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Five CA GOP state senators back $2 billion tax increase

June 10, 2013 By John Hrabe With a Democratic supermajority, Republican votes no longer are needed to increase taxes in the California Senate. Yet in a strange development, five GOP senators backed a tax increase anyway. SB 11 is a $2.3 billion

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Top 5 travel tips for Legislators on international junkets 4

April 4, 2013 By John Hrabe I used to think that I was the world’s most well-traveled Californian. In the past eighteen months, I’ve traveled to more than 70 cities in two dozen countries on four continents. I spent two

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How your CA legislators spent spring break 5

April 3, 2013 By John Hrabe California state legislators returned to the Capitol this week after a week-long spring vacation. The Sacramento Bee’s Capitol Alert already pointed out that spring break is “something California legislators and college students have in

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Lawsuit, bills seek to dowse fire tax 9

March 25, 2013 By Dave Roberts It hasn’t been a great year for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. In January, the Los Angeles Times revealed that for seven years Cal Fire has been hoarding a slush fund

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Huff, Conway skipped ballot verification for legislative junkets 4

March 6, 2013 By John Hrabe Nero may have fiddled as Rome burned. At least he was in the city when it happened. The same can’t be said for the leaders of the California Senate and Assembly Republican caucuses, who

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Democrats addicted to tax increases 9

Feb. 25, 2013 By Joseph Perkins You’ve heard the familiar fable about the scorpion and the frog? They meet on the bank of a stream and the scorpion asks the frog to carry him across on his back. The frog

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Legislators Flunk Cal State ‘Fuzzy Math’ 17

MARCH 12, 2012 By JOHN HRABE Senate Republican leader Bob Huff flunked Cal State University’s “fuzzy math” and is calling for “substantial changes at the institution.” His action followed CalWatchDog.com‘s investigation into the system’s false and misleading information about the total

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Sens. Oppose Cal State Exec Confirmation 0

FEB. 17, 2012 By JOHN HRABE Herbert Carter’s reconfirmation to the California State University Board of Trustees was dealt a major setback Thursday, as two Republican state Senators announced their opposition to his pending nomination. Sen. Joel Anderson, R-Santee, and

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California GOP Never Learns 4

John Seiler: California desperately needs a competitive second party to challenge the mega-majority Democrats. Too bad the main alternative is the Republicans. The GOP’s inbred attitude was shown yesterday when state Senate Republicans — the handful of them — elected

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