Head Scratchers in the State Political Scene

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

Suspicious or odd reasoning is behind some political moves that came out of three news items over the last week. The first deals with the cap-and-trade bill and its influence on consumer gas prices. The second involves a minimum wage study in the City of Los Angeles. The third, a demand from a consumer group […]

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“Yoga Happy” – Tax Talk at the Budget Press Conference

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

Reading Governor Jerry Brown’s meaning on some issues, with or without a dictionary and history text, can be tricky. But it was worth looking for signals on tax issues at the governor’s Friday press conference introducing the record $113 billion general fund budget. When Brown was asked about extending the Proposition 30 tax increases or […]

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Plenty of Dem & Rep Names for Boxer Seat; What About an Independent?

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

The floodgates of conjecture opened wide with the announcement by U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer that she would not seek re-election in 2016. Potential senatorial candidates from the Democratic and Republican Parties made it into news reports. But with California now working under the top two primary system an independent candidate could also challenge to get […]

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Bullet Train: Show Us the Money

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

Funding for the high-speed rail is still the big issue even though groundbreaking for the project occurred. California taxpayers are paying a share thanks to a bond passed six years ago and a decision by the legislature to funnel a portion of the cap-and-trade money to the rail project. But where’s the rest of the […]

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Brown the Juggler

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

Jerry Brown, the adroit political juggler, was on full display during his Inaugural Address/State of the State Speech yesterday keeping in the air at the same time the notion of more spending while also tossing about the importance of fiscal responsibility. Brown acknowledged the uncertainty and potential expenses the state faces with the some of […]

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The “Lawmakers” are Back

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

Here’s a New Year’s resolution for legislators returning to Sacramento from the holiday break: make fewer laws and get rid of some of the old ones. Eager legislators have plenty of ideas how to “fix” problems. Therefore, many pieces of legislation are introduced. A great number will become law. California saw about 950 new laws […]

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2014 Black Bart Award Winner: The Non-Voter

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

There are 10,289,851 Californians who share this year’s Fox and Hounds Daily’s Black Bart Award — because they didn’t vote. They are the registered voters who did not bother to vote in the November Election. This is not a good thing, but since the Black Bart end of the year award recognizes the individuals or […]

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Stu Spencer: Primaries Important in Presidential Runs

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

The New York Times ran an article that said big time Republican Party donors were trying to clear the presidential field of like-minded establishment candidates so that the donors could put their resources behind one candidate. Stu Spencer, who was Ronald Reagan’s campaign manager, thinks that is a bad idea. “There is nothing wrong with […]

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Black Bart Award Nominee – On the Dark Side

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

In our introduction of the Black Bart Award we note that it could go to someone or something that performed a heroic act OR performed a dastardly deed. My suggested nominees fall to the Dark Side of California’s political world this year. In light of the negative publicity generated by three state senators being accused […]

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Stu Spencer: Independent Expenditure Committees are Destroying the Political Process

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

Stu Spencer knows a thing or two about political campaigns. His firm, Spencer-Roberts, managed 400 campaigns over the years and he successfully managed Ronald Reagan’s quest for governor of California and president of the United States. Spencer believes that, “Independent committees are destroying the process.” Since Independent Expenditure committees can’t communicate with the candidate the […]

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