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Police unions use ugly tactics to shut down pension reform

By   /  December 15, 2014  /  California, Commentary  /  No Comments

Photo courtesy of the City of Costa Mesa

 
By Steven Greenhut
SACRAMENTO — California’s pension reformers have always had a tough road as they battle politically powerful and well-funded public-employee unions, but a case in Orange County shows just how dirty these battles can get. That’s especially true when one tussles with police unions.
In 2012, the city of Costa Mesa had become Wisconsin west […]

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Conservative group: California trying to grab donor lists

By   /  December 15, 2014  /  California, Commentary  /  No Comments

TARGET: The Americans for Prosperity Foundation is saying the state of California is improperly demanding information about its donors — and is threatening unusually harsh penalties if the group doesn’t comply. Another conservative group has filed a separate lawsuit against California Attorney General Kamala Harris, which is now in the 9th Circuit.

 
By Steven Greenhut
California Attorney General Kamala Harris obviously hasn’t learned a lesson from the Obama administration’s embarrassing IRS scandal.
The IRS targeted conservative groups and even demanded information about some of these groups’ smallest donors, according to the Washington Post and other media reports.
Now turn to California. A Virginia-based conservative group filed a federal First Amendment […]

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GOP made gains in bluest of blue California

By   /  November 7, 2014  /  California, Commentary  /  No Comments

SACRAMENTO – The Republican tsunami that swept the country on Tuesday stopped somewhere just east of the Sierra Nevada Mountains in California. But Golden State Republicans fared unexpectedly well if one looks closely at the legislative and statewide races. Let’s just say some of the wave splashed into the state, dampening Democratic hopes in a […]

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Things are bad and getting better for California Republicans

By   /  November 3, 2014  /  California, Commentary  /  No Comments

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By Steven Greenhut Watchdog.org
SACRAMENTO — You know the Republican Party has hit the bottom in California when the only chance for a non-leftist to win a statewide election is in the little-known race for state superintendent of public instruction — and the candidate that most Republicans favor isn’t even a Republican.
That nonpartisan race pits the current superintendent, […]

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Smoke more, government needs the cash

By   /  October 16, 2014  /  California, Commentary, Taxes  /  No Comments

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By Steven Greenhut
One of the easiest mistakes for officials to make is to assume that people will continue to behave in the exact same way – regardless of any new tax rate or regulation that the government imposes. This “static” form of analysis leads to many unforeseen consequences and to results that usually defy the […]

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Is it time for California pension reformers to close shop?

By   /  August 7, 2014  /  Commentary  /  No Comments

pensions

The pension numbers are clear. Despite some good recent returns, California’s pension systems are in a deep hole, the result of a decade of expanding pension promises and underfunding the payment of them.

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