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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.

Judge rules against government retirees, for common sense

A common argument in California from public employees and government retirees is that once they get a goodie, they always have to get a goodie — even if it's not guaranteed by law. Take the bizarre, antithetical-to-logic practice of giving

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Why was 2003 recall so unique? Joe Mathews misses key point

Joe Mathews has written an interesting column about the 10th anniversary of the recall of Gov. Gray Davis. assignment online “Critics of the recall said it was a crazy idea, a partisan Republican power grab, a perversion of America’s tradition

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Moneymaking San Diego air show victim of budget theater

First we had sequester theater, in which the Obama administration chose to make mandatory minor cuts in the federal budget in a way that inflicted pain on the public in the belief this would help give the White House the

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CA Dems still say Obamacare is wonderful, not an unfolding fiasco

A long list of California politicians like Nancy Pelosi, Barbara Boxer and John Perez have rushed to declare Obamacare a sweeping success. While Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev.,  acknowledges that it could work out so poorly that we should

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If CA a template for U.S. on income inequality, U.S. is doomed

Exaltation of Gov. Jerry Brown — normally more an East Coast media thing than a California thing — has found a home in the Los Angeles Times. The paper carried a news analysis piece with this headline: “Gov. Brown sees

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CA greens pretend fracking’s past like an ‘X File’ coverup

@chrisreed99: Many #Fracking practices are secret including but not limited to chemicals. Covered-UP extensively starting in 70s. @TXsharon — Andrea Leon Grossman (@AndreaLeon) October 1, 2013 I wrote a straightforward piece on California and its enormous fracking potential over the

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Members of big L.A. public union have too had raises; Times is wrong

Whenever you see a story about a public employee union seeking an across-the-board raise because members “haven’t had a raise” for X number of years, feel free to groan. You’re almost always witnessing union spin filtered through journalistic incompetence. We

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CA media finally note Obamacare a rotten deal for young people 5

Among the many things the mainstream media have ignored or downplayed about Obamacare is how terrible a deal it is for young, healthy people. The Mercury-News finally got around to pointing this out today: “Nationwide, one study says, 3.7 million

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Shape-shifting pol: It’s dirty pool to mention my shape-shifting

The saga of Nathan Fletcher — the 90 percent conventional Republican assemblyman who became a righteous, holier-than-thou independent before ending up a 90 percent conventional Democrat, all in 14 months — took a fun twist Friday. In the first debate

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CA auditor demolishes Jerry-Brown-saved-state narrative

The eagnerness of national media to lionize Gov. Jerry Brown as the guy who saved California amounts to an extreme form of cherry-picking. In some ways, Brown has done a better job than his two immediate predecessors in forcing some

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