Stu Spencer: Primaries Important in Presidential Runs

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

The New York Times ran an article that said big time Republican Party donors were trying to clear the presidential field of like-minded establishment candidates so that the donors could put their resources behind one candidate. Stu Spencer, who was Ronald Reagan’s campaign manager, thinks that is a bad idea. “There is nothing wrong with […]

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Black Bart Award Nominee – On the Dark Side

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

In our introduction of the Black Bart Award we note that it could go to someone or something that performed a heroic act OR performed a dastardly deed. My suggested nominees fall to the Dark Side of California’s political world this year. In light of the negative publicity generated by three state senators being accused […]

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Stu Spencer: Independent Expenditure Committees are Destroying the Political Process

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

Stu Spencer knows a thing or two about political campaigns. His firm, Spencer-Roberts, managed 400 campaigns over the years and he successfully managed Ronald Reagan’s quest for governor of California and president of the United States. Spencer believes that, “Independent committees are destroying the process.” Since Independent Expenditure committees can’t communicate with the candidate the […]

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F&H Daily’s Sixth Annual Black Bart Award Week

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

For the past five years frequent contributors to this page Joe Mathews, John Wildermuth and I have nominated candidates for Californian of the Year in the world of politics. We name the final selection the winner of the Black Bart Award. There are no specific criteria to follow in making the selection. Each author will […]

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Cal Facts Quiz

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

The Legislative Analyst’s Office has opened up its vault of data and information with its Cal Facts report accompanying it this year with the introduction of an on-going blog to add to and enhance the information. To kick off awareness of this great resource Fox and Hounds decided to put together a short quiz to […]

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Looking for Solutions – “A Revolution in American Policing”

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

With continued protests in California cities sparked by the high profile deaths of black people at the hands of white police officers and a search for solutions to the raw situation, I want to transcribe comments from Connie Rice, well-known Los Angeles civil rights attorney who went from suing the Los Angeles Police Department to […]

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Setting up for the Coming Debates over Minimum Wage – Some History and Examples

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

With rallies in Los Angeles and Bay Area cities seeking a $15 minimum wage for fast food workers and Senator Mark Leno introducing a bill to increase the state minimum wage over the recent boost the legislature approved, the debate on the minimum wage is sure to heat up across the state. Arguments over increasing […]

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High Speed Rail Strategy – START to Build it and They Will Come!

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

The High Speed Rail project found its way into three of the five panels in the Public Policy Institute’s all-day State of Change conference Wednesday. At the end of the day, you understood the High Speed Rail authority’s strategy to gain support  for the project – START to build it and they will come! In […]

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Voters Skeptical of Major Tax System Overhaul

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

While much attention has been paid to potential tax measures on the 2016 ballot, working in the background is an effort to overhaul the state’s tax system. The recently released Public Policy Institute of California poll shows how difficult a task that could be. Presenting a proposal for overall tax reform is the Think Long […]

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Brown Key to 2016 Tax Measures

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

With the 2014 election finally over, attention is turned to possible tax measures on the 2016 ballot. I previously wrote about groups looking to raise taxes on commercial property, oil extraction, cigarettes, and extending or making permanent the income tax piece of Proposition 30. Marc Lifsher covered similar ground in the Los Angeles Times over […]

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