Politics and Elections

Is Jerry Brown eyeing the White House again?

Thursday, October 24th, 2013

Gov. Jerry Brown’s crack public relations team has been hard at work convincing the rest of the country that he has sparked a California turnaround. The New Republic even recommended to President Obama that, in his second term, he should “study the Moonbeam” for help cleaning up the growing li...

Will bipartisan coalition restrict public safety unions?

Wednesday, August 7th, 2013

During the effort to curb collective bargaining rights for public employees in Wisconsin, Gov. Scott Walker suggested the exemption for public safety employees was necessary to avoid the possibility of a strike by “first responders.” The real reason may have been a political calculation; restric...

Colorado recall election a template for reclaiming liberty

Tuesday, June 11th, 2013

June 11, 2013 By Katy Grimes The historic recall election underway in Colorado of Senate President John Morse is shaping up to be a template for other grassroots groups unhappy with elected officials. Morse is facing a recall for his support of controversial gun control laws, including expande...

Water plan threatens taxpayers, environment

Sunday, April 14th, 2013

April 14, 2013 By Steven Greenhut In Dostoevsky’s “The Brothers Karamazov,” a priest recalls the words of a man who confessed: “The more I love mankind in general, the less I love people in particular.” We can all think of people like that --- folks of varied political persuasions who ra...

Neighborhood Legislature could restore accountability

Wednesday, March 27th, 2013
Neighborhood Legislature could restore accountability

March 27, 2013 By Katy Grimes Big spending on California politics has become one of the state’s largest industries. But the return on investment is lousy. California’s political system has become so heavily manipulated by labor unions and other big money interests that the system is broken. L...

Attack of the artificial crises

Monday, March 25th, 2013

March 25, 2013 By Steven Greenhut SACRAMENTO --- Not many of my friends or neighbors are sitting on pins and needles, worrying that the world as we know it will end as the federal government "slashes" spending as part of the automatic sequester cuts mandated by a previous budget bill. And not ma...

New CA GOP seeks to stop Dem ‘recipe for disaster’

Tuesday, March 5th, 2013

March 5, 2013 By Katy Grimes SACRAMENTO -- The 11th Commandment, according to the gospel of former President Ronald Reagan, is an unwritten rule in the Republican Party discouraging public attacks on other Republicans, particularly GOP candidates. "Thou shalt not speak ill of any Republican," ...

Court: Putting Prop. 30 on top of ballot illegal

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013

Jan. 23, 2013 By Katy Grimes Anyone who still believes that there isn't monkey business in politics needs only to look at the most recent election and a significant legal ruling handed down on Friday regarding Proposition 30. While it may seem too little, too late, this ruling does matter. The...

California election stirs up a tempest

Monday, November 12th, 2012

Nov. 12, 2012 By Joseph Perkins As I watched the election returns this past Tuesday night (and into the wee hours of Wednesday morning), I was reminded of a line from "The Tempest," one of the Bard’s greatest hits: “Hell is empty and all the devils are here.” Indeed, with California Demo...

How many tax increases will ‘fix’ California?

Monday, November 5th, 2012

Nov. 5, 2012 By Katy Grimes There are 230 bond, tax and fee increase proposals on the 2012 ballot in California. Gov. Jerry Brown's Proposition 30 tax increase measure is the least of voters' problems this election. There are 100 school bond measures on the ballot throughout California. There...