Inside Government

Assembly GOP Leader Kristin Olsen introduces new stars

Friday, November 14th, 2014
jay obernolte

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
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 ...

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 CalWatchdog.com's James Poulos. ...

VIDEO: Pete Peterson — Empowering entrepreneurs to transform California

Monday, September 29th, 2014
NEW: VIDEO: Pete Peterson — Empowering entrepreneurs to transform California

You can't register your business online in California and the state has a long history of punishing business owners and entrepreneurs in other ways as well. Pete Peterson, the Republican candidate for Secretary of State, plans to use the entrepreneurial qualities of Californians to reignite the g...

VIDEO: California’s GOP — Can There Be A Resurgence?

Monday, September 29th, 2014
NEW: VIDEO: California’s GOP — Can There Be A Resurgence?

CalWatchdog's Brian Calle talks to Assembly Republican Leader-Elect Kristin Olsen about the lessons the GOP has learned in California. Can the Golden State GOP build a winning coalition based on education reform? ...

Labor-backed bill may force union on farm workers

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014
gerawan

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
TexasDrought

  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
Kings County

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
interest-rate-swaps-7

  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...