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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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

Taxpayer Group Files Suit to Block Dems' 'Citizens United' Referendum

Earlier this week, the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association filed a legal action seeking to remove an "advisory measure" pleased on the ballot by California's ultra-liberal legislative Democrats, working in tandem with an equally left-of-center Governor Jerry Brown, in a in a craven effort to try and give liberal voters a reason to turn out and vote this November. According to HJTA, the placing of such a non-binding plebiscite on the ballot is an "illegitimate exercise of legislative power."  Jul 25, 2014 6:22 AM PT

Top 5 Most Influential Californians in Congress

California is a huge state, and nowhere is that more evident than in the sheer size of its Congressional delegation of 53 members. Nearly one in twelve members of the House of Representatives is from the Golden State!   Jul 17, 2014 5:46 AM PT

Wright Sentencing Delayed; Senators Refuse to Expel Convicted Democrat

On January 28, 2014, State Senator Rod Wright was found guilty of eight felonies by a jury of his peers in a courtroom in Los Angeles. All eight crimes were related to the fact that while Wright had declared that he lived in a home that he owns inside of the 35th State Senate district, which takes in a large swatch of southern Los Angeles County, he actually lived in another home in a neighboring Senate district. Jul 8, 2014 1:25 AM PT

Uber Under Assault in California State Capitol

Nothing speaks more to the sheer power of the free marketplace than innovation – and changes in the way we do business. There may be no better example today of swift moving, fundamental change than the rise of transportation network companies (TNCs) – technology companies like Uber, Lyft and Sidecar which employ smartphone technology to allow individuals who are looking for local transportation to be matched with someone nearby who would like to give them a ride in their car. Jun 27, 2014 9:10 AM PT


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