Politics and Elections

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...

Reform for California only a vote away

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

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 to be nothing more than an afterthought and a group to pande...

The day after the election

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012

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 happens if President Obama gets reelected an...

Prop. 32 would curb union dominance

Monday, October 15th, 2012
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, the "Paycheck Protection" bal...

McClintock: The adult in the room

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

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 a teenage girl. Fortunately, following th...

California burns as politicians fiddle

Tuesday, September 18th, 2012

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, I needed to seek out a perspective larger than thos...

Still no competitive elections

Friday, September 14th, 2012

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, not even leading its division, the sixth best team in all o...

CA better off than four years ago?

Friday, September 7th, 2012

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 it, it was the greatest speech since, perhaps, the Gettysburg Address, if not ...

Trophy train project, legacy for lawmakers

Monday, July 9th, 2012

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 a legacy vote for politicians. Passage of SB 1029 approved $8 b...

A cruel month for public employee unions

Friday, June 22nd, 2012

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 their June got exponentially worse yesterday when the U.S....