Waste, Fraud and Abuse

NEW: CA imposes taxes near highest in the U.S.

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

If Tax Day 2014 had you feeling down, consider how much less you would have paid in another state. According to a report on state and local tax rates published by WalletHub, California has the second-highest local and state tax burden in the country. The average resident of the Golden State, acco...

State Senate postpones hearings for ethics training

Friday, April 11th, 2014
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In response to ongoing corruption cases, the California State Senate will postpone all committee hearings scheduled for April 23 and in their place host an all-day ethics discussion and training session. In a Wednesday afternoon email (reprinted at the end of this article), Kathy Dresslar, Senate...

CA Senate scrubs websites of 3 Democrats in scandals

Monday, April 7th, 2014

The California State Senate has scrubbed its website and deleted the online archives of three Democratic state Senators that face criminal charges ranging from weapons trafficking to public corruption. As of April 5 at 7:00 PM, the websites of Democratic Sens. Leland Yee of San Francisco, Ron C...

Not a single Leland Yee gun-control bill was signed into law

Friday, April 4th, 2014
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Was alleged gun-runner and gun-control advocate Leland Yee all talk? Before you answer, here's a surprising fact: The San Francisco Democrat, who has been called one of California's leading gun-control advocates, has never successfully authored a gun-control bill. Not a single gun bill authored ...

Pro Tem Cup: CA Senate Dems cancel event, keep cash

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014
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In light of recent criminal cases involving three of their members, Senate Democrats have canceled a large annual fundraising event scheduled for this weekend. But the event organizers won't be returning the campaign cash to the special interest groups that spent as much as $65,000 to mingle with ...

Only Sen. Anderson demands Senate expel 3 disgraced members

Monday, March 31st, 2014
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A lone Republican lawmaker is calling on the California State Senate to expel three of its Democratic members that are facing criminal charges. State Sen. Joel Anderson, R-Alpine, the lone dissenter in Friday's vote to suspend with pay three members of the state Senate, said that his three col...

10 quotes from indictment against Sen. Leland Yee

Friday, March 28th, 2014

This week State Sen. Leland Yee, D-San Francisco, was arraigned in federal court on charges of working with Chinatown gangsters and brokering arms deals with a Muslim rebel group based in the Philippines. Although a leading proponent of gun control, the investigation involved accusations ...

Rebels in Leland Yee case make peace with Philippine government

Thursday, March 27th, 2014
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A separatist Muslim rebel group in the Philippines, and the alleged supplier of weapons to State Senator Leland Yee, has signed a peace accord with the government of the Philippines Thursday, just one day after the San Francisco Democrat was arrested on multiple weapons trafficking, money launderin...

New 49ers stadium intercepts tax dollars

Thursday, March 27th, 2014
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The National Football League remains as agile as ever at intercepting the taxpayers' money. The latest example is the new stadium in Santa Clara, pictured nearby under construction, to host the San Francisco 49ers. After a slow decade, the Niners are back in contention. They barely lost the Su...

Sen. Leland Yee allegedly brokered arms deals

Thursday, March 27th, 2014
Lord of War

A prominent San Francisco Democrat, who has been one of the state’s leading proponents of gun control, is accused of working with Chinatown gangsters and brokering arms deals with a Muslim rebel group based in the Philippines, according to court documents released Wednesday. State Sen. Leland ...