Where’s the Republican Bench?

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

The Republican Party in California is fighting for relevance – “Dying at the box office,” as former Republican governor Arnold Schwarzenegger once put it—so you would expect an effort to be made to field known, credible candidates in all statewide races. But with little over a month to go to file for a constitutional, statewide […]

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High Speed Rail Just Became a Big Issue in the Governor’s Race

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

No avoiding the high-speed rail issue in the governor’s race now that the California State Auditor has been authorized to take a deep dive into the troubled project. The audit will take six to nine months according to the auditor. Assuming the more likely longer time frame the auditor’s report will come down in October […]

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Booing Histrionics at the State of the Union Address

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

President Donald Trump delivers his State of the Union address tonight which gives me an opportunity to express a pet peeve—the vociferous cheering and standing ovations versus the sitting on the hands of the rival political factions during these presidential speeches. I guess I have to admit to being old-fashioned or just old but I […]

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Business Threading the Needle on Tax Issues

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

In his State of the State speech, Gov. Jerry Brown raised the battle flag against an initiative effort to repeal the gas tax he championed. Big business likely will join Brown’s side in that fight—while opposing all taxes directed squarely at business on the same ballot. Some of the funding to oppose the gas tax […]

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Fill the Rainy Day Fund

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

At his recent press conference introducing his last budget, Governor Jerry Brown pointed to a chart indicating a future his successor in office might face as “darkness, uncertainty, decline and recession.” Brown was echoing the theme he brought to every budget introduction press conference that a recession is inevitable and would hit the state coffers hard. […]

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California Senators Vote-Policy and Politics

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

Reasons for California senators Dianne Feinstein’s and Kamala Harris’ votes with the small minority to oppose ending the government shutdown were overshadowed by politics about their political futures. Joining only 16 other United States Senators in a one-sided 81 to 18 vote, both Feinstein and Harris declared that the deal accepted by Democratic Minority Leader […]

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Forget Business Friendly, More Calls to Raise Business Taxes

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

Is it possible for California to drop lower than 50th in surveys testing state business friendly environments? It seems legislators and spending advocates have that goal in mind as they continue to call for higher and higher taxes on business even while Governor Brown offers up a record-setting budget. With the stock market busting new records, […]

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A Pandora’s Box: Suing Oil Companies, Consumers Pay

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

Some members of the Los Angeles city council hope to join San Francisco, Oakland and New York City is suing oil companies on the principle that the costs associated with climate change (as a result of using fossil fuels) are a burden to the city and its taxpayers. If successful this precedent would open a […]

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Audit the High Speed Rail

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

With the revelation yesterday that the high-speed rail budget for the Central Valley segment jumped a whopping $2.8 billion there are no more excuses to prevent an independent audit of the rail project. The cost for the Central Valley leg of the undertaking has jumped more than 75% from an original estimate of $6 billion […]

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Court Gets Advice on Pensions

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

Finley Peter Dunne, a humorist and newspaper columnist at the turn of the 20th Century famously said in making decisions, “The Supreme Court follows election returns.” The question for California is will the state Supreme Court heed the governor’s advice? Jerry Brown certainly gave the court advice on how to deal with upcoming public pension […]

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