Inside Government

Labor-backed bill may force union on farm workers

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014
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Democratic state legislators passed a bill that could result in thousands of Fresno farm workers paying dues to a union that they may not support and abiding by a labor contract that they might not want. Senate Bill 25, authored by outgoing Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento...

In fighting drought, San Antonio leaves L.A. in the dust

Friday, September 5th, 2014
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  Could cities such as drought-vulnerable Los Angeles come to regret that a “privatization” provision in the old $11.1 billion state water bond was removed? Back in 2009, there was an outcry against language in the original version of a proposed state water bond that would have allowe...

CA high court asked to review bullet-train ruling

Thursday, September 4th, 2014
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Arguing that an appellate court ruling endangers the public’s faith in future bond initiatives,  the attorneys for the Tos/Fukuda/Kings County group challenging the state's bullet-train plans on Tuesday asked the California Supreme Court to review the recent decision reversing trial-court rulings...

After gamble backfires, L.A. demands refund from banks

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014
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  In the San Francisco Bay area, public transit riders are paying $104 million in higher rider fees to cover the cost of exotic financial insurance known as an interest rate swap. In Detroit, the inability of the city to make interest rate swap payments signaled eventual bankruptcy. So the r...

VIDEO: The Economics of Immigration: Peter Schiff on Workers and Welfare Magnets

Monday, September 1st, 2014
NEW: VIDEO: The Economics of Immigration: Peter Schiff on Workers and Welfare Magnets

There's a difference between somebody coming to America to work and people coming to America for a hand out. Businessman Peter Schiff explains to CalWatchdog.com's James Poulos.   ...

Does anyone cover the news in Sacramento?

Thursday, July 31st, 2014
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California is perhaps the most significant state in the union both culturally and economically. One in every eight Americans lives here. In 2012, California’s GDP was $1.9 trillion — roughly the same size as that of Italy and Russia.  If we were a nation, we’d consistently be in the top-10 l...

CA vs. FL dogfight over stealth plane subsidies

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014
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Like a professional sports team in search of a new taxpayer-funded arena, two defense contractors are playing California and Florida lawmakers against each other in a bid to win more tax breaks and, in turn, a $55 billion federal contract. The home team, a partnership between Boeing and Lockheed...

Supreme Court sticks Brown with county jails

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

States' rights won't save Gov. Jerry Brown from getting involved in California's county jails. Despite a forceful argument that federalism relieved the state of the added responsibilities, the U.S. Supreme Court persisted in making life more difficult for Brown. The justices refused to reconsi...

How Obama energy rules hurt, help CA

Friday, June 13th, 2014
Obama's New Proposed Regulations On Coal Energy Production Met With Ire Through Kentucky's Coal Country

  On June 2, President Barack Obama announced his new rules to mothball “dirty” coal power plants so as to reduce carbon-dioxide power plant emissions by 30 percent from their 2005 level. He also set voluntary targets for the percentage of renewable energy in each state by 2029. Cove...

Sweeping new legal challenge to bullet train

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014
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A massive California Environmental Quality Act lawsuit was filed June 4 in Sacramento Superior Court over the newly certified environmental impact report (EIR) for the bullet-train project segment linking Fresno to Bakersfield. This EIR is supposed to have far more details about the impacts of th...