Obama poised to accelerate CA’s rolling amnesty

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014
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Many Americans across the country have expressed uncertainty or alarm about president Obama's executive action on immigration, which he will announce tomorrow. However, in California, where millions of illegal immigrants live, a semi-formal version of state-level amnesty has been gathering steam f...

Public pension struggles roil CA

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

The public pensions crisis has not subsided in California -- nor has the conflict that surrounds it. A waves of political, legal and policy developments have kept the issue at the center of the state's attention. In addition to a key election and a closely-watched lawsuit, a new initiative out of...

VIDEO: Is the pot legalization movement more important than the Tea Party?

Monday, November 10th, 2014
VIDEO: Is the pot legalization movement more important than the Tea Party?

California led the way on many fronts, including the legalization of marijuana. Is it time to give pot to needy Californians now? Reason Magazine's Editor Matt Welch joins CalWatchdog's James Poulos to talk about the weird world of legalization culture in California. ...

Uber shows CA cool still beats regulators

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014
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This has been a big year for Uber. The ride-for-hire app became a mainstream phenomenon, but attracted more than its fair share of criticism and legal scrutiny. And the Uber saga is just getting started. A fresh wave of initiatives -- and the press to match -- has touched off a fascinating pheno...

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 ...

Experts warn of new easy-money hazard

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014
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COSTA MESA -- Federal regulators are repeating the same easy-money mistakes that led to the Great Recession. So warned five housing and banking experts today at a Breakfast Panel discussion before local business and community leaders at the Westin South Coast Plaza. The event was sponsored by the Fo...

CA advances driver’s licenses for illegals

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

Despite incomplete approval from the federal government, California has begun forging ahead with driver's licenses for immigrants who are illegally present in California. A bill signed into law last year, Assembly Bill 60, was subject to additional requirements by the Department of Homeland Secu...

Nurse union exploits Ebola crisis in negotiations

Friday, October 17th, 2014

Seizing on the growing concern about the deadly West African virus, the California Nurses Association, one of the state's most powerful unions, has added several Ebola-related provisions to its list of demands in its ongoing dispute with Kaiser Permanente. The two sides have been at an impasse ...

Minimum wage truth and consequences: Who’s listening?

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

  Let’s hope voters become more engaged than some elected officials in the minimum-wage debate. Voters will be subjected to counterarguments in the minimum-wage debate. Raising the minimum wage undoubtedly will make things better for some minimum-wage workers – more to spend, raising ...

Covered CA blames cronyism on Obamacare scramble

Monday, October 13th, 2014

In an embarrassing new black eye for Covered California, the state's implementation of Obamacare, the health exchange, has admitted it violated accepted practice by awarding $184 million in so-called "no-bid" contracts, according to a new report by the Associated Press. State governments routinel...