Inside Government

Hoover Poll: CA wants growth, not green programs or rail

Thursday, January 15th, 2015
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Gov. Jerry Brown just won a resounding re-election victory. But his new budget released last week for Fiscal Year 2015-16, which begins on July 1, is out of sync with Californians on some important issues, according to the Hoover Institution's new Golden State Poll. It questioned people between Dec...

Sacramento aims to police the police

Wednesday, January 14th, 2015
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After a politically punishing year for law enforcement departments from Los Angeles to New York, California legislators are riding the wave of controversy, drafting a spate of bills that would use the power of state government to assert more control over how police officers do their jobs. T...

LAPD’s fresh push for higher pay

Wednesday, January 14th, 2015
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With a potentially damaging sense of timing, the Los Angeles Police Department has embarked on a fresh push for higher pay -- enlisting the services of a public relations firm to help accomplish the goal. The LAPD hired the top-flight PR firm Burson-Marsteller to charm L.A. residents and their ...

CA Common Cause: State lawmakers accepted $844,000 in gifts in 2013

Monday, December 29th, 2014
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Let the good times roll! California lawmakers accepted $844,000 in gifts in 2013 -- the majority of which came from special interest groups that routinely lobby the state Legislature. According to a new report released by the good-government group California Common Cause, gifts to elected s...

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 CalWatchdog.com'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 ...