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Top officials live up (down?) to bullet train tradition

June 10th, 2013 By admin.

June 10, 2013 By Chris Reed When the Los Angeles Times broke the story in April that the California High-Speed Rail Authority had quietly changed the rules to de-emphasize the importance of technical competence among bidders for the first segment of the bullet train, new authority CEO Jeff Morale...

Congrats to LAT on success of fracking disinformation campaign

June 9th, 2013 By admin.

June 9, 2013 By Chris Reed The new Los Angeles Times poll showing sharp skepticism among Californians about hydraulic fracturing --- the newly improved oil-gas drilling process that has triggered a brown energy revolution --- should trigger fierce pride among Times reporters Neela Banerjee, Evan ...

Political energy crisis in the making

June 8th, 2013 By admin.

June 9, 2013 By Katy Grimes With industrial electricity rates 88 percent higher in California than in Texas last year, the news that the San Onofre nuclear plant in is not going to be restarted is just more evidence of a government created energy crisis in the making. Due to  political pressur...

‘Purge’ movie attacks NRA, Tea Party

June 8th, 2013 By admin.

June 9, 2013 By John Seiler The new movie, "The Purge," sounds like it's the future of California when all budget money is shifted to pay the pensions of retirees, canceling actual government services. Violent crime already has gone up "across the board" after Gov. Jerry Brown shifted many state p...

Ron Paul: ‘Fourth Amendment gone’

June 8th, 2013 By admin.

June 8, 2013 By John Seiler Our Bill of Rights is our check on totalitarianism. Now, because of the government's complete snooping on our phone records, it's "totally gone," according to Ron Paul, the former U.S. representative and presidential candidate. He says that beginning at about 3:54 in th...

State can offload retiree health costs on Obamacare

June 8th, 2013 By admin.

June 8, 2013 By Chris Reed One of the best reasons to snort with derision over Gov. Jerry Brown's claim to have whipped the state budget into shape is his decision to simply ignore the crisis posed by cost of unfunded health benefits for state retirees. This is from state Controller John Chiang in...

Obama imposes United Stasi States

June 7th, 2013 By admin.

June 7, 2013 By John Seiler Republicans bear much of the blame for turning free America into the United Stasi States. They were the main ones who passed the laws, albeit with Democratic help, shredding our Bill of Rights. But they're not in the White House now imposing the laws; Obama is. So he ge...

CA tops NY as ‘Most Hopeless State’

June 7th, 2013 By admin.

June 7, 2013 By John Seiler Well, we still enjoy better weather. But our colleague Steven Greenhut makes the case that California is worse even than New York State under Gov. Andrew "Worse Even Than Pops Mario" Cuomo: Whenever a free-market research or business group releases a “best and wors...

Empire-building drives dishonest spin from Covered California

June 7th, 2013 By admin.

June 7, 2013 By Chris Reed Cato's Michael Cannon has been a tremendous source of common-sense analysis of Obamacare for years. In a recent commentary on why Covered California would put out such a mendacious and dishonest account of Obamacare's impact on 2014 insurance rates in the Golden State, C...

Obama has all my phone data!

June 6th, 2013 By admin.

June 6, 2013 For years I've had a Verizon phone. Now it turns out President Obama's regime grabbed all my phone data without a warrant, and without notifying me. Am I one of those conservatives and libertarians the IRS has been hassling? Or because I'm another journalist it wants to hassle, as it ...

Rebellion: Heroic valedictorian stands up to school regime

June 6th, 2013 By admin.

June 6, 2013 By John Seiler I love it! Americans finally are standing up to the tyrannical governments that rule, and ruin, our lives. The latest: "A South Carolina valedictorian garnered wild applause after he ripped up his pre-approved speech and delivered the Lord’s prayer at his high school ...

$70K pay for janitors + rate hike should = revolt

June 6th, 2013 By admin.

June 6, 2013 By Chris Reed Last year, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power imposed an 11 percent rate hike -- which it called a "rate change" -- on its power customers, while water customers saw rates go up 5 percent. Millions of Angelenos will no doubt be thrilled to know what this is p...

Parents fighting for kids; SEIU fighting for more money

June 5th, 2013 By admin.

June 5, 2013 By Katy Grimes SACRAMENTO -- A modest rally at the Capitol this morning supporting a state audit of Child Protective Services competed with a humongous rally held by the SEIU. On the South steps of the Capitol, the CPS audit rally was made up of parents and families who are victims...

Jay Leno: Tax and regulate CA wildfire, send the IRS to Guantanamo

June 5th, 2013 By admin.

June 5, 2013 By John Seiler I've been watching Jay Leno's monologues the past couple of months and he's been on fire. After being canned by NBC, he has been invigorated. And he's been going after government in a fashion generally unknown in the entertainment business, which is dominated by leftis...

Gov. Jerry Brown’s father complex

June 5th, 2013 By admin.

June 5, 2013 By John Seiler Calling Dr. Freud. Gov. Jerry Brown's relationship with his later father, Gov. Pat Brown, is complex. It's so complex it's a father complex. Our colleague Steven Greenhut writes about it on Bloomberg, "Who Will Pay for Jerry Brown' Father Complex?" It's full speed ahea...

Oblivious journos still ignore public employee step raises

June 5th, 2013 By admin.

June 5, 2013 By Chris Reed One of the worst failings of journalists who cover California government is their failure when writing about budgets to always mention the automatic "step" raises that many public employees get each year, including most teachers, just for accumulating time on the job. Th...

FBI raids Latino Caucus and Sen. Calderon’s Capitol office

June 4th, 2013 By admin.

June 4, 2013 By Katy Grimes UPDATE:  SACRAMENTO -- As I left the Capitol today, I noticed several official vehicles double parked around the Capitol. Then I heard that Sen. Ron Calderon's Capitol office had been raided by the FBI. Calderon, is a Democrat from Montebello, CA. Additionally, I wa...

CA labor law enforcers penalizing the productive

June 4th, 2013 By admin.

June 4, 2013 By Katy Grimes Looking for a place to start a business? Some are saying anywhere but California. The California Chamber of Commerce did an analysis of a new report just released by the state Labor Commissioner. “State of the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement” reveals th...

Bill Lockyer should make like Bulworth in his last 19 months

June 4th, 2013 By admin.

June 4, 2013 By Chris Reed News that state Treasurer Bill Lockyer will retire when his current term expires in January 2015 has produced plenty of tributes to Lockyer's smarts and tenacity, and plenty of pushback from people who say he's just a part of the Democratic establishment that's mismanage...

Google’s first U.S.-built smart phone coming to TX, not CA

June 4th, 2013 By admin.

June 4, 2013 By John Seiler As I reported yesterday, Apple is building its new GPU unit in Florida, not California. Now this: "Google-owned Motorola is working on a new smartphone that is made up of the things you’d expect: It’s lighter, thinner and faster than its predecessors, with cool new...

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