“We’re Number 2!”

Joel Fox
Editor and Co-Publisher of Fox and Hounds Daily

The top two primary has turned politics in California on its head. You might even hear a cheer you would never hear in any other contest: “We’re Number 2.” By virtue of being number 2 on June 5, a candidate is still alive to face the first place finisher in November. As the Public Policy […]

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State Won’t Ride to the Rescue over Local Government Pension Problems

Joel Fox
Editor and Co-Publisher of Fox and Hounds Daily

At his latest state budget press conference, Gov. Jerry Brown made it clear there will be no state cavalry riding to the rescue of local governments battling the pension monsters local officials created. Therefore, taxpayers will have to be on guard against a potential avalanche of tax measures that could appear to deal with the […]

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Transforming Justice vs. Toughening Punishment Battle for Supremacy in 2018 Elections

Joel Fox
Editor and Co-Publisher of Fox and Hounds Daily

The growing movement to reform the justice system will clash with efforts to be tougher on crime in this election year. The change movement is highlighted by deep-pocketed support for district attorney candidates who are inclined to see the justice system as too hard in meting out punishment, especially to people of color. On the […]

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Gov. Brown Knows Political Stunts

Joel Fox
Editor and Co-Publisher of Fox and Hounds Daily

Gov. Jerry Brown visited Los Angeles Friday to urge defeat of an initiative to repeal the gas tax. During his talk he called the initiative effort a “political stunt” and “devious, deceptive, unfair and un-Californian.” Interesting, considering that Brown, himself, is an expert at getting the political edge. Let’s put aside a discussion of the merits of […]

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Would You Believe? GOP Bill Would Raise Tax Revenue—Democrats Say No

Joel Fox
Editor and Co-Publisher of Fox and Hounds Daily

Here’s a shocker—Republicans, taxpayer groups and business associations pushed a bill that would raise tax revenue but it was rejected by the Democrats in the Senate Governance and Finance Committee on the advice of unions, interest groups and others who always pine for more tax money. Well, it is not really a shocker if you […]

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Business Hears from the AG Candidates

Joel Fox
Editor and Co-Publisher of Fox and Hounds Daily

How business might fare under the candidates for Attorney General was on display at the first debate in which all four leading candidates for the job debated in Downey yesterday. The BizFed Institute associated with the Los Angeles County Business Federation along with the Southern California News Group managed to bring together the four candidates […]

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Sports Betting Could Lead to More Govt. Spending. How About Tax Relief?

Joel Fox
Editor and Co-Publisher of Fox and Hounds Daily

I’ll bet there are a number of legislators and interest groups already calculating how they’ll spend new tax revenue now that the United States Supreme Court has ruled that states can approve sports betting. Let’s not count those dollars just yet. If and when the tax money comes maybe it shouldn’t be added to current […]

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Fox and Hounds Daily Celebrates 10 Years

Joel Fox
Editor and Co-Publisher of Fox and Hounds Daily

Today we are celebrating the tenth anniversary of Fox and Hounds Daily. We started Fox and Hounds to offer a platform for debate on important policy, political and business issues. As someone who had good success but also experienced many frustrations in getting opinion pieces before readers in statewide newspapers because of limited capacity, I […]

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The Best Argument to Support Prop 70 Won’t be Made

Joel Fox
Editor and Co-Publisher of Fox and Hounds Daily

Here’s something that the California Democratic Party and California Republican Party agree on—they oppose Proposition 70 on the June ballot. Prop 70 was part of the compromise engineered by Gov. Jerry Brown and then Republican assembly leader Chad Mayes to extend the cap-and-trade law to 2030. The deal cost Mayes his leadership position. The deal […]

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Governor Deukmejian: Iron Duke; Gentle Man

Joel Fox
Editor and Co-Publisher of Fox and Hounds Daily

George Deukmejian was a gentle man  with a spine of iron who stood up for a civil society under the rule of law and order. The “Iron Duke” was first and foremost concerned about safety and crime issues as reported in many of the remembrances of his life but he also was an advocate for […]

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