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CA Dems may finally have CTA vs. Latino showdown

June 4th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

As I've written many times over the years -- here's one example -- the stability and durability of the California Democratic coalition is downright peculiar. Why? Because the interests of its richest, most powerful faction -- the California Teachers Association and the California Federation of Teach...

Aftermath: Kashkari faces tough battle with Brown

June 4th, 2014 By John Seiler.

Now is the hard part for Neel Kashkari: Facing the formidable Gov. Jerry Brown. The Republican Kashkari finished second in yesterday's Top Two primary, at 19 percent, well behind Brown's 55 percent. The first problem is that Brown currently is highly popular and is riding what I have called a "M...

Where’s Arnold in the governor’s race?

June 3rd, 2014 By John Seiler.

Where's ex-Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in the primary election races decided today? By far the most successful GOP candidate in California in the last 15 years, he is nowhere to be seen in this important election. He has endorsed nobody for governor, and nobody for any other races. Jus...

CSU ‘student success fees’ an obnoxious surcharge

June 3rd, 2014 By Chris Reed.

California lawmakers of both parties have long been upset that UC and CSU leaders look to raise tuition as option number one during budget headaches instead of scrutinizing their operating budgets for fat. But for poor students, at least tuition hikes are often offset by tuition waiver programs. ...

Who’s a senator?

June 2nd, 2014 By John Seiler.

You've probably heard about some of the weird goings on in the California Senate. Here's the latest:

Tim Donnelly is no Tom McClintock. He’s the village idiot.

June 1st, 2014 By Chris Reed.

I understand why my CWD colleague and friend John Seiler sees the Neel Kashkari vs. Tim Donnelly fight through the prism of past fights between relatively liberal establishment GOP types and some conservative grassroots candidates. The idea that a 2008 Obama voter has the enthusiastic support of ...

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...

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