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
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


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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Critics of California split see dystopian visions

By   /  May 5, 2014  /  Commentary  /  No Comments

A NEW CALIFORNIA: California is the most populous state and the third-largest state, geographically. One of its 58 counties is larger geographically than the nine smallest U.S. states – and larger than the four smallest ones combined.

By Steven Greenhut
SACRAMENTO — Most critics of wealthy political activist Tim Draper’s initiative to slice up California into six states have depicted this as an interesting “thought experiment” designed mainly to spark some discussion about our arguably “ungovernable” current state. Some critics, however, have been apoplectic about the idea.
An article in Huffington Post argues that “6 California’s” would […]

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More laws won’t clean up California government

By   /  March 14, 2014  /  California, Commentary  /  No Comments

Poster Child: California state Sen. Ron Calderon, one of many state pols facing ethics charges. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

SACRAMENTO – When it comes to ethics, I always figured there are three kinds of people. There are those who, upon seeing a storehouse filled with treasure, would try to steal as much of it as they could grab. Then there are those would take the treasure, but only if the doors were unlocked and […]

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