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State lawmakers’ financial interests now posted online

Mike McGuire made over $100,000 in 2014 as a Sonoma County supervisor and another $525 in parting gift certificates as the young Democrat left to take a $95,291-a-year job as a state senator. Richard Pan, a physician, took in just

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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.

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You’re far more likely to be impoverished in CA than Mississippi 70

For decades, economists have complained about the stupidity of the Census Bureau’s annual report on poverty in the U.S. because it didn’t include cost of living in its rankings of the 50 states. An example of the old stats can

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Dreamers leaving CA

The New York Times ran a fascinating graphic showing how California, while still a major destination of those from foreign lands, no longer is the land of opportunity for people from other U.S. states. The Times: California, shown above, has long been the

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Does anyone cover the news in Sacramento?

California is perhaps the most significant state in the union both culturally and economically. One in every eight Americans lives here. In 2012, California’s GDP was $1.9 trillion — roughly the same size as that of Italy and Russia.  If we

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CA fossil-fuel foes want to ban more than just fracking

California foes of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, have been surprised and disappointed at their inability to get Gov. Jerry Brown or the Legislature to ban the practice. Brown’s support for a law regulating but permitting the newly improved drilling technique

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A California vs. Texas analysis that breaks the mold

The California vs. Texas fight has gotten stale for my tastes. It’s insanely annoying how so many California defenders simply ignore basic facts like Texas is creating more middle-class jobs or that Texas’ Latino and black students do better than

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Today is CA Tax Freedom Day 1

For Californians, today is Tax Freedom Day. That means, if you had to pay all your taxes first before getting any of your earnings for yourself and your family, from Jan. 1 to April 29, every cent would go to

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Tax index: CA by far most taxed state

The Small Business and Entrepreneurship Council just came out with its annual report, “Small Business Tax Index 2014.” California ranked 50th of the states — dead last, worst, highest taxed, most overtaxed, extremest preposterously taxed. Here are the six states with

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