Inside Government

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...

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...

Pelosi pressed for change by Hill Dems

Tuesday, December 9th, 2014
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After a punishing election season, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., has begun to face an unusual kind of opposition within her own party. By traditional measures, her status remains high and her position secure. Yet she has attracted frustration and impatience among Democrats. She ha...

VIDEO: Dinesh D’Souza: A World Without America

Tuesday, December 9th, 2014
NEW: VIDEO: Dinesh D’Souza: A World Without America

What would the world look like if the spirit of 1776 hadn't shaped the West? Filmmaker Dinesh D'Souza talks to's Brian Calle about the shaming of America and how it's undermining American exceptionalism. ...

Chiang launches program to reclaim lost wages

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014

John Chiang may be gearing up for his move to the state treasurer's office. But that doesn't mean he's taking an early vacation from his job as state controller. Late last month, Chiang launched a new pilot program to aid victims of wage theft in California. The new program will use the state'...

Under fire, Feinstein’s water bill collapses

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

It has been an uncharacteristically bad week for Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif. First, her quiet effort to engineer a substantial drought relief bill for California washed out to sea. After working all year with Republicans for a compromise, this week Feinstein encountered surprise opposition ...

Assembly GOP Leader Kristin Olsen introduces new stars

Friday, November 14th, 2014
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2014 was a solid year for California Republicans. In the state Senate, the GOP prevented Democrats from regaining a two-thirds supermajority. And in the Assembly, Republicans defeated three Democratic incumbents, which also reversed a Democratic supermajority. "We unseated sitting Democrats ...

Enviros battle over merits of rooftop solar vs. desert solar

Monday, October 27th, 2014

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 ...

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. ...

VIDEO: Will battle tanks replace think tanks?

Saturday, October 11th, 2014
VIDEO: Will battle tanks replace think tanks?

Politics is a contact sport, so is it time for think tanks to transition from academic institutions to partisan brawlers? Stephen Moore, chief economist and the Heritage Foundation and Orange County Register columnist, shares his views with's James Poulos. ...