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The hardball tactics that got Prop. 39 tax hike passed 5

Dec. 20, 2012 By Chris Reed In June, California voters rejected a hike on cigarette taxes to fund cancer research. The defeat of Proposition 29 strongly suggested that the general anti-tax beliefs of most of the Golden State electorate remained

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School bond abuses: Ignoring the motive behind the scandals 8

Dec. 19, 2012 By Chris Reed The California media are finally beginning to figure out that school bonds are being abused, with money being borrowed on horrible terms or with funds being spent on things that school bonds historically have

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George Skelton: 34% is a ‘small minority’ 5

Dec. 13, 2012 By Chris Reed The persistence with which George Skelton writes silly, slanted stuff is hard to exaggerate. He only occasionally tells his L.A. Times readers that unions run Sacramento. He is a constant advocate of the Sacramento

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EdSource look at superintendent turnover ignores union elephant 1

Dec. 8, 2012 By Chris Reed There are none so blind as those who will not see. EdSource does a 1,500-word analysis of a new study showing far higher turnover of superintendents in large school districts than smaller ones in

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Joe Mathews weighs in on CalWatchdog piece 2

Dec. 5, 2012 By Chris Reed Joe Mathews, one of the least ideological mainstream California political pundits, has weighed in on the analysis I did last week on the evidence that unions are trying to stifle direct democracy in California

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Mac Taylor’s goofy happy talk triggers more toxic fallout 3

Dec. 4, 2012 By Chris Reed Legislative Analyst Mac Taylor’s unhinged decision to project budget surpluses in coming years in California could turn out to be the defining moment of his career. The decision of state voters to back temporary

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Protecting bird poop: regulation as self-parody 10

Nov. 27, 2012 By Chris Reed Here in San Diego, regulatory insanity has hit an all-time high, with environmental rules preventing city officials from cleaning up bird poop. “California Cove Blessed With Nature’s Beauty Reels From Its Stench” was the

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Fossil-fuel-phobic Brown, Nichols pine for world that will never be 0

Nov. 21 By Chris Reed The California media’s never-is-heard-a-discouraging word coverage of AB 32 and the recent cap-and-trade auction continues. But what’s astounding is that just a week ago, the International Energy Association declared that fracking had the U.S. on

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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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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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