Direct Democracy Strategy Questions Raised by Gun Referendums

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

Californian’s embrace of direct democracy continues to entrance those who want to legislate from the outside or to undo legislative actions. As explained in Laurel Rosenhall’s column Friday a bill intended to limit direct democracy has not reduced the number of measures that will appear on November’s ballot. Perhaps this is a result of circumstance—the […]

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Business Bets on Democrats to GOP Chagrin

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

From the business perspective is the top two primary working out as hoped? Looking at the lineup of 28 same party run-offs, mostly Democratic contests in this heavily Democratic state, business can advocate for and help fund the more business-friendly Democrat in each race. Yet, in many cases the winning Democrat will stay true to […]

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As I Wrote in 1991—Don’t Tax Newspapers

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

Reading Jim Miller’s Sacramento Bee report that newspapers may soon see the end of a sales tax imposed on them during the early 1990s recession brought back memories. As head of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association at the time, I regularly opposed tax increases—but a tax increase on newspapers was tempting. Why? A reality check for […]

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California at GOP Convention

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

There is one place that the influence and power of California–the home of the sixth largest economy in the world, cultural icons and high tech gurus–is relatively insignificant: the Republican national convention. Despite delivering the most delegates of any state and having the greatest representation in the Electoral College, California is little more than a […]

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The Politics of the Greenhouse Gas Law Extension

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

The California Air Resources Board set a match to controversy this week suggesting that the board could push the cap-and-trade deadline for funding greenhouse gas reduction programs past its 2020 end date by executive fiat. That’s not the way the law works, many Republicans cried, and they are backed up by an opinion from the Legislative […]

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R.I.P. Sharon Runner

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

State Senator Sharon Runner was a passionate public servant who served her community in many capacities. Sharon Runner passed away yesterday at age 62. She had returned to the senate after recovering from a double lung transplant. One of her proudest political achievements was the overwhelming success of Proposition 83, California’s version of Jessica’s Law, […]

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Pensions and Taxes

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

In January 2015, the Manhattan Institute’s Steve Malanga, writing in the Wall Street Journal about public pension costs gulping down tax raises, quoted me saying that no matter what local politicians tell voters, when you see tax increases, think pensions. To paraphrase Ronald Reagan: Here I go again! Recent accounts indicated that the California Public Employees’ […]

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Long SF Ballot Looking for More Liberals. Really?

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

Hard to believe but a potentially long San Francisco ballot in November is being driven by the expectation of a more liberal electorate. Excuse me, but we’re talking about San Francisco here. How much more liberal can the electorate get? Republican registration is in single digits, below 8%. San Francisco’s ballot in November could contain […]

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A Back Door Way to Tax Business

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

A parcel tax for parks and perhaps another for relieving homelessness is coming to a head in Los Angeles County with efforts to tax property parcels on a square footage basis. This is an obvious attempt to collect more tax revenue from business property owners. Most business parcels contain larger structures. In Los Angeles, movie […]

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Police Shootings, Shooting Police—Broken Trust

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

The only Californian on President Obama’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing said we know exactly what to do to confront and correct the dire situation brought on by shootings in Baton Rouge, Minneapolis and Dallas. Acclaimed Los Angeles civil rights attorney Connie Rice said, “You have to completely reform police culture so that they […]

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