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Debaters clash over allowing corporate free speech

August 7th, 2013 By Dave Roberts. This is the first article in a two-part series on the battle against corporate political speech. The U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizen’s United decision in 2010 affirmed the right of businesses, associations and unions to freely engage in politics. Since then, leftist groups have increased the pressure on corporations to eliminate or at least disclose their spending on candidates, bal...

‘Progressives’ advancing California monopolies

July 30th, 2013 By Wayne Lusvardi. Modern California politics was forged from the Progressive Movement’s “purification” of the political machines and bosses to bring about the reform of monopolistic railroad, insurance and banking trusts that dominated the state. The Progressives reached their apogee a century ago with Gov. Hiram Johnson's reforms of 1911, especially his initiative, recall and referendum reforms. ...

CA’s legendary energy efficiency is statistical myth

July 16th, 2013 By Wayne Lusvardi. By now many of you have seen the legendary chart nearby.  It shows that California energy use per person has remained relatively flat, while the trend for the other states has risen significantly during the last 50 years.  It has been widely touted by the State of California and environmental organizations that this trend is due to the state’s energy efficiency regulations for ho...

California Solar Initiative: overhyped and underperforming

July 10th, 2013 By Wayne Lusvardi. Now that the $2.167 billion California Solar Initiative is winding down, electricity ratepayers might ask: What was it and what did it accomplish? Was it: 1.) A cutting edge solar energy project to bring about a “self-sustaining” solar power industry, as touted by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) and state legislators? The answer is mostly no based on post-...
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