Nothing is what it seems in CA politics

Aug. 24, 2012

Katy Grimes: Be sure to always watch both hands of California lawmakers, because as the right hand is patting your back, the left is picking your pocket.

Earlier this morning I wrote that lawmakers in the state Senate killed the much-needed California Environmental Quality Act reform bill co-authored by Assemblyman Jeff Gorell, R-Thousand Oaks.

Since I posted what I thought was a terribly news-worthy story, more information has come to light.

To reform, or not to reform?

The CEQA reform proposal, by the CEQA Working Group, a business-labor-government coalition, to reduce frivolous environmental litigation and duplicative government oversight, is apparently part of an unholy deal.

I should have seen this coming because I’ve seen this happen time and time again, under Democratic control: California Democrats would never make a deal to reform their precious CEQA unless they were getting a sweet deal in return.

“In return for Democrat votes to alter CEQA, three Republicans were expected to provide the necessary votes to enact a permanent billion-dollar annual tax increase on multistate businesses,” the Flash Report’s Jon Fleishman wrote today in the Orange County Register. “Never mind that it means that we will all pay more for everything from a cup of Starbucks coffee to our breakfast cereal.”

Fleishman warned that Republicans have given away votes in exchange for support for some supposedly bipartisan deal. But they’ve also been tricked by Democrats repeatedly, when Dems reneg on the deal, often within the year.

If Democrats are able to pick off a few Republican votes for passage of the billion dollar tax increase on businesses, and Democrats pass the CEQA reform bill, Democrats will reinstate CEQA during the next session.

Perez picked off Assemblyman Brian Nestande, R-Palm Desert, for passage of his “Middle Class Scholarship,” which is a $1 billion tax on businesses which operate in California, but are headquartered in other states.

Gorell’s support of the CEQA deal presents an important question, given the facts, and context. Can California Republicans legislate from the minority? Obviously some Republicans feels that they must make deals with Democrats to get anything done, but at what cost?

Without this CEQA reform bill, Democrats should not be able to get any more Republican votes on their tax increases.

As Fleishman notes, these are the final days of this legislative session, and the time when late night, back room deals and unholy alliances are forged, even if some are just trying to get something done.

Instead of falling prey to deals made with future ambitions in mind, or even just naively hoping to get much-needed reforms, Republican lawmakers need to hunker down. For the good of all Californians, the tax increase measures must be stopped–even if it appears that Republicans aren’t doing much.

Protecting liberty is a thankless job, and requires patience.

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  1. Ulysses Uhaul
    Ulysses Uhaul 24 August, 2012, 11:49

    It is written. In the DNA. Republicans never can be trusted…..their eyes are always following the money…..club dues are a bit high these days….

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  2. Chiapet37
    Chiapet37 24 August, 2012, 12:09

    The sad sad truth. We as Californians get what we deserve because WE elected all of them. The whole system has been bought and rigged against conservatism in this state. The choices are very clear as a Republican. Sit there and shut up because you don’t matter, or give up your principles at a chance to affect change. How depressing.

    Things will change once all the poor and ignorant people realize the people with money can always leave, and they are.

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  3. Ulysses Uhaul
    Ulysses Uhaul 24 August, 2012, 12:56

    During the great depression Republicans invested like Bain Capital buying up blue chip company stock on the ultra cheap…..

    Perhaps, the Republicans are sucker punching or rope-a-doping Democrats…..if a Poodle/Donkey State collapse, property and companies will be bought on the cheap by Republicans.

    You still will still be single-wide trailer challenged…too scared or dumb to dive in for the cheap asset goodies!

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  4. Tax Target
    Tax Target 24 August, 2012, 13:46

    Hey Uhaul – its time for trip to the dump with your drivel. Republicans can never be trusted??? Get a clue. Look at the lying, stealing, Democraps in the Kalifornsky legislature. You’ve got to be kidding me. If what you say is true then why is it that the money-grubbing Silicon Valley types aren’t republicans?

    Tell you what – let’s revisit this in say about 8 months after the Kalifornsky economy gets flushed down the drain. Maybe you might wake up… or then again you’re so unconscious you’ll be asking what happened….

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  5. TJ
    TJ 24 August, 2012, 14:31

    And because of his common sense and important vote in support of leveling the playing field for California businesses, Assemblyman Nestande was forced to step down as Republican Caucus Chair. THAT’S what happens when you try to govern in the best interests of the people irrespective of party desires. How quick do you think the next Republican will be to do what’s right?

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  6. stevefromsacto
    stevefromsacto 24 August, 2012, 16:56

    AMEN, TJ. The Tea Party “head on a stick” morons can’t stand it when our legislators work together to help solve our state’s problems. But that is precisely what the majority of voters sent them to Sacramento to do. Ronald Reagan couldn’t get elected dog catcher in today’s Republican Party.

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  7. Ulysses Uhaul
    Ulysses Uhaul 24 August, 2012, 18:28

    Beat up on Ulysses is shallow and trivial….you know Republicans sell out tegularily….flash them a five dollar bill and are in full gallop to Jack In The Box!

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  8. Rex the Wonder Dog!
    Rex the Wonder Dog! 25 August, 2012, 00:29

    steve from sacto says:
    AMEN, TJ. The Tea Party “head on a stick” morons can’t stand it when our legislators work together to help solve our state’s problems

    amen the amen…rah rah rah..Im steve from sacto, a drone that repeats talking points ad nauseum.

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  9. Ulysses Uhaul
    Ulysses Uhaul 25 August, 2012, 07:18

    Poodle out of ideas. Slings insults. Not becoming. Sad. Real nausea….

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  10. Rex the Wonder Dog!
    Rex the Wonder Dog! 25 August, 2012, 14:20

    Hi Teddy 😉

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