Study finds tripling tobacco tax would ignite smuggling

Thursday, October 17th, 2013

One out of five cigarettes puffed in California is smuggled. Yet a proposed $2 tax increase on every pack of cigarettes, which would increase the price to $9 per pack, would ignite cigarette smuggling, a new study by the California Foundation for Commerce and Education found. Senate Bill 768 by S...

Initiative won’t bring back dead kids

Monday, July 29th, 2013
Lawyers, Cagle, July 27, 2013

It’s been 11 years since Bob Pack lost his children, Troy, 10, and Alana, 7, to a hit-and-run driver under the influence of alcohol and prescription drugs. This week, the Danville dad filed a proposed ballot measure in their memory: The Troy and Alana Pack Patient Safety Act of 2014. Among othe...

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...