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Revenge of the nurses: The back story of PERB’s radicalization

September 19th, 2012 By admin. Sept. 19, 2012 By Chris Reed In 1999, California Democrats celebrated Gray Davis’ election as governor the previous fall by sending him a slew of legislation they knew that his Republican predecessor, Pete Wilson, would never have approved. Most notoriously, they won Davis’ signature on SB 400, the giveaway of a retroactive 50 percent increase in the pension formula for state emplo...

Prop. 32 Fight Won’t Be Settled in November

September 16th, 2012 By admin. 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 publisher of the California Political News and Views. “This will have a major effect on cam...

AB 1978 would boost Goodwill’s bin bullying

September 10th, 2012 By admin. Sept. 10, 2012 By John Hrabe Goodwill is synonymous with used-clothing donations. The national syndicate of secondhand retail stores is by far the biggest player in the clothing donation business. However, it’s losing market share to smaller nonprofits, churches and even some for-profit businesses, all of which have replicated the Goodwill charitable model. So, Goodwill Industries ...

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

September 4th, 2012 By admin. 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, you keep repeating it,” Burton told the San Francisco Chronicle’s Joe Garofoli and KCBS...
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