Water reform re-Hatched in U.S. Senate 4

April 26, 2012 By Wayne Lusvardi On Wednesday April 25, Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, introduced an omnibus energy and federal land use bill.  It would combine bills that have passed through the House but have stalled in the Senate. Part

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Calif. blog regulations could hit Drudge, citizen journalists 26

April 25, 2012 By John Hrabe California’s chief political watchdog, Ann Ravel, recently announced plans to regulate political websites that accept payments from campaigns. Last year Gov. Jerry Brown appointed her to head the Fair Political Practices Commission. California bloggers

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Legislature’s hit-and-run attack on car dealers 22

April 25, 2012 By Katy Grimes SACRAMENTO — Maybe the California Legislature should just take over state car dealers the way the Obama administration took over General Motors and Chrysler. That might be better than the Democratic-controlled Legislature driving over the

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Proposition 29: Why should voters care? 0

April 25, 2012 by Katy Grimes There are examples of waste, fraud and abuse in nearly every corner of government.  With the election season upon us, voters need to pay special attention to what is on the ballot. California’s ballot

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Dueling demographers: When will CA’s population hit 50 million? 11

April 25, 2012 By Wayne Lusvardi When will California’s population “pop” at 50 million persons?  Two recent studies conducted by the Population Dynamics Research Group at the University of Souther California and the Public Policy Institute of California differ widely

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Sacto can recover from bad arena deal 20

April 24, 2012 By Katy Grimes Just last week, the news that the arena deal in Sacramento was dead was all the rage. The Maloof family, owners of the NBA Sacramento Kings, backed out of a handshake deal with the

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Minimum wage bill would kill black, Latino jobs 29

April 24, 2012 By John Seiler It seems that no bad idea goes unpassed in the California Legislature. Yesterday the Assembly Labor and Employment Committee passed AB 1439, by Assemblyman Luis Alejo, D-Watsonville. It would increase the minimum wage in

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High-speed special interest halts bill 20

April 24, 2012 By Katy Grimes The Legislature appears to have killed one more attempt to reel in the out-of-control high-speed rail checkbook. But despite facts, numbers and alternatives to the nearly $100 billion project, Democratic lawmakers appeared to be

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Are Hispanics moving up or down the social scale? 40

Commentary April 24, 2012 By Wayne Lusvardi The ongoing economic malaise of the past half decade has slammed most social and economic groups in California. How are Hispanics doing here, especially in light of the bursting of the Housing Bubble? For

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California’s zany voters 0

April 23, 2012 By Brian Calle Disillusionment with the two dominant political parties in California should come as no surprise given the economic malaise, massive regulatory bureaucracy and climbing unemployment numbers plaguing the state. “Decline to state” voters now make

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