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Are you ready for another Revolution?

July 4th, 2014 By John Seiler.

Here's some good news for Independence Day: Americans are losing confidence in all branches of government, perhaps a portent of another revolt against tyranny, this time toppling "our" government rather than that of George III. Of course, it's not "our" government, but belongs to the special inte...

Minimum wage jumps to $9 an hour

July 3rd, 2014 By John Seiler.

Here's what the minimum wage does: it destroys tens of thousands of jobs to increase the pay of tens of thousands of other jobs. It does this by increasing government coercion over our lives even more than it already does. So nothing good can come from the new $9 per hour California minimum wage ...

Green flack thinks <2% annual growth in CA ‘cleantech’ is impressive

July 3rd, 2014 By Chris Reed.

The fallout from the news that 16 Assembly Democrats were willing to go on the record with their concerns that AB 32 will drive up gas prices and cause economic pain to struggling folks in their home districts continues to grow. It's gotten attention not just in California but national play. Th...

Will dockworkers strike?

July 2nd, 2014 By John Seiler.

West Coast dockworkers are threatening to strike again from their incredibly high-paying jobs. Their members already earn $25 to $40 an hour, with plush benefits. But this time it's different. A $5.25 billion project is making the Panama Canal wider, making it easier for ships to go directly from...

Influential Dem congressman hails Vergara ruling, calls for action

July 2nd, 2014 By Chris Reed.

It's been four weeks since the Vergara vs. California ruling, which found teacher tenure laws to be unconstitutional because they funneled the worst teachers into minority schools in poor Latino and black communities where good teachers were most needed. The silence of Democratic lawmakers up and...

CA legalizes Bitcoin

June 30th, 2014 By John Seiler.

Bitcoin is the controversial new "digital currency." Although widely used, technically it was illegal in California until Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill Saturday officially legalizing it. The Christian Science Monitor reported: Democratic Assemblyman Roger Dickinson, the bill's author, said earlie...

High court ruling a blow to California SEIU

June 30th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

In a fresh demonstration that the Roberts court is incrementalist and not the wild-eyed bunch that some on the left assert, the U.S. Supreme Court voted 5-4 in favor of an appeal that argued that in-home care workers in Illinois should not be compelled to pay union dues. As Politico reported Sunday,...

CA left’s absurd new dogma: Regulations have no downside

June 29th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

Businesses like to make money. Smart business owners are happy to change their ways in search of how to increase or maximize profits. The hostility to change that one sees in a bureaucracy with no vested interest in making things work better or more efficiently doesn't exist in a well-run private se...

6 measures qualify for ballot

June 29th, 2014 By John Seiler.

Because it plays by its own rules, the California Legislature still can add initiatives to the November ballot. But with the official deadline now passed, six measures are scheduled for the ballot. We'll be covering them all. But for now, one that caught my eye is backed by Insurance Commissioner...

De Leon hammers away at key idiocy of CA bullet-train plan

June 28th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

Over the years, in conversations with friends unfamiliar with California politics and with people I've met while traveling or at events or doing talk radio, I'm often asked about the state's bullet-train project. When folks hear that the cost is much higher than initially predicted, they're not s...

High housing costs slug CA

June 28th, 2014 By John Seiler.

Another report details how housing costs continue to slug Californians. From the Bee: Except for those living in the state's most remote rural areas, Californians must contend with the nation's highest housing costs, both rental and ownership, relative to their incomes, a new nationwide study by ...

Wretched teacher discipline law: CTA shows it’s still in charge

June 27th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

More than three years after appalling evidence emerged that a teacher at a school in an impoverished neighborhood in south Los Angeles had been feeding semen-laced food to his students, California finally has a law on the books that makes it easier to fire such perverts. In 2011, L.A. Unified admini...

Dem Legislature passes more tax cuts

June 26th, 2014 By John Seiler.

Who said California Democrats oppose tax cuts? They long have supported tax cuts for their pals in Hollywood. Now the Democratic Legislature is passing tax cuts for their buddies in the military-industrial complex: "The California Assembly on Thursday approved a fast-tracked proposal to provide...

Prop. 30: Why it hurts CA teams’ chances of signing LeBron James

June 26th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

NBA superduperstar LeBron James' decision this week to opt out of his contract with the Miami Heat has led to intense speculation over where the four-time regular-season MVP and two-time NBA Finals MVP might end up. The current conventional wisdom is that he's likely to end up back with the Heat....

No more warrantless cop cell phone snooping

June 25th, 2014 By John Seiler.

Recently in Southern California, some cops stopped some friends of mine in a parking lot for no reason. There was no arrest. But the cops did search their cell phone call logs. hen  let  them go. Now the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that's unconstitutional. According to the story, "Justices eve...

Fellow Latino Dem puts De Leon on spot over Vergara

June 25th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

The most powerful Latino politician in California is being called out over how he will respond to the Vergara decision, which held that teacher tenure laws punish minority students in Golden State public schools. Kevin De Leon, who will soon take over as president of the California Senate, was cited...

Vergara’s grim implications for CA Dems ignored

June 24th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

When Asian-American lawmakers objected to efforts by black and Latino lawmakers to gut Proposition 209 and bring racial quotas back to college admissions and other state government programs, the California media thought that was news. Nexis shows 85 stories about the proposed changes to Prop. 209 in...

Report: Global warming data bogus

June 23rd, 2014 By John Seiler.

Can we repeal AB 32 now? Both Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who signed AB 32 (shown in the nearby picture), and Gov. Jerry Brown, who is implementing it, said global warming science was "certain." But now there's more evidence the temperatures were cooked, like putting a match under your thermomete...

This won’t end well: Coastal Commission gets more power

June 22nd, 2014 By Chris Reed.

Budget trailer bills continue to be a great vehicle for legslative mischief in Sacramento. Here we go again, reports the Merc-News: "The California Coastal Commission can now fine property owners who illegally block public access to beaches, putting new teeth into a 38-year-old environmental law, u...

Amtrak, CA high-speed rail cancel joint train agreement

June 22nd, 2014 By John Seiler.

It's another blow to California's high-speed rail project. AP reported: SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Amtrak and the California High-Speed Rail Authority said Friday that they canceled a joint agreement seeking companies to build high-speed trains for them, a proposal billed as a way to save money and l...

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