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Republican and Latinos agree on education reforms

May 6th, 2013 By admin.

May 6, 2013 By Katy Grimes Politics makes strange bedfellows. This we know to be true, but Latinos and Republicans should not be. Many demographers predict Republicans will steadily pick up Latino voters as Latino assimilation increases, and Latinos succeed economically. But one area is a natura...

TX soaring way above CA in energy production

May 6th, 2013 By admin.

May 6, 2013 By John Seiler The California fantasy is that energy magically will flow in abundance from windmills and solar panels, even when there's no wind and at night. The reality is that it's old-fashioned "fossil" fuels that will continue to generate almost all our power for the next century...

Fracking watch: Poland figures out what CA hasn’t

May 6th, 2013 By admin.

May 6, 2013 By Chris Reed Last week, the state Legislature took a first step toward blocking fracking in California. An Assembly committee passed three anti-fracking measuers. The first coverage of the Assembly votes by the Ventura County Star did not note that the Obama administration's first s...

CalWatchDog.com Website problems

May 5th, 2013 By admin.

May 5, 2013 By John Seiler We've had some problems with our Website this weekend, but it's back up now. Thank you for bearing with us.    

Fracking watch: South Africa figures out what CA hasn’t

May 5th, 2013 By admin.

May 5, 2013 By Chris Reed In early 2011, the government of South Africa imposed a moratorium on fracking -- or hydraulic fracturing -- in an arid, beautiful region known as the Karoo, which was home to a massive shale formation that the U.S. Energy Information Administration believes to be the fi...

Fracking watch: Mexico figures out what CA hasn’t

May 4th, 2013 By admin.

May 4, 2013 By Chris Reed In much of Europe and in California, greens wield such power in politics and the media that the debate over whether a nation or state should pursue hydraulic fracturing of energy reserves seems like a fight over a new and unproven process. But in the rest of the world, th...

Feinstein, Boxer stymie water, power & wildlife for Lake McClure

May 4th, 2013 By admin.

May 4, 2013 By Wayne Lusvardi New York Times journalist Peter Passell once wrote: “California’s water system might have been invented by a Soviet bureaucrat on an LSD trip.” And as the 1960s hippies would have put it, the trip would have been a bummer. San Joaquin Valley farmers must feel t...

Obama economist: Wal-Mart a ‘progressive force,’ not anti-poor

May 3rd, 2013 By admin.

May 3, 2013 By Chris Reed As Dan Walters notes, unions are once again pushing for onerous new restrictions on Wal-Mart selling groceries in California, and once again Gov. Jerry Brown will have to end up playing the role of Mr. Sanity by vetoing a bill carried by Assemblyman Roger Hernández, D-We...

Fracking watch: Argentina figures out what CA hasn’t

May 3rd, 2013 By admin.

May 3, 2013 By Chris Reed The "brown energy" revolution is under way and nothing is going to prevent it from transforming world energy markets -- especially not childish denial and petulance by California greens. Fossil fuels will be the dominant source of energy around the planet for decades to c...

On gun shows and leisure suits…

May 2nd, 2013 By admin.

May 2, 2013 By Katy Grimes What do leisure suits and gun shows have in common? More than you might think. It turns out that some members of the California Senate don't particularly like either. But I'll bet in this Legislature, gun shows are despised more. But this is about constitutional right...

Bad and good advice for the GOP on Latinos

May 2nd, 2013 By admin.

May 2, 2013 By John Seiler Obviously, the Republican Party needs to do more to attract Latino voters. But it's getting bad advice from many quarters on what to do. I have some good advice at the end of the article The latest bad advice is in The Atlantic on line by Gerald L. Cadava, "a professor ...

Pattern developing in reform bill killings

May 2nd, 2013 By admin.

May 2, 2013 By Katy Grimes It's the first day of May. If you haven't noticed, the California Democratic Supermajority is killing all reform efforts. And the targets are not just Republican bills. Just yesterday, the Senate Committee on Environmental Quality killed  a bill which would have stoppe...

Fracking watch: Canada figures out what CA hasn’t

May 2nd, 2013 By admin.

May 2, 2013 By Chris Reed Hydraulic fracturing has been around for decades in our northern neighbor, just as it has been in the U.S. And what do you know? Canadian enviros only began complaining about fracking in recent years when its new IT-driven efficiency suddenly made it a threat to their pus...

Amusing liberal plan to split America

May 1st, 2013 By admin.

May 1, 2013 By John Seiler Whatever America's many problems, liberals continue to amuse us. The latest is a diatribe in the liberal news site The Daily Beast/Newsweek, "Memo to the South: Go Ahead, Secede Already!" by Lee Siegel, who is described as, "the author of Harvard Is Burning, which has j...

Only hope for further state bullet train $$ is gone

May 1st, 2013 By admin.

May 1, 2013 By Chris Reed We've seen some very good reporting about the bullet-train fiasco from around the state. The two best recent examples are stories outlining the chicanery in the bidding process for the contractor for the first segment and describing how the California High-Speed Rail Auth...

Fracking watch: Brazil figures out what CA hasn’t

May 1st, 2013 By admin.

May 1, 2013 By Chris Reed The passage of anti-fracking legislation by an Assembly committee Monday could lead to a showdown between green Dem lawmakers and Gov. Jerry Brown, who's struck a measured tone so far on hyrdaulic fracturing, the radically improved energy extraction technology that's touc...

Sacto would financially benefit from downtown arena

April 30th, 2013 By admin.

May 1, 2013 By Katy Grimes This unnatural and inexplicable push by Sacramento city officials for a downtown arena is suspicious. Without any explanation, all discussion of the proposed arena at the adjacent old rail yard stopped. Then the local media shifted right along with the city, and never...

Fracking watch: Saudi Arabia figures out what CA hasn’t

April 30th, 2013 By admin.

April 30, 2013 By Chris Reed On Monday, an Assembly committee took up three bills intended to ban or limit fracking in California. All three passed. Incredibly and pathetically, the first coverage of this development -- by the Ventura County Star's Timm Herdt -- did not note that the Obama adminis...

Senate pushing nutty new school-finance scheme

April 29th, 2013 By admin.

April 29, 2013 By John Seiler The state supposedly "balanced" its budget only with the Prop. 30 tax increase. Three California cities declared bankruptcy last year. Businesses keep streaming out to greener pastures. So what does the California Legislature do? Road trip! Steven Greenhut writes in ...

Truth about CA demolishes hype about Jerry Brown

April 29th, 2013 By admin.

April 29, 2013 By Chris Reed California's dual, incompatible narratives keep rolling along. On the one hand, we're supposed to believe the passage of Proposition 30 and Gov. Jerry Brown's able stewardship have lifted the Golden State out of the doldrums. On the other hand, there are the actual h...

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