Rights and Liberties

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

Saturday, June 28th, 2014

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...

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

Sunday, June 22nd, 2014

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...

Green hypocrisy: ‘The problem is it’s going to be visible’

Saturday, June 21st, 2014

For years, the hypocrisy of environmentalists has been on display with the Cape Wind project in Nantucket Sound, near Cape Cod, Mass. The project has finally begun construction but only after a 13-year campaign by rich liberals to block the alternative energy plant because wind turbines would mes...

Dem strategist (albeit a paid one) rips Nanny State push

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

A classic Nanny State bill failed in committee Tuesday within hours after a leading Democratic strategist warned California lawmakers that they shouldn't count on flattering headlines if it kept advancing. Details on the bill's demise from the LAT: "A proposal to affix health warning labels to s...

UTLA boss goes Orwell: Teachers=students

Friday, June 13th, 2014

Tuesday's historic Vergara vs. California ruling was likened to Brown vs. Board of Education by none other than Rolf Treu, the judge who issued the decision. But has anyone noticed how quiet Latino Democrats are about the ruling, outside of Antonio Villaraigosa and Gloria Romero? I asked Assemblywom...

The left-wing theory driving Vergara ruling

Thursday, June 12th, 2014

A point that hasn't been made nearly enough by the MSM is that the Vergara vs. California ruling rejecting the state's lax teacher tenure practices depends on a legal doctrine associated with lefty causes. That doctrine deals with "disparate impact" and holds that if a seemingly neutral law has the...

Post-Vergara: Civil war possible among CA Dems

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

The Vergara storm is coming, and I've got a feeling that it's going to be gigantic. The ruling's potential impact on California public education -- and public education nationally -- could be immense. Even if it doesn't stand, it will inspire similar lawsuits everywhere, and similar concerns abou...

CA may take lead in codifying what is legally acceptable sex

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014
CA Sexual Regulations Department of Behavior

The Nanny State impulse, when its most ardent proponents gain power, is a scary thing to witness. This is from the L.A. Daily News: "LONG BEACH --- A bill on its way to the state Assembly mandates that California’s public universities adopt a policy requiring college students to obtain ongoing co...

Light-rail love affair: CA pols, media stuck in 1980s

Sunday, June 8th, 2014

Californians with a green streak are in love with mass transit -- at least when it involves rail. Buses are far better at helping people, especially poor people, to and from work. But there's something about rail and how it seems like an explicit rejection of the internal combustion engine that attr...

CA Dems may finally have CTA vs. Latino showdown

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

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...