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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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Show ‘Em the Money

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

Where have all the Republican donors gone? The Republican Party is in the doldrums in California. Like the Oakland Raiders, the Republicans need one win to give them confidence. A win in a statewide race would not turn political fortunes around immediately but it would be a stepping stone. Pundits and academics advise it would […]

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California Redistricting Commission in Jeopardy at US Supreme Court

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

The key question the United States Supreme Court must address in deciding if state voters can create redistricting commissions for congressional districts is whether the people can be considered legislators when they create laws through the initiative process. It goes to the heart of the initiative power, which voters in both California and Arizona used […]

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Proposition 2, An Insurance Policy for the Budget

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

When The Sacramento Bee asked Gov. Jerry Brown Friday whether, if re-elected, he would continue his pledge to only raise taxes approved by voters, he appeared to duck the question. He said he was focusing on passing Propositions 1 (water bond) and 2 (rainy day budget fund). As Brown hinted in his response, any question […]

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Surprising Follow-up to my Washington Post Article (It’s not about California Politics)

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

No California politics or business today. Rather this is the story of what happened after the Washington Post put up my article last week about my family’s travels almost two decades ago to a place in Luxembourg where my father saw action during World War II. The article, which I wrote for a Smithsonian and […]

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The Plastic Bag Referendum and the Connection to the Sec. of State Race

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

If the referendum filed to overturn SB 270, the plastic bag ban law signed by Governor Brown yesterday, makes the ballot arguments against the ban will deal with lost manufacturing jobs and charging consumers 10-cents for paper bags that grocers’ pocket. Those arguments should be highlighted during the signature drive and later in the campaign […]

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