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How many tax increases will ‘fix’ California? 86

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

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Reform for California only a vote away 29

Oct. 30, 2012 By Katy Grimes Anyone who still has the hope of reforming California knows that it must begin with the political system. Far too many politicians in California are so heavily influenced by big money that constituents seem

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The day after the election 11

Oct. 22, 2012 By Katy Grimes With the 2012 election in full swing, everyone’s focus seems to be on the candidates and ballot initiatives. We are inundated with ludicrous, often irrelevant political advertising. But what happens after the election? What

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Prop. 32 would curb union dominance

Oct. 15, 2012 By Katy Grimes Long ago it became evident that a passion for teaching in California schools was overshadowed by union membership. Far too many teachers became flag-waving union members, choosing union activism over student achievement. Proposition 32,

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McClintock: The adult in the room 23

Sept. 25, 2012 By Katy Grimes I’ve written much recently about the end of the two-year legislative session in the California Legislature — none of it flattering. This Democrat-dominated Legislature operates as if it has the collective maturity level of

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California burns as politicians fiddle 39

Sept. 18, 2012 By Katy Grimes The most recent culmination of the insane end of the California Leguslature’s two-year  session will probably live in infamy when tales of California’s demise are told in the future. Still reeling from the madness,

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Still no competitive elections 8

Sept. 14, 2012 By Joseph Perkins For much of the baseball season, I’ve been following Sports Illustrated’s weekly rankings of all 30 major league baseball clubs. But I stopped following back in July when it ranked the Boston Red Sox,

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CA better off than four years ago? 65

Sept. 7, 2012 By Joseph Perkins I really didn’t need to watch President Obama’s speech last night — although I did — to know how it would be reviewed by his cheerleaders in the mainstream media. To hear them tell

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Trophy train project, legacy for lawmakers 15

July 9, 2012 By Katy Grimes SACRAMENTO — After listening to two days last week of floor debate in the California Assembly and Senate, it became painfully obvious that the vote on the state’s high-speed train was nothing more than

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A cruel month for public employee unions 11

June 22, 2012 By Joseph Perkins California public employee unions were already having a bad June, what with passage of public pension-reform ballot measures by voters in both San Diego and San Jose over the opposition of union bosses. But

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