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CA lobbyists celebrate banner year

Friday, December 19th, 2014

It's got a bad reputation, even in some parts of Washington, D.C. But lobbying is a way of life in California, where the practice shows no signs of letting up. In a string of news events and reports, the many faces of lobbying have resurfaced as the political year winds down. And Silicon Valle...

New tax would hit services

Friday, December 19th, 2014
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  Tax reform is in the air. One proposal is by state Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Los Angeles, also a former speaker of the Assembly. Senate Bill 8, the Upward Mobility Act, would raise $10 billion in sales and use taxes to replace the $7 billion Proposition 30 raised largely from taxes on the...

De Leon rebuked for scrapping oversight office

Thursday, December 18th, 2014

In a curious action, new state California Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon, D-Los Angeles, has scrapped the government oversight office created by his predecessor, former Sen. Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento. The move has swiftly earned de Leon a fresh round of criticism. Steinberg himse...

High-speed rail lawsuits pit CA vs. USA

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014
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  Like the famous 1860s race to build a railroad across America to California, an epic battle is shaping up over the state’s high-speed rail project. Only this time it’s a legal contest of federal vs. state jurisdiction. It may eventually take the highest law in the land, the U.S. Supre...

After 2014 successes, CA GOP leaders seek second term

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014
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Two years ago, Jim Brulte chastised his party for losing seats to laziness. “There were three Assembly seats that were lost because we got lazy,” Brulte said shortly after taking the helm as chairman of the California Republican Party in March 2013. "Leaders lead by example, and we have to b...

Low turnout in 2014, high initiative count in 2016

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014

Elections have consequences. Ironically, California's abysmal election turnout this November has teed up a veritable flood of ballot initiatives for 2016. Because the signature threshold for qualifying initiatives is pegged to the number of Californians who cast votes in the previous election, acti...

Federal board pushes high-speed rail – a little

Monday, December 15th, 2014
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Two recent events are keeping California’s high-speed rail project rumbling forward – either to eventual construction or wasteful oblivion. The California High-Speed Rail Authority just announced it would break ground on the project on Jan. 6. The CHSRA is eager to get a stake in the ground a...

GOP lawmaker: fund schools with high-speed rail bonds

Monday, December 15th, 2014
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A Republican lawmaker wants to turn money for California's high-speed rail project into funding for schools. Assemblyman Scott Wilk, R-Santa Clarita, introduced Assembly Bill 6, which would cancel outstanding bond funds approved by Proposition 1A, a 2008 voter-approved initiative to fund the st...

VIDEO: Steve Forbes: Money & The Gold Standard

Saturday, December 13th, 2014
VIDEO: Steve Forbes: Money & The Gold Standard

How has the Federal Government been hurting the economy? Author Steve Forbes tells Brian Calle how to fix our broken economy.

GOP can’t find bridge for troubled water bill

Friday, December 12th, 2014

The fate of a bipartisan drought bill passed Tuesday by the U.S. House of Representatives is as cloudy as California skies in recent days. The bill was crafted by GOP congressmen with Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., although she opposed the final version. But even if the bill didn't face cert...