LA County Keeps Rent Control Debate Alive

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

Proposition 10 on the statewide ballot that would have allowed local governments the power to establish broader rent control laws was defeated decisively with 60% of the voters saying no. With such an overwhelming defeat, that means the issue is buried, right? Not necessarily. Supporters for stronger rent control measures say they will be back. […]

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The CA GOP’s Alamo

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

What’s left of the California Republican Party could be making a last stand in 2020 to uphold a core foundation held by the state’s GOP for half-a-century and more: checking the rise of taxes. Call it the GOP’s Alamo moment. Yes, in the history of the fight for Texas independence the defeat at the Alamo […]

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The Fall of the State GOP

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

The California Republican Party wipeout is complete. From the defeat of Trumpian hard liners like Congressman Dana Rohrabacher to moderates who are offered as examples of Republicans who can work across the aisle like Assemblywoman Catharine Baker, they are all gone. Many obituaries on the California GOP have been written the last week. The brand […]

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End of Brown Era—Pat & Jerry

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

At the Pat Brown Institute for Public Affairs post election conference yesterday at Cal State LA, political consultant Mike Madrid declared that the Brown era of politics focused on building and infrastructure is over with the end of Jerry Brown’s fourth term as governor. He wasn’t referring to just the current governor but to his […]

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Cox Winning as Governor in State of Southern California; Newsom Takes Other Two States

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

Remember Proposition 9 missing from your ballot—the proposal by venture capitalist Tim Draper to split California into three states? The California Supreme Court expressed doubt that the state could be divided by initiative and pulled the measure from the ballot. But I wondered who might have prevailed as governor in these three states between the […]

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Here’s a Suggestion for a New Cabinet Post: Secretary of Initiatives

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

As governor-elect Gavin Newsom considers positions in his cabinet he might think about creating a new cabinet post and officer: Secretary of Initiatives. With the Democratic dominance in the capitol the initiative process may gain even more influence as a method to bring ideological balance to policy discussions. Not only that, the voter registration superiority […]

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California Tragedies

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

From a land named Paradise to a bucolic community called Thousand Oaks, California has been visited with unspeakable tragedy this past week. And the danger remains. When California’s new assemblage of policy makers meets next month, they will try to make sense of the tragedies and find solutions with new laws. Sometimes well-intended laws don’t […]

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2020. Already?

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

At the Capitol Weekly post-mortem on the 2018 election, discussion of the 2020 election broke out. Apparently, it’s never too early to talk about a coming election, especially one that concerns the presidency. Paul Mitchell, the stats guru at Political Data, noted that it was only 14 months and 23 days until mail-in ballots for […]

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Gavin Newsom and the Question of Taxes

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

In his successful campaign for governor Gavin Newsom promised to advance a number of programs like universal pre-school, health care for all and education that will be costly. Where does he get the money while also considering how to reform the state’s tax system? Shortly after the election, fellow Democrats, including Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon […]

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Observations on a California Election Night

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

Republican gubernatorial candidate John Cox will capture around 40% of the vote. That is pretty consistent with the most recent Republican gubernatorial candidates. So whether you spend $140 million as candidate Meg Whitman did (40.9%), or hardly gain attention as Neel Kashkari (40%), and now Cox, Republican gubernatorial candidates know where they’ll end up. Looks […]

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