High court rebukes union speech assault 0

June 22, 2012 By Steven Greenhut For people who truly are interested in a just and fair society, there’s one easy way to sort through some seemingly complex issues: turn the tables. If, for instance, one is debating a controversial

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Mau-Mauing the Oakland Flak Catchers 11

June 22, 2012 By Dave Roberts “God bless them for their spontaneity. It’s independent … it’s young, it’s spontaneous, and it’s focused. And it’s going to be effective.”             — Nancy Pelosi The Oakland Museum is currently featuring “The 1968

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A cruel month for public employee unions 11

June 22, 2012 By Joseph Perkins California public employee unions were already having a bad June, what with passage of public pension-reform ballot measures by voters in both San Diego and San Jose over the opposition of union bosses. But

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NBA Championship goes to no-income-tax Florida 6

June 22, 2012 By John Seiler Hail the tax-free champions! Yesterday LeBron James won the NBA championship for the Miami Heat. Back when James jumped from the Cleveland Cavaliers to the Miami Heat a couple of years ago, one reason

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Democrats kill pension reform bills

June 21, 2012 By Katy Grimes Antics today in the California Senate hit an all time low when Democrats blocked attempts to bring public pension reform bills SB 1176 and Senate Constitutional Amendment 18 to the Senate Floor for a

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Der Feuer gets rebuked by Senate 0

Steven Greenhut: Assemblyman Mike Feuer, D-Los Angeles, has gone from friend of open government to champion of governmental secrecy. Not long ago, he argued correctly that opening children’s court to the public and media was the best way to ensure

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State lawmakers announce budget deal… again 0

June 21, 2012 Katy Grimes: UPDATE: Assembly and Senate leaders announced this morning that they have reached a deal on the budget and will vote on it Tuesday. I thought that legislators already approved a budget last Friday, June 15, California’s

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County, city mortgage grabs could spark new housing crisis 10

June 21, 2012 By Wayne Lusvardi In San Bernardino, the county has approved using eminent domain to seize bank-owned pools of “underwater mortgages” to get the county out of its over-indebted housing stagnation. The city of San Bernardino has the second highest poverty rate in

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Washington misreads California — again 0

June 21, 2012 By John Seiler If you’ve ever lived in Washington, D.C., as I did in 1977 and from 1982 to 1987, you know the place lives under a bubble. They have no idea what’s going on in the

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State seeking to grab private pensions 25

June 21, 2012 By Katy Grimes Because California is doing such a bang-up job of managing the state employee pension systems, some lawmakers are pushing to create and manage another retirement program–for the private sector. According to Sen. Kevin de

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