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Union power protects miscreants, not just pay and benefits

Nov. 20, 2012 By Chris Reed As the Legislature’s refusal to pass a bill making it easier to fire classroom sexual predators shows, union power isn’t just about protecting jobs, pay and benefits. It’s also about insulating bad apples, even

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Gov. Brown’s Prop. 30 ego trip: How … Schwarzeneggerian! 19

Nov. 19, 2012 By Chris Reed There was a triumphal quality to Jerry Brown’s speech Friday at the Moscone Center in San Francisco that went beyond the governor doing some chest-thumping over the success of Proposition 30. In repeatedly mocking

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Mac Taylor’s budget happy talk draws more fire — deservedly 3

Nov. 18, 2012 By Chris Reed Legislative Analyst Mac Taylor’s budget report does have plenty of caveats that his somewhat upbeat view of coming years may never come to pass. But Taylor’s opening statement about there being a “strong possibility

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Sen. Ted Lieu’s vehicle tax plan: Let’s hope it gets on ballot 10

Nov. 16, 2012 By Chris Reed State Sen. Ted Lieu, D-Redondo Beach, is launching a push for a 2014 constitutional amendment that would more than triple the vehicle license fee, also known as the car tax. Here’s hoping it makes

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Occidental ready to bring Bakken phenomenon to California 11

Nov. 15, 2012 By Chris Reed In my research for a U-T San Diego editorial that’s running today about fracking’s immense promise in California, I was astounded to find that Occidental, one of the largest oil/gas companies in the U.S.,

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Shocking media development: An honest take on AB 32’s costs 9

Nov. 14, 2012 By Chris Reed Here’s how terrible California media coverage of AB 32 has been: Lots of people reading Dan Walters’ column today about the economic toll that it will take are probably surprised. Remember back in 2010?

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Four years later, media still spreading the AB 32 Kool-Aid 0

Nov. 12 By Chris Reed In the Bush 43 era, some pundits on the left took to decrying the media practice of treating quotes from the White House with the same respect as quotes from its critics. They said this

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Registration edge no longer guarantees GOP victory 7

Nov. 11, 2012 By Chris Reed Republican strategists for years have looked contentedly on the fast-growing Inland Empire as a future source of GOP strength, seeing all the suburban bedroom communities in San Bernardino and Riverside counties as a bulwark

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National microtargeting drove youth vote, not Prop. 30 11

Nov. 10, 2012 By Chris Reed I have interviewed Tony Quinn for my old radio shows several times and acknowledge he knows way more about California politics than I do. But he is flatly, simply wrong when he writes the

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In San Diego, is libertarian dream alive, stalled — or dead? 36

Nov. 8, 2012 By Chris Reed San Diegans had an extremely unusual choice for mayor Tuesday, picking between a gay libertarian who’d already turned the city into a hotbed of government experimentation and a 20-year congressman who is a ’60s-ethos

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