Inside Government

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
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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...