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School Superintendent Race is Referendum on Teachers Unions

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

While the battle for Superintendent of Public Instruction between two Democrats is drawing attention because it is the most hotly contested statewide political race, in the end the contest may not so much depend on voters feelings about the candidates as how they feel about the power wielded by teachers unions. The California Teachers Association […]

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Initiative Reform — One Bridge Short

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

As someone who participated in the working group on initiative reform package that ended up as Sen. Darrell Steinberg’s SB 1253 signed by Governor Brown over the weekend, I can say the bill is, well, okay as far as it goes. But to invert a title used for a World War II book and movie,  […]

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Why Are Supposed “Greedy” Oil Companies Lowering Gas Prices During Cap and Trade Debate?

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

Oil companies have been part of the campaign to make voters aware that gas prices will increase in January once fuels are put under the cap-and-trade provisions of AB 32, the Global Warming Solutions Act. Yet, a strange thing is occurring. The campaign to delay the application of cap and trade rules for fuels goes […]

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If Harris Becomes US AG a Likely Replacement is…

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

California Attorney General Kamala Harris has been mentioned as a possible replacement for retiring United States Attorney General Eric Holder. Harris said she is staying put. However, persuasive arguments from a president have been known to cause people to change their minds. Should Harris get the job, it is too late to take her name […]

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Rewarding Voters An Old American Tradition

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

The proposal from the Los Angeles Ethics Commission last month that voters in the city’s municipal elections be entered into a lottery for a cash prize has been heaped with criticism. Washington Post columnist George Will, for one, called the proposal “a perfectly awful idea…so loopy it could only be conceived by governments.” His reasoning […]

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Kashkari’s Challenges

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

Neel Kashkari is attempting a difficult task – and I’m not talking about his attempt to unseat a sitting governor and California political legend in Jerry Brown. Kashkari is attempting to steer the Republican ship toward center waters –where Brown rows his famous canoe – because he believes that is how the Republican Party becomes […]

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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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