Dr. Mary Walker: The Only Woman to Win the Congressional Medal of Honor, Ahead of Her Time

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

(Editor’s Note: In recognition of Women’s History Month, which originated in California, I am reprinting below an article I wrote on Dr. Mary Walker telling of her trials and tribulations in first winning, then losing, and finally being re-awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor earned during the Civil War; and her other political strivings. The article […]

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Costly California

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

California is an expensive state to live in and the costs continue to rise. For a long time, California residents have been aware that housing is more expensive in the Golden State, that gasoline costs in the state are well above the rest of the continental U.S., and that taxes put the Golden State near […]

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Ending Lawsuit Abuse Against Small Business

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

Abusive lawsuits punishing small businesses are an old story in California. California’s complex regulatory requirements often entice opportunistic attorneys to file lawsuits over minor infractions of labor and environmental regulations without giving businesses a chance to correct the situation. Now a push is on to fix the problem. Assembly member Don Wagner introduced AB 1948 to […]

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You’ll Hear a Lot about the Black Market in Coming Election

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

The black market will be a legitimate issue in many of its various forms in the coming November election. Referring to the black market, of course, means illegal traffic in officially controlled commodities. On Monday, the California State Sheriffs Association came out against the proposed gun control measure backed by Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, in […]

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The Big Stumbling Block for a Tobacco Tax Compromise

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

The California legislature passed a package of bills intended to diminish tobacco sales. While one measure allows county governments to seek a tax on cigarettes, a state tobacco tax was not included in the package. That’s not to say many in the legislature would like a tobacco tax and efforts were made to convince the […]

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Adding Sympathetic Decision Makers is an Old, but Unwise Idea

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

Reading that Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León wants to add three commissioners to the South Coast Air Quality Management District board so as to tip the board to a more favorable perspective from his point of view reminds one of Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s plan to pack the U.S. Supreme Court in hopes of getting […]

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40 Years Later, Prop 13 to be a Main Attraction on 2018 Ballot

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

On the 40th anniversary of Proposition 13 passing, the iconic property tax measure could very well be a leading issue on the 2018 ballot both with a ballot initiative or two and a prime topic in the gubernatorial campaign. There has been a never-ending campaign to change or even end the tax protections of Proposition […]

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Nancy Reagan—The President’s Protector

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

Nancy Reagan said her job was to protect her husband, President Ronald Reagan, and she carried out that role to the smallest detail, as I discovered firsthand. In 2002, when I was writing a book, the Legend of Proposition 13, I did research at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. I wanted to look at Reagan’s […]

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Despite Attempts to Move Commuters out of Cars, More Californians Drive Alone

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

If you drive to work alone then you are not, well—alone–in a manner of speaking. It seems that single use occupant vehicles have increased as a percentage of the commuter population while other more communal modes of transportation use has generally stagnated over the last three-plus decades. A report issued by the California Center for Jobs […]

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Campaign to Pass Proposition 30 has Advantages and Hurdles

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

(Editor’s Note: In Sacramento Tuesday, I participated on a panel at the California Taxpayers Association conference dealing with potential initiatives on the November ballot. At one point I was asked to discuss the chances of the Proposition 30 tax extension passing, if it makes the ballot. Below were my comments.) The Proposition 30 extension campaign […]

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