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State Senate 26: Sandra Fluke losing to Ben Allen

November 5th, 2014 By John Hrabe.

Sandra Fluke, the women's rights activist who became a darling of the left after her national spat with conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh, is expected to lose her campaign for State Senate. Shortly after midnight with 35.8 percent of precincts reporting, Santa Monica-Malibu Unified Sch...

Early Returns: Democrats could lose super-majority in State Assembly

November 4th, 2014 By John Hrabe.

It's going to be a very long night for California political observers. Just eight months after corruption scandals cost California Democrats their super-majority in the State Senate, a combination of low voter turnout and an anemic gubernatorial campaign effort could cost Democrats their supe...

Statewide seats surprisingly close

November 4th, 2014 By John Seiler.

Aside from Gov. Jerry Brown's victory, 58 to 42, which I wrote about earlier, the other statewide races are surprisingly close in early returns, with 31.1 percent counted. Democrats probably will win them in the end. The national GOP tide has had some effect in California, albeit not enough for vi...

Statewide propositions end predictably

November 4th, 2014 By John Seiler.

The statewide propositions ended predictably, with the side spending the most money on TV ads winning. The preliminary numbers: Prop. 1, water bonds. Winning 68-32. The $7.5 billion in water bonds will cost $15 billion to pay off. For that, only $2.5 billion will go to dams and reservoirs to hel...

Races to decide California Democrat Supermajority

November 4th, 2014 By Brian Calle.

Nationally, Republicans have already taken the majority in the United States Senate and now the question is whether the Republican wave will hit California. In California, the GOP is attempting to block a Democratic supermajority in the state Legislature. To do so the GOP must net a single seat in t...

Union-backed Torlakson beating reformer Tuck

November 4th, 2014 By John Seiler.

It looks like the state's ultra-powerful teachers unions won another one. Early returns show incumbent State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson defeating reformer Marshall Tuck, 55-45. The unions' strategy of spending tens of millions of dollars -- all of it ultimately snatched fr...

Brown wins 4th term as gov.

November 4th, 2014 By John Seiler.

Bucking a national Republican trend, Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown easily won re-election tonight, with early returns indicating a 58-42 win over Neel Kashkari. If the numbers hold, that would top his 53-41 victory over Meg Whitman in 2010, when Third Party candidates grabbed 6 percent. The new Top Tw...

CTA pours extra money into Torlakson-Tuck race

November 4th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

Polls have shown the race between Superintendent of Public Schools Tom Torlakson and fellow Democrat Marshall Tuck to be within the margin of error, but I'm hearing there was a big infusion of CTA funds to run attack ads Monday night. That suggests internal polls have the Torlakson camp worried. ...

Live-blogging the election

November 3rd, 2014 By John Seiler.

At the CalWatchdog.com blog, we'll be live-blogging the election this evening. So tune in. The main races to watch are: Superintendent of public instruction, between union ally Tom Torlakson and reformer Marshall Tuck. Several California races for U.S. Congress, which will help decide the s...

Mercury-News report on mass CA poverty may change coverage

November 2nd, 2014 By Chris Reed.

The pack mentality of the Sacramento beat reporters is striking. No one wants to point out that the Obama administration says fracking is safe. No one wants to point out that the Local Control Funding Formula turned out to be a barely disguised UTLA ploy to get more money for L.A. Unified so it coul...

BK judge slams taxpayers on Stockton pensions

November 2nd, 2014 By John Seiler.

In boon to public pensioners and a shock to taxpayers throughout California, federal Judge Christopher M. Klein approved a bankruptcy plan to put Stockton city retirees at the top of the heap. That means taxpayers are at the bottom. Also stiffed will be bondholders. That puts at risk other munic...

Economic boom fake

November 1st, 2014 By John Seiler.

The U.S. economy in the third quarter supposedly enjoyed strong economic growth of 3.5 percent. But look between the lines and the growth was fake. Reported the L.A. Times: Government spending surged 4.6% in the third quarter, the fastest annual rate since the fiscal stimulus days of 2009. That cam...

Izumi study sparks law promoting online learning

October 31st, 2014 By John Seiler.

Maybe things actually are starting to change for the better in California's embattled public schools. The latest: Kids who enroll in virtual or online charter schools now can continue their studies even if they move out of their original school district. The change idea came from Lance Izumi in ...

Part of bullet-train legal mystery may be answered

October 31st, 2014 By Chris Reed.

For close followers of the bullet-train saga, one of the most basic mysteries of recent years has been what happened after Sacramento Superior Court Judge Michael Kenny's tentative ruling in August 2013 that blocked the state from starting construction on the first segment of the project. Kenny f...

Field Poll: Dems win in CA, schools chief close

October 30th, 2014 By John Seiler.

It isn't over till it's over, Yogi Berra famously said. But in California's partisan statewide races, it might be just about over for Republican challengers to Democrats. But the nonpartisan race for superintendent of public instruction remains too close to call. In the Field Poll released today,...

CA hugely benefits from fracking boom that drives enviros nuts

October 30th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

Having seen a gallon of gas drop to $3.09 at a Valero or two -- after a summer in which gas prices fell instead of their usual habit of increasing in July and August -- I think it's beyond obvious to note that Californians are huge beneficiaries of the shale/fracking boom driving U.S. oil production...

CHiPS pass around stolen nude photos of suspects

October 29th, 2014 By John Seiler.

California has come a long way from the innocent days of the "CHiPS" TV series of more than 30 years ago, starring Larry Wilcox and the heartthrob of teenage girls of that time, Eric Estrada, as state motorcycle cops. Here's latest, from the Contra-Costa Times: MARTINEZ -- The California Highway...

CA is NOT the highest taxed state

October 28th, 2014 By John Seiler.

You've probably heard California has the nation's highest taxes. Wrong. We're only third-worst, behind even worse New York and New Jersey, according to a new survey by the Tax Foundation's new 2015 State Business Tax Climate Index. Broken down, California ranks 50th -- worst -- on the inco...

After 13 months on job, UC President Napolitano already seems restless

October 28th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

It has been 13 months since Janet Napolitano took over as president of University of California system. The former homeland security chief for the Obama administration has just dropped her second big hint in as many months that she's ready to move on -- or at the very least that she does not conside...

Hydropower AB 32 scam as bad as one L.A. Times detailed

October 27th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

The Los Angeles Times had a good analysis over the weekend of how AB 32 is being gamed in ways that make suspect its claims to be cleaning up the environment. California's pioneering climate-change law has a long reach, but that doesn't mean all its mandates will help stave off global warming. To ...

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