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Yes on Props 1 & 2

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

The old expression that the perfect should not be the enemy of the good is often repeated in political debates when compromise is at hand. An application of that old saw should be applied to Propositions 1 & 2 on next week’s ballot and both measures should be passed by voters. This page has carried […]

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Politics Present and Past

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

On Tuesday, I had an opportunity to listen to someone running for statewide office in California today and a short time later spend time with someone who helped many candidates run for office decades ago, including one who won the highest office in the land. Ashley Swearengin is running for controller; Stu Spencer was the […]

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See Tax Increases, Think Pensions

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

Despite the ridicule heaped on bonuses offered public workers for simply doing their jobs – just one prime example: a librarian earning a bonus for helping members of the public find books – the California Retirement System (CalPERS) board last week made sure the bonuses added to salaries will be part of pension calculations. While […]

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Seeking More Voters Spurs Probable Change in L.A. Elections

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

It’s about the numbers, or shall we say the lack of numbers, when Los Angeles voters come out to vote in city elections. The 23% turnout this last city election meant that few registered voters put the new mayor, Eric Garcetti, into office. With the current trend lines in voting in the city election, the […]

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Curious Numbers in PPIC Poll

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

What to make of some of the findings in the most recent Public Policy Institute of California poll? In a state in which Governor Jerry Brown has positive poll numbers and Independent voters historically lean Democratic, why are the Independents barely breaking for Brown over Republican Neel Kashkari? Brown leads Kashkari 44% to 40%, while […]

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The Enigmatic Jerry Brown and a Fourth Term

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

Hard to argue with many of the sentiments that Jerry Brown expressed in his interview published over the weekend by the Los Angeles Times about his vision for a fourth term. He talked about ending the “gold rush for new programs and spending” that legislators would seek giving an uptick in revenues. This page has […]

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Prop 45 Debate by Insurance Commissioner Candidates is Good Idea

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

Debates between political candidates are being debated in California this election cycle. Despite an effort to get numerous debates, Neel Kashkari got his one debate with Governor Jerry Brown at a time of Brown’s choosing well before the election. Republican Lt. Governor candidate Ron Nehring got some attention from the media by making incumbent Gavin […]

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Prop 1 Roots Go Back to Water Bonds that Built California

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

You might say that Proposition 1, the water bond, carries the DNA of bonds that promoted a growing and prosperous California. Water bonds helped build the Los Angeles Aqueduct in the early 1900s to make possible the growth of one of the world’s great cities. Another bond helped build the State Water Project half-a-century later, […]

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Kashkari’s Attention-Getting Ad has a Point

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

Neel Kashkari’s campaign for governor sought to gain attention with its first statewide television commercial and succeeded. The ad titled Betrayal depicts a boy drowning before being pulled to safety by Kashkari. The boy is symbolic of the school children Kashkari asserts have been abandoned by Governor Jerry Brown when he appealed the Vergara vs. […]

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Minimum Wage Truth and Consequences: Who’s Listening?

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

Let’s hope that voters become more engaged in the minimum wage debate than some elected officials. Voters will be subject to counterarguments in the minimum wage debate. Raising the minimum wage will undoubtedly make things better for minimum wage workers – more to spend, raising some out of poverty. At the same time it likely […]

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