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Skelton sees Dem vs. Dem

One of the themes at CalWatchDog.com the past several years has been that, with Republicans still moribund in California, Democrats will turn on one another. One story from last October was, “Democrats divided on big issues in CA.” George Skelton,

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School bond problems go far beyond LAUSD purchase of iPads

Gov. Jerry Brown’s skepticism about state assistance for local school districts’ construction projects appears to be primarily based on an intense disdain for adding more billions to what he likes to call the state’s “wall of debt.” But a counter

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Villaraigosa record has pluses for Senate bid — and landmines

The signs are growing that state and national Democrats’ attempts to clear the U.S. Senate field in 2016 for California Attorney General Kamala Harris aren’t working. Several well-known Democrats are seriously considering challenging Harris, and at least a couple seem

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Groundwater war breaks out

  Future historians might mark July 20 as the date when a full scale war broke out over California’s groundwater. On July 20 in the Los Angeles Times, George Skelton, the dean of California journalists, said it was unfair to tell him

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Economist called genius by left backs Prop. 13-style wealth protection

It may seem wonky and obscure now, but I bet it’s going to emerge as a strong, enduring counterpunch to Proposition 13 critics. I refer to the fact that French economist Thomas Piketty — the hottest, in the media sense,

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LAT’s Vartabedian, Skelton leave LAT editorial board looking silly

When it comes to the bullet train, The Los Angeles Times’ editorial page has been left to look foolish — by its own reporter and columnist. Nexis shows no L.A. Times’ editorials on the topic for more than two years.

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George Skelton finally turns on bullet train. Now will Dan Morain?

So it’s been clear for years that when it comes to the bullet train, Gov. Jerry Brown has lost Sac Bee news columnist Dan Walters. This weekend’s column makes it clear that the LAT’s George Skelton is about to jump

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Thanks, Dan: Cal Watchdog themes now Walters’ favorite talking points

For a year, Cal Watchdog contributors and staffers (and a Cal Watchdog alum) have been pretty much alone in pointing out two extremely relevant statistics that demolish Gov. Jerry Brown’s and the media’s narrative of the Golden State bouncing back

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Underappreciated Prop. 13 fact: It protects vulnerable in housing bubbles

As the push builds in Sacramento to undercut Proposition 13 by weakening its limits on how fast business property taxes can increase, it’s worth making two basic points in defense of the 1978 initiative — one of which doesn’t get

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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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