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Stormwater tax drowns voters
California is embarking on a program of capturing storm water from flood control channels for urban landscaping at high costs.  And stormwater capture projects won’t require voter approval under Proposition 218, the Right to Vote on Taxes Act, because courts have ruled stormwater recapture is no...
Federal official calls for regulating CA medical marijuana
For once, the Feds have a point. Outgoing Deputy Attorney General James M. Cole has helped alter President Obama's prohibitionist attitude on state marijuana laws toward one accommodating the differences among the 50 states. In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, he said, “If you don’t ...
VIDEO: Is California becoming the boring state?
Demographics are not on the side of the Golden State. The people we need to live here are leaving. Reason Magazine's Editor Matt Welch joins CalWatchdog's James Poulos to talk about his greatest fear of all: California gets boring. ...
Covered CA caught in Prop. 45 crossfire
On Proposition 45, some Democrats are feeling as if they got a transfusion of the wrong blood type. The initiative would give the state insurance commissioner the power to approve changes in health-insurance policies, including those by Covered California, this state's implementation of Obamac...
CA unemployment drops to 7.3%
Perhaps Gov. Jerry Brown's campaign slogan is right: "California is back." Unemployment dropped to 7.3 percent in September, down from 8.8 percent a year ago. Except the national rate is 5.9 percent. So California clearly is just following the national recovery, slight as it is -- albeit not ...
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