing forms of smartphone encryption so secure that law enforcement ...

Crumbling infrastructure hurting economy

September 27th, 2014 By John Seiler.

How can you tell there's a pothole up ahead on the road? Look for the sign, "Welcome to California!" A new study by the National Association of Manufacturers found the country's crumbling roads are hurting productivity by delaying supplies to factories. A previous study found California's roads a...

AB 32 revenue: Some for bullet train, some for pork, none for poor

September 27th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

Before and after AB 32's passage in 2006, a whole lot of promises and guarantees were made. Some are remembered. Many aren't. One of those was the pledge to use a portion of cap-and-trade funds to directly help poor people make ends meet, since the increase in energy costs resulting from the law ...

Gov. Brown backs Cap and Trade at U.N.

September 26th, 2014 By John Seiler.

In his speech to the United Nations' "climate change" shindig this week, Gov. Jerry Brown boasted of California's record on Cap and Trade for carbon credits. He said: California has adopted a cap-and-trade system under the former governor, Governor Schwarzenegger. Passed what was called Assembly Bi...

‘No party preference’ gains again

September 25th, 2014 By John Seiler.

California Democrats are enjoying the decline of the Republican Party. But they shouldn't party hearty too quickly. Because their party also is not finding satisfaction with voters. Secretary of State Debra Bowen reported: Updated voter registration numbers released by Secretary of State Debra B...

San Jose fire union’s dire claims demolished by 10,000 LAFD job-seekers

September 25th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

The Rough & Tumble news aggregation website had an unusually helpful juxtaposition of two California news stories on Wednesday. R&T linked to a Mercury-News story detailing how San Jose had finally been given a court's clearance to implement a pension plan in which newly hired firefighters g...

We’re all perpetual suspects: Portents of privacy-free era emerging in CA

September 24th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

The inexpensive ease with which law-enforcement authorities can monitor the citizenry has gotten some attention from the media, which has reported on how cell phones and cars are de facto tracking devices and on how NSA software allows it to readily track millions of calls made by Americans. But ...

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