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Why not drive away more companies?

June 1st, 2014 By John Seiler.

Taking a tactic from the envy playbook , Democrats in the California Senate want to grab even more from successful businesses. Which would drive away even more companies. The Register reported: A bill sponsored by Sen. Mark DeSaulnier, D-Concord, and Loni Hancock, D-Berkeley, would set a sliding sc...

Issa blasted Kashkari, now backs him

May 31st, 2014 By John Seiler.

Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., just robo-called me backing Neel Kashkari for governor as, "The only candidate with proven leadership in this time of crisis." He only could mean Kashkari leading the $700 billion Troubled Assets Relief Program during the 2008-09 finanical crisis, when Kashkari vot...

Phil Mickelson: Our libertarian martyr

May 31st, 2014 By Chris Reed.

Rancho Santa Fe resident Phil Mickelson was, as they say, trending Friday night for once again behaving in libertarian fashion. The San Diego native has made news for years with his gambling, showing his contempt for societal norms attempting to dictate to adults how they should enjoy themselves....

Kashkari is the GOP establishment’s choice

May 31st, 2014 By John Seiler.

I just got another flyer from Neil Kashkari, the fourth so far. See the images below. It's similar to the first flyer, which I wrote about earlier. Flyers from Tim Donnelly: None so far. I'm not a fan of either. I can't figure out how Donnelly supported redevelopment, which means using emi...

President Jerry Brown?

May 30th, 2014 By John Seiler.

I think there's a high chance Gov. Jerry Brown will run for president in 2016. He tried three times already, so you know he has "fire in the belly." After November, he likely will be coming off an unprecedented election victory for his fourth four-year term as governor. His campaign message -- Ca...

How rich: CTA parent group struggles with pension costs

May 30th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

The following news nugget almost has an Onion feel to it, it's such a perfect commentary on the aggressively dishonest Maviglian/union narrative about pension affordability. But it's legit. The California Teachers Association has spent years depicting complaints about the costs of pensions as bei...

People leaving CA a ‘success’ story?

May 29th, 2014 By John Seiler.

Joe Mathews presents the counter-intuitive thesis that people leaving California for Texas is a sign of Golden State "success": Yes, California has an above-average unemployment rate and other economic problems, and many of our people and companies are relocating or expanding to states like Texas ...

CA: Golden State to welfare state

May 28th, 2014 By John Seiler.

Reader Manfred von Borks, Sc.D., sent us his analysis of what happened to California: California – The transition from a Golden State to a Warehouse/Welfare State:  In the beginning there was real gold in the ground and the people came, then WWII and a relaxed California was instantly transform...

CEQA shakedowns and the mansion that Wal-Mart built

May 28th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

Liam Dillon in the Voice of San Diego has a sharp profile of San Diego lawyer Cory Briggs, an unapologetic user of the California Environmental Quality Act as a self-enrichment tool: "No attorney sues under the state’s main environmental quality law more than him. "These lawsuits all tend to fol...

CalSTRS bailout will be CA version of budget sequester

May 27th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

On April 10, 2012, I wrote an op-ed for the L.A. Daily News with an unusual take on what ultimately would kill the bullet train. My theory was that the teachers unions would fight to keep a new mouth from the trough of the general fund because of the long-term need to maintain a status quo in which ...

CA GOP’s Arnold Problem

May 27th, 2014 By John Seiler.

Going on 11 years now, the California Republican Party has an "Arnold Problem." Gone from office now almost four years, ex-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger continues to loom over the party. Here's what "The Terminator" promised during the 2003 "Total Recall" election: The reality: Arnold swept the...

Covered CA failing

May 26th, 2014 By John Seiler.

Just like the Veterans Administration, Covered California -- the state's implementation of Obamacare -- is failing its patients. That's what happens under socialized medicine. The Los Angeles Times reported: Nearly 1,500 Californians have complained to state regulators in the last four months about...

GM vs. Toyota disparity: Our gangster government

May 26th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

In February, I wrote about the Obama administration imposing a $1.2 billion fine on Toyota for a pseudo-scandal involving the alleged "sudden acceleration" of the company's vehicles -- a media-abetted debacle that began in San Diego because a floor mat that was the wrong size led to a terrible fatal...

Texas shale history provides key context on downbeat CA report

May 25th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

The new federal report sharply reducing the amount of oil believed to be "technically recoverable" in California's Monterey Shale triggered glee among the greens who hate fossil fuels. But as the Bakersfield Californian reported, oil companies hardly saw the report as a game-changer in their pursuit...

Would Donnelly run hurt GOP in U.S. House?

May 25th, 2014 By John Seiler.

I've been watching political campaigns since Barry Goldwater vs. the Ogre LBJ in 1964. And this just doesn't seem right to me. Roll Call reports on how a victory in the Top Two primary by Assemblyman Tim Donnelly over Neel Kashkari supposedly would bring out Democrats enraged by Donnelly's anti-imm...

Typical Sacramento: Weak CalSTRS fix made even weaker

May 24th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

So Gov. Jerry Brown is finally forced by events to come up with a CalSTRS pension rescue plan. And as Dan Borenstein points out, it's so cautious that it doesn't prevent CalSTRS' underfunding from getting worse for some time to come: "For more than a decade, lawmakers have ignored the increasing sh...

Bring Ol’ Sparky back to CA?

May 23rd, 2014 By John Seiler.

California hasn't executed anyone in more than 8 years. And just 14 since it was allowed again in 1978. Problems remain with lawsuits concerning the lethal-injection method. And a proposed initiative would shorten death-penalty appeals. But maybe Tennesses has found a way to re-start execution...

A California vs. Texas analysis that breaks the mold

May 23rd, 2014 By Chris Reed.

The California vs. Texas fight has gotten stale for my tastes. It's insanely annoying how so many California defenders simply ignore basic facts like Texas is creating more middle-class jobs or that Texas' Latino and black students do better than California's in K-12 test scores such as the NAEP....

Poll: Special interests run state govt.

May 22nd, 2014 By John Seiler.

People finally are catching on that "government of the people" isn't. The Public Policy Institute of California's new poll finds: "A strong majority says state government is pretty much run by a few big interests looking out for themselves (68%), while just 24 percent say it is run for the benef...

Swearengin had no faith in a) her constituents and/or b) herself

May 22nd, 2014 By Chris Reed.

Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin -- an articulate, TV-savvy, photogenic Republican -- is a good bet to finish second in the June 3 state primary for controller behind former Assembly Speaker John Perez, a Los Angeles Democrat who will then go on to defeat Swearengin 56%-44% in November. But for som...

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