Politics and Elections

This is an ‘expedited’ review? Nerve-wracking times on bullet-train front

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

Nine weeks ago, the news seemed promising on the bullet-train follies front. Now the picture looks a bit murkier. On Jan. 24, Gov. Jerry Brown and Attorney General Kamala Harris asked the California Supreme Court to conduct an expedited appeals process that considered the state's newly filed chal...

Why CalSTRS fix is impossible: It would force cut in teacher take-home pay

Friday, April 11th, 2014

The California State Teachers' Retirement System is terribly underfunded. The last official report put its shortfall at $74 billion. State officials say it needs an infusion of $4 billion more money a year for decades to come. This week, as reported by Cal Watchdog founding editor Steve Greenhut ...

California leads way in emergence of thoughtcrime vigilantes

Saturday, April 5th, 2014
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California continues its emergence as the base for those who wish to enforce thoughtcrime penalties and launch group-hate campaigns against people with unacceptable political and social views. There have been glimpses of this mindset for years among the academic left and the progressives who routine...

The reality of politics

Friday, April 4th, 2014
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He wasn't as eloquent as Machiavelli, but President Bill Clinton summed up the essence of politics more pithily: "I take care of my friends and I [expletive deleted] with my enemies." The rest is just rhetoric to fool the masses. But the masses are catching on. Reason.com reports: Americans donâ...

Coverage of L.A. ‘pothole tax’ never mentions why budget is bare

Friday, April 4th, 2014

The city of Los Angeles' finances are in terrible shape. The city's economy is sluggish and revenue is stagnant. Meanwhile, retirement benefits for retired city workers -- especially police and firefighters -- eat up ever more of the budget. “As of June 30, 2013, the City’s two pension funds,...

CA Dems caught up in corruption in L.A., Bay Area and San Diego

Friday, March 28th, 2014
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High-profile elected Democrats in all of California's most populous areas are turning out to be corrupt cretins. The indictment released Wednesday of state Sen. Leland Yee depicts a San Francisco-Oakland-Daly City culture in which gangsters traffic in a long laundry list of crimes -- in this cas...

Sen. Yee indicted on corruption charges

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

This just in, from the Mercury-News: SAN FRANCISCO -- State Senator Leland Yee has been indicted for public corruption as part of a major FBI operation this morning in the Bay Area, according to ABC7 news. A San Francisco police spokesman said the FBI is serving multiple arrest and search warrants...

Covered California to register voters

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014
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Covered California, the state's implementation of Obamacare, now will be mailing voter registration cards to enrollees. Given that most of these folks are poor, and poor people tend to vote Democratic, this is a big boon for the Democratic Party that already dominates state politics. Reported the...

Legislature worries more about animal misery than human misery

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014
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California has the highest adjusted poverty rate in the nation -- and by a significant margin. Nearly 1 in 4 state residents struggles to make ends meet. Unemployment was about the same in the nation as a whole in 2006. Now it's routinely among the worst of any state -- especially in the most releva...

Did governor file bid for quick appeal to block bullet-train revolt?

Monday, March 24th, 2014

Why did Gov. Jerry Brown abruptly abandon his "stay-the-course" path on the $68 billion bullet-train project in late January? I've been poking around a bit and have come up with a theory and some evidence as to why the governor filed a plea with California Supreme Court to quickly resolve legal batt...