Jon Fleischman

Jon Fleischman is the Politics Editor of Breitbart California. A longtime participant, observer and chronicler of California politics, Jon is also the publisher at His column appears weekly on this page. You can reach Jon at

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Historic CA Plastic Bag Ban Bill Likely Headed to Voters in 2016

Today Governor Jerry Brown signed SB 270 into law, prohibiting grocery stores from putting shoppers' goods into plastic grocery bags. Immediately thereafter, the American Progressive Bag Alliance (APBA), which represents the plastic bag manufacturing industry, announced that it would start taking the necessary steps to prepare for gathering signatures and qualifying a referendum to repeal SB 270 on the November 2016 ballot. Sep 30, 2014 10:33 AM PT

Senator Rand Paul to Headline State GOP's Weekend Confab In L.A.

Beginning today, upwards of a thousand Republican leaders and activists from California’s 58 counties will converge on the Marriott Hotel near Los Angeles International Airport for the biannual convention of the California Republican Party. Party regulars gather at a particularly challenging time for Republicans in the Golden State. Sep 19, 2014 5:27 AM PT

Top Ten Terrible Bills Governor Brown Should Veto

California is home to the most liberal legislature in the country. Of course, the only “check” on the liberal legislature is the equally liberal Governor Jerry Brown, who has a short period of time to sign or veto legislation. While it was difficult to narrow down the list of really bad bills, below is a list of the worst of the worst--the top ten bills that Governor Brown should veto. Sep 10, 2014 2:06 AM PT

Voters Are The Losers As Brown And Kashkari Have Only Debate Tonight

Tonight, Democrat Governor Jerry Brown and his Republican rival Neel Kashkari will meet face-to-face for what is the only scheduled debate between the two candidates. Of course, we won’t know until after the debate is over whether Brown, the experienced pol, bests his young rival--or whether Kashkari impresses all with a strong showing. But we already know going into it who the real losers are: California voters. Sep 4, 2014 4:48 AM PT

Plastic Bag Ban--with Massive Tax Increase--Sits on Brown's Desk

On January 9, at a press conference in the State Capitol introducing his FY 2014-15 budget, Governor Jerry Brown said, “There will be no new taxes for the foreseeable future.” Could it be that we have reached the unforeseen future with the delivery by the California legislature of Senate Bill 270, the "plastic bag ban," on his desk? Sep 3, 2014 5:55 AM PT

Padilla's Plastic Bag Ban Fails; May Face Re-Vote

“Time is running out for our planet,” exclaimed Assemblymember Mariko Yamada (D-Davis) in the midst of a lengthy debate in the State Assembly over the proposed statewide ban on plastic grocery store bags, Senate Bill 270. The controversial legislation, authored by State Senator Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima), has been one of the highest profile bills churning through the California legislature this year. Aug 26, 2014 5:53 AM PT

Culture of Corruption: Nearly 15% of CA Senate Dems Charged or Convicted

Driving the wrong way on a one-way street may be what drew the attention of a police officer to State Sen Ben Hueso’s car, but it is also an allegory to a very troubling narrative that is emerging for the majority party in the State Capitol: California Democrats appear to be headed the wrong way themselves. Aug 25, 2014 5:53 AM PT

Prop 45: CA Doubles Down On Obamacare With New 'Health Care Czar'

If you like Obamacare, you’re going to love Proposition 45, the ballot initiative that would give one politician-- liberal Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones--complete authority over health care costs and benefits for individuals and small businesses in California. Aug 14, 2014 1:51 PM PT

CA Uber Users Get Email to Oppose Onerous California Bill

A few weeks ago I wrote about some of the challenges that transportation network companies (TNC’s) like Uber and Lyft are facing in the California legislature. Taxi companies, Insurance Companies and trial lawyers have all backed legislation that could at a minimum significantly increase costs for TNC’s to operate in the Golden State, and at worst--drive them out of the state altogether. Aug 8, 2014 11:01 AM PT

Univision Survey: Immigration Low Priority for Latino Voters in California

Immigration is only the 6th-most-important issue for Latino voters in California when casting a vote for a candidate for U.S. Senator or for U.S. Congress, according to a statewide survey conducted by Univision. A majority also believes that “…we should require borders to be secured before providing a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants." Aug 8, 2014 5:40 AM PT

Faux Reform: State Senate Fundraising 'Blackout' Begins Today

Today marks the beginning of the California legislature's first self-imposed month-long fundraising ban. Ostensibly, it has been put into place to give voters confidence that the legislature is above reproach when it comes to ethical standards. Aug 1, 2014 10:56 AM PT

Code Pink Stages Mini-Protest at ALEC National Conference

This week the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), a national organization made up of conservative state legislators from around the country, is holding its annual convention in Dallas, Texas. Jul 31, 2014 12:05 PM PT


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