Tough-imaged Texas leads nation on justice reform

By   /  July 20, 2015  /  Commentary, Texas  /  No Comments

By Steven Greenhut
Presidential-election observers could understandably come away with the impression that the emerging horse race is little more than a freak show, especially given that loudmouthed billionaire Donald Trump leads some polls on the GOP side, and avowed socialist Bernie Sanders is generating the most excitement in Democratic quarters.
But a number of candidates are […]

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Microaggression: Anything you say may be used against you

By   /  June 24, 2015  /  California, Commentary  /  No Comments

SACRAMENTO — An acquaintance of Mexican descent was cutting his own lawn in his upscale subdivision when a neighbor came up to him to see if he could work on his lawn, too. My acquaintance was at first offended, but then realized the obvious: Most gardeners in Southern California are Latin American – so it’s […]

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Do Earth Day policies destroy opportunities for the poor?

By   /  April 22, 2015  /  California, Commentary, Energy and Environment, Fraud of the Day  /  No Comments

Photo: Steven Greenhut

By Steven Greenhut |
SACRAMENTO — No other state has embraced environmental policies like California. Yet for all the self-congratulations among environmentalists and our Green Governor here, I never hear them address some core social-justice questions, such as whether Earth Day – and environmental policies in general – are the prerogative of the rich.
In his inaugural speech […]

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State and feds spend millions to save handful of trout

By   /  April 8, 2015  /  California, Commentary, News  /  No Comments

AP Photo / Rich Pedroncelli

The steelhead trout my wife and I cooked for dinner earlier this week seemed pricey. The small package cost $8.99, but it really was quite a deal when one considers what the Obama administration and California state officials are paying to save a handful – maybe a dozen or so – of the same fish on the Stanislaus River.

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Watchdog Podcasts: Breaking The Piggy Bank — Higher taxes, higher benefits and the political problems of public pensions

By   /  April 3, 2015  /  California, Pennsylvania, Pensions, Podcast, Watchdog Radio  /  No Comments


Breaking The Piggy Bank is’s weekly look at the national public-pension crisis, how it’s affecting state and city budgets and what can be done — if anything — to fix it.

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Anti-gay initiative does not undermine initiative process

By   /  March 25, 2015  /  California, Commentary  /  No Comments

SACRAMENTO — A nasty anti-gay initiative proposed in California has been used by foes of the state’s initiative process to reinforce the need for reform. Certainly, one modest reform might be in order, but the “Sodomite Suppression Act” should mostly be ignored.

In late February, a Huntington Beach man filed with the state attorney general the […]

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