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Chris Reed is a regular contributor to Cal Watchdog. Reed is an editorial writer for U-T San Diego. Before joining the U-T in July 2005, he was the opinion-page columns editor and wrote the featured weekly Unspin column for The Orange County Register. Reed was on the national board of the Association of Opinion Page Editors from 2003-2005. From 2000 to 2005, Reed made more than 100 appearances as a featured news analyst on Los Angeles-area National Public Radio affiliate KPCC-FM. From 1990 to 1998, Reed was an editor, metro columnist and film critic at the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin in Ontario. Reed has a political science degree from the University of Hawaii (Hilo campus), where he edited the student newspaper, the Vulcan News, his senior year. He is on Twitter: @chrisreed99.

Bullet train: Judge shows taxpayers may be saved by Prop. 1A

The Friday ruling by a Sacramento judge that the California High-Speed Rail Authority was violating the 2008 state law providing funds for the bullet-train project was the first good news that the many foes of the project have had in

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Yeah, sure, CA is going to love Obamacare

There has been a striking lack of common sense among advocates of Obamacare. First example: It was completely predictable that allowing companies to not provide health insurance to employees who worked less than 30 hours a week would lead companies

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Filner follies: Strangest/worst day yet

The saga of Mayor Headlock had one of its most eventful days Thursday as several reports illustrated the full range of his out-of-controlledness. The oldest alleged victim yet came forward: “DOWNTOWN SAN DIEGO — A great-grandmother who works as a

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Long-ago union payoff now haunts CA pension reform

In his Tuesday Sac Bee story about the federal government preparing to withhold funds for state construction projects because the 2012 state pension reform violated a “federal mass transit grant rule,” Jon Ortiz got it wrong. It’s not a grant

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Pension criticism=racism. Aaauugghh! Aaauugghh! Aaauugghh!

Samuel Johnson’s 1775 observation that “patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel” has particular resonance nowadays, with civil libertarians who question our government’s massive spying on 300 million-plus Americans being derided as tools of U.S. enemies. But when it

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‘You don’t get free things’ Filner unlikely to quit

A source close to Filner tells me rumors that he will resign today are untrue. — Craig Gustafson (@gustafsoncraig) August 12, 2013 Late morning on Monday, a rumor swept San Diego political and journalistic circles that Mayor Bob Filner was

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Bullet train folly inspires sci-fi-esque breakthrough?

The lead story on Drudge for part of the weekend was about SpaceX and Telsa inventor-guru-visionary Elon Musk championing Hyperloop, a new type of travel system that he claims could move people faster than the speed of sound. That may

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Filner’s fate: The warring conventional wisdoms

There are two conventional wisdoms about Bob Filner, San Diego’s embattled pervert of a mayor, and they can’t both be right. The first is that he simply can’t stay in office. Now that all nine City Council members say he

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‘Transit workers vs. just plain workers’

A renewed BART strike could bring chaos to the Bay Area on Monday. But as CalWatchdog founder Steven Greenhut points out in his U-T San Diego column, the BART labor strife isn’t prompting the public reaction that transit unions may

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Socialists lecture San Diego unions on social justice

The disparity between San Diego unions’ tolerance for depraved Mayor Bob Filner and the left’s eagerness to detect a “war on women” in anything Republicans do — even Mitt Romney’s offhand reference to “binders full of women” — is stark

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