Morain auditions to be Skelton successor, part 2 1

Last week, I wrote about Sacramento Bee columnist Dan Morain’s bizarre decision to focus on an alleged tactical error by a California House Republican in his efforts to fight the state’s bullet-train project instead of the infinitely bigger story that

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LAT’s Steve Lopez finally figures out life in California

For years, I’ve written about the muddled thinking of liberal California pundits when it comes to government spending. I find it amazing how little comprehension there is that every dollar that is spent for unnecessary public employee compensation and every

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Monterey Co. pays $2.6 million in wrongful death by cops

  This is from William Norman Grigg, America’s best reporter on police brutality: After eluding the police for more than a week, Alejandro Gonzalez surrendered in San Jose on January 10, 2011. The 22-year-old was the suspect in a non-fatal

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CA Assembly pays women less; fewer in top staff positions

The state Capitol remains a good old boys’ club. Women who work for the California State Assembly face a glass ceiling, substantial pay inequities and limits to their career advancement. Female employees are paid less than their male counterparts, are

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SB 776 bumping off prevailing wage compliance

A big labor union in the state wrote a bill to defund a non-profit that actually recovers money for workers who are cheated out of wages by unscrupulous contractors. SB 776, authored by Sen. Ellen Corbett, D-San Leandro, but written

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‘Top 100’ power list telling about Skelton — and about Capitol

John Howard’s annual Top 100 list of the most powerful non-lawmakers in Sacramento is always a riveting read because the Capitol Weekly feature offers an unvarnished view of how the Capitol works. The most powerful people are often folks who

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Nitrogen fix could cancel CA fertilizer tax

A natural bacterial colonization process could end the proposed regulation of agricultural nitrate and taxation of fertilizer in California.  Energy costs to produce synthetic nitrogen fertilizers could also be eliminated.  It could also eventually render unnecessary overkill stormwater regulations in

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Kerry attacks Internet

One of the biggest snobs ever is John Kerry, now the U.S. secretary of state. He wants to rule our lives without us objecting. And he doesn’t like it that the Internet makes it easier for us to find out

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