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Amid Disunity Talk GOP Re-Building

Joel Fox
Editor of Fox & Hounds and President of the Small Business Action Committee

Given the headline generating internal arguments with top of the ticket candidates and party officials about party unity, it’s probably good that the real work of re-establishing the GOP as a political force is to try and build from the ground up. The key phrase emphasized by organizers of the state Republican convention in Los […]

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Business Should Imitate CTA Advocacy Effort

Joel Fox
Editor of Fox & Hounds and President of the Small Business Action Committee

The California business community should take a page from the game plan of the state’s most powerful public employee union to build an argument for a healthy business climate. The California Teachers Association recently released a series of radio and television commercials promoting the profession. The ads do not advocate for a ballot measure or […]

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R.I.P. Pete Schaafsma

Joel Fox
Editor of Fox & Hounds and President of the Small Business Action Committee

Pete Schaafsma and I crossed paths quite a few times over the last 30-odd years. When you work on tax, budget and economic issues you want to learn from someone who knows the ins and outs — the minutia and details. Pete Schaafsma was a go-to guy on that score. The news of his passing […]

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San Diego Minimum Wage Referendum in for Tough Fight

Joel Fox
Editor of Fox & Hounds and President of the Small Business Action Committee

The San Diego Small Business Coalition said they have enough signatures to freeze the new San Diego minimum wage law and force a vote on the issue in 2016. The business coalition better put away whatever savings they gain from the wage freeze because history shows they will have a tough fight ahead of them. […]

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Wright Is Wrong But So Is The Application Of The Law

Joel Fox
Editor of Fox & Hounds and President of the Small Business Action Committee

Sen. Roderick Wright should resign from office now that he has been convicted and sentenced for fraudulently claiming that he lived in his district – then he should appeal his conviction. I can’t say that he has legal grounds for an appeal on the facts of the case but common sense, often lost when laws […]

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A Preview of Six States Battle Running in Scotland, If – Big IF – Six States Qualifies

Joel Fox
Editor of Fox & Hounds and President of the Small Business Action Committee

Governor Jerry Brown is proud of saying that California stands as the eighth largest economy in the world. It could move up dramatically if Scotland votes in a September 18th referendum to split away from the United Kingdom, currently the world’s sixth largest economy as measured by Gross Domestic Product. Then again, California would drop […]

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All Eyes on the Quest for a Two-Thirds Majority

Joel Fox
Editor of Fox & Hounds and President of the Small Business Action Committee

Many commentators look at the coming California elections with a yawn expecting little drama in most of the constitutional officer contests and little excitement amongst the public on the ballot measures. But, one thing insiders are watching with great interest is whether the Democrats once again can secure a two-thirds majority in both houses of […]

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The Follow Up Question That Wasn’t Asked

Joel Fox
Editor of Fox & Hounds and President of the Small Business Action Committee

In the fast paced debate between an often smiling Neel Kashkari and a resolute Jerry Brown, the governor emphasized his record over the last four years, which polls indicate voters believe in. But, as the governor said at least three times, the success he was touting was, in part, a product of Proposition 30, the […]

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CA Could Use a Border Fence to Keep Business In

Joel Fox
Editor of Fox & Hounds and President of the Small Business Action Committee

Maybe we should build a fence around California not to keep people out but to keep businesses in now that the Tesla decided that the battery gigafactory would set up shop across the border in Nevada. There were declarations of disappointment from government officials after the decision leaked out. Along with disappointment were reassurances from […]

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Appeal of Teacher Tenure Decision May be a Good Thing – But Not for the Reason Critics Think

Joel Fox
Editor of Fox & Hounds and President of the Small Business Action Committee

No Profile in Courage Award for Governor Jerry Brown and state School Superintendent Tom Torlakson who refused to stand up to their allies in the teacher’s unions and asked for an appeal of a Superior Court decision on the perverse effects of teacher tenure in California schools. Yet, the appeal in the Vergara case may […]

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