Politics and Elections

Democrats’ congressional wins delay supermajority

Thursday, November 8th, 2012

Nov. 8, 2012 By John Hrabe On Tuesday night, Democrats shocked the Capitol by seizing two-thirds control of the state Assembly.  With it comes the power to override the governor and raise taxes. “Everyone was looking at the likelihood that the state Senate would reach the sought two-thirds maj...

CalWatchdog’s Comprehensive Guide to California Ballot Initiatives

Monday, November 5th, 2012

Posted By Brian Calle Over the past few months and days, CalWatchdog.com contributors have been tracking and analyzing California's ballot propositions for the November election. Below is analysis on some of the most consequential ballot measures voters are being asked to decide this election cycle...

Brown, Munger end GOP monopoly on circular firing squads

Saturday, October 13th, 2012

Oct. 13, 2012 By John Hrabe For the past two decades, California Republicans have perfected one thing, the circular firing squad. No political party, organization or institution has been better at snatching defeat from the jaws of victory. The Republican monopoly on this self-destructive habit is ...

Libertarian ideology blinds Republicans on Prop. 31

Monday, October 1st, 2012

Oct. 1, 2012 By Wayne Lusvardi When I recently spoke before an Orange County crowd of Republicans at a ballot forum as the “No on Proposition 31” speaker, I was not surprised to find opposition.  One person offered the observation that it was all those “country club Republicans” that stoo...

Prop. 32 Fight Won’t Be Settled in November

Sunday, September 16th, 2012

Sept. 17, 2012 By John Hrabe Conservative activists see Proposition 32, California’s latest paycheck protection measure, as a potential game changer. “When Prop. 32 passes, unions will be on an even level with other power groups,” said Stephen Frank, a Republican grassroots activist and pub...

The Complete Guide to John Burton’s Tirades, Outbursts and Expletives

Tuesday, September 4th, 2012

Sept. 4, 2012 By John Hrabe California Democratic Party Chairman John Burton kicked off the Democratic National Convention Monday by comparing Republicans with Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels. “They lie and they don’t care if people think they lie… Joseph Goebbels -- it’s the big lie, y...

California voters OK 63% of tax measures

Friday, June 8th, 2012

June 8, 2012 By Chriss Street Local voters approved 63 percent -- or 55 of the 87 -- local tax, bond or fee measures on the June 5, 2012 California primary ballot, according to Michael Coleman, the creator of CaliforniaCityFinance.com. Majority vote measures fared much better than supermajority vo...

Top two primary intensifies anonymous online attacks

Monday, June 4th, 2012

June 4, 2012 By John Hrabe Patricia McKeon is the prohibitive favorite to win the 38th State Assembly seat. As the wife and campaign fundraiser of Rep. Howard “Buck” McKeon, the influential chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, she has built-in name ID and a lucrative fundraising Rol...

Time to Carve Up California?

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

FEB. 21, 2012 By MICHAEL WARNKEN This issue of Splitting California into two or more states has come into the greater public eye once again. This matter is dredged up every few years by a different group of Californians who are not happy with current arrangements. A recent proponent was  Riversid...

11 More Ways to Fix Busted Redistricting

Monday, February 13th, 2012

FEB. 13, 2012 By JOHN HRABE My list of 10 Ways To Improve the Redistricting Process has elicited a large number of thoughtful responses from experts in the Capitol. One legislative office told CalWatchDog.com that they’re investigating whether any of the reforms can be introduced as legislation ...