Activists enraged by California’s runaway spending have begun a campaign for the “Stop Blanks Check” ballot initiative. The measure, sure to make the ballot next November, thanks to $3 million in contributions and loans from wealthy Stockton-area formers and business owners Dean and Joan Cortopassi, aims to make sure that big-ticket multi-billion dollar spending projects have to be approved by the voters before they can move forward.
When someone asks me to name the seven dwarves invariably I fall short. Let’s see, there’s Grumpy, Bashful, Sleepy, Happy, Dopey….Darn it, there are a couple more. That’s kind of how it is when I try to actually write out
In case you are wondering exactly how aggressive Governor Jerry Brown and his Democratic colleagues in the California legislature have been in trying to erase the distinction between people residing in California legally versus those here in violation of U.S. immigration law, here are seven startling but very real ways that they have done so.
Just as Brown signed the largest state budget in California’s history, weighing in at over $115 billion, he has called upon the California legislature to raise new taxes to fund transportation infrastructure–roads, highways, bridges and the like.
Today the Supreme Court of the United States released it’s much-awaited ruling in the case Arizona State Legislature v. Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission – deciding in a 5-4 decision for the Commission, and upholding the right of an independent commission to draw Congressional districts.
The governor and Democrat legislative leaders are presenting GOP legislators, who have enough votes when unified to block any tax increases, with a false choice: either increase government revenues or let our roads, highways and bridges crumble.
It would appear that the appetite for increasing the size and scope of state government in Sacramento is insatiable. The Democrats who control all of the levers of power are about to pass the largest state budget in the history of California–but that is not good enough or big enough, it would seem.
The appetite of Democrats in the California legislature for raising more and more taxes is voracious, and seemingly knows no bounds. If you don’t believe me, just keep reading. And when you do, you’ll realize that there is a lot of
In what observers of the U.S. Supreme Court are calling a surprise move, the court on Tuesday agreed to take up a case that will have the justices deciding whether the Constitution requires only the counting of eligible voters when
In response to an anticipated ruling from the Supreme Court of the United States in Arizona State Legislature vs. Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission, which could very well strike down the creation of independent redistricting commissions in Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, New Jersey and Washington State, two members of Congress from California, Repupblican Dana Rohrabacher of Costa Mesa and Democrat Alan Lowenthal of Long Beach, yesterday introduced H.R. 2501, the Citizens’ Districts Preservation Act.
Only three countries in the world have no listings in the extensive AirBnB online inventory: North Korea, Syria and Iran. But if State Senator Mike McGuire (D-Healdsberg) gets his way, maybe you can add a state, California, to the list.
In a victory for transparency in state politics, Sacramento Superior Court Judge Michael Kenny ruled last week that the State Senate is required to turn over the calendars and other requested documents from the offices of former Senators Calderon and Yee.
Last month, Oregon Governor Kate Brown received considerable media attention when she put her signature on a new law that automatically registers every licensed driver in the Beaver State to vote. Here in California, newly-minted Secretary of State Alex Padilla is pushing for the state legislature to follow Oregon’s lead.
On Wednesday in the California State Assembly Rules Committee, Democrats defeated a bill that would have dropped state legislators from their taxpayer-funded premium healthcare plans and prodded them into Covered California, the state Obamacare exchange. The bill, authored by Assemblyman Scott Wilk (R-Santa Clarita), was defeated on a party-line vote–even though it would have reimbursed them for the cost of their new California Health Benefit Exchange plans.
In August 2013, Governor Jerry Brown signed AB 1266, titled the School Success and Opportunity Act by the bill’s author, then Assemblyman Tom Ammiano (D) of San Francisco. This rosy title was never really used, as the legislation, amongst the
There is a saying in Latin: Primum Non Nocere, which translates to “First Do No Harm.” That phrase basically means that given an existing problem, it may be better not to do something, or even do nothing, than risk causing
A couple of weeks ago a freshman Republican member of the State Assembly said to me: “You were right, this place is controlled lock, stock and barrel by the unions.”
It turns out that who isn’t voting may have just as much, or more, to do with who wins an election that who does vote. Certainly that was the case in the recent special election in Orange County to fill the vacated First District Supervisor seat, created when Supervisor Janet Nguyen was elected last November to the California State Senate, vacating her county position.
For nearly a year, the case Arizona State Legislature v. Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission has been gyrating its way through the intricate legal processes of the United States Supreme Court.
On Tuesday, March 10, I had a chance to sit down for an interview with Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker while he was on a swing through Southern California. Having just been re-elected last November, Walker is on the campaign trail gauging support for a run for the Republican nomination for President of the United States.
If you are coming in for a landing at John Wayne Airport in Orange County, California, it’s time to pull out your smartphone and use an app to get matched with a driver to pick you up curbside.
While the largest gathering of conservative Republicans was taking place at the Conservative Political Action Committee (CPAC) near our nation’s Capitol, roughly 1300 delegates and guests gathered at the Sacramento convention center, across the street from the California State Capitol. for the biennial organizing convention of the California Republican Party.
The all-Republican Board of Supervisors of Orange County in California is poised next Tuesday to adopt one of the nation’s most aggressive and enlightened policies to open the doors for all passengers flying in and out of John Wayne International Airport to be able to arrive and leave the airport easily via ride-sharing companies such as Uber, Lyft and Sidekick.
While Republicans performed well in the 2014 elections, bolstering their numbers in the House of Representatives to a modern-era high of 247 seats, they had a dismal performance in California. The National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) came up short in the few California seats where it committed significant resources, while in a host of other seats where it didn’t spend a dime, the GOP candidate narrowly lost.
As Breitbart California reported this morning, a new survey of 600 likely California 2016 Republican primary voters shows that when presented with a lengthy list of potential GOP presidential contenders, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker comes out on top with a healthy