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NEW: Pension spikes crumbling CA roads

Friday, October 31st, 2014
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From roads to bridges and well beyond, California's neglected infrastructure won't receive relief this election cycle. For years, the state has lavished money on other projects -- especially public pensions. Despite a flurry of bad press surrounding the crushing burdens those pensions place on...

NEW: Assembly 65 swing-seat spending tops $5.2 million

Friday, October 31st, 2014
Sharon Quirk Silva

Two years ago, legislative Democrats pulled off an upset in the heart of conservative Orange County. "I was a surprise win in the last election," Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva, D-Fullerton, said in a recent interview of her four-point victory over Republican Chris Norby. "And from the moment ...

Democrats divided on big issues in CA

Thursday, October 30th, 2014
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Although Democrats in California are eager to celebrate major victories next Tuesday, political fault lines lie under their party. From anti-rape legislation, to education reform, to health costs and beyond, an anticipated left-leaning consensus has failed to materialize in the Golden State. The ...

Rail court decision could run over future bonds

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014
train wreck

Is there a cow catcher on the front of the California high-speed rail project? One that pushes away future bond measures on everything from water to parks? That's the unasked question as voters head to the polls next Tuesday to decide the fate of Proposition 1, the $7.1 billion state water bond...

Secretary of State 2014: Tight race, cautious candidates

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014
Alex Padilla

It's one of the few competitive statewide races in California. And befitting a close contest, Democrat Alex Padilla and Republican Pete Peterson share remarkably close visions for the job of secretary of state. CalWatchdog.com asked the two candidates a half dozen questions about the job. The ...

SEC commissioner warns of financial crisis

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014
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  Much of the country, and especially California, has yet to fully recover from the Great Recession, which officially ended in June 2009. But recent federal government actions may be leading us into another financial crisis. That was the warning from Securities and Exchange Commissioner D...

Enviros battle over merits of rooftop solar vs. desert solar

Monday, October 27th, 2014
Nellis_Solar_panels

Things aren't working out well for renewable energy advocates who hoped cheaper rooftop solar energy would replace large solar power plants in California’s Mojave Desert and return "economic democracy" to the people with millions of rooftop solar installations. This is reflected in the furious ...

Prop. 48: Pechanga opposes expansion of tribal gaming

Monday, October 27th, 2014
NEW: Prop 48: Pechanga opposes expansion of tribal gaming

A Native American tribe is spending big bucks to limit the expansion of tribal gaming in California. The Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians recently contributed $1 million to oppose Proposition 48, a controversial compact that would pave the way for off-reservation casinos in California. In the t...

VIDEO: Does California government do anything well (besides grow)?

Monday, October 27th, 2014
VIDEO: Does California government do anything well (besides grow)?

California is controlled by Democrat politicians, but even they have failed to deliver on a list of progressive promises. Reason Magazine's Editor Matt Welch joins CalWatchdog's James Poulos to discuss the shortcomings of liberal utopia. ...

Drought emergency strikes Southland water district

Friday, October 24th, 2014
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    Will next year bring restrictions to water use in Southern California that cause people’s yards to go brown and die? Could be, if the Southland suffers a worst-case scenario of low rainfall and no imported water, Tony Zampiello told CalWatchdog.com; he’s watermaster for t...