Villaraigosa on Teachers Unions

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

Former Los Angeles mayor, California Assembly Speaker, and importantly, teacher union organizer, Antonio Villaraigosa had some sharp words for teachers unions in a Wall Street Journal opinion piece. Reacting to rhetoric at two recent teacher conventions, Villaraigosa asked why the teachers unions were so resistant to change. “As a former union leader and a life-long […]

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Notes from the Weekend: Perez Out; Investors of High Speed Rail in?

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

John Perez has ended his recount bid that had brought out critics of both Perez for seeking the recount and California’s bizarre recount system, itself, in which a candidate can choose the county votes he or she wished to explore. Given the small margin of defeat, there has also been carping about the Perez campaign […]

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Judge Kills the Death Penalty

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

A federal judge in Southern California declared California’s death penalty unconstitutional yesterday, which will give impetus to a plan introduced by three former governors to push for reforms of the death penalty that would deal with the judge’s main objection of long delays. In February former governors George Deukmejian, Pete Wilson and Gray Davis announced […]

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They’re Writing about the Governor’s Race — of 2018!

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

The election to choose California’s governor is still about four months away yet two columns appeared in Los Angeles papers Monday discussing the governor’s race in 2018 – Jim Newton in the Los Angeles Times wrote about three potential Democratic candidates who might be the next governor; John Phillips in the Los Angeles Register discussed […]

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All State Businesses Deserve Tax Help

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

Hooray for Hollywood! Oh, yes, and hooray for batteries for electric cars. And another hooray for some jet plane manufacturers. It seems the state Legislature has found a number of causes to create state tax credits to encourage business and jobs in the Golden State. All well and good, but what about businesses that don’t […]

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Will Effort to Overturn Citizens United Someday Affect CA Ballot Measures?

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

The item that caught my eye in the recently passed California legislative resolution (AJR1) seeking an amendment to the U. S. constitution to overturn the Citizens United Supreme Court decision is the clause that mentions ballot measures. The resolution is a call for a federal constitutional amendment to limit corporate campaign contributions yet there are no […]

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Berkeley Soda Tax Proposal: Questions & Confusions

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

Twenty-two years ago California voters showed disdain for putting a tax on snack foods by overwhelming passing Proposition 163 to rescind what was called “snack taxes” imposed at the behest of the Wilson Administration in the early 1990s budget crisis. This came to mind when the city council of Berkeley voted just before the July […]

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Will the Controller Recount Affect November’s Election?

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

Assembly Speaker emeritus and Democratic Controller candidate John Perez announced over the weekend that he would seek a recount to determine who finished second in the June election. Board of Equalization member Betty Yee, another Democrat, beat Perez for second place by 481 votes. The second place finisher will face Republican Ashley Swearengin in November. […]

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Thinking About the Idea of America on July 4th

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

To honor America on its 238th birthday we offer a short clip of the singer Bono speaking to a Georgetown University audience about the idea of America. Fox and Hounds will take off tomorrow, July 4th and begin publishing again on Monday July 7th. Happy 4th.

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Cost of Energy Big Political Issue in CA

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

Yesterday, on this site we ran a column by Joel Kotkin saying that the fight over the types of energy sources will have a profound effect on national elections in November. While California is certainly involved in that larger picture, the actual cost of energy will be a focus in California as well. With cap-and-trade […]

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