Inside Government

Wall Street Journal too nervous about bullet-train ruling

Monday, September 15th, 2014

Over the weekend, the Wall Street Journal's editorial page continued its excellent coverage of California issues with an editorial (behind pay wall) about the July 31st appellate court ruling that overturned a trial court ruling essentially blocking concrete steps toward the construction of the stat...

Super PAC $ floods Peters vs. DeMaio congressional race

Friday, September 12th, 2014
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San Diego residents can't watch a major sporting event without seeing repeated ads paid for by national super PACs trashing congressman Scott Peters, a moderate Democrat, or his Republican opponent, former City Councilman Carl DeMaio, an outspoken libertarian. The flood began in August and seems lik...

CA, Tesla and the slippery slope to crony capitalism

Monday, September 8th, 2014
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The decision of Tesla to locate its "gigafactory" in the Reno area instead of California offers critics of the state's business climate a chance to once again knock Gov. Jerry Brown and other state leaders for failing to care about the private sector. I am sympathetic to this critique. Tesla has eme...

Debra Bowen revelations appear to explain her failure on job

Sunday, September 7th, 2014
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Saturday's Los Angeles Times' bombshell about Secretary of State Debra Bowen's struggles with depression struck a sad chord with many people who have struggled with mental illness or had a family member with such problems. Two months before Californians go to the polls to choose a governor, the sta...

In debate gaffe, Jerry Brown channels Gerald Ford

Saturday, September 6th, 2014
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The Sacramento press corps has been acting bored with the governor's race ever since the spectacle of Tim Donnelly as the GOP nominee faded away. So now we have a debate in which Jerry Brown makes a debate gaffe as dumb as President Gerald Ford's 1976 claim that Eastern Europe wasn't dominated by th...

Live-blogging Brown/Kashkari debate

Thursday, September 4th, 2014

CalWatchdog.com will be live-blogging throughout the gubernatorial debate tonight, between Gov. Jerry Brown and challenger Neel Kashkari. The debate kicks off at 7 p.m. Stay tuned...

CA Democrats’ ritual: Passing doomed gun laws to media cheers

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014
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House Republicans face fire from many quarters for the dozens of times they have voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act, and the critics sometimes aren't just the usual partisan soldiers. Plenty of editorial boards are incensed by this tactic. They say it is a symbol of Washington's allegedly hor...

Teacher compensation database undercuts CTA claims

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014
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The Transparency California group's database of school district compensation undercuts teacher unions' claims that teacher pay scales are ungenerous and capped at unfairly low levels. When very generous health benefits and good pension benefits are factored in, that doesn't look to be true in the...

Legislature should have heeded Brit regulators on plastic bags

Monday, September 1st, 2014
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Dubious bills often get passed on the final night of the state legislative session, and 2014 was no exception: A measure to make California the first state in the nation to ban single-use plastic bags. SB270 passed despite fierce opposition from plastic bag manufacturers and after initially failing...

Unions win court round in battle with charter cities

Friday, August 29th, 2014
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Unions lost round one of their battle with California cities over "prevailing wages" on public works projects in 2012. That's when the California Supreme Court ruled against a law they'd gotten the Legislature to pass targeting charter cities for their refusal to mandate union-level pay on such proj...