Regulations

Fracking survives CA Legislature — for now

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013

July 2, 2013 By Katy Grimes SACRAMENTO -- After sitting through several recent marathon sessions in the Assembly, it was shocking to witness the powerful California environmental lobby lose its attempt to ban oil and gas hydraulic fracturing. For this, Californians can be thankful. That got me...

Now FL Gov. targets CA businesses

Wednesday, June 5th, 2013

June 5, 2013 By Joseph Perkins First came Texas Gov. Rick Perry. Then Utah Gov. Gary Herbert and Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell. Now Florida Gov. Rick Scott is taking aim at California, reportedly considering leasing billboard space in selected markets here in the Golden State to take their businesse...

Bills would remove doctors from abortion process

Tuesday, June 4th, 2013

June 4, 2013 By Katy Grimes While other states have been passing laws restricting when a woman can have an abortion, for several years California politicians have been trying to move legislation in the other direction. Taking up efforts defeated last year, Assemblywoman Toni Atkins, D-San Dieg...

Politically connected HealthCare Partners sidestepped licensing for 10 years

Friday, May 3rd, 2013
Politically connected HealthCare Partners sidestepped licensing for 10 years

  Part One of a series May 3, 2013 By Katy Grimes One of the original pioneers of the Obamacare patient networks, HealthCare Partners, has been operating in California without the required state license. But according to health care experts and a new lawsuit, the California Department of Ma...

CA global warming is big business for government

Wednesday, April 24th, 2013

April 24, 2013 By Katy Grimes Just when Californians thought implementation of the state's Global Warming Solutions Act couldn’t get any worse, it is. AB 32, California’s Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, and SB 375, the sustainable communities companion bill enacted in 2008, both are u...

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...

Gov. Brown: To drill or not to drill?

Monday, April 8th, 2013

April 8, 2013 By Katy Grimes California could become the next oil boom state. Will Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown and a Democratic supermajority in the state Legislature seize the day -- and the tax revenue that would come with drilling and fracking? Or will excessive environmental concerns block...

Cracking down on ADA lawsuit abuse

Tuesday, March 19th, 2013

March 19, 2013 By Joseph Perkins I was a White House staff member when George H.W. Bush was in the Oval Office. I remember well when he signed the Americans With Disabilities Act into law, insisting that it would not “lead endlessly to litigation.” Not in his wildest nightmares did Bush envis...

How not to help domestic workers

Thursday, March 14th, 2013

March 14, 2013 By Joseph Perkins Rosa Sanchez marched outside the State Building in Los Angeles last week, banging her pots and pans. She was one of a hundred or so domestic workers voicing their support for the so-called Domestic Workers Bill of Rights, sponsored by Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, D-San...

Big Milk and Big Cheese start food fight

Friday, March 1st, 2013

March 1, 2013 By Joseph Perkins Dr. Richard Pan, a pediatrician, knows a thing of two about health care. That’s why it is understandable the Sacramento Democrat was appointed chairman of the Assembly Health Committee. But Pan doesn’t know much about agriculture, particularly the vagaries of t...